By Liesl Greathouse

MONTROSE–As we bundle up for the Winter months, local businesses come alive for the holiday season.  The businesses at home in the Sampler Building, on South Grand Ave, are no exception.

For unique gift ideas, people can check out Earth & Sky Herbal Accessories, owned by Skye Reid, a new addition to the Sampler Building.  Having opened this year, the store is a herbal alternatives and gifts store, carrying glass, herbal vaporizers, tobacco replacement options, artisan soaps and topicals as well as local art and jewelry.

The store will be holding a sale starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving as well as offering Gift Certificates for that hard to buy for loved one.  Reid has also been working on other ideas for her store.  “We are adding festive merchandise as well as some unique gift items,” she explained.  “We have not set any events into stone yet, but we have a few ideas that could include some other local businesses from around town.”

Earth & Sky Herbal Accessories has not participated in any Downtown events thus far.  “It has been a bit confusing for us trying to figure out what events we can participate in that are available,” Reid said.

As having support is critical for a new downtown business, I asked Reid if she felt supported by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  “Not really, but I feel that efforts are finally being made,” she said.  “We are part of the ‘other part of downtown.’ With all the extra efforts the city puts into making shopping the 1st two-three blocks of East Main Street, the other parts get fairly shadowed. But the DDA held a meeting with a few ‘LoMo’ (Lower Montrose, a play on LoDo from the Denver area I am told) businesses in early October to help us come up with a few ideas as to how to get more traffic headed our direction. We’ll see where it goes.”

As to a hope for the holiday season, Reid said, “We hope that local residents will try Montrose Businesses first this season before turning to box stores and the web for their purchases this year.  Even a gift certificate from a local business in an amount that fits your budget will better our community.”

Earth & Sky Herbal Accessories is located at 16 S Grand Ave.  For more information, call 970-275-5813 or visit earthvape.net

For people looking to have holiday parties and events, The Grotto provides the perfect unique venue for any occasion.

The Grotto was originally inspired to welcome visitors with its historical and unique characteristics, aiming to make one feel ‘at home’ no matter what type of gathering.  “It is our mission to satisfy the needs of those who wish to experience The Grotto and embrace what is has to offer” says their website.

Owned by Amy Chism and Wendy Jackson, the Grotto fills the needs of the community by providing a small event center.  “It provides an intimate, unique setting for almost any venue, including birthday parties, reunions, girls’ night out, holidays gatherings, non-profit events and just about any other type of event that one could create,” Chism explained.  “We provide our guests with tables, chairs, linens and a setting unlike any other in Montrose.”

While The Grotto does not hold any events of their own for the Holidays, they welcome bookings from guests holding their own events.  “Our venue is unlike any other in town,” Chism said.  “It is a private, unique space in the historic part of town.  The unit is a must see for anyone planning an event.”

Due to the unique nature of the business, they have not participated in any Downtown Events, nor have they dealt with the DDA directly on any events.  “[But] we feel we are being supported by our fellow downtown businesses,” said Chism.

So if you are looking to host a holiday party for your co-workers, friends or family, or to host a special event any time of year, The Grotto is a gathering place suited for all who wish to experience an intimate setting and they are here to help you create the perfect environment.

The Grotto is located at 72 S Grand Ave.  For more information, call 970-596-8533 or 970-275-2761 or visit meetatthegrotto.com.


To see what other Sampler building-based businesses are doing for the holidays, check out Part Two in the next issue of the Montrose Mirror!