Four months after fire, Colorado Living Ponds open for business at new address
Decimated by fire more than four months ago, a locally owned Westside fish and ponds business has returned.
The new location for Colorado Living Ponds (formerly Fish & Feather Ponds) is a 1,000-square-foot converted house on 5,700 square feet at 3404 W. Colorado Ave. Owners Greg and Deborah Kopchak and Terry Rudolph are buying the property from Susan Coulter, who had operated a veterinary business at the site for 20 years before moving to the Durango area last year.
Selling a range of fish (from goldfish to exotics) as well as fish supplies, decorative items, pond/ waterfall configurations amd wood pellets year-round, the new store is almost across the street from the ill-fated former site (3427 W. Colorado) where the owners had rented after starting the business in 2006. The fire Feb. 25 badly damaged the building there and killed close to 200 fish and frogs.
Fire investigators ruled it an accident (caused by a bad TV connection), and insurance payments helped fund the owners' restart effort. But it still wasn't easy. “Our hearts were broken,” co-owner Terry Rudolph said. “We lost all our stuff that we'd gotten in for the season. We were devastated.”
One of the spurs for not giving up was the support they received from people. “We have a lot of good customers,” co-owner Greg Kopchak said. “We were going to miss them.”
The name change reflects a decision to discontinue bird-related products. “We couldn't compete with Wal-Mart,” commented his sister and also co-owner Deb Kopchak.
Colorado Living Ponds is open Tuesday to Sunday through Labor Day. The phone is 636-3475.
Meanwhile, regarding 3427 W. Colorado Ave., property owner Dale Tijanowski, a Westside resident, said this week she is still waiting for her insurance settlement and has not yet decided on a future use for that property.
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