We are locally owned and love living here. You will notice a different vibe when walking in here for the first time. The second time you come visit, expect to be remembered and welcomed by name! We keep all paint colors on file so plan on getting the correct color when re-ordering whether it is in one day, or 4 years. We have a small staff which allows us to remember every person that comes in here. Even though we may not always be able to spend as much time as we want to with each customer because of the small staff, our goal is to never leave you feeling ignored. Mountain Colors Paint & Design was named the Crested Butte Business of the Year in 2010. This is a highly coveted award and we were honored to receive it! Contact us for our new line of Mountain Colors gear! We have kids, women’s cut, and men’s shirts, as well as trucker hats.
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Mountain Colors Paint & Designs Core Values
As we grow as a company, it has become more and more important to explicitly define the core values from which we develop our culture, our brand, and our business strategies. These are the core values that we live by:1. Be a productive and contributing member of society 2. Support the unique community & environment we live in 3. Embrace and drive change 4. Create ongoing win-win partnerships with our suppliers and vendors 5. Pursue growth and learning 6. Do more with less 7. Be humble 8. Be a socially responsible business by taking responsibility for the impact my businesses activities has on customers, employees, communities and the environment.
Kim Raines, Owner since 2006
I moved to Crested Butte literally one day after graduating from Colorado State University in 2002. My family vacationed here since I was born and I wanted to spend a year after college in Crested Butte to decide how I planned to use my psychology degree and what my expectations were for my future. However, as many before me, I found it impossible to leave. I fell in love with the lifestyle and the community of this town, met my husband and started a family. As luck would have it, I came upon Mountain Colors in May 2004 in the employment column in the Crested Butte News. The job was meant to be a fun summer job while I searched for a “real job”, yet it became my new passion – color and design. I had always felt lost in the professional side of life until I let my creativity take over. Finding a way to keep that creativity alive became a priority. That was the main reason I purchased the business from the previous owners in October 2006. The design aspect of this business challenges me daily as I try to stay on top of new and upcoming products and design trends. And the small business aspect of this business challenges me in a whole different way as I try to stay competitive, reliable, and profitable in the building industry. When not at Mountain Colors, you can find me hanging with my boys Hugh(6) and Bode (4) and teaching them all the joys of growing up in Crested Butte. When we have free time, my husband and I trade who gets to go skiing, trail running, or mountain biking to actually get out and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Sometimes, we even have a wonderful visiting family member or babysitter into watching our boys so we actually get to ride singletrack or sit on a chairlift together.
Dara Buchele-Collins, Paint Center Manager
Dara brings to the table over 9 years of retail experience. Dara has worn many hats in Crested Butte in the past and we are very lucky to have her wearing the paint making hat now! Dara moved to Crested Butte for the same reason we all did – to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, and live in the unique community that Crested Butte offers. When Dara is not at Mountain Colors, you can find her skiing, hiking and biking with her dog Eddy.
Life in Crested Butte
We are the first to admit that living in Crested Butte is not the easiest place to live, but we happily make sacrifices for the sense of community and the millions of acres of National Forest out our back door. Local blogger Brittany says it best: “The November issue of Ski Magazine features Crested Butte, asking readers if it’s America’s last great ski town. After living here for a year and a half now, I have come to the conclusion that it is one of the last great ski towns of the world. This town is driven by skiing… But, this town has something different than many other places whose economy is focused around skiing- it’s a real community. Sure, Crested Butte has the seasonal transients. But, at the core of this town is a group of people who came here to ski and then stayed. People have built their houses and their lives here, been married, have had 2 kids, and take those kids soccer practice ever Saturday morning. It’s not just America’s last great ski town, but it’s one of the last great examples of a community in a fragmented nation where people feel so detached from their neighbors. I wouldn’t trade living here for anything.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!