This year marks the 25th anniversary of St. Peter’s Fly Shop in Fort Collins, and we’d like to wish owners Grant and Julia Houx, and their amazing staff, best wishes for 25 more!
Named for the patron saint of fishing, St. Peter’s has long been THE place to go for NoCo anglers eager to land the best fly fishing gear, classes, guided trips and trusted advice from local experts.
HighCraft Builders was honored to remodel St. Pete’s two locations. To celebrate their anniversary, we thought it might be fun to reveal some exclusive project photos, and share a little history about the owners and their buildings.
Grant and Julia first met at Colorado State University where they both graduated in 2005. While going to CSU, Grant was a fly fishing guide for St. Pete’s during the summer, and Julia studied apparel merchandising.
So when St. Peter’s Fly Shop came up for sale, the couple knew the business would be a great way to combine their experience, passion for fly fishing, and education from CSU. With the help of Grant’s family, the couple bought St. Peter’s Fly Shop in 2007.
ST. PETER’S FLY SHOP – OLD TOWN
St. Pete’s Old Town location at 202 Remington Street – known by local historians as the McHugh-Andrews house, or “the Mayor’s house” – was built with locally quarried sandstone in 1889.
In 2008, HighCraft completed the break room and bathroom remodel on the first floor, the kitchen and bathroom remodel on the second floor, and the private loft space on top of the shop (pictured above).
The loft’s kitchen remodel (above), and the bathroom renovation with back-to-back vanities (below), use all available space under the eaves.
In 2010, the HighCraft remodeling crew came back to refinish the Old Town shop’s hardwood floors, texture the walls and give the entire retail space a fresh coat of paint, adding a new light and bright “pop” to the shop.
ST. PETER’S FLY SHOP – SOUTH
In 2011, Grant and Julia added a second St. Peter’s Fly Shop location on the south side of Fort Collins, which eventually moved to its current location at 2008 East Harmony Road in 2013.
The building was formerly a salon and day spa, and much of the space was fragmented into separate rooms.
Here’s a look at the renovation that really opened up the space.
HighCraft relocated the staircase to create a more open floorplan that improved traffic flow.
The HighCraft crew installed rough cedar beams, leveled the subfloor and installed new flooring.
“My favorite part about the South Shop is the barn,” says Julia, who claims this space also saw the largest transformation. HighCraft incorporated existing fixtures and features into the interior design of the remodel, such as the Tiffany style chandelier, antique stained glass, and floor-to-ceiling support posts made from re-purposed telephone poles.
The office space and break room in the loft were updated, including a full kitchen remodel.
“Every experience we’ve had with HighCraft has been positive,” says Julia. “The HighCraft team is responsive, has a high standard of quality work, and did an excellent job meeting schedule expectations … what contractor can you consistently say that about?”
If your home or commercial space needs remodeling, contact HighCraft Builders to schedule a free consultation.