by Christy Parrott
Keepsake Christmas Shoppe will open its doors at 110 West Park Avenue #25 for a Grand Opening on Saturday, November 17th at
The Keepsake Christmas Shoppe will operate as an artist’s consignment shop, and feature local, anchor artists, such as Lorna Babcock of
With Keepsake Christmas Shoppe, Thornton is curating a space for artists who may not find a fit in other shops. “We need to keep room for growth in Kremmling,” she explains. Thornton would like everyone to be involved in local arts, whether supporting them through a purchase or trying their own hand at creating something new. “Competition is good and healthy. It keeps us fresh,” Thornton says. She hopes to sustain the “Shop Local” tradition that maintains and encourages businesses, new and old. This is important in keeping
Along with her husband and partner Randy, Jerri has been a resident for over thirty years, running their charming and successful Keepsake Custom Framing & Gifts. “I’m excited to bring the Christmas Shoppe to the Gore Range Artisan Group Village, in addition to the other consignment and gift shops in town. Opening up some empty units will bring additional shopping to the community and tourists.” Thornton thanks the Gore Range Artisan Group Gallery, which she’s been a member of for over 5 years, “For helping me make this happen.” The Gore Range Artisan Group Gallery will be sharing the open house with Keepsake Christmas Shoppe Grand Opening, as well as their Annual Christmas Open House. “Grand County is big into the arts, and keeping it local is important,” Thornton says. With so many local artist’s pieces available, patrons can not only support their friends and neighbors but also discover folks and items they may not know, as well as see a little more of the creativity and beauty that Kremmling provides.
For the upcoming holiday season, the Keepsake Christmas Shoppe will feature a Santa’s Mail Box letter-writing station, where children of all ages are welcome to write out their wish list, which Thornton is happy to return to the families as both a keepsake as well as a way to figure out what loved ones actually want. The Grand Gazette will publish the letters for additional memorabilia.
Keepsake Christmas Shoppe’s regular hours will be Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 5 pm with extended hours by appointment (970-531-6264). The grand opening will include live drawings and refreshments.
by Christy Parrott