Golden shoppers could be excused if they get a little lost when trying to find local businesses around town these days. Numerous businesses have either moved or renovated in recent months, and it would be hard to declare the changes as anything but positive.
Among the businesses that have moved or are planning to move shortly, are the Jungle Room, Jita’s Cafe, Bizarre Entertainment, Higher Ground and Kicking Horse Interiors. Several others have completed or begun beautification projects as well.
All of this is good news according to Chamber of Commerce manager Ruth Hamilton.
“I’m excited to see it. It’s great to see businesses making changes for the better,” Hamilton said.
“I think people are confident in the economy now, they’re busy and they feel financially stable enough to start doing these projects.”
With the economic climate looking better than they did a few years ago, it was an easy decision for businesses to expand and improve their space.
For David Gagnon at Higher Ground, more space was a necessity in order for the outdoor sports company to grow and their new location, where Moon Cafe used to be, will just about double the space the business has available to it.
Gagnon hopes that added space will allow Higher Ground to expand on the items that it already sells and rents, while also offering new products as well.
“We’re going to be expanding the rentals a little bit, and we know that that is something people have been looking for in our store, whether it’s for the winter or summer.” Gagnon said.
For Kuljit “Jita” Jaswal, moving her cafe has been in the works for some time, and she was happy to move into a larger space. An added bonus was that her husband, Trevor Hamre, was able to occupy the space next door with his store, Bizarre Entertainment.
Jaswal agrees that the move represents a further commitment to doing business in Golden, a commitment that wouldn’t be possible without a loyal base of customers.
“I wouldn’t have moved if I didn’t see myself staying here a little while,” Jaswal said.
“I have a pretty loyal, local clientele. I know with tourism it is always up and down and that sort of thing, but I’ve been here long enough and I know my clientele and I know that I have them long-term.”