Made in Summit: Breck Bears: handmade furniture in Breckenridge
Ryan Summerlin March 15, 2013
Name of business or product:
Breck Bears (formerly High Country Furniture and Gallery) on The McCain Property.
Date business or product was launched: Furniture has been made here since the 1980s. Breck Bears came under Alison Palmer’s ownership in 2013.
What goods do you make here in Summit County? We use dead standing aspen and lodgepole pine wood to manufacture log furniture – beds, dressers, lamps, ski racks, coat racks, pool tables and custom entertainment centers. Just about anything you need made out of wood, we can make it!
What’s great about making your products here? We get to make sustainable products and are the ultimate green company. Everything is made by hand, not machine, right here in Breckenridge using dead wood to create products that will last a lifetime. With so many industries taking their production out of the United States, we feel so lucky to not only be making furniture in the U.S. but in Breckenridge, Colorado. The friends that we have made through the business are priceless.
What’s new with your company or product? New name: Breck Bears is the new name. My sons Griffin, 15, and Anson, 13, make a lot of what you buy. They are the next generation at Breck Bears. I am a proud mama bear. Watching the community come to our side over the past five months and support us is a rarity. Few businesses have the opportunity to experience such love from their customers and neighbors. We feel so fortunate and grateful for everything that has happened. We hope to be making furniture in Breckenridge for a long time to come. Thanks to the Breckenridge Town Council for supporting local manufacturing.
Why do you think it’s important for people in Summit County to buy locally made goods? When you buy local, you support Breckenridge and Summit County’s tax base, which affords us all that we have here. Most of the money that is made at Breck Bears stays right here in Summit County and Breckenridge. This helps other local businesses be profitable. We only employ locals, who then contribute right back to our town.
How can people find out more about your products? Come on down, say hi and take a tour of the wood shop at 13217 State Highway 9, where two 35-foot flagpoles say “Made in Breckenridge with Pride.” Call (970) 423-9737. Check out our website at www.breckbears.com.
Do you have a product that’s made right here in Summit County? Email kdriscoll@summit
daily.com to let us know about it.