Bernideen’s making use of space at new location
Creative Impressions decided to focus totally on its wholesale customers, which gave Bernideen's an opportunity to move into a
larger space, which is making it possible for Needleworks to expand.
These are some recent, domino-esque changes in the Old Colorado City business scene.
Janet Rosmos, who started Creative Impressions as a retail business 16 years ago, bought the building at 2520 W. Colorado Ave. six years ago. Now she's sold the two-story structure to Keith and Bernideen Canfield, owners of Bernideen's.
Rosmos said she and her partner since 1995 (daughter Natalie Abbott) are in the process of buying a building on Fountain Boulevard (between Chelton and Academy), for wholesale products including the scrapbooks and rubber stamps her business specializes in. She said she'll miss her retail customers and the Westside, but is looking forward to continuing expansion of the business' wholesale operation, which has already meant an expansion of employees from three to five.
“We're definitely a little company on the move,” she said, and added, “We were delighted to sell the building to someone who would be an owner-occupant and is as excited as when we bought it six years ago.”
Bernideen Canfield agreed about being excited. The move from the store's previous location in the 2400 block of West Colorado means an increase in space from 1,100 square feet to 3,400, allowing better display of her teapots, jewelry and various other items, as well as a “gourmet food room” that allows customer sampling.
“It's unbelievable,” said Canfield, who emphasized that her business is mainly to support the church her husband and she started five years ago in Black Forest. “We have so much more space. And the response from customers has been overwhelming. At the old place, we had stuff stuck under things. Now customers feel like they can move around and see things without knocking into something.”
The building is actually two buildings that were combined at some point over the years, Canfield explained. The “side” building went up in 1890, while the larger building's date was 1894. Businesses at the location(s) have included a restaurant, a bank, a billiard hall, a real-estate office, a decorating business and even a Bible study mission. But its most prevalent use was as a drinking establishment. After 1945 (and into the mid-'90s), familiar bar names at the site were the Hitching Post, the Frontier and Rogers' Frontier Bar and Grill.
Bernideen's is retaining its old phone number: 447-8844.
Bernideen's former next-door neighbor was Needleworks by Holly Berry, 2409 W. Colorado. The owner is Kathy Read, who also owns Holly Berry and Holly Berry House Originals (an art stamp manufacturing company) in Old Colorado City. She said she had wondered if she was “crazy” when she started Needleworks six years ago. (Holly Berry has been in business 20 years). But as it turned out, she found herself riding a knitting “boom” which makes her excited now to expand into the space next door.
A wall was between Needleworks and the former Bernideen's. Part of it will be opened out in the weeks ahead, Read said. She expects to have her expanded store ready for the public sometime in the early fall.
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