Mona Lisa boutique moves to new Hotel Denver space
Higher ceilings and better lighting are just a couple of the perks of Mona Lisa Unique Boutique’s new space in the Hotel Denver.
“It’s just kind of sparkly and twinkly in here,” said owner Lisa Manzano.
Mona Lisa’s old space in the Hotel Denver is being turned into a coffee and pastry shop, helping complete the 7th Street outdoor dining esplanade. Manzano said she’s thrilled her shop is still in the hotel, now in a better location, but the moving process took some time.
“We did quite an extensive remodel,” Manzano said. “We did the remodel starting in late October, and then I was moving and working at both the stores, back and forth. I moved January First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth. By the Fifth I was just exhausted.”
The work was well worth it to be able to better display all the shop’s fun, unique items, like clothing, accessories, cards, journals, soaps and more.
“I have a lot of fair trade, I have a lot of sizing — I carry extra small to two-x — and I just have a little bit of everything for anybody,” Manzano said.
Mona Lisa is entering its 17th year in Glenwood Springs. Manzano said she’s been working in retail her entire adult life, starting with Lord & Taylor when she was 18. She’s lived in the valley for 40 years, and in addition to just loving having her own business, she said she really enjoys working and living in Glenwood Springs.
“This is my home, and I love the community and the support I get from the locals,” she said. “I have a wonderful tourist base and a lot of repeat customers from up and down the valley, and actually from all over the world. They come here to Glenwood because people love it here.”
Mona Lisa Unique Boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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