Business owners who opened new shops and eateries in Castle Rock during the COVID-19 pandemic say they've been impressed with community support during the economic crisis and hope it keeps up. Jayne …
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Business owners who opened new shops and eateries in Castle Rock during the COVID-19 pandemic say they've been impressed with community support during the economic crisis and hope it keeps up.
Jayne Tien is co-owner of Mod Mountain Boutique. The women's clothing and gift store opened in September 2019, a few months before businesses were forced to shut down by the novel coronavirus.
“We were just starting to get our feet on the ground,” she said.
The shop relied on online sales as it kept doors closed for weeks and then began allowing in-person shopping on a part-time basis as society reopened. Now back in full swing, Tien said business has been strong.
She's grateful to be located across from the popular Festival Park and is looking forward to serving customers during the holidays, bringing in specialty gift items.
“A lot of people were glad that we were here when stores could reopen,” she said.
Next door, Randy Taplin manages the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, which opened in June. Taplin also said their location in the Riverwalk building is a huge asset.
“It's been a crazy house,” he said. “The foot traffic here is just huge.”
Based on conversations with customers, Taplin has had the impression many people are choosing to shop local, he said.
“I really just hope it keeps going,” he said.
Down the street, Brandon Cant sat at the bar in the restaurant he co-owns, The Backyard. The bar and grill opened in late September.
“It's been a whirlwind of emotions,” Cant said.
Fun, exciting, challenging — all words came to mind when Cant thought about opening The Backyard.
The location's seating is mostly outside, he said, which has helped the business maintain COVID-19 precautions. Cant said he has always known Castle Rock to be a community that supports local businesses.
“Supporting local is huge,” he said.
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