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A Big Hit reopens, Ferris’ memory lives on

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkChris and Robin Johnson, along with kids Madelaine and Jameson, are taking over A Big Hit in Breckenridge.

BRECKENRIDGE – When Chris Ferris died in January, the lights went out in his snowboard shop in Breckenridge. But Ferris’ friends, Chris and Robin Johnson of Blue River, hope to turn the lights back on Ferris’ legacy as they reopen A Big Hit on Friday.Ferris, who died of a cardiac arrest in Frisco at the age of 36, befriended a close-knit group of teenagers who used to gather nearly every day at the store with Ferris.Robin Johnson said she felt that Ferris’ memory should live on through his shop and the teens who looked up to him.

“We definitely want the kids involved. That’s important to us,” Robin Johnson said. “When I was growing up here, there was no place to go and nothing to do for the ‘in-between’ ages. I’m a mom too, and I want them to have a place where they can go and feel safe.”The Johnsons were longtime friends of Ferris and his wife, Larkin, and the couples’ daughters used to play together. Robin said she wants the teens to know that no major changes are planned for the shop.”We do respect that. We loved him too,” Robin Johnson said. “I want the kids to still feel like they have a place to come, and someone who cares about them.”

Robin Johnson said she wants the kids to help decorate the shop with some artwork.”This was a place we were accepted,” Cam Carlson, 18, told the Summit Daily shortly after Ferris’ death. “Chris made sure the youth were actually looked at. A lot of people up here don’t care about kids and just overlook us.”The store will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The Johnsons will be there Saturday.

A grand reopening celebration is planned for the Fourth of July weekend. Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at jharper@summitdaily.com.

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