Permanent refill station, vintage clothing store open in Evergreen

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/10/21

The Evergreen Sustainability Alliance’s EverGREEN Refill Station in no longer only a pop-up shop. It has landed in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bergen Park, offering shampoos, conditioners, …

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Permanent refill station, vintage clothing store open in Evergreen

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The Evergreen Sustainability Alliance’s EverGREEN Refill Station in no longer only a pop-up shop.

It has landed in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bergen Park, offering shampoos, conditioners, laundry soap, dish soap, lotions, tooth powder, bar soaps and more. People can bring their own containers to refill, or some are available at the shop.

Heather Langendorfer, ESA Refill Station coordinator, said members of the National Charity League and other volunteers have helped operate the station, which is open from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

In general, everything is priced to be competitive with what you would expect to pay for products in regular stores, Langendorfer said, and proceeds fund other ESA programs.

The refill station is intended to be plastic free and environmentally friendly, and she said ESA tries to use local suppliers to reduce the environmental impact further.

“You’re doing this for the environment, and we’re trying hard to make it easy for people to do more,” she explained. “We are trying to make it as seamless as possible.”

If people want to drop off containers, then leave to run errands, they can text the shop, and workers will run the refilled bottles to cars.

For more information, visit sustainevergreen.org.

Sweet Hayden opens on Meadow Drive

Rachael Tapper was meant to have a clothing store.

The Evergreen resident has been dreaming of her own store since she was young, knowing that it would be named Sweet Hayden. She opened her shop three weeks ago on Meadow Drive next to Campfire Evergreen, and she says it’s been crazy busy.

“I am new to Evergreen. I’ve only been here a year,” Tapper said. “I love the people I’ve gotten to meet because I have opened the store. I find out so much more about Evergreen, and I love the town so much more.”

The store has vintage clothing, consignments and new clothing, though only by small designers and women-owned businesses.

“One of the things I pride myself in is I hand-choose everything in my store,” she said. “This is what I love. I am in my element and at my best when I am shopping.”

Being from the East Coast, she wanted to bring some of the East Coast to the mountains.

“We sat inside so long with COVID-19 that we got comfortable,” she said. “You don’t need an excuse to get up and get dressed. I got tired of being stuck in a rut.”

Hayden, by the way, is a family name that she’s always liked.

Tapper has been collecting vintage clothes for 15 years, and the collection began taking over their house. In fact, her husband called it her cloth’ffice. When they moved to Evergreen, her children wanted a playroom, so she needed to find new space for her collection.

“I was just looking for a showroom, and the opportunity for a store opened up,” she said.

She’s planning to add homecoming dresses since she had requests for them last week, and the store’s inventory is always changing.

Sweet Hayden is open from 11 a.m. to 4ish p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Check out the store at www.sweethayden.com.

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