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Janet Day: Economic downturn provides opportunity for some

Janet Day
Talk of the Valley
Winter Park, Colorado

Restaurant Rebound. While the local restaurants that closed this winter haven’t re-opened ” and bitter feelings remain with some former employees ” a couple entrepreneurs seem to be viewing the economic downturn as an opportunity.

In the Fraser Valley Shopping Center, a couple doors north of Seven Sisters, the Mestar European Cuisine restaurant is poised to open soon. I have little information about the operation or operators, but if European means Italian, French, German or Eastern European dishes, I’m there.

Friends of the old Cookies and More shop in Cooper Creek Square are happy to report that the shop’s former owner, Shelley McDaniel, is taking over the Winter Park Coffee Shop. McDaniel and her mother Marty Griffiths managed the popular coffee and sweets shop in Cooper Creek for years.

Another sweet shop, styled after an old-fashioned soda shop, is under construction at the Winter Park Resort village and reportedly will be open this summer.

Corny Clothing. Corn is everywhere and in everything these days. It’s in some arguably unnatural and not-so-good things like high fructose corn syrup. And it’s in some of the best things on earth ” popcorn, tortillas and, of course, fresh off the cob.

But clothing? Corn clothing? The first thing that may come to mind is little corn-shuck skirts for dolls. Think again. Corn fibers can be made into amazingly soft threads and yarns which are turned into clothing. Who knew?

Stop by Seven Sisters in the Fraser Valley Shopping Center to take a look or try it on. Cheryl Key can provide an amazing amount of information on organic and natural-fiber clothing in the shop, including a hug-ably soft corn sweater.

The store also carries a line of organic bamboo clothing. Bamboo apparently isn’t just for pandas to eat any more. It’s a fast-growing, adaptable, durable plant with fibers that, like corn, can be turned into surprisingly soft clothing. Cheryl sold one bamboo sweater this winter only to have the customer call from New York and order more.

Seven Sisters also carries a line of organic hemp clothing (no, it’s not made from cannabis and you can’t smoke it) that’s as durable as it is stylish and a variety of casual or slightly dressier women’s wear made from organic cotton. Stop by and try some on ” you won’t want to take them off. And do it while the mud season sale is going on to save some money.

Be Busy. The weather’s improved and the trails are drying fast, but mud season can still be a bore. There are still plenty of ways to keep your mind and body busy locally.

The Fraser Valley Library is hosing its monthly movie night on May 21 at 6 p.m. Charlie Agar will host a showing of 1984’s “This is Spinal Tap,” a hilarious satire of the rock and roll scene. The library hosts the Socrates Cafe philosophical discussion group on May 28 at 6 p.m.

Mountain Moon Yoga is offering a few specials this month. Kids Yoga, an introductory-yoga class will be held every Saturday in May. Children in preschool up to age 8 will explore moving yoga poses and practices that mimic animals and nature. Parents may attend but their presence is not required. The kids’ classes are held from 10 to 11 a.m. and cost $5 per child.

If retail therapy brightens your mud season, check out Mountain Moon’s Big Spring Sale with prices at 50% off clothing, practice tools, instructional books, music and therapeutic footwear. For details, go to http://www.mtmoonyoga.com.

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