Starky’s in Lake George has been sold to Craig and Lisa Karlin and they have made numerous changes, including the name, changing it to the Granite Canyon General Store and they are open for business.
For the Karlins, it was exactly what they were looking for: mountain living and a business they could develop and grow.
Formerly the store catered mainly to campers, hunters, and fishermen, but the Karlins have added groceries and staples to help supply the locals.
“We don’t want to be just a convenience store, we want to serve the locals and be a part of the community,” Craig explained.
Craig grew up in Farmington, N.M., in the four corners area. He has always been an outdoorsman, learning to canoe at the age of 13. He joined the Navy in 1991 and worked in Public Affairs until 1995. He spent twenty years in marketing, living in South Carolina and Florida.
In 2006, he moved to Colorado to be closer to his son, and in 2010, met Lisa. Lisa works for a law firm in Colorado Springs and has a degree in accounting. Lisa still commutes to Colorado Springs three days a week for her job with the law firm.
They wed April 30, 2014 in Jamaica, and lived in the Springs with a strong desire to move to the mountains. They call themselves soul mates and with his experience in marketing and hers in accounting, they are now business partners and loving every minute.
Craig’s admiration for Eleven Mile Canyon, formerly Granite Canyon, is evident with the large photographs of various locations and events from the Midland Railroad years that adorn the store.
They also have a section of the store dedicated to local artists, and currently have hand-made fire straws by Heather Brain and photography cards by Denise Kelly. They still have camping, fishing and hunting supplies,.They are looking forward to being a part of the Lake George community and will expand accordingly.
Craig proudly showed off his 1875 coffee grinder that still works, and a Buffalo Works scale from the early 1900s he has on display in the store along with other antiques.
Granite Canyon General Store is located on the corner of U.S. Highway 24 and County Road 96 in Lake George. It is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and after Memorial Day, they will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day.
“We will be continually looking at our hours of operation and adjusting as needed to meet the needs of our amazing new community,” said Craig.
They are also in need of two additional employees for the summer season. If interested, please stop in and see Craig or Lisa.