The Stone Cup in Lyons, Colorado
No drive to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park here in Colorado, would be complete without a pit stop at The Stone Cup in Lyons, Colorado. Mindy Tallent, the owner, was kind enough to answer a few questions for us, so we could share with you! Make sure to stop by and say hello when you are passing through Lyons! We highly recommend indulging in one of their house made treats. Our favorite? The Monster cookie.
What do you do in your store to nurture your community?
We are a community gathering place, committed to welcoming and serving folks of all backgrounds and orientation.
What trend do you see in your indie business that you’re excited about?
Serving occasional evening Stone Table Dinners. Using local, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients, our staff creates delicious and imaginative, affordable multi-course meals. More dinners are in the works beginning in June 2017.
What’s the best advice you can share that will apply to everyone?
Dalai Lama has summed it up best. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
What’s something you feel people should do more of?
What changes or improvements do you have planned for your business in 2017?
We have newly introduced our Weekend Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with an amazing seasonal menu.
What’s a success you’d love to see someone close to you achieve?
My son has been teaching ESL (English as A Second Language) in a school whose funding will be ended because of severe budget cuts in education by our current administration. I hope that he will be able to find another job and continue making a difference in the lives of people who desire to learn English and live and work in the USA.
What’s been one of the most pleasant experiences of running your business/your job?
Building relationships with regular customers and meeting folks traveling through town from all over the country.
What successful choices have you made in your business that others should consider doing?
We have consciously chosen to do what we can in our business to reduce our impact on the environment, including our comprehensive recycling and composting program (to keep as much as we can out of the landfills), offsetting our energy use with renewable, non-polluting wind energy, and using our solar-powered golf cart for local errands. It is important for business owners and community leaders to lead by example.
What makes you say YAY?
Being parents and now “Nana” and “Papa” to our sweet grandson.