CARBONDALE, Colo. (CBS4)– A lack of space in some mountain communities has resulted in some unlikely neighbors. The latest in Carbondale puts a preschool next to a distillery.
Less than 15 feet separate the two businesses. Both have the support of the community and loyal customers, despite their differences in clientele.
Officials with Children’s Rocky Mountain School looked at dozens of sites as they prepared to move.
“Kind of a coincidence the only place we could find that would fit our budget, parking and location,” said Children’s Rocky Mountain School board member Cindy Sadlowski.
Under zoning laws, preschools aren’t considered schools and tasting rooms aren’t the same as liquor stores so it was approved by the local authorities.
“Our children leave at 3 o’clock, they don’t open the door until 4 o’clock, they’re a tasting room so they’re not a bar. We’re not open in the summer and not open on weekends so our schedules don’t interact,” said Sadlowski.
In a statement to CBS4, Marble Distilling Company wrote:
“The town trustees took a decision to allow the special use application for a preschool next to a distillery. Marble Distilling Company will move forward working on our business and welcome the preschool to the neighborhood with open arms.”
“I think they’re going to find out that we are pretty amazing neighbors, we think they’ll be amazing neighbors for us, we’re pretty low impact,” Sadlowski.