A New Life

“Repurposing” has become a catch word in our recycling-conscious society. Instead of simply throwing things away, we try more and more often to find new ways to use old things. For instance, an old milk can (the kind used on milk wagons to deliver milk to neighborhoods) can be beautifully painted and used to hold umbrellas. Or an old quilt that is filled with moth holes can be taken apart, the good material salvaged, and made into a lap quilt or pillows. 

At Annie’s Gold, we have been doing the most simple form of repurposing our whole lives. We take things that are old and beautiful, and give them new life by using them again. Old  things can be full of character, beauty and history, and using antiques in your home connects you to those inherent qualities. Come in some time and walk around Annie’s. Every piece in our store has a story just waiting to be heard.


Something Real

Do you get tired of drive-thru coffee? For goodness sake, even McDonald’s has boutique coffees on its menu now – you can drink a “fast food” mocha with your hamburger, if you can stomach it. To be fair, McDonald’s has its niche, but sometimes what we crave is that hard to find something that simply can’t be found driving through at a fast-food restaurant.

Sometimes what we need is to pull our chair up to true coziness, drinking a made-to-order coffee from a real cup – with a handle, no less. Sometimes we need to walk into a place where we’re not assaulted by brand everywhere we look, where baristas are friendly and knowledgeable, where we’re viewed as customers, not just as a half-caff, non-fat, no-whip mochaccino. Sometimes what we need is a real … live … coffee shop.

Java Mountain Roasters has atmoshpere, fragrance, great coffee and smiling faces. They have that something you’re looking for. Come on in and have a cup.

Celebrate Independence

Come celebrate an Old Fashioned 4th of July in Idaho Springs, the largest town in Clear Creek County. The historic town off I-70 just a few miles west of the Evergreen Parkway exit is fun to visit on its own – with shopping and resaurants, and a quaint main street – but on Monday, July 4th, there will fireworks over Bridal Veil Falls and Charlie Tayler Waterwheel around 9 p.m. There is optimal viewing of the fireworks display from the parking lots behind Beaujos but it’s a good idea to get there early for a good spot! Happy Independence Day!