BizBeat: Idaho Springs tattoo shop offers artwork of all kinds

Corinne Westeman
Posted 12/16/20

Eddie Goodteacher doesn’t limit himself to one art form. Along with being a tattoo artist for nearly 35 years, Goodteacher also does chainsaw carvings, etchings, woodburnings and silversmithing. …

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BizBeat: Idaho Springs tattoo shop offers artwork of all kinds


Eddie Goodteacher doesn’t limit himself to one art form.

Along with being a tattoo artist for nearly 35 years, Goodteacher also does chainsaw carvings, etchings, woodburnings and silversmithing.

Everything in Golden Nugget Tattoo at 1801 Miner St. in Idaho Springs is handmade and almost all of his work is custom-made for his clients.

Goodteacher, who recently moved to Colorado from Nebraska, was visiting the area with his wife in June. After sightseeing and enjoying the local cuisine, they passed by the Miner Street building and saw the “for rent” sign.

“And that’s all it took,” he said.

Golden Nugget opened on July 9, and since then Goodteacher said he’s seen a mixture of locals and visitors coming in for tattoos and other types of artwork. While locals might’ve been a bit tentative about his shop at first, Goodteacher feels the community has accepted him now.

As far as he’s aware, Golden Nugget is the first tattoo shop in Idaho Springs and possibly the first one in the county, he said. It is definitely the only current one in Clear Creek.

Overall, he said, the level of business has been living up to his expectations.

As for tattoo designs, Goodteacher said he can do anything a client can dream up. There’s a $35 minimum for tiny tattoos while larger pieces are $75 an hour.

The most common tattoos are smaller ones, but he’s recently been working on a lot of sleeves. He described one woman who came to get her first tattoo and later wanted her whole arm done.

Similarly, Goodteacher said he can carve, etch or craft just about anything people might want. He recommended that patrons visit the shop and let him know exactly what they want, saying, “It’s hard to tell what people want over the phone or Internet.”

Golden Nugget Tattoo is open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the shop’s Facebook page.

Pet supply store opens in

downtown Georgetown

As pet owners, Isaiah Velarde and Kayla Candelairo knew how far Clear Creek residents will drive to a store for pet food and other supplies.

So, shortly after moving to Georgetown, the couple decided to open their own pet supply store just downstairs from their home.

The Barking Loop, named as a nod to the town’s iconic loop railroad, opened at 406 Sixth Street on Nov. 1, and both the downtown storefront and local word-of-mouth have helped draw visitors and residents alike.

The store offers a variety of items for dogs, cats and small pets, with the latter two sections expanding soon. Nandi dog treats and dog boots are among the more popular items thus far.

The Barking Loop also offers plenty of knick-knacks that are perfect for pet-lovers and those looking for souvenirs or stocking stuffers.

By the summertime, Candelairo said she hopes to have a self-wash station outside which will be useful for those looking to clean their dogs after a hike.

They said offering high-quality, organic foods and other locally made products is a cornerstone of their business. The store can do special orders as well, Velarde added, even for the most obscure brands.

“We like to keep prices low enough that, after a locals’ discount, it’s about the same as Chewy or Amazon,” Velarde said, referring to the popular delivery websites.

The store also offers free, no-contact delivery for Georgetown residents. Deliveries are also available elsewhere in Clear Creek for a small fee.

It has weekly and monthly sales in each of the three sections, and all returned items are donated to Charlie’s Place, the county’s animal shelter.

The Barking Loop’s winter hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit

Food delivery business now

serving central, western Clear Creek

Lisa Powell recalled those nights she would return to her Floyd Hill home after a long day at work and not feel like cooking or driving to get take-out.

Getting food delivered was ideal because then she could work around the house while she waited for her dinner. However, at the time, only one Idaho Springs restaurant delivered.

Not anymore.

In mid-November, Powell launched Mountain Express, a door-to-door food delivery service to bring residents’ favorite local dishes to them. It also delivers alcohol.

So far, Mountain Express has partnered with four Idaho Springs restaurants — Azteca, MTN Prime, Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub, and Two Brothers Deli — and plans to add more in the coming weeks, Powell explained. Adding Georgetown restaurants is also in the works.

Mountain Express reaches all corners of the Idaho Springs area, including St. Mary’s, the Dumont area, Empire, Georgetown and Silver Plume. And no matter where residents are, Powell guarantees the food will still be hot.

The business doesn’t charge a delivery fee. Customers simply order on Mountain Express’ website, where they pay the menu price.

“I did it for the community,” said Powell, who now lives along Highway 103. “ … I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Everyone’s been so gracious and nice and welcoming.”

She described the system as a win for everyone involved. Customers get to enjoy their favorite restaurants without leaving their home or office; restaurants still get to reach their local base while indoor dining is restricted; and Powell and her employees stay busy.

It’s also handy for locals, such as those living in the senior centers, who don’t have their own transportation, Powell added.

“We want to bring in more customers (for the restaurants) and keep their regulars coming back,” she continued.

Mountain Express is open daily from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-8 p.m. For more information, visit

Pickaxe Pizza making new

location ‘forever home’

Idaho Springs’ Pickaxe Pizza is back with a bigger and better location just across the street from their old Miner Street storefront.

The former location closed in January 2019 as the team began building the new location at 1640 Miner St., which opened in late October.

“This will be our forever home,” owner Bruce Boynton said.

While the former location was rented, Pickaxe bought its two current buildings, which Boynton said are the oldest standing structures in Idaho Springs. The new kitchen also features two wood-fired ovens while the former locale only had one.

With restrictions on indoor seating, Pickaxe Pizza is putting up heaters and picnic tables in its patio area. It also continues to offer take-out and deliver food and alcohol. Boynton said Pickaxe’s delivery range will soon expand to encompass the whole area between Floyd Hill and Empire.

Right now, the restaurant is offering a slightly abbreviated menu, but it will be expanded when dine-in returns.

When that happens, Boynton hopes customers will enjoy the full bar, ample seating, mining-themed décor, arcade games and pool tables. He plans to host a pool league circuit, offer mining excursions and gold-panning, and generally provide things for locals to do.

Overall, Boynton said of reopening, “We’re back, and we didn’t give up.”

Pickaxe Pizza is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays; closed Tuesdays; open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Big B’s Soup & Grilled Cheese reopens Thursday

Those who have been craving Brian Ormerod’s green chili and Cubano sandwiches won’t have to wait much longer.

Big B’s Soup & Grilled Cheese at 2448 Colorado Blvd. will reopen for to-go orders Thursday. The restaurant has been closed since March.

The menu has been changed and the sandwiches have been modified to make them more to-go friendly, but Ormerod said the high-quality of his soups, salads and sandwiches will remain the same.

“It’s the same great product, just a little different vessel,” he said of changing the types of bread for some sandwiches. “We’re very excited to be back in the game. It’s been such a weird time.”

Ormerod explained that he waited so long to reopen because he was trying to see what would happen with the pandemic and various closures. It’s also given him time to think and reinvent the restaurant to some degree, he described.

While the restaurant doesn’t have delivery, he said customers can order online ahead of time, so their food will be ready when they arrive.

Big B’s new hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays. For more information, visit


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