New business

A new company is looking to bring some flavor to Oak Creek

Brooke and Sascha Stanger are all smiles on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 as they stand inside their new Oak Creek business, Sascha’s Gourmet Goods.
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For more than three decades, Sascha Stanger has traveled the world in search of good food. Now, the longtime food importer is ready to share his experience with Oak Creek, Routt County and all of Colorado with Sascha’s Gourmet Goods.

“It’s been a dream of his since we’ve been together, that’s over 19 years,” Sascha’s wife Brooke Stanger said. “He’s been talking about doing something like this since we’ve been together, and he’s been talking on and off for all these years, and probably before that. Seeing his dream come true has been wonderful to me because it’s his passion.

Sascha’s Gourmet Goods invites the community to the store at 312 Myers Street, behind the Space Station in Oak Creek, for its open house from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.

“We’ll have a bunch of samples and a bunch of drinks,” Sascha said. “Our registers will be open for the first day that day.”

The following week, August 31, the store will hold its grand opening and will remain open until Monday, which is Labor Day.

After the holiday weekend ended, Sascha said the store would move to its regular hours – open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

While the store is Sascha’s dream, the couple keep other jobs on the side to pay the bills. Brooke works at Super Select Market in Oak Creek, and Sascha continues to work as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cheese Importers Gourmet Warehouse. He also has Sascha’s Seasoning, a line of seasonings, mixes and rubs available throughout Colorado and now at his Oak Creek store.

Sascha’s Gourmet Goods in Oak Creek will feature culinary specialties from around the world as well as items from Colorado.
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The couple said they were looking for a place when they learned that space connected to the Space Station was available. They signed a lease, cleaned it, renovated it, and most recently stocked the store with groceries to buy.

“The way the food works is that it’s made elsewhere – usually in Europe. Then a guy like me will go to a food fair and find that food and then take it home from the vending machine before taking it back to the chefs,” Sascha said. “We tend to get the food first, so a lot of the stuff I have here hasn’t been seen in the area. There are articles that I like or articles that I think will do well.

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Sascha said he discovered many food items while traveling to places like Italy, Spain and Portugal through his work.

“What we do is we import food from all over the world,” Sascha explained. “We select the food by hand and we work with small producers. It’s a lot of handmade and authentic products.

The shelves of Sascha’s Gourmet Goods were stocked on Wednesday August 17, 2002 and included owner Sascha Stanger’s favorite extra virgin olive oil, imported from Portugal. He loves it so much he got the logo tattooed on his arm.
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He said he hasn’t traveled much in recent years, but still has an appetite for good flavors from around the world – and right here at home.

His company sells to hotels, restaurants and retailers. He said his company also works locally with Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Rex’s Family of Restaurants, Mambo Italiano, Bésame Steamboat and even the Select Super Market just down the street from Sascha’s Home Goods.

Prosciutto, wild boar and Italian sausage fill the cooler on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Sascha’s Gourmet Goods in Oak Creek.
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Sascha said his goal now is to help educate consumers and introduce them to many of the flavors he’s come to love over the years. He also plans to hold tastings and demonstrations so people can experience the foods they will find in his store.

Among the hundreds of unique items, customers will find baguettes from France, as well as tomatoes, ladyfingers, artichokes and pasta from Italy and olives and olive oil from Portugal. There’s vinegar, cookies, chocolates, chocolate-covered fruits and nuts, and even a few CBD products.

Sascha said her customers will also find plenty of local Colorado items.

Many food items are displayed on antique furniture belonging to Brooke’s mother.

The Stangers moved from Longmont to Oak Creek in the spring of 2021 after her mother passed away. Brooke said none of this would be possible without her mother and thinks she would be happy that Brooke came to this mountain community with Sascha and they opened the store.

There was plenty of cheese in the cooler on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, as Sascha’s Gourmet Food owner Sascha Stanger hopes to offer residents and visitors a unique selection that will draw them to his Oak Creek store.
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“We lost my stepmom, Brooke’s mom, about a year ago, and inherited a lot of her cool stuff,” Sascha said. “She loved those antiques, and we had a bunch of them stored last year and in our own house.”

Not only does the furniture fit perfectly into the old world setting, it reminds the couple of the love and support Brooke’s mother Joyce Fullerton shared with them over the years.

Now, as the couple enters the next chapter of their lives, Brooke and Sascha are ready to share their own passion for food.

“Not only do we want to serve Routt County, we want to serve the summer visitor, the person who comes to Colorado and reads about Stagecoach and wants to learn more about our area,” Sascha said. “We want to be that business that brings people to Oak Creek. We want to be a destination.

The flag above Sascha’s Gourmet Goods in Oak Creek blows with the wind on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. The new business is located at 312 Myers St. in the same building as the Space Station.
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