Category Archives: Colorado

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“It’s the kind of stuff I guess you would expect a billionaire to construct. It’s like something out of a ‘Gunsmoke’ movie set.”

Ramon Reed, a planning commissioner in Colorado, quoted in the Denver Post about a faux Old West town that Bill Koch built

Mitchell Theatres buys Colorado theater

UPDATED — On the heels of entering New Mexico to expand its chain of theaters, Mitchell Theatres has now added a fifth state: Colorado.

The company purchased Skyline Cinema in Dillon, Colo., an eight-screen theater that serves the Summit County resort community. That includes Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Frisco, Copper and Dillon.

This makes 11 theaters and 81 screens that the Mitchell family owns. The family, including Brian Mitchell and his siblings Brent, a lawyer at Martin Pringle, and Kendra Ramsey, who lives in Texas, is a farming family that bought its first theater in Newton six years ago and has been steadily acquiring new theaters ever since.

The Colorado acquisition was completed the Monday after the July 20 shootings in an Aurora theater, which is about 80 miles from the Dillon theater.

Brian Mitchell says while he was in Colorado for the purchase, he drove to Aurora to visit a memorial to the victims.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Mitchell says. “Your heart goes out to the families, but it’s also inspiring because you’d visit with people around the memorial.”

He says he contacted each of his family’s theaters regarding security after the Aurora shootings. Mitchell said he instructed managers to hire extra security officers if they felt they were needed, and some did. He says the theaters are still allowing costumes at shows, but not full masks or fake weapons.

“You didn’t want to eliminate the experience of dressing up for Batman, but you want to make everybody feel safe.”

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Colorado appreciates that Coleman Co. is making Golden its “global headquarters”

WICHITA — Last fall, when Have You Heard? broke the news that Coleman Co. was moving its leadership team back to Colorado,  president and CEO Robert Marcovitch didn’t characterize it as moving the company’s headquarters.

“Well, I think Coleman’s headquarters is in the United States of America if you ask me. I think on the global scale.”

That’s not how they’re taking it in Colorado.

Over the weekend, the Denver Post reported: “The Coleman Co., known for its array of camping products, will mark the opening of its global headquarters in Golden on Monday, about 15 years after it left the city for Wichita.”

Marcovitch initially wouldn’t say where in the Denver metropolitan area the company would locate, but speculation was it would be returning to its former headquarters in Golden.

The Post reports that’s the case.

“The company is moving back into the same $4.5 million custom-built, log-cabin-style headquarters it built in 1996.”

The paper says Coleman is announcing changes to its headquarters today.

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Aspen Traders to open in Colorado

James Smits standing in front of the future home of Aspen Traders.

WICHITA — Monica and James Smits are bringing back their Aspen Traders name, but not for their Wichita store.

The two, who own Aspen Boutique in Wichita, are opening a new store in Leadville, Colo. That’s about 30 minutes from Vail.

“We’re going to open a summer boutique,” James Smits says. “So it’ll be open from Memorial Day until Labor Day.”

So is it an excuse to have a great summer vacation home?

“Basically.”

Actually, the Smits both are from Colorado.

“As our families have aged, we’ve kind of wanted to be a little closer, and it just puts us a little closer for the summer,” Smits says. “And it’s kind of a creative challenge.”

He calls it a “tremendous” tourist area.

“It’s a genuine old mining town dating back to the 1880s,” Smits says. “What they call a boomtown. It was actually the most prosperous mining town in Colorado.”

Their building, which is on the main street through town, was built in that era.

“It’s really quite cute,” Smits says.

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