Cups Closing Shop on Ridgway Boardwalk
by Peter Shelton
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LOVE STORY – Proprietor, and barista extraordinaire Jeanne Robertson poured an espresso recently at Cups, her café/bar/Friday-night-music-venue, on the boardwalk in Ridgway. Robertson is closing Cups’ doors at the end of September to spend more time with her husband of 36 years. (Photo by Peter Shelton)
LOVE STORY – Proprietor, and barista extraordinaire Jeanne Robertson poured an espresso recently at Cups, her café/bar/Friday-night-music-venue, on the boardwalk in Ridgway. Robertson is closing Cups’ doors at the end of September to spend more time with her husband of 36 years. (Photo by Peter Shelton)
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RIDGWAY – Jeanne Robertson says it’s not a business decision to close the doors on Cups, the popular coffee bar/music venue in Ridgway, at the end of September.

“It’s a love story,” she said with a wide smile from behind the barista’s counter.

Robertson and her husband Frank have been married for 36 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Frank works for Intel, the chipmaker, and his current project has him working more or less full-time in Albany, New York.

“I didn’t get to see him at all during the month of August,” Robertson said. She can’t afford to hire someone full-time to run the shop while she travels to Albany for visits, she said. So she’s hatching a new plan, one that will allow the Robertsons to keep their house on Log Hill, allow Jeanne time back East with Frank, and maybe allow her to keep serving espressos and teas to loyal customers – just not at the current boardwalk location.

“I’m hoping to run a little tea/coffee/smoothies place” up on Log Hill, she said.

The old Fairway Pines/Divide Ranch clubhouse is being renovated and reconfigured as a wellness center by Ronald R. Ringo, Jr., a San Diego-based military chaplain and healer who has been working for years with veterans, especially those with PTSD. He has already converted the former real estate offices into treatment rooms, and he’s completely redoing the pool and gym.

“There will be a small space for serving tea, coffee and smoothies – no liquor, ’cause it’s a wellness center, and I might run that,” Robertson said. “It would just be a for a few hours a day, once we find out when people are coming to work out. It’s perfect; I live five minutes away.”

Robertson, who is also a massage therapist and a hypnotherapist, said she will be practicing those healing arts, part-time, in one of the new therapy rooms at the center, which could be open as early as October.

For four years, Cups has carefully worked its way into Ridgway’s caffeine-and-music culture. “It was called Garden Goddess Creations when I bought it,” Robertson said. “They sold tea, herbs, soaps and oils. But when the crunch came in 08, people just weren’t buying very many teapots.” Robertson got her liquor license and began booking local bands into her shop’s cozy backyard for Friday night concerts in the summer months.

She is proud to have launched Ridgway’s own Shed Nuisance. She has fond memories of gigs by Funkdafari, Mike Gwinn and the Northfork Flyers, David Baker, Original Recipe, Rob Jones and the Good Time Music Company, and Gotta Be Girls.

Sept. 28 will be Robertson’s last day at the Lena Street, boardwalk location. But there’s still plenty of music between now and then. Funkdafari returns Friday, Sept. 14. Tony Rosario plays Sept. 21. And Bone Wagon closes the run Sept. 28, “The day they bring down the house,” Robertson said, just a little wistfully.

“Rob Rose [who owns the Timber Creek home furnishing store next door] is planning to take over the bar part” of the Cups business, Robertson said – so, patrons may not have to give up happy hour.

The Robertsons recently made their first overnight foray into The Big Apple. As a Western girl, Jeanne’s looking forward to more adventures back East – without completely leaving her Western home.

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