Here’s to Steve’s Guitars |

Here’s to Steve’s Guitars

Out There
Stina Sieg
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Steve, this one is for you.

When I think of the recent places I’ve lived, a few memories come back strong and full. In Portland, Ore., it’s that brew pub and cinema in a quiet section of town. It was the kind of laid back place you could drink a beer, have a burger and watch a movie for about $15. I pretty much spent a whole winter there. In the Bay Area, it’s the Rafael Film Center, an artsy movie house where I used to work. Silver City, N.M. had this wine bar where all the crazy characters I knew came together. There was such an accepting feeling in the air there that my visiting friend, Genie, could play her guitar to a crowd of strangers and still get excited hoots and hollers.

Then there’s Steve’s Guitars.

Like these other, unique little spots, Steve’s feels right. When I’m there, I have this sense I’m sitting in someone’s living room. For the few hours I’m watching some musical or comedy act, it seems I’m on the same page as everyone in the place. I love looking back at Steve, too, because he’s always smiling, watching over everything like a proud parent. He really cares.

How awesome and how rare.

You see, for all those quirky, cool spots I mentioned, there are scores of impersonal ones. Wherever I’ve traveled, I’ve had to check out the entertainment scene. For the most part, the world seems to be made up of 14-screen megaplexes and music halls that sell $8 Red Bulls. That’s fine, and that’s convenient, but I want more. Give me something unique and intimate. Give me something risky. How about something that really matters?

When I come across a place where the owner or employees are so completely into what they’re creating, it stops my heart a little.

Truthfully, I’m not sure when I’ll next make it down to Steve’s. In my heart, though, I’m just so happy it’s there.

Party on, Steve.

And thank you, thank you.

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