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Meet Susan Grannell

Written by Elaine Hayden on .

Saying our Evergreen community has changed in subtle ways over time is Susan Grannell's understated comment about the place she's called home since 1976. Indeed, then Evergreen was a quieter and gentler version of our current proffered identity as a bedroom community of Denver.

Susan, who moved here from San Antonio at the invitation of a friend already living in Evergreen, had no interest in becoming a commuter, not to mention that she had no automobile at the time. Within walking distance of her home she had the essentials to her livelihood: the Super Foods grocery, Blue Spruce Records and a taffy and popcorn shop – all on Main Street. When she wanted to venture further than central Evergreen, “hitchhiking was the accepted option,” she recalled.

Susan quickly found work as a part-time waitress at the Post House on Main Street, and her circle of friends began to grow. The Post House served as a community gathering place and a clearinghouse for day laborers. “Young men would bring their tool belts and sit at the coffee counter in the café until a prospective employer hired them for a day’s work or a longer-term engagement,” she fondly relates.

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