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Apr 25

Beyond Main Street

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 2:47 PM by Melissa Lowe

The Downtown Development Authority stretches far beyond what most people see, and while Main Street is considered the heart of downtown, several blocks either side offer a wide range of interesting and essential businesses for life in the city. The 400th block of North 1st Street is a good example. 


Threads N’ Things, 101 North Uncompahgre Ave #8

Threads N Things Montrose CO

One of several consignment shops in the Downtown, Threads N’ Things has been in Montrose for about 15 years. The shop moved to its current location four years ago. Owner Charlee Wagner lived in Montrose for about 15 years but moved out of state around six months or so, but with so many consigners Wagner’s friend Angela Lewis stepped in as the shop’s manager to keep things moving along.

With items for men, women and children, including a wide range of clothing and shoes from over 800 consigners, Threads N’ Things attracts people from as far as Grand Junction and Telluride. 

One type of item that Threads N’ Things has a lot of is medical scrubs, both consigned and brand new. In fact, scrubs are a surprisingly important part of the business, presumably thanks to its proximity to Montrose hospitals. Because there are chiropractors and massage therapists in the same building the store sees a good amount of walk-in traffic.

Although Threads N’ Things is currently in the process of switching over to summer inventory, consignors can bring in items that aren’t strictly for summer and they will be put into storage ready for when that season rolls around. During switchover periods there are often sales of up to 75 percent off. Things also go on sale when they have been around for 80 days. 

If you’re interested in consigning items you no longer need, just pick up an application from the store to get started. The sale price is split 50/50 with the consignor and the store.

Columbine Copy Center, 419 North 1st Street

Columbine Copy Center Montrose CO

The history of Columbine Copy Center goes back to the mid 70’s when the business opened on East Main near the Coffee Trader. It has moved several times since then - to Main Street across from Chow Down Pet Supplies, then to Uncompahgre Avenue where Blue Mesa Float Center is -  before landing in its current location in 1994. 

Leanna Roberts took over on April 1, 2014 from Paul Lewis who was the one who moved it into the beautiful building it is currently in back in the early 2000s. However, the building wasn’t always so beautiful having been covered in sheet metal when Lewis took over the building, eventually striping off the metal and remodeled the interior. 

Offering various copy and printing services, Columbine Copy Center works with all kinds of people and businesses in town providing all manner of important services. 

Roberts says that the biggest portion of her business comes from large-format copying with the majority of her customers being contractors, but people from all walks of life in Montrose will come in for all kinds of one-off jobs, highlighting how important it is to have these local businesses in our community.  

Mylar’s Auto Refinishing Service Inc., 429 North 1st Street

Mylars Auto Montrose CO

Mylar’s has been a Montrose mainstay for over seven decades. In that time the business has changed hands a few times eventually being taken over by Rob Lake, who has worked with the company since his high school days. Lake’s dad had been with the company and worked for the original owner, Bob Mylar and Rob joined straight of high school back in the 1970’s. The shop was located by Friendship Hall originally, then it moved near Main Street and Park Ave and is now located right next to Columbine Copy Center on North 1st Street. Lake eventually entered a partnership with a couple of partners in 1996 and bought them out in 2001. 

At the heart of what Lake does at Mylar’s is quality and customer service. With a wall loaded with certifications of all kinds, Lake is very proactive when it comes to keeping everyone up to date as well as making sure that his practices are good for customers, workers and the environment by using products that are better for Mother Earth and better disposal methods. 

A good percentage of Mylar’s business comes through direct repair through insurance companies which means that customers come from as far as Cedaredge, but there are plenty of regular locals, too, which shouldn’t come as a surprise when you have been around for 70 years!

If you do need some work done on your vehicle, be sure to get in touch with Mylar’s in advance as they currently scheduled out for a couple of months. 

Head off the beaten track and discover Montrose beyond Main Street today!