What do you do? ....
Where do you work and what is your title?
I own Pine Creek Art Gallery in Old Colorado City, and I am also the executive director for Old Colorado City Associates (the merchants association).
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
In the gallery, I'm responsible for the day-to-day operations, including making sure we have what customers are looking for and that it is a place they want to come back to. I have a very competent staff that allows me to also focus my attentions on Old Colorado City. For the association, I work with the merchants, the city departments, other organizations, and do what I can to help promote Old Colorado City.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
Although I have been involved in my own art for 10 years prior to owning Pine Creek Art Gallery, I have operated the gallery in Old Colorado City for 13 years. This is my seventh year as a board member, and second year as the executive director for Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA).
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
Meeting and working with people. It gives me a lot of personal satisfaction when I can help someone learn more about art or see their excitement in finding the perfect piece of artwork. Working with OCCA also gives me the opportunity to work with the other merchants. Whether they see it or not, knowing that I'm doing my part to support Old Colorado City and all my fellow merchants.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
Paperwork! In Old Colorado City, I'd change the hours the businesses close. Most people work until 5, but that's not the case for retail stores, or so I've always believed. Old Colorado City is a wonderful place to walk around in the evenings. Just imagine how Great it would be if the stores up and down the avenue were open to greet our visitors, locals as well as tourists.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
All of it.
What makes working on the Westside special?
I've lived on the Westside since moving here in 1979, and when it came time to open a business it had to be on the Westside. There is a real community feeling here that you just don't find in any other part of town. Maybe it's the historic ambiance of the area, the attitude of the people here, less traffic. It's home and I'm very glad to be here.