Treadz stepping up to a larger store space
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A proper fitting shoe can make all the difference in the world and that – along with personal attention and high-quality products – is what customers at the new Treadz store can expect to receive.Erin and Jon Zalinski opened the new 5,000-square-foot store at 812 Grand Ave. last Wednesday, moving into the bigger space from the store’s previous location for the past three years on the corner of Cooper Avenue and Eighth Street.”We were motivated because of the good reception we had from what we were doing,” Erin Zalinski said of the move. “People kept asking for more options.”And there were no other shoe stores downtown.Jon Zalinski, who formerly worked as vice president of Summit Canyon Mountaineering for 14 years, also had experience managing Dragon’s Boot and Shoe at the mall under a former owner, prior to its closing about five years ago.”That’s when we decided to open our place,” Jon said. “And we carry a lot of lines that have not been shown in this area.”The store offers red patent-leather open-toed high heels alongside running shoes and flip-flops. Shoe styles include casual, sport and dress shoes, along with boots and sandals, with brands that include Tsubo, Dansko, Pikolinos, Patagonia, Aegis, Keen and Johnston & Murphy.”We lean towards brands that are conscious of how they make their products,” Jon said. “And we want them to be conscious of the materials they use,” Erin added.In keeping with that commitment, Treadz uses only bamboo hangers, and there is no chrome anywhere in the store. Treadz recycles its their cardboard packaging and uses only recycled bags.”I wouldn’t call us ‘green,’ but we try to keep our standards high,” Erin said. “These are our personal values. We try to operate our business the way we live.”
With the move, Treadz is now occupying the former JC Penney building, more recently the site of Spagnolo’s restaurant and other small shops and offices until a fire in March 2006 damaged the interior of the building – mainly the second floor.The building sat vacant for about three years before Israel Shapira, a structural engineer from Glenwood Springs, purchased the building two years ago and completely renovated it. It took him a year to complete the upstairs, which is divided into offices.”When we came to the second floor, everything was stripped,” Shapira said. “Only the structure was left. We spent at least four months on just the structure.”The 1894 building is now practically brand new.”It’s a new building except for the structure – the plumbing, air conditioning – everything is new,” Shapira said.This isn’t his first complete makeover project. Shapira transformed two old buildings in downtown Rifle on Third Street. The Midland building, which houses two restaurants and office spaces was done in 2004 and the Mercantile building across the street, which contains office and retail spaces was completed in 2006.He also renovated the old Taylor House in Glenwood Springs at 903 Bennett Ave. into 11 residential condominiums.And while Treadz has taken over the entire first floor at 812 Grand, the upper floor is still divided into offices. Some are already leased to professionals – a lawyer, psychologist, insurance agency, advertising agency – and there are still a few vacant offices with high ceilings and skylights, Shapira said. Leasing is being handled by Paula Derevensky of Mason Morse Real Estate.Downstairs, shoes aren’t the only thing available at Treadz. The store also carries some clothing, scarves, hats, locally made jewelry, sunscreen, sunglasses, handbags, watches, belts and wallets.More merchandise is on the way.The store will include lines such as Mountain Khaki, Gramicci, Icebreaker, Blue Canoe, Indigenous Designs and Synergy Organics.”We always listen to the input of what brands people like,” Jon said. “We’re here for the customer and to provide legendary customer service with quality products for men, women and kids.”Hours at Treadz are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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