I recently chatted with Robin Joy Yost, owner and founder of CB Custom Closets. A flourishing company that provides service to Crested Butte, Gunnison, Paonia, Carbondale, the Western Slope, & High Rockies of Colorado. Check it out below!
1. What drives your business and success? How did you get into this line of work?
I have always enjoyed the creativity and drive required to be self-employed. I also appreciate having the license to change the direction of service as needed without a lot of proverbial hoops. When you are running a small business for yourself, you are never short on opportunities to highly personalize your product for each of your clients, it’s rewarding for everyone.
Growing up, I looked forward to walking through my dad’s spec project with him and always kept tabs on all the local building projects. I dreamed of being an architect or a general contractor someday, but I didn’t wind up going that way in college. After 16 years of running restaurants, I was ready to switch gears. I loved making food and being among my community every day, but I also knew that I wanted a business that employed more of my natural skill set, which is more spatial and design oriented than food service oriented. I also wanted a job that was primarily based out of my home so that I could have more time and flexibility for my two kids, now 13 and 14. I got sparked by a great job at Interior Visions with Heidi Sherratt where I particularly enjoyed her vast knowledge of kitchen layout and design. We had lots of clients inquiring about closet designs and products, so eventually, I decided to take the plunge and start a closet company.
2. What are a few things clients may not know about you and your business?
Local homeowners may not know that I offer free designs and bids for projects. Because closets and storage are a newer niche in the building industry here in Crested Butte, I want everyone to take the opportunity to explore the process of designing these custom spaces.
3. Why do people love to work with you?
The importance of well-thought-out storage has been otherwise overlooked in our local building schema. Whether you are building, remodeling your home, or just updating an existing closet, my clients love working with CB Custom Closets because the reward for this level of planning is high. An entire home functions differently when there is a thoughtful space for all of the things we need to store
4. Tell us why you love CB and living/ working in the Valley?
The mountain lifestyle and small-town culture that Crested Butte offers is an obvious treasure in the world today. I knew when I started college at Western that I would want to stay after completing school and really see what the valley offers. I grew up in beautiful Northern Virginia where I absolutely loved the woods, riding my bike, riding my horse and spending time along the Potomac River. However, being outside of DC, wrapped by the beltway with only slivers of space between suburbs, pales in comparison to the expansiveness of the Rocky Mountains. This has been an idyllic life for my kids and I, we value it very much.
Crested Butte has been an incredible environment for lifestyle, outdoor experiences, and also for stepping into new business ventures. I am indelibly grateful for the outstanding support of this tight-knit community when it comes to friendship, neighborly endeavors, and support for my new ideas in business too.
5. Top 3-5 recommendations to those visiting CB? (outdoors, dining, special events, local secrets, etc.)
- Don’t miss the IBar Ranch! The venue is top-notch and experiencing music there will not disappoint!
- My kids and I love riding the chairlift in the summer. A picnic and hike and the best is the ride down… so fun!
- We love horseback riding with Fantasy Ranch; we sign up for a trail ride most summers.
- Get on the water too! Three Rivers Resort offers really fun guided river trips or rent a pontoon boat at Elk Creek Marina.