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Kittredge cottage to become new feed store

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By Vicky Gits

A mom-and-daughter team of three has purchased a rustic, one-story cottage in Kittredge and will open a new ranch-oriented supply store sometime this spring in the 2,000-square-foot space.

Co-owner Lynette Raymond said she envisioned “a lot of tack, pet supplies, grain, supplements and water tanks — sort of a Murdoch’s on a much smaller scale.”

It will be called Canyon Tack and Feed. In past lives, the cabin has been a cabinet shop and real estate agency.

The cabin, on the corner of Myers Gulch Road and Highway 74, is an original log structure built in 1924 on the bank of Bear Creek.

Linda Snyder, Luanne Norris and Raymond are co-owners of Soda Lake Feed in Morrison at 14500 W. Hampden Ave. Most of their business consists of delivering hay by the ton from the Steamboat area to clients in Evergreen, Englewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge and Castle Rock. They also have a lot of customers in Indian Hills, Kittredge and Conifer.

Some of the hay goes into their large barn and is delivered to people who don’t have storage space. The process involves many hours behind the wheel of a semi-tractor truck, Raymond said. Some clients buy as much as 2 or 3 tons a month at $325 a month.

Raymond’s mother bought the business in 1972, when it was mainly delivering feed to the now-defunct Centennial Racetrack in Littleton.

The owners thought the Kittredge cabin would be a good place to open a retail store — so that a few years down the road they can relax more and not have to do so much loading and unloading of hay. A previous feed store in Kittredge, Ted Mann’s, went out of business several years ago. It used to be in the building now occupied by Comfortable Home.

“We thought eventually tack and feed might be a little easier,” Raymond said.

The family group also runs a boarding stable with 50 horses and 20 black angus cattle on their old homestead in Morrison.

The owners don’t plan to do a lot of remodeling, though the cabin could use a new paint job to be more visible and signage, of course.

“We’ll expand the parking lot down the road. The entryway is pretty narrow. It’s really cute the way it is,” Raymond said.

The building sold for $455,000, said Bill Downes of Remax Alliance Commercial, which represented the seller.

Contact staff writer Vicky Gits at vicky@evergreenco.com.