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In pursuit of independence

Reid Williams
Summit Daily/Reid WilliamsSarah Krieger lived in New York City and Boston before opting for the quieter life in the mountains.
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FRISCO – Some day, Sarah Krieger’s life will be just as she has fashioned it. She will have her businesses running, working for her, and she will be free to spend time in her studio, letting her imagination and hands express the things she otherwise cannot.

First, there is the sewing. The New York native learned to sew from her mother out of necessity. A petite teenager with a love for apparel, she quickly realized the economic reality of being a clothes horse. To have as much as she wanted, she had to learn to make clothes.

She describes the craft in meditative terms – it’s relaxing and satisfying. Now her friends ask her to make things. She makes gifts for people, for their children. And she sells some of the items in Frisco’s High Altitude, where she has worked full time for more than a year.

“I like it because you get something out of it,” Krieger said. “You get done and you have something to show for it. And it’s great when someone looks at something in the store and loves it, and I can say I made it.”

After high school, Krieger came west. She applied to colleges, and Denver was the farthest east she would consider. She studied social sciences, she said, because she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do – still isn’t – and it allowed her to explore diverse subjects. It was while living in Colorado’s capital she embarked on what would become two more ventures.

She met some friends who dreamed of starting their own snowboard company. Now, Lucid Notion is trying to attract the attention of independent retail shops, snowboarding magazines and even other countries. Even though she is a skier and is just learning to snowboard, Krieger is pitching in, helping others in their pursuit of independence.

“I’m trying to help them get started, get the word out,” Krieger said. “Eventually, I hope to be fully self-employed myself, and I’d rather work for a small business like this.”

In college, she also began to learn the art of blowing glass. Now that she has a house in Leadville – where one can live affordably without numerous roommates – she’s set up her glassblowing studio.

“Working at (High Altitude) I realized how much money some of these people can make,” Krieger said. “I wanted to get back into it.”

Krieger won’t limit herself to the glasswork people find in the store, though. She said she wants to take the techniques those artists have developed and apply them to other objects.

As for her future, Krieger sees herself staying in the mountains for a while. If it keeps snowing, she’ll keep buying her Copper Mountain pass. She loves the friendly people in Summit County and Leadville, and she has a hard time imagining moving back to the big city.

“I do miss the food, though,” she said. “The bagels, the delis, the Chinese food … At least I save money here not going out to eat all the time. But, hey, I’m living the dream.”

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.


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