Store finds success being open two days a week; moving to new location |

Store finds success being open two days a week; moving to new location

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A sign in the hallway of Leslie Warren’s Real Deals Home Decor shop in Glenwood Springs reads, “Cherish life’s simple pleasures.” That is something Warren does not only in life, but in work as well.Warren works only two days a week. Well, really she works more than that, but her home decor store is only open to the public two days a week. It’s not because she’s lazy, that’s just the way she runs her business.”It happened by accident, it wasn’t anything I planned,” she said, taking a break on Thursday out front of her store on South Grand Avenue.She visited another Real Deals location last year while visiting her sister, Holly Hansen, in Twin Falls, Idaho. The business was just getting things in order to begin franchise options, and that’s when Warren picked up the phone and called her husband, Jeff.”I walked through the store and loved it,” Warren said. “I thought it would be a good fit for Glenwood.”The store has an eclectic mix of home decor including wall art, decorative mirrors, clocks, vintage furniture and cabinets and other home decor items at wholesale prices. That’s a recipe for success in the Roaring Fork Valley.”We’re able to offer the low prices because we are a franchise,” Warren said. “So far, business has been great. We have some people that come in every week.”Warren receives shipments of new merchandise nearly every week to keep inventory fresh, another ingredient that’s proved to be good for business.In January, they opened the first location in Glenwood Springs. Then with partners John and Carla Kohls of Grand Junction, the Warrens opened a second location in Grand Junction.”That store is doing really well,” Warren said.Real Deals currently has 33 locations in 11 states, but if you haven’t visited the Glenwood store yet you will have to hurry. The store is setting up a new shop Sept. 13 just outside of town on Highway 82 south of the Colorado Mountain College turnoff.The store will still be open Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but will allow a better layout for the merchandise. “We needed to move into a place that had one level,” Warren said. “We just got tired of moving things up and down the stairs.”Customers are invited to attend an open house on Sept. 13 and 15 at the new location to celebrate the new digs. “After we close on Saturday (Sept. 8) we have five days to move, and we’ll be open again on Thursday,” Leslie said. “We will be open, the doors aren’t going to close.”Only being open two days a week has its advantages.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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