Garden of the Gods Gourmet has taken a big step with their move to a much larger space along Highway 24 at 26th Street in Old Colorado City. Another upgrade: Callicrate Beef burgers, Bristol Beer brats and organic Sno-Pack frozen vegetables with potentially more Ranch Foods Direct-sourced items to come.

“We carry more than 100 Colorado products,” said Market Buyer Karrie Williams as she pointed out the highlights of the remodeled building. “It’s really fun working with all of the Colorado vendors. We’re only two blocks away from our old location but it’s made eons of difference.”

In addition to a much roomier breakfast and lunch space, there’s a takeout deli, bake shoppe, and coffee, juice and smoothie bar. The adjacent market still offers the ever-popular prepared soups and frozen meals but now also boasts meat, eggs and cheeses, even in-house floral arrangements. A wine bar is also planned.

The decor inside includes many impressive details like the use of reclaimed wood for floorings and paneling, a two-sided fireplace that divides the dining room from a more casual grab-and-go bar area and displays of colorful local artwork.

The place was buzzing on a recent afternoon, while the crispy efficient staff was all smiles, clearly pleased to be working in such a classy, well-designed atmosphere. “It’s thrilling to be a part of this,” Karrie said.