Regulars to A Furniture Find in Dillon Town Center might notice a difference inside the 5-year-old store.
The front is brighter and re-organized; everything's laid out so it looks like a furniture shop. A trip to the back, and there's a whole new store-within-the-store: Fox in Feathers, which offers a variety of custom and made-to-order eco-friendly furniture, and recycled and re-purposed products like jewelry, paintings and metal work. This fall, the stores will be expanding their current space.
"It's been an evolution," A Furniture Find owner Ken Orlin said of his time in business. The store has progressed from selling "free" furniture in the beginning to more of the "middle-end" variety - shoppers can still find the basics for pretty cheap, but now, there's the addition of you-can't-tell-they're-used showcase pieces. Prices range anywhere from $10-$1,000, Orlin said, with the occasional high-end find costing a little more.
"The challenge that we have is that a lot of people still think of this as a thrift store, and we've changed," Orlin said.
The sprucing up of the front area is due in part to Orlin's employee of a year, Brenda Moidel, who now owns Fox in Feathers in the back. Orlin called Moidel a very creative person.
"I said, 'I want the store to be different,' so she made it different," Orlin said.
Moidel's motto for her shop is "great goods for a greater good." Custom furniture is made by two Colorado artisans, Michael Sansone of MAcrow Solutions in Alma, and Larry Larsen of Token Creek Cedar in Brighton.
Sansone works with beetle-kill pine, and built the bunk beds and granite-top aspen vanity for sale, as well as the new shop's floor and bar top.
Larsen mills and dries his own wood, creating rustic pieces like the bench against the right wall, an old man's face carved into its frame.
Moidel sells fair-trade gifts, too - like a clock made from bicycle parts, garden art fashioned from recycled steel drums, and soon, hemp T-shirts and cookware from Colombia.
"We have such potential to grow here. We're just getting started," she said. "It's very exciting. Not only for me, but for the community."
Together, Moidel and Orlin hope their new and revitalized shops will help breathe new life into downtown Dillon.
When Moidel worked for Orlin, she noticed a good number of visitors asking her where all the shopping was in town.
"There's just not much (in Dillon) as far as fun shopping opportunities," she said. "The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to fill that niche that was needed."
Orlin would like to see the town's center become a bustling arts and boutique district, and he thinks it can. His shop, where the old grocery store used to sit, is a little lonely.
"I hope we're doing our part to bring it back," Orlin said. "With our space, we're trying to create a model of what can happen here."