This summer, Clear Creek residents won’t have to go to a farmers market to find locally sourced foods and products.
After a few years of working farmers markets himself and meeting a lot of local producers, Chef’s Corner owner Marty Anklam wanted to offer the same products but in a permanent location.
The specialty grocery store and deli/butcher shop, located at 406 Sixth St. in Georgetown, offers a variety of meats, cheeses, honeys, jams, sauces and other products. Anklam opened the store in late April, and said he’s planning to expand his deli/butcher side of the business, and eventually offer personal chef services.
Anklam, who’s been a chef for 20 years, moved to Georgetown last year as a central location to work at Denver-area and mountain-town farmers markets. After spending more time in Georgetown, he felt it’d be a good location to open the shop he’d been considering for years.
So far, he said there’s been a good response from the community, and he’s seen a good mix of locals and tourists stopping through.
Along with locally sourced food products, Chef’s Corner also offers kitchen utensils and tools, such as tea infusers, French presses, cutting boards, and knives. It also has a few other non-food-related items, such as jewelry and candles, all of which are Colorado products.
If there’s anything else people would like to see in the store, Anklam said he’s taking requests and suggestions.
His overall goal in starting Chef’s Corner was to offer fun, locally made items for Clear Creek residents and visitors so “they can have restaurant-quality food at home,” he described.
“I’m excited to be a part of the community,” Anklam continued. “To be able to pass on my culinary knowledge and experience… is a lot of fun.”
Chef’s Corner is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. every day.
Loveland closes for season after ‘return to normalcy’
After a shortened season and another with major restrictions, Loveland Ski Area staff and patrons were happy to have a “return to normalcy” over the 2021-22 season, marketing director John Sellers said.
Loveland Ski Area closed for the season on May 8, with hundreds of snow-lovers hoping to get in one last run before summer gets underway.
While the ski area started off the 2021-22 season under the countywide mask mandate, there were no other restrictions otherwise, Sellers detailed. The cafeterias and bars were open to capacity, which Loveland didn’t do last year. There was also plenty of music on the weekends, and the on-mountain cabins were open as well.
Overall, Sellers described, it was a good season with plenty of events back on the calendar.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and sent a below-average snow year. The lack of good conditions meant Loveland SnowCat Tours didn’t launch this past season as expected, Sellers explained.
The program, which is now slated to launch in 2022-23, will offer paid, guided tours of nearby Dry Gulch.
During the off-season, ski area staff will be replacing Lift 6 to improve its speed and capacity. The Loveland Valley expansion project will also be finished over the summer, and should be open to the public next season. Sellers said the expansion will triple the seating capacity in the Loveland Valley lodge and expand the ski and ride school’s check-in area and the rental shop.
Sellers added that 2022-23 season passes are available to purchase online, and snowmaking operations will start in approximately 140 days.
For more information, visit skiloveland.com.