What happens whilst you integrate a automobile aficionado, a race car driver and a serial entrepreneur with the Roaring Fork Valley? An incredible business concept.
That new brilliant orange building at Willits Bend is the most latest idea of the charismatic Diego Candano, who inaugurated the constructing and Toy Cellar company as a high priced vehicle vault-spa, at the side of 8 elegant studio lofts, on July 6.
Candano is difficult to miss when he glides into the parking lot at Willits Bend in his sweet purple Porsche with an obvious European aptitude. He’s friendly, enthusiastic, determined and driven — he’s a serial entrepreneur.
Candano, who’s a youthful 40-some thing, were given his begin promoting shoes in Mexico at the age of 16 whilst he turned into hired for his first task. It didn’t take him long to move up and on — establishing his very own shoe save, and then building a shoes distribution empire carrying main global manufacturers like Tommy Hilfiger, Keds, Sperry, Saucony, Aerosole and extra. He eventually seized the opportunity to promote elements of his enterprise to Tommy Hilfiger and Steve Madden, which generated the coins that released his subsequent forays into actual estate development, restaurants, Porsche vehicle dealerships and the creation of a fund centered on shopping for investment-grade extraordinary automobiles.
“Shoes have been a way to an cease. I become fortunate to had been able to sell my commercial enterprise, which funded my investments in real estate and automobiles in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. My passion has always been real property and automobiles,” he said.
A passion evidenced through his feats on the race song where he took first location on the 2018 Carrera PanAmerican in his 1969 Porsche Carrera that he himself had painstakingly restored.
In 2009, a friend lured him to the Roaring Fork Valley, in which he settled together with his wife and 3 children in Snowmass. He turned into seeking out a change of tempo and an area to keep his very own cars, and the gathering of automobiles he was dealing with via the car investment fund that he had created. Candano sensed there has been demand for luxurious and vintage car care within the valley, while he found the exclusive yellow and blue, saw-enamel roofed homes designed by using nearby architect Glenn Rappaport that outline Willits Bend.
“For years humans have asked me how I hold my cars in prime circumstance …. I saw an opportunity at Willits Bend to build some thing honestly exclusive, that would combine my enjoy and love for automobiles. I teamed up with John Freeman and Ryan Walker, companions who share my passion for brilliant cars, and conceived a vehicle-targeted business version that gives the highest nice garage and automobile care alternatives to be had in the international. The Toy Cellar is an wonderful vehicle club that changed into created with the aid of vehicle enthusiasts for automobile enthusiasts,” Candano said.
The luxurious and antique spa
The Toy Cellar caters to discerning motor fanatics who need their cars pampered and cared for by means of fellow fanatics. The floor floor of the belongings welcomes automobile aficionados to a swanky showroom complete with luxurious automobiles displayed on present day turntables, remarkable car art and an espresso lounge serving espresso from a repurposed Porsche engine.
The basement, aka Toy Cellar car vault, will host 24 smooth “VIP guests” in a climate-managed environment, defensive in opposition to the ravages of extreme weather. These automobiles, EVs, too, can enjoy the full spa bundle, or pick from an a l. A. Carte menu, together with detailing, polishes, fluid inspection, tire inflation and extra. If the car needs a little outdoor time and sparkling air, the spa offers a variety of tours — circuits that you can still pick out from, year-spherical. Whether one is a guest at the Toy Cellar or not, you can still take benefit of the professional detailing spa on website online. For more facts take a look at www.Toycellar.Net
Willits Bend was designed as a active stay/paintings district (25 percentage live, seventy five percentage paintings), that would convey artisans, entrepreneurs and citizens collectively in a properly-conceived and distinctively designed neighborhood. A middle component of Candano’s venture is the eight studio residences on the top ground of the building a good way to make a contribution to addressing the valley’s housing scarcity. Candano will hire the 700-rectangular-foot, bilevel lofts supplied and unfurnished for $2,500 a month. Each unit comes with an extra a hundred toes of weather-controlled storage. The superb European-designed interiors are compact, functional and green with the kitchen, bathtub and bedroom on the main floor and a residing area in the loft.
Ryan Walker, the Toy Cellar’s supervisor/companion, will occupy one of the devices. “Today’s teenagers are worried with function and form,” which drove Candano’s cognizance on building outstanding purposeful areas.
“The lofts are the anchor of this mission,” brought Candano, whose imaginative and prescient is to provide a stay, work and play surroundings at Willits Bend.
“Building tasteful residences that fill a screaming need, with a world-class automobile care facility is a dream come proper, but it hasn’t precisely been a Sunday force in the countryside,” said Candano.
As a race vehicle driving force, he is aware of that winning takes tenacity, courage and nerves of metallic, and that’s precisely what turned into required to move via the fog of regulations and allows imposed through the a couple of unique districts that he had to paintings with.
“I recognize all the assist that the county and others have provided,” he stated, “but with the dearth of housing and choice for properly-paying jobs, streamlining the allowing tactics, making certification greater efficient, and bringing expenses in-line with national norms could appeal to the investment in housing and social goods that the valley says it desires.”
“Business is in element about being on the right vicinity, on the proper time, but most importantly it’s approximately realizing you have got an possibility and acting on it efficaciously … with the proper work ethic,” concluded Candano. “Business is about finding the proper companions and that what I determined in the Roaring Fork Valley.”