Cuddling at the front door

Mountain Essentials owner/operator Nicole McChesney with one-month old goat named Jake in front of her shop on Front Street, Fairplay.

June 15 marks the second anniversary of Mountain Essentials, located at 520 on Fairplay’s historic Front Street. Mountain Essentials is owned and operated by Nicole McChesney.

The shop features artisan goat milk skin care products, including soaps, lotions, lip balms, as well as creamy fudge, all made from goat milk. McChesney calls the shop an artisan’s boutique. There are eight Colorado-based, female-owned and operated businesses in the store including McChesney.

McChesney also has a men’s beard care line, CBD lotions, alpaca blankets and vintage and repurposed items. The shop also offers wedding and baby shower gifts.

McChesney is a Colorado native. She and her family have lived in Fairplay for 13 years. The family has over 35 goats with 16 of them milkers. All of McChesney’s skin care items are made with this goat milk.

The chores take about an hour or hour and a half, two times per day. That includes the milking, McChesney stated.

It all started for McChesney when one of her children developed rashes. She made some goat milk cream and went on from there to develop all of her products. Also, finding that the family was lactose intolerant, they used the goat milk, too, which is easier to digest and has different proteins than cow’s milk.

Mountain Essentials is open Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Their phone 303-880-7258 and website is

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