Hey, Spike! tours Frisco’s eclectic Antique Emporium | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! tours Frisco’s eclectic Antique Emporium

Yeti’s Santamaya Gurung
Special to the Daily |

What a place — this Antique Emporium on Old Main Street Frisco.

Growing out of Mauna Richardson’s alley-side Junk-tique, then into the Antique Barn, the pole-design structure houses an international flavor of German beer hall known as Prost, owned by Scott Pohlman, Gail Schaefer’s gift and card shop, and filled to the three-story brim with consignment shops managed by Jackie Crandall of Jackie’s Treasures.

Longtime local Rob Philippe built the place in 1986, and soon it housed a restored Baldwin Narrow Gauge locomotive and tender, now in Michigan, its iron cowcatcher snout sticking out to lure shoppers.

“It’s the most unique shopping experience on The Summit,” says Rob.

While this is the couple’s first location, they would like to open more stores around the Rockies to sell clothing, jewelry, statues and Buddhist religious items.

Currently, the Antique Emporium features a 1921 Model T (with ski rack) and a narrow gauge post office car that once ran through the alley.

Inside there’s antler artworks, stuffed animals, bear rugs, Richard Allen’s and Jonathan Pound’s Vintage Ski World WWII skis, boots and posters; vintage clothing like a Monte Montana get-up, and Debbie Parmelee’s western clothing seen in cowboy movies, rustic furniture, home decor items, Heather Ireland’s turquoise jewelry, and Yeti Enterprises, which just joined the consignment shop lineup of 15 owners in 25 spots.

Yeti is owned by the husband and wife team of Santamaya Gurung and Bijay Khaling.

Santamaya is a native of Jomsom, a town in Nepal’s Mustang District, and now calls Longmont home.

“Colorado is very beautiful with mountains,” Santamaya said, “it reminds me back home where I was born.”

She explains the Yeti store concept:

“I was born in Buddhist family. I have seen lot of Buddhist and yogis in United States, especially in Colorado. That’s why I decided to provide them real materials for their practices at reasonable prices. I import all the way from South Asia (Nepal, Tibet and India) — most of the our inventory is hand-made.”

While this is the couple’s first location, they would like to open more stores around the Rockies to sell clothing, jewelry, statues and Buddhist religious items.

“We are looking for more business space like this in Colorado,” she adds.

In a sad note, Fred Swanson, who sold those old skis, snowshoes, paddles, all sorts of military stuff at the Antique Emporium for almost 30 years, died the other day after battling cancer.


Meanwhile, Spike! also learned that cancer claimed another former businessperson here, Theodore Anthony Diedrich, better known as “Tad,” at age 59 in Estes Park on Dec. 11.

Tad was a banker, husband to Samantha and father to Erin, golfer, bicyclist, hiker and civic volunteer.


In some new people news, Spike! welcomes to the Mount Royal Ranch, just off of Frisco’s West Main, a retired military couple.

From Edmond, Oklahoma, the newcomers are Laurel Wilkerson, an Army lawyer, and husband Kevin Wilkerson, who trained Air Force pilots, and started Marco’s Pizza Franchise in the Sooner state, according to owner/seller/broker Kirsten Lassen Smith.

“I’m looking forward to some well-deserved R&R after a hectic month and am happily settled in my Lagoon Townhome rental,” Kirsten says. “Here’s to new adventures.”


And spotted out and about for dinner at Luis Flores’ Hacienda Real, between Walmart and Safeway, were Sandy Mortensen and Lou Wagner, who were joined by friend Jennifer Buck, a Beaver Creek ski instructor and an architect.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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