Carbondale Businesses Reorient to Reopen for Summer Season; Locals & Visitors are Encouraged to Love Local
CARBONDALE, Colo. (June 23, 2020) – A community known for its artistic vibe and mountain town hospitality, Carbondale reopens its arms at a social distance to welcome visitors back for the summer season following the COVID-19 public health crisis and shutdown. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to Love Local, a call-to-action to shop, dine, and support the local business community which has reoriented in many ways during the last few months to offer services in a safe, healthy, and socially distanced manner.
Carbondale Arts and Carbondale Chamber & Tourism have partnered on several initiatives to help reignite the town’s economy, first working with the Town of Carbondale to devise solutions for local businesses to expand capacity while meeting social distancing and other mandated public health requirements. A reconfigured Main Street provides more in-street retail space and patio dining, as well as street closures for pedestrians each Friday and Saturday evening. Carbondale Arts has commissioned local artists Chris Erickson and Stanley Bell to create a street mural on Main Street to celebrate the summer opening.
Carbondale Chamber and Carbondale Arts are also launching a Love Local marketing campaign, which aims to promote small businesses to locals and tourists, while also providing educational postcards with the local health regulations—including education on face covering and mask ordinances—for visitors. Part of this effort includes a specially designed buff, which can be worn as a face covering, featuring artwork by local artist Brian Colley. The buffs will be available for purchase at Carbondale Farmer’s Market, The Launchpad, and at Carbondale Chamber throughout the summer.
Love Our Locals: Health and Safety Guidelines for Visitors
Visitors are advised to learn about Carbondale’s public health and safety before they arrive in Carbondale to ensure they comply with local regulations which include mandatory wearing of facial and coverings or masks in public spaces including stores and restaurants, as well as continued social distancing and recommended handwashing. Lodging and hotels will also be provided with information postcards to provide to visitors, along with a limited supply of the specially designed buff face coverings. More information on local public health guidelines are at www.carbondale.com/covid-19-update/
Creative Events Continue, Modified
Many Carbondale events and attractions continue with modified offerings. The Carbondale Mountain Fair will deliver its 49th festival of arts and music—from afar—July 24-26, 2020. Instead of its usual festival-style format in Sopris Park, the event will take music and art to neighborhoods across town on a touring flatbed truck, plus there will be a live stream Saturday night concert from Steve’s Guitars. Thunder River Theatre launched ThunderStream, an online platform for virtual performances including theater and improv for home-viewing. The Launch Pad continues to offer art exhibitions throughout the summer, with social distancing and limited capacity. Steve’s Guitars has transitioned to offer Friday Night Streamin’ Steve’s which can be viewed via YouTube or Grass Roots TV. Dance Initiative of Carbondale will offer a self-guided tour of live dance performance on, Friday, July 10, 2020. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeoaims to launch its weekly Thursday night rodeo series in July.
“Carbondale’s Creative District community has done remarkable things to take programming online and virtual during these times. Locals and visitor audiences can still feel connected, be entertained, and safely support the arts,” said Amy Kimberly, executive director of Carbondale Arts.
Dine-In and Eat Out
Carbondale’s thriving local food and dining operations have transitioned to open doors with capacity expanded and health practices to ensure safety for diners and employees. Several operations have expanded their capacity into Main Street. The following is a sample of Carbondale’s F&B operators. Batch has opened The Cactus Club, a patio area with distanced seating, serving up brews and hard seltzers, along with food delivered from neighboring restaurants. New to Carbondale’s Main Street is the Brass Anvil, offering a menu of locally-sourced meats and a bar menu. Atina Bar + Grille offers a new summer menu with share plates and summer salads. The Beat reoriented to become The Beat Grocery, offering a grocery delivery service that includes local and regional produce, dry goods, and even starter plants. Pick-up or delivery is available. Mana Foods has continued to be a vital retail hub for local produce and is also selling masks and plant starters. Carbondale Farmer’s Market is open at Fourth and Main each Wednesday all summer long with a long list of local farmers and producers, and other vendors with social distancing and the wearing of face coverings or masks is required. Carbondale Beerworks has remodeled its outdoor patio and offers a new menu as part of reopening. Other dining updates including opening hours and to-go options are updated regularly here.
Creative & Healing Arts; Visitor Attractions & Retail Reorients
Kula on Main will be offering Yoga in The Park twice a week. True Nature Healing Arts is offering closed group series yoga classes, spa massages, café and boutique, and outdoor facilities including the peace garden and reflexology path.Free First Tee Yoga will be offered at 6.45 pm each Tuesday and Thursday at River Valley Ranch Golf throughout the summer, in the open air against the backdrop of Mt Sopris to the sound of the Crystal river– an experience not to be missed. Carbondale Clay Center has reopened, by appointment only, and offers Family Clay Play outdoor workshops and even at-home Clay Kits for kids. The Powers Arts Center reopens with a new exhibit to celebrate Jasper Johns’ 90th birthday. Gallery times are 10 AM to 3 PM Monday through Thursday, with masks required and capacity limited to ten persons at a time. Carbondale Historical Society offers a downloadable self-guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown, as well as public viewing of the Pioneer Heritage Garden located at the Jail and Cabin History Park at 499 Weant, which has information signage on “The Ten Crops that Fed the West.” And Hattie’s Kitchen Garden at the Thompson House History Park, 301 Lewies Lane, also with a sign explaining the crops and their significance. Carbondale’s historic cinema Crystal Theater is partnering with Neon to offer virtual film releases, while also opening its historical concession stand so movie viewers can stock-up on popcorn and other concessions to enjoy at home! Known as the Valley’s best running retailer Independence Run & Hike is open with social distancing and offering curbside shoe fittings, as well as online retail options. Lulubelle reopened to unveil an expansion of its lux homeware and fashion store on Main Street.
Safe Outdoor Recreation in Carbondale
Wilderness Workshop aims to continue group hikes by midsummer, but for now, it offers a series of self-guided “Trail Mixes” hikes of the Thompson Divide. While Carbondale’s landmark trail Mushroom Rock and Red Hill are closed for an expansion of trailhead and parking facilities, other trails on public land are open, and good trail etiquette including social distancing is recommended to maintain public health and safety. More information on local trails including the Crown Trails, Thompson Creek, Thomas Lakes, can be found here. Road and mountain bike rentals have also become available again at Aloha Mountain Cyclery and Basalt Bike & Ski. For fly fishing, Alpine Anglers has its retail store open and can do curbside delivery, and is also offering guided trips with social distancing.
As the town readies for the summer season, Carbondale’s vibrant lodging gems are ready for safe guest stays. Marble Distillery Inn offers decadent contactless hospitality options for guests, including in-room dining via local restaurant delivery, and cocktail service from the distillery tasting room. Avalanche Ranch and Hot Springs has reopened cabin lodging and its hot springs pools are only offered to guests. The Way Home continues to offer contactless service at its luxury guest rooms on Main Street. Redstone Castle reopens its doors for overnight guests and is also offering private tours of the historic castle. Comfort Inn is open for guests and offers to-go breakfast snacks and coffee instead of buffet breakfast and offers discount vouchers to Iron Mountain Hot Springs in lieu of its swimming pool and hot tub.
“Summer has arrived, and Carbondale is open. While it may feel like business as (un)usual, we commend our small business community who have worked hard to reconfigure around public health guidelines to bring some kind of normality and service with a smile behind the mask for our locals,” said Andrea Stewart, executive director of Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. “We welcome visitors again and we urge travelers to learn about the latest guidelines and public health regulations before they arrive. Masks are required, but there’s a smile behind it and we look forward to welcoming you.”