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Shop Talk

Summer 2022 brings a fresh season of retail openings in town and beyond, including artisan-crafted furniture in Aspen, local blooms in Basalt, and a gear library in Carbondale.

June 14, 2022 Published in the Summer/Fall 2022 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Arhaus Studio’s showroom in the Muse Building

Image: Karl Wolfgang

Just as Aspenites rotate their wardrobes and replace their skis in the garage with bikes, Aspen’s retail scene transitions between winter and summer. From the downtown core to Carbondale, new shops and businesses beckon this summer season.

Aspen’s home furnishing offerings are expanding, with luxury brand RH, formerly Restoration Hardware, opening a 25,000-to-30,000-square-foot storefront in a new building at 434 E Cooper Ave, across from Paradise Bakery, when the construction timeline allows. The two-story space includes a glass-rooftop restaurant and a wine and coffee bar, plus two private dining rooms with fireplaces and retractable roofs. In the former Crystal Palace location at 300 E Hyman Ave, RH plans to open a guesthouse, bathhouse, and spa. In the meantime, shop elevated, heirloom-quality furnishings and décor at Arhaus Studio, which opened a 3,114-square-foot store in Suite 101 W of the Muse Building at 625 E Hyman Ave, adjacent to the Aspen Art Museum.

Fashion-forward Alo Yoga brings yoga and street apparel that inspires mindful movement to the corner of the Victorian Square building at 601 E Hyman Ave in July.

Yoga apparel pioneer Lululemon, currently located at 204 S Galena St, will move next door, making room for Gucci (following a probably lengthy remodel).

After operating a local pop-up in 2020 and the launch of its Chalet Collection, cult-favorite luggage brand Away moves into a permanent location at 406 E Hopkins Ave showcasing chic, thoughtfully designed and lifetime-guaranteed suitcases, bags, and accessories.

John Elliott, a favorite brand of LeBron James and Zac Efron for everyday staples, jersey, knitwear, denim, and oversize tees, is moving into the corner of the Stein Building at 535 E Cooper Ave.

While the snow may be falling by the time the doors open, luxe design house Hermès will take over 521 E Hyman Ave in the historic Benton Building, where a Chanel pop-up spent the winter and fueled rumors about the luxury brand opening a permanent store in Aspen.

RE/DONE, located at 432 E Hyman Ave, is remodeling its showroom, dedicated to vintage-inspired and sustainably produced luxury denim, T-shirts, and more, to reflect the midcentury vibe of the brand’s stores in Malibu, Miami, and the Hamptons. Italian retailer Golden Goose moves its first flagship store (and its line of iconic sneakers and leather goods) in Aspen to 419 E Hyman Ave, where a full remodel could push opening out to winter.

Will Banana Republic (which caused a stir overturning a variance to a city ordinance meant to create second-tier spaces for affordable, locally serving businesses) or French sportswear brand Fusalp take over 420 E Hyman Ave? It’s anyone’s guess.

In Snowmass, Viewline Resort completed a $40 million renovation just in time for summer. Don’t miss Viewline’s Lupine Spa, a partnership with Sundari (an Ayurvedic, all-natural skin care brand) and HydraFacial (a treatment to gird those high cheekbones against the summer sun at 8,000 feet), spanning 3,650 square feet, six treatment rooms, and oversize steam rooms, making it a prime spot in Aspen/Snowmass for pampering.

In Basalt (at 525 Basalt Ave), Monique Spears opened Solstice Flowers, a floral design studio and retail shop specializing in flowers locally sourced from a one-acre organic farm in Willits.

And in Carbondale, the Roaring Fork Gear Library, located at 1310 Highway 133, loans seasonal outdoor recreation gear—everything from stand-up paddleboards to camping gear to adult and kid bikes—for just $1 for up to a week.

At 75B N Second St, White River Books, the first independent bookstore to open in Carbondale in more than a decade, is a haven for bibliophiles shopping for literature, journals, games, and art supplies.

And giving downtown Aspen a karmic boost: Kula on Main opened a new studio (at 1201 Main St) with an expanded offering of wellness classes, including guided meditation and a range of yoga disciplines.

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