We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristi Haner & Alex Tiberio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristi & Alex, how do you think about risk?
Gothic Mountain Jewelers would not exist if we hadn’t taken risks! We quit our 9-5 jobs and accepted a flexible paying job in a remote backcountry location. This caretaking job gave us lots of free time to explore hobbies and things that make us happy. Through this exploration came our business. We took another big risk 3 years ago when we purchased land to build our future home and jewelry studio. We began construction this past summer. Taking risks is important, we enjoying challenging ourselves and pushing ourselves to see what we can accomplish and create.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
We live in the backcountry and value everything that comes with this alternative way of life. In the winter we need to travel 4 miles on skis to mail out all of our jewelry orders. This lifestyle comes with its challenges, you need to be self reliant, it often requires you to be flexible and adapt. All of these things relate to our business. We are self taught silversmiths with our own twist on jewelry. We enjoy learning new skills and techniques and expanding what we are capable of creating even if that means lots of trial and error.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Spending time in the outdoors is incredibly important to us. It’s what inspires each of our pieces. Gunnison county has 2 million acres of public lands. We would be taking our friends out to enjoy these public lands. Whether it is backcountry skiing, on a mountain bike or fly fishing. If you’re visitings go hiking and camping in Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, Take the bikes out for a spin at Hartman Rock Recreation area or hire Colorado Backcountry Guides for a powder filled day backcountry skiing. After any big adventure we would go out to eat at Sherpa Cafe for amazing Tibetan food. If we road hard that day and our bikes need a tune up we would drop them off at Good Day bikeworks. Where you can always get custom made bikes and bike bags. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The community here where we live in Gunnison County has been so supportive. We love all our friends we’ve made here, specially through doing the local farmers markets. We get to see all of our customers face to face, and make lasting connections. The beauty of the area is our biggest inspiration for our jewelry pieces.