Gathered Grace creates unique boutique space downtown
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the last name of co-owner of Gathered Grace Marketplace, Susie Partin.
Gathered Grace Marketplace was a creative endeavor that came to life with a little passion and a lot of grace.
Stacey Mathers, owner of the new boutique marketplace on Yampa in downtown Craig, said that the inspiration for the shop started with the gathering place in the back of the location at 466 Yampa Ave.
Stacey and her mom, Susie Partin, needed a creative outlet so they teamed up to create Gathered Grace and combined their talents.
“I couldn’t have imagined all of this myself,” Mathers said. “God put it together.”
After the pandemic, people wanted to start gathering again so Mathers set out to create a small intimate event space where locals can congregate outside of their homes.
The meeting space in the back of Gathered Grace Marketplace is equipped with tables, lighting and decor that set the mood for intimate gatherings. The shop is going to allow nonprofits to come in and use this space for free.
Mathers said it would be perfect for book clubs, Bible studies, or groups who want to have a dinner catered somewhere outside of their home.
Other rooms in the boutique feature a variety of craft items for self-care, home and garden, and clothing. All of the items the shop carries are selected by hand. Stacey just went to Dallas at the end of March for a wholesalers market event; it was her first time going to market and it was a great place to network and meet people.
“I wanted to bring something to Craig that’s different,” Mathers said. “There’s a lot of revitalization happening downtown and I wanted to add to it. I love the downtown area and I love Craig.”
The self-care section of the shop is where Mathers felt like she got to really exercise her creativity. Items are selected for self-care and pampering, with many of the lines being handcrafted here in Colorado.
“I wanted to bring in some local artisans without duplicating what’s already here,” Stacey said.
There is a little bit of everything focused around self-care, including body scrubs, perfumes, journals and clothes. Stacey said that this area would be a really unique space to hold a baby shower or bridal shower, depending on what people are needing.
“We are all busy working and taking care of families,” Mathers said. “I wanted people, and especially women, to feel beautiful and valued.”
Other sections of the shop naturally evolved from the gathering space, with the central theme of giving love to others. In the front room of the shop, there are gift items on display and a variety of home and garden items.
Mathers has been in the real estate business for 25 years, and continues to practice real estate. But she has always had a passion to do something like this, and this year it all came together.
The Mathers closed the family restaurant in January because recovering from the COVID shutdowns was just too hard on staffing and operations.
Gardening is what Partin is really passionate about, which shows through in the gardening and home decor selections. Susie also has experience in retail, so being at the shop is a natural fit for her.
“It’s been good for her to be out in the community and have a place to share her talents,” Stacey said.
The duo really wanted to create a multi-faceted retail and gathering space for the community to enjoy. Since the soft opening this month, the shop has had a good turnout.
Gathered Grace will host a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 18 during normal business hours.
Anyone interested in using the gathering space can come into the shop and talk with Susie or call the shop at 970-701-4051.
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