Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Heather Lorio, owner of Elbe Gray’s Thrift Store in Craig
September 9, 2012
Name: Heather Lorio
How long have you lived in Craig: About five years
Where did you live previously: Fort Collins
How did you get started running the thrift store?
"I've been a thrift store junkie all my life. I love to treasure hunt. I love that I can clothe my kids at an inexpensive rate, especially since they grow through clothes so fast. Dorothy Wyman, the lady who owned the shop beforehand, was retiring and she was trying to convince me to buy the shop and I was like 'No, I shop thrift stores but I don't run them.' About three months after she closed down, the building was still empty. A couple of my friends kept saying 'You'd really love doing this.' So I came in and said OK, and if everything falls the way it's supposed to then this is what I'm meant to do."
Motto or outlook on life:
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"Just basically do the right thing"
Favorite thing about life in Northwest Colorado:
"The people. The smaller-town, friendly people atmosphere."
Least favorite aspect:
Favorite meal at a local restaurant:
"Fiesta Jalisco's shredded beef burrito. Cannot get enough of that."
Improvement to Craig you'd like to see:
"Everyone's been yelling and craving for a doughnut shop. I don't know why. An ice cream shop. More activities for the kids. The younger kids and preteens. Maybe a roller skating rink. Something that would involve more activities."
Song or artist you enjoy:
"The music around in the store just varies a lot, but you'll hear a lot of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Dean Martin is my absolute favorite. It goes everything from Lady Gaga to all other kinds of music."
Most embarrassing moment:
"I'm not one that gets embarrassed easily."