Ready, Paint, Fire gets license for wine and beer at Dillon shop |

Ready, Paint, Fire gets license for wine and beer at Dillon shop

DILLON – Ready, Paint, Fire is opening its third store in Summit County, but this one comes with a twist. The ceramics decorating shop will sell beer and wine to customers at its soon-to-open Dillon branch.

Owners George and Joni Kuhlman think the addition of beer or wine fits in with the shop’s goal of relaxing fun.

Ready, Paint, Fire customers choose from among a variety of plain, unfired ceramic items along with a plethora of paints and decorations. They then sit down for an hour or more and decorate the pottery.

“We joke that it’s cheaper than therapy,” said George Kuhlman. “We play classical music. It’s fun. If you’re by yourself, you’re kind of in your own world. If you go in with friends or family, it’s nice, social time. We’ve had people ask if we had wine or beer, and we thought it would be a nice addition.”

The proposal, approved by the Dillon Town Council last week, got one objection from an attorney whose office sits above the Ready, Paint, Fire space. Carl Oppedahl said he worries the noise from the shop could district the lawyers in his office, but he said he has faith in the Kuhlmans.

“They seem like very nice folks, but we always worry – what if new people were to come in and things were to change?” he told the council.

The Kuhlmans and Oppedahl said they plan to talk some more about the the attorney’s concerns, and Oppedahl said he thinks they can work to resolve those issues.

The Kuhlmans don’t have a beer and wine license for their Breckenridge or Copper Mountain shops, but George Kuhlman said they’ll likely apply for one in their Breckenridge shop if all goes well in Dillon.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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