Ssssh, it’s on the down low, but there’s a new retail store/movie theater/poetry house in Lyons. It’s called Tiny, and that is an apt description of the joint. Maggie Wells, of Pinewood Springs (by way of New York City/Paris/Los Angeles), herself a poet, has turned the historic sandstone “dynamite building,” located in the empty lot between the St. Vrain Pharmacy and The Fork, into a tiny oasis in the middle of a gravel desert.
Wells, who grew up just south of LA, did her postgraduate studies at the New School in Manhattan, getting a degree in
poetry. She then spent time in Paris teaching English before the muse of the Colorado Mountains called to her. Recently she opened Tiny where one can find unique vintage clothing, shoes, handmade jewelry, art, poetry books, and cold beverages.
Last Saturday night, she showed a free viewing of Roman Polanski’s 1968 classic psychological horror film “Rosemary’s Baby.” When asked why a horror film, Wells replied, “It’s my favorite genre of movie, plus the space is so creepy, especially after dark, that it just seemed right.” Her second favorite kind of movies are actually “films;” Independent/Avant-garde/art films. So Wells plans to alternate the free Saturday night fare between horror and art films. She also intends to have live acoustic music on Friday nights, and would like to start holding the occasional poetry reading on Thursday evenings.
Wells says Tiny will only be open on weekends, but everyone is invited to stop by and say hello.