Cobwebs owners retire for second time

Mike and Donna Buffa, owners of Cobwebs, sit among the many antiques in their store downtown.

Mike and Donna Buffa retired from the United State Postal Service seven years ago, only to find themselves back to working the 9-to-5 shift again three months later.

The Buffas bought the antique store, Cobwebs, located at 558 Main St., after years of leasing space for their collection of goods in a variety of stores across the state. As a side business and hobby, their merchandise was scattered in shops in Denver, Leadville, Buena Vista and Parker.

“Our business just kept growing, so instead of having it all scattered we just bought this business to put it all in one place,” Donna explained.

The Buffas are the third owners of the antique store, which has been open for the past 15 years under three different business names.

Mike Buffa said it was a surprise to come out of retirement the first time to own the store. “She came in and said, ‘You’d better sit down,’ ” he said laughing, recalling how the couple came to be antique business owners.

The store has thousands of antiques for sale including a general store coffee grinder and hardware bins, Fiesta cookware and an outstanding collection of used ashtrays. One of the rarest items won’t fit through the door but is on display in a picture near the cash register. It’s a 1891 one-horse open sleigh that Donna purchased for a holiday window display. “But then it wouldn’t fit through the door, so now it’s in our garage,” they said.

The Buffas maintain that they are serious about retirement this time. Mike explained that working six full days a week was getting to be too much for them. They want to spend winters somewhere warmer and can’t wait to hit the beach in Mexico. “We’re going to be good at it,” Mike mused. The couple, in their early-60s, said they’d like to go have some fun together while they are still healthy.

The business is for sale. “It’s a turnkey operation. They bring me the money and I’ll give them the keys,” Mike said.

The Buffas can’t wait for someone to take them up on the deal. For information, call 245-0109.


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