Store Spotlight: Santa Fe Craftsman

Bob and Dianna Criswell outside of their store, Santa Fe Craftsman located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Bob and Dianna, along with employee Katrina Thibert, strike a pose in their favorite Minnetonka sandals and mocs in front of Santa Fe Craftsman's wide selection of Minnetonka styles.


Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Santa Fe Craftsman 118 N. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO.

This week we are excited to spotlight Santa Fe Craftsman located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Owned by Bob and Dianna Criswell, Santa Fe Craftsman has been in business for 24 years, beginning with a location in Atlanta, Georgia and moving to Fort Collins 8 years ago in 2004.

Check out our interview with Bob and Dianna and the next time you are in the Fort Collins area, be sure to stop by Santa Fe Craftsman to say hi and shop their large selection of Minnetonka products!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
When vacationing out west we always enjoyed shopping at local gift stores and became familiar with the Minnetonka brand.  After relocating our store to Fort Collins we thought that Minnetonka would be a perfect addition to our store and would really personify the Fort Collins area.

With Southwestern gifts and jewelry as the main focus of Santa Fe Craftsman, and with a new generation discovering Minnetonka, we realized that our proximity to Colorado State University would be very beneficial.  We inquired about carrying Minnetonka products in our store and received our first shipment in 2005.  Since that first year of selling a variety of Minnetonka styles our sales have quadrupled!

What is the most popular Minnetonka product at Santa Fe Craftsman?
Our most popular styles by far are the Kilty moc and 3-Layer Fringe boot, in all colors.

What is your favorite Minnetonka style to wear?
Dianna’s personal favorite is the Minnetonka Tramper boot and Bob enjoys the Classic moc in dusty brown.

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs?
We style our Minnetonka’s just about every way!  With the versatility of Minnetonka styles, they go with everything.  It’s shorts and casual shirts during the spring and summer weather and then we move right into jeans and khakis during the fall and winter months.

What are a few of your favorite “must see” destinations when visiting the Fort Collins area near Santa Fe Craftsman?
We are located near Colorado State University, and are visited often by the students who refer to our store as “The Minnetonka Store!”  We enjoy the wide variety of great restaurants on College Avenue located near our store like, the Aggie and Hodie’s which offer live music just about every night.  White water river rafting and fly fishing on The Poudre River are also very popular in the area, as well as hiking trails as far as the eye can see!

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