Last week, the Steamboat Springs newspaper conducted a survey about bringing “big box” stores like Home Depot, Target, and Costco to the Yampa Valley. The results were pretty evenly split. Half want them, half think they will wreck Routt County.
Steamboat Springs is a unique place. Travel today has become so homogenized that you can eat at the same restaurant, shop at the same stores, and buy the same products whether you are in Des Moines, Albuquerque, or Baltimore.
Well, you can’t do that in Steamboat Springs, and that is what visitors love about our valley. We may have eight Starbucks, but we don’t have a mall. If you want clothes, choices are cowboy wear from FM Light and Sons, outdoor wear and fleece, Norwegian sweaters at Moose Mountain, Under Armor and bike shorts. Need shoes? You better like Dansko, Merrill, and Born.
And there lies the problem. Read More→