Do you know what is going on with Ackley's or heard any good
rumors or Dick's? I know Rhonda tried taking over the rock portion
and couldn't swing it, and I didn't ask Mr. Ackley my last time
I didn't know you were from the springs. Nice to have another
Orchidian in the neighborhood.
The Ackley's will be retiring within the next year or so but have
not announced a date. They have a couple of interested buyers but
none of the buyers have the capital for the building so they would be
buying the inventory and equipment. I don't know if you have been in
the back room of Ackley's but it is stacked floor to ceiling with
trays of mineral specimens. Someone could do well selling them on
ebay. I was hoping to get one of their saws...
Rhonda did buy the rock shop business but turned it back to the
Ackley's saying it was too much of a headache she didn't say if she
was making any money or not. Probably not.
It's a shame that a local landmark like Ackley's will soon be gone.
It was always nice to drop in for something quick plus the social
aspect. Ackley's saved my butt the other day. I was doing a setting
job for a customer that involved 3 2mm synthetic birthstones. I lost
one and would have had to order a replacement from Stuller for
overnight delivery but a call to Rhonda and they had them in stock.
Dick's Rock Shop had to move because their building was being
condemned for highway expansion. They were leasing the building so no
cash windfall for them. They have opened another store in downtown
Fountain on mainstreet. I haven't been out to their new store yet.
No trip to Wheatland, WY for the auction for me. I spent too much at
the show in Denver last weekend. I was hoping to get some Medicine
Bow Dendritic agate. I know people that are going to the auction and
I'm already negotiating a trades...
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Rocky Mountain Wonders
Colorado Springs, Colorado