Think Local First!

Did you know that for every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 of it returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures?  If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here.  Spend it online, and nothing comes home… Think of 3 stores that you would miss if they were gone and spend $50 at each store.  Stimulate your local economy!

Did you also know that shopping locally doesn’t mean spending more?  Check out your local store before ordering online, you may be pleasantly surprised by how competitive stores are, and they offer more than just a great price.  They provide customer service and expertise so you know you are getting the right product for you specifically.


Why should I purchase from Mountain Colors versus an online dealer?

When you purchase products from Mountain Colors, the products that you purchase from are fully backed by the manufacturers warranty as well as our company and the local manufactures representative. Your decision to purchase your product from us will ensure that if there is ever a problem with your product, you can depend on all of us to help you resolve it effectively.

Internet dealers generally do not participate in this manner. In fact, it is likely that the products that they advertise are partially flawed factory seconds, defective returns or discontinued. Often, if there is a problem, you may be on your own. The manufacturer does not generally warranty and internet dealers don’t have any local representative to assist you whatsoever.

Additionally, we have invested in a brick and mortar business that provides you the opportunity to actually see, feel, touch and possibly even try our displayed products. Also, our staff is continually educated on the features, benefits, and new design trends of all our the products we carry and can provide you with the means to select the proper products based on your requirements. Your decision to do business with a local company helps drive our local economy; it keeps our doors open and provides an establishment for trade professionals to conduct business with their clients. Your support also provides a means for our showroom to continuously provide current up to date product displays and employ a staff of professionals at your service.

Mountain Colors is proud to support many superior local businesses in an effort to provide the highest quality customer service throughout the Upper East River Valley.

In a small town, word of mouth is our main form of advertising.  Local companies work well together to point prospective customers in the right direction.  We all live in Crested Butte because of the community, the scenery, and the overall feel of the town.  Whether your stop a local on the street or walk into one of our stores, you will be welcomed with a smile and offered a hand in finding your way.  Please contact us with any questions or contact our friends below directly.

Crested Butte / Mt Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce

Visit Crested Butte –  A plethora of information on business’s and information about Crested Butte

Crested Butte Nordic Center – Information on Nordic Skiing in the Crested Butte Area

Crested Butte Mountain Resort – Information about Downhill Skiing in Mount Crested Butte

Crested Butte News – Crested Butte’s Local newspaper

The Peak – A yearly home magazine for the Upper East River Valley.  Check out the owners profile for this year!

Casa Bella – great accessories and gifts for your kitchen, bedrooms, and baths

Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE) – Crested Butte’s local “green” resource group

1% for Open Space –  Mountain Colors is proud to voluntarily collect 1% of our sales to preserve our beautiful surroundings. 1% for Open Space was created to raise funds for organizations dedicated to the preservation of open lands in Gunnison County, Colorado.

Channing Boucher, Benson Sotheby’s Real Estate – Crested Butte’s premier real estate firm and best agent, I think!

Elk Mountain Lodge – a great bed and breakfast located in downtown Crested Butte

Another great movement happening on Facebook is the 3/50 project.  Think of three businesses you’d hate to see disappear, then pop in and spend $50. Save your local economy.


There are so many great shops in Crested Butte, I know I missed many.  Please think local first and ask us for any suggestions on your needs.  We are happy to point you in the right direction, even if you don’t need any paint!

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About Us

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.


Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and instagram to be inspired and to stay up-to-date on everything Mountain Colors. Find us on instagram under CrestedButteColors for everyday inspiration around Crested Butte. Come by and see us!  We are here to help with any size of project.

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

picture by Alex FenlonI 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 hiking in Fruita

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!