Partners in marriage and in business, Jon and Erin Zalinski are co-owners of TreadZ, a retail shop that offers a mix of outdoor and fashion focused items located in downtown Glenwood Springs. Their mission is to combine legendary customer service with an exceptional selection of quality comfortable goods for men, women and children that benefit the community and environment. 

Jon and Erin met in Aspen as outdoor enthusiasts.  They juggled their time between rock climbing, kayaking, and skiing the trails and backcountry, while working retail and restaurant jobs. They enjoyed the work-life balance that a small mountain community provides and eventually relocated to Glenwood Springs. 

The idea of being an entrepreneur had been on Jon’s mind since his early twenties. From writing business plans for climbing walls to children stores and everything in between, the couple began collaborating on what their dream company would one day look like. To have a better understanding of the outdoor retailer industry, they started working at a local store, soaked up as much knowledge of the business as possible, and became experts in the industry. Then in 2008, Jon and Erin seized the opportunity to open TreadZ, which was initially a specialty shoe store for men, women and children. 

Despite a challenging economy, TreadZ expanded their inventory and experienced double-digit growth annually. Jon and Erin moved the store’s location to a historic building on Main Street, which they purchased after being tenants for several years. In June of 2017, they bought the neighboring storefront and opened a second store, Toad & Co.

The process to purchase the second location went swiftly for the Zalinskis. Erin stated, “My experience working with Colorado Lending Source was really seamless. I can’t express how valuable it was for us to have a point person to help guide us through the process.” Jon and Erin worked with Jacob Lasko from US Bank and Colorado Lending Source to obtain an SBA 504 loan. By acquiring the additional real estate, they are able to offer more clothing and accessory items for men and women and feature one of their best selling brands, Toad & Co.   

Erin on Making a Big Impact in a Small Town:
The most rewarding aspect of owning a business has been having the flexibility, being part of a community, connecting with people, and making an impact in a small town that I love.