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Neolithics to hold going out of business sale

Carol Wilson will close her shop's doors after more than 12 years in downtown Craig

Nicole Inglis
Carol Wilson is in the process of retiring and closing her store, Neolithics, after more than 12 years in business in downtown Craig. Wilson said she will miss her time running the place but is looking forward to traveling.
Hans Hallgren

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Neolithics, 565 Yampa Ave., will begin a going out of business sale Saturday. All items will be 25 percent off.

Carol Wilson’s feet are tired. After 12 1/2 years of standing behind the counter at Neolithics – a gift, jewelry and bead shop on Yampa Avenue – Wilson is ready to make the transition from retail into retirement.

The store will close its doors in about a month. The building, located at 565 Yampa Ave., has been sold, and the Wilsons will have to vacate by the end of August.

“It’s just time,” Wilson said. “It’s been a good run. I’ve had fun, but this place is really a time bandit. It steals away hours and days from me.”

Wilson’s husband, Jack, works at Tri-State Generation & Transmission, but is a “rock hound” in his spare time.

He owns a rock saw for cutting his own pieces, and the couple spends time on hikes looking for interesting rocks. The original essence of the store was supposed to be just that: rocks, things made of rocks and things that are made to look like rocks, Wilson said.

Throughout the years, the Wilsons have expanded their inventory to accommodate things community members are looking for.

Now, the smell of incense greets customers’ noses, while their eyes are treated to a feast of glittering beads and earth-colored trinkets.

“I like listening to the customers, hearing what they like and trying to find things for them,” Wilson said. “It’s like a fun treasure hunt. Every individual focuses in on one thing – whatever it is they want.”

She said some customers call it a rock shop; others, a dragon shop. She even heard one little girl refer to the store as her “favorite candy shop,” although Neolithics has a fairly limited supply of candy. The girl might have been referring, however, to a large jar of purple rock candy next to the register.

“It is really an eclectic place,” Wilson said. “It’s a fun shop, and there is lots to see.”

She has many regular customers at the shop who come to see her for their jewelry-making needs. Others often stop by when relatives are in town.

“I’ve been getting to know a lot of people,” she said. “I like to talk to them, shoot the breeze. And I know all their kids, so it’s nice.”

Besides meeting the community, she has watched the business district grow around her store.

Wilson said when she first set up shop 12 1/2 years ago, there were many vacant spaces in the downtown area, but a lot has changed and improved.

However, she thinks it is difficult for a business to leave a lasting impression in Craig.

“It’s like dipping your hand into a bucket of water,” she said. “You can pull your hand out, but everything will just fill back in.”

She said business has remained steady throughout the years. Things have been unpredictable as of late,because of the economic recession, but she said she theoretically could stay open for a few more years.

But when Jack retired from Tri-State, Wilson decided it was time to give the store, and her body a rest.

“Today, my feet are killing me,” she said.

Wilson said she will try not to be sentimental about packing up the shop during the next few weeks. She will continue to live in Craig and is looking forward to traveling with her husband to New Zealand and Great Britain, and taking her experiences from the past 12 1/2 years with her.

“I think just realizing that I had this dream of having a store, and I made it happen, is a big accomplishment for myself,” she said. “But it will be fun looking at the next thing.”


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