If you live in Estes Park, "Brownfields" is all you need to say. Over the years however the store and the name have changed. The service and the quality of goods has not. Here is a picture of the latest change at Brownfields.
Brownfields recently made history again by changing the name and the sign on the front of the store. Brownfields has always been the consistent theme over the years and everyone knows Jerry, Don and "Brownfields Crew".
Just in case you forgot what the old look was, here is a shot before the sign was removed for the new look in 2011.
Brownfields Trading Post. This was the look that Brownfields had from 1986 until July of 2011. Don and Jerry were out front admiring the new sign and knew that they had done the right thing when they heard a little boy tell his dad "I want to go to the Trading Post". It has to give you a great feeling as a store owner to get such immediate feedback. Enough so that they have remembered it all of these years.
Like many Estes Park businesses that started as the "Mom & Pop" store, the original store was started in the Preston House at 350 East Elkhorn Avenue, and still today's address. You can tell that there have been many changes over the years since then.
During the 1950's, the store was known as a leather shop. Not just any leather shop, but a western leather shop.
You can see that the sign on the front of the store boats a Western Leather shop. The streets are dirt in front of the store in this shot taken in the 1950's. Estes Park was still a little western town with kids running horse races up and down main street in the summer time for something to do.
Typical of the 60's, the store took on the 60's George Jetson look. We were all so full of ourselves in the 60's, but that is a whole different subject that I will address later. None the less, a very interesting look.
In 1978 they cleaned up the look of the store by removing the 60's look and changing the color scheme.The name of the store still brandished "The Leather Shop" in 1978. The location is still the same on Elkhorn Avenue.
In 1984 the front of the store was changed to the "Western" look that it has today. A very significant improvement and a classic look that has stayed the time for over 27 years.If you live here, visit here or just wandering through by accident, make sure you stop at Brownfields an Estes Park Legend. Brownfields the New Look
Have a great day and don't forget to stop in and buy something - they have great deals every day, new merchandise every week.