New Montrose Store Specializes in ‘Modern Country’
by Beverly Corbell
Sep 17, 2009 | 2427 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NICHE MARKET – Amber Steed (left) waits on customer Debbie Combs at the newly opened Modern Country Store on Hawk Parkway in Montrose. The store emphasizes healthy eating. (Photo by Beverly Corbell)
NICHE MARKET – Amber Steed (left) waits on customer Debbie Combs at the newly opened Modern Country Store on Hawk Parkway in Montrose. The store emphasizes healthy eating. (Photo by Beverly Corbell)
slideshow
MONTROSE – If you’re looking for hard-to-find recipe ingredients like porcini mushrooms, Kalijira rice, dried cranberry beans or gluten-free baking supplies, the Modern Country Store has them all.

The store has a wide variety of products in small quantities as well as bulk, said Amber Steed, who opened the store at 1414 Hawk Parkway with her husband Guy about two months ago.

Business had been “up and down,” Steed said, but the couple is convinced they’ve found a niche market.

“We tried to focus on things that are hard to find,” she said. Those items can range from 2-quart Ball canning jars to whole ground mustard seed, habanero and jalapeno powder, a whole line of sea salts and a big line of dried chilis.

The store also stocks many varieties of wheat, in bulk, which the Steeds will happily grind up for you.

“We have bags of hard red, hard white and soft white wheat,” she said. “You can buy the wheat and have it ground at the store, but we also sell grinders.”

The Steeds grind their own flour for the in-store bakery, she said, and they serve up gluten-free baked goods on Thursdays.

“We only use natural sweeteners in the bakery, like honey or agave or maple syrup, but no sugar,” she said.

Emphasis is on healthy eating, Steed said, and the motto of the store is “bringing back the goodness of the past.”

Bags and large six-gallon buckets line the walls of the store, offering six kinds of rice as well as wheat, corn and other grains.

Products like red and green curry paste, coconut oil, the large gluten-free section and handmade body and shampoo bars should appeal to customers, Steed said, as well as Morel and Black Trumpet mushrooms and a variety of packaged nuts.

The Country Supply Store also sell cooking devices like blenders, juicers and food processors, including high-end brands like Bosch, BlendTec and VitaMix, as well as a limited line of furniture, made by a family friend, unique in that all the pieces can be taken apart and laid flat. Furniture currently on sale includes a toddler bed for $140, a wooden hamper for $70 and a rocking chair with wagon wheel sides for about $250.

“They all break down and are completely collapsible,” Steed said.

The couple started with a dairy in February, and opened the Country Supply store a few months later. They didn’t consult other businesses, but decided to try their own unique style.

“It sounded like fun, but this is new for us,” she said. “We’re a little old-fashioned, but modern and still good.”
Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet