the Shops of Grand Lake

Marjorie and Me-A Friendly Hike

20160408_114922I’m still relishing in the buzz of the first edition Boardwalk Newspaper! I’m going to take the advice from Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl’s list of 20 things to do in April and spend some much needed time with a friend. Marjorie Cranston is my neighbor on the downtown boardwalk. We see each other most every day, talking about business and planning for the summer season. Getting ready for the summer’s here is a big job in Grand Lake. When Trail Ridge opens (hopefully before Memorial weekend) visitors from all over the world come to see the beauty of our town. That means our shops need to be spit shined and well stocked for the upcoming season. During the month of April, freight from all corners of the globe descend on our little town. As it’s unloaded, the trash bins are filled with empty boxes and the stores are overflowing with treasures that entice our guests to take a little bit of Grand Lake home with them. Continue reading

A brief history of the Quacker Gift Shop

403984_10151231708674669_736592407_nI’m a blogger by night and retailer by day. The Mountain Gal (my blog) is my way of letting the world how wonderful Grand Lake Colorado really is. But, the bills keep coming, so yes, I must work for a living. I wear several different hats as most small business owners do, the job is never done but I love what I do and wouldn’t change a thing. One of the stores that my husband (the mountain guy) and I own and operate is the The Quacker Gift Shop, and before you start to wonder to much what we do…we sell Rubber Ducks! We have thousands of different ducks in the store as well as on-line www.quackergiftshop.com. We operate like Hallmark (but on a much smaller scale of course), we believe there is a rubber duck for everyone all year long. Continue reading

DIY snow sculpture

2014-01-31 12.52.10We followed the advice of Stephen Covey and Began With The End in Mind. We started with a big mound of snow thanks to heavy snow fall all week long. We put on layers of clothes, our best boots, gloves and hats and started shoveling out the vision. Steve had it all planned out, we would outline the tub and the shape it out first. Continue reading

This old building- Part 1 of many…

This old buildingYou have all heard of the show This Old House. This is my version, This Old Building. There are three buildings on this property, the first one is fairly new with a big deck (when there is no snow), the second building was built at the turn in century and the third (to the left) was built over a hundred years ago as well.  This will be my project for the next six months as it turn into the retail and manufacturing for Delish Bodyworks, my bath and body company. Please follow my blog and facebook to watch the transformation of this historic property in Grand Lake. Stay tune…this is going to be fun (I think).