A lot of business news in 2020 made headlines outside the designated Business section.
There was the “Save the Block” campaign, for example, which raised $7 million to rescue from a giant hotel project the patch of downtown Jackson where Persephone, Healthy Being Juicery and Cafe Genevieve operate. Kmart’s long-predicted demise was confirmed, prompting hopes-slash-rumors of a Target or Fred Meyer coming in. The Ikon pass made skiers snarl about crowding at Teton Village but made restaurateurs smile about full houses.
A fire destroyed the Rusty Parrot Lodge. The town of Jackson’s plastic bag ordinance took effect, requiring grocery stores and retail shops to stop giving out single-use plastic bags and start charging 20 cents for paper bags. News broke that The Virginian RV park might be turned into housing. Work began on the 90-unit Sagebrush Apartments project on West Broadway.
Here are some other business highlights:
Farewell to ...
... the Ranch Shop, in business since 1964. “Fifty-five years is long enough,” founder Abi Garaman said. Now there’s a Country Cousin shop there. ... Gifts of the Earth, which Brooke Bullinger is closing after 45 years. ... The Bootlegger, which had shod Jacksonites in style since 1979. ... Legacy Gallery, part of the Jackson art scene for 28 years. Its Town Square space is now filled by the Five & Dime General Store. ... By Nature Gallery, The Grand Fine Art, the Teton Art Gallery, the Exitus Escape Room and the Pawn Shop.
Besides the loss of famous faces there was lots of other movement around Town Square. Spirits and Spice, Gallery Wild, Roam, Penny Lane, Ringholz Studios, Terra and Pursue Movement Studio changed addresses, sometimes because bigger and better square footage became available and sometimes because their landlords had other plans for their space. ... After losing its longtime home in Snow King Hotel The Clip Joint landed at Margarita’s Hair Studio on Mercill Avenue. ... Wilderness Adventures moved from the West Bank to a 1930s-era house at the corner of Snow King Avenue and King Street. ... Teton Tails moved off Pearl Avenue and into the Broadway building many still refer to as the old Bubba’s.
Growing and growing
The Westbank Center, the commercial area of The Aspens, welcomed the Wilson Book Gallery, sister to the Jackson Hole Book Trader; M, opened by the same guys who own Mountain Dandy and Made; and Persephone West, part of Jackson’s Persephone and Picnic family. ... The Anvil Hotel opened Cache House, a hip hostel that adds a budget-friendly option in downtown Jackson. ... The Huff House began building an addition on East Broadway where a dentist’s office used to be. ... Fitzgerald’s opened a shop in Idaho Falls. ... Vertical Harvest received $500K to study the potential for building vertical greenhouses in housing developments. ... One Town Hill, a condo and commercial project, opened at the base of Snow King Mountain. ... Stio opened a second corporate office, this one on the West Bank.
... to Amangani, a pioneer of luxe accommodations in Jackson Hole when it opened 20 years ago ... to Judy Singleton, who’s been helping people make the most of their money for 25 years, currently as J Singleton Financial. ... and to Skinny Skis, which has equipped Nordic skiers for 45 years.
Kelly Lockhart, with decades of experience in ranching, real estate and investment management, landed a place in the Wyoming Business Hall of Fame. ... The Teton Board of Realtors named Max Chapman, owner of Snow King Mountain Resort and Brooks Lake Lodge, Business Person of the Year, and Thayne resident Patty Speakman as Realtor of the Year. ... Gary Trauner, an entrepreneur, former school board chairman and hospital executive, and past candidate for U.S. House and Senate, became executive director of Silicon Couloir, the nonprofit that nurtures entrepreneurship in the Tetons. ... The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award was a group affair, going to the Save the Cafe Genevieve Block contributors, with special recognition for Jackson Hole Land Trust President Laurie Andrews and the Land Trust staff. ... Shelby Read of the Jackson Hole Community Foundation won the chamber’s Rising Star Award.
New names, new looks
Revolution Indoor Cycling became Vim. ... Huntsman Springs became Tributary. ... Movieworks and Jackson Twin Cinema installed comfy reclining seats and introduced online ticketing and seat reservations. ... Snow King Hotel began renovating its guest rooms. ... The Westbank Grill got a face-lift. ... After a long closure due to a burst pipe, E.leaven reopened with an updated interior.
Chuck Schaap, owner of Teton Mountaineering since 1971, sold the shop to his longtime manager, Rex Hong. ... KDG Capital, a real estate firm in Tampa, Florida, announced it purchased Snow King Hotel. ... Wade McKoy and Bob Woodall of Focus Productions, publisher of Jackson Hole Skier, the Jackson Hole Dining Guide and the Grand Teton and Yellowstone Adventure Guide, sold the business to Keli Lessing. ... Mountain Property Management acquired New West Property Management. ... Rick Hollingsworth, who ran the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar gift shop for more than 30 years, bowed out as bar manager Silver Dollar Inc., decided to consolidate management of the shop with that of the retail operation in its other Jackson property, The Wort Hotel. ... A “for lease” sign went up outside the Pink Garter Theatre.
Among Jackson businesses that crowdfunded on Kickstarter this year, Give’r took the cake with a haul of nearly $1 million to launch its Frontier mittens. ... Powwater and Mountainist took top honors at the annual Pitch Day. ... New businesses that sprouted included Sticks and Stones, Jackson Hole Goat Yoga, Wheel Wranglers and Wolf’s Jackson Hole.