The Riverwalk in downtown Castle Rock is officially open for business. On April 13, Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato in Castle Rock will become the first retail business to open its doors in the …
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The Riverwalk in downtown Castle Rock is officially open for business.
On April 13, Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato in Castle Rock will become the first retail business to open its doors in the downtown mixed-use development. The shop's grand opening comes on the heels of the first 15 residents moving into their apartments on April 1.
The Riverwalk was approved in 2016 and promised to bring retail, residential and restaurant space to the heart of Castle Rock. Project owner Tony DeSimone of Confluence Companies said there are 32 leases signed.
“It's one of the things that we tried to recruit into the project, just creating a really cool destination,” he said of the ice cream store.
At the helm of Glacier are Castle Rock couple Tony and Gail Berberich. Tony comes from a background in accounting and business analysis while Gail has worked for years as a hair stylist and 14 years in retail.
By opening Glacier, the duo said they are combining their skills and fulfilling a longtime dream of operating their own, family-friendly ice cream shop.
“We've always wanted to have something of our own,” Tony said.
They described Glacier Ice Cream and Gelato, a Boulder-based company with more locations in Denver, as the perfect fit for them. The company's licensee business model allowed the couple to customize the shop to their personality, rather than open a cookie-cutter franchise, Tony said.
To do that the couple incorporated social-media-worthy decor like murals and chalkboard art into the interior design of their store — which they hope people post about when they visit.
The family previously lived in Elizabeth, where they homeschooled their five children but traveled to Castle Rock often for church or community events.
On those trips, they frequently stopped at a local ice cream shop, since closed, where they created countless family memories, Gail said. It became one reason they have for years thought of opening an ice cream parlor, at one time hashing out a concept for a 1950s-inspired store.
The family moved to Castle Rock in 2005. Their children will also help run Glacier.
DeSimone said businesses like Glacier offer an amenity to residential tenants, who can “hit the elevator and go down to the ground level and visit a lot of this great retail.”
There are more businesses nearing opening dates as well. Great Divide Brewing Co. will open an 8,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant in the project this October, boasting 16 beer taps for craft beers and a beer special to Castle Rock. The women's clothing store Mod Mountain Boutique aims to open by June.
“In general, what we're trying to create here,” DeSimone said, “is a place that brings people to downtown Castle Rock.”
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