Business Beat: New thrift shop opens ahead of schedule
July 25, 2011
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When opening her new business, Heather Lorio hoped to attract a respectable amount of customers.
What she didn't count on was an outpouring of interest that would lead to an early opening.
Lorio is the owner of Elbe Gray's Thrift Shop, 1695 W. Victory Way, seller of "gently-used goods." Lorio named the shop after a story of a road traveler who traversed Colorado's Western Slope with a carriage of second-hand goods for delivery.
Though she had planned to lay out the welcome mat at the end of the month, she officially opened for business two weeks early, on July 15.
Lorio attributed the early opening to customer demand from loyal customers of the former thrift shop that used the location.
"We spent about a month revamping the place, and as soon as we started putting stuff up on the racks, people were basically knocking on the door asking 'Are you open yet?'" she said. "Soon, we just had to say, 'We don't have anything on the shelves yet, but come on in.'"
Since opening, Lorio has added to her inventory "anything and everything," bit by bit, including computers, televisions, furniture and other donated items collected in the shop's large receptacle up front.
"There's only a few things I won't accept," she said. "No mattresses, no large appliances, no car seats, no bicycle helmets, stuff like that."
Lorio said she receives new materials every day, for all ages. She said she has laid out the floor plan to accommodate all ages.
"We've got a wonderful children's section set up," she said. "A lot of stores aren't really set up for that kind of thing."
Lorio said she hopes people will especially enjoy the selection of books and movies she offers.
Her idea is to think of the sections as a low-price rental area where a customer can buy a book or VHS tape for about 50 cents and then re-donate it once they are done with it.
"It's cheaper than going to Redbox or paying overdue library fees," she said.
The business hours for Elbe Gray's Thrift Shop are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sunday and Thursday. For more information, call 826-9844.
Salon adds discounts as part of renovation
The Hairtage, 401 Russell St., recently added two stylists to its staff. Amanda Anderson and Jayna Goodwin began working at the business about two weeks ago.
"They've both been great so far," manager Tammy Hagar said.
The Hairtage offers haircuts for men, women and children, as well as nail work, waxing and massage therapy.
Hagar is starting a special promotion this week called Wacky Wednesdays, which includes weekly "buy one, get one half-off" deals on massages from therapist Kia Fedinec.
Also on Wednesdays, all haircuts will be marked down by $8. Women's cuts will be $20, while men's and children's will be $10.
The deal will run through the summer and perhaps through the end of the year.
"It'll be great for kids going back to school," Hagar said.
Hagar said the staff expansion and the weekly discount are part of the "remodel" she has initiated. She started at the business about a year ago after working at various locations around Northwest Colorado.
She said she started working with owner Peggy Hough because of The Hairtage's reputation as a Craig favorite for more than 30 years.
"The place is a landmark, and we want to get it back on track and keep it like it used to be," Hagar said.
The Hairtage is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays by appointment only. For more information, call 824-4866.
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