Steamboat’s new flower shop stems from owner’s passion and grandma’s lessons

Business owner Michelle Evans will open The Glacier Lily on the Wildhorse Marketplace later this month. Once open, the boutique will offer a wide variety of fresh and dried flowers as well as custom arrangements for various occasions.
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When the doors of Glacier Lilly open on Saturday, January 22, Michelle Evans will become the new owner of the Steamboat Springs flower shop, but for her, the new store is more than about the money – it’s about following the roots of his family.

“It’s my first flower shop,” said Evans, whose grandmother Joy Russell opened a flower shop 35 years ago. “I’m just kind of following in his footsteps.”

Evans’ grandmother is now retired, but she has set an example that Evans has embraced as she prepares to open her own boutique in Steamboat Springs.

“For the past five years, I’ve been a stay-at-home mom,” Evans said. “I have two kids, and they both go to Montessori here (at Steamboat) and before that I was a CPA. I walk away from the boring life – and I did wedding flowers when I was in college with my grandma.

It was there that Evans discovered the business and life of his grandmother, Joy Russell. Evans said her career has taken her in a different direction, but after moving from Boulder to Steamboat with her husband, Austin, and children, Otto, 5, and Niko, 3, she now hopes to return to her roots and his passion. .

The plan is to open the boutique at 690 Marketplace Plaza Unit C6 and rediscover the creativity that running a flower shop can bring.

Flowers hang from the ceiling of Glacier Lily, which will soon open at the Wildhorse Marketplace in Steamboat Springs.
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“We’re going to have fresh flowers, and we’ll do weddings, event flowers, and restaurant flowers,” Evans said. “In front of the shop, we will have a dried flower bar, so people can come in and create their own arrangements. We have a ton of different options for them to put in the dried flowers and create arrangements themselves, or of course we’re happy to do it for them.

Most importantly, Evans wants the store to be an experience where customers can walk in and enjoy coffee and, once the store gets its license, beer and wine.

She also plans to offer evening classes and is open to guests booking private events, such as bachelorette parties and corporate meetings. Evans said she is also open to hosting large groups and family events.

“We will also do evening classes. We will be hosting events for new arrangements, dried wreaths or arrangements,” Evans said. “We want to mix it up every time, and right now we’re looking at the first Thursday of every month.”

Currently, Glacier Lily is hosting Bouquets and Brews events at 6 p.m. on February 3, March 3, and April 7. Tickets can be purchased at

Normal shop hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A soft opening is scheduled for January 22, featuring Stewart Coffee, which is sold and served at the store. Evans said there are plans for a grand opening on January 29, featuring Link x Lou jewelry.

The Glacier Lily will bring flowers from Miami, California and Holland. Evans also has a good friend who grows flowers seasonally about 30 minutes outside of Aspen.

With all she plans to offer, Evans hopes those who walk through the doors of The Glacier Lily will experience the same joy she found arranging flowers with her grandmother growing up.

“I like the flowers – it’s more of a relaxing work environment for me instead of the very demanding 90-hour workweeks where I was auditing the banks,” Evans said. “It just wasn’t for me.”

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the name of the flower shop that Michelle Evans’ grandmother operated. In addition, the Sturtz & Copeland florist and greenhouses in Boulder are owned by Carol Riggs. It has been in Boulder since 1929. Riggs bought the store in 1976, and it was never sold or closed during that time. Riggs still owns it today.

The Glacier Lily in the Wildhorse Marketplace has shelves of dried flowers that can be arranged by customers walking through the door – or store staff.
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Colorful and unique dried flowers can be found in The Glacier Lily’s flower bar.
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