Published: December 18, 2013
The Leechpit has found a new home.
The store that was formerly at 802 N. Nevada Ave. near the Colorado College campus and sold vintage clothing, vinyl records and a cacophony of memorabilia from the past will open on the city's west side by Feb. 1, said owner Adam Leech.
Leech is moving his shop, which has maintained an online presence since it closed last summer, to 3020 W. Colorado Ave., the former home of CS West Bikes. He will establish business hours after the store opens.
Leech said his new location is more than 4,000 square feet - three times the floor space of the previous Leechpit, which specializes in hard-to-find ugly sweaters, '80s rock 'n' roll T-shirts and '70s prom dresses. He said he already has secured more vinyl record bins than he "could dream of."
Leech said he does not think the new location's distance from Colorado College will affect his business.
"I am not worried one bit," he said. "It's no more than a 15-minute drive, and the CC kids that mattered to us then will still shop with us now."
Leech said his new location between Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City provides the "perfect opportunity" to open a DAM, or Discarded Art Museum, within his new business. He said the museum will be a collection of Hobo nickels he has carved and collected over the years, as well as "strange dolls and doll houses" collected, restored and preserved by his wife, Heather. Leech said the addition of the museum, which will include wood-carved walking sticks, could become a stopping point for tourists.
"With the right advertising we can make it an interesting regional, if not statewide, tourist attraction," he said.
The Leechpit opened in a 900-square-foot space at 708 N. Weber St. in 2003. It moved next door to Colorado College on North Nevada Avenue in early 2011, but Leech was forced to move out in July after the college decided not to renew his lease because it wanted the building for a student activity center.
The school is remodeling the building. Leech said he harbors no hard feelings toward the college, calling his forced move a boon to his retail future.
"When you think about a silver lining, this is a silver cloud," Leech said. "There is no downside to this."
Contact Ned Hunter: 636-0275