Scott and Stacy Malmgren, the new owners of Munson's Main Street Gallery, are looking forward to an exciting weekend and plan to add to the AppleFest fun with special events of their own. On Saturday, former owner Tracy Munson will be working as a barista, preparing lattés, espressos and smoothies while the Malmgrens dish out ice cream (including handcrafted ice cream sandwiches made especially for AppleFest).
On Sunday, the gallery will host artists John Guadarroma, demonstrating copper jewelry making, and Christine Garner, who will be woodburning designs in front of the store.
Owning a business is a new experience for Stacy Malmgren, but one she's embraced with enthusiasm. She loves interacting with the customers who stop in for a cup of coffee or espresso. "The gifts and art thrown in is such a bonus," she said.
The Malmgrens spent months looking for the right spot after they decided it was time to move from the increasingly crowded Front Range. They looked around Buena Vista and Salida, travelled to New Mexico, then took the advice of neighbors in Castle Rock and checked out Cedaredge. "We felt right at home right away," said Stacy, who's been surprised by how many friends, and acquaintances of friends, have popped into the store to say hi.
The locals have been equally supportive. "We love it here," Stacy said. "This town feels like a big hug to me."
Scott is finishing up a construction project on the Front Range, but plans to relocate to Cedaredge by Christmas. An avid fisherman, he is ready to check out the many lakes on Grand Mesa. He also likes to tinker around on cars and is very handy with a set of tools. The purchase of the business included the building and the apartment upstairs, so there will be plenty of "honey do" projects to keep Scott busy in semi-retirement.
The change in ownership hit a big obstacle when Stacy broke her ankle just a few days before closing. She had surgery and spent several weeks recuperating at her home in Castle Rock. Tracy kept the business running with the help of Brittany Stanley, a young lady who has been a "godsend" to the Malmgrens.
"I've never met a 19-year-old as poised and responsible as she is," Stacy commented. She also expressed appreciation for Tracy's incredible support.
Stacy said she's not looking "to turn things upside down," but she is looking forward to putting her own touch on the business. Those changes will evolve over time, she said, and will likely include a new name for the business. She is open to suggestions for the name, as well as the type of merchandise people would like to see offered for sale.
Two changes are already in the works -- the Main Street Gallery is now carrying ice cream from Annie's Pizzeria, another new Cedaredge business, and the hours will soon be expanded. Currently, the coffee shop opens at 7 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. After Scott has made the move to the Western Slope, the "em-pour-ium" will also be serving coffee and pastries on Mondays.
The Malmgrens are excited to meet their new neighbors and look forward to being part of the Cedaredge community for years to come. "This is the best thing we ever did," Stacy said.