Thirteen years ago, on the Feast of St. Therese, we opened our first Catholic store in Black Forest, CO. The store was about 120 square feet. While we had a front counter and a couple of displays, the primary purpose of the location was to server as the shipping hub for our website.
We opened the same year that Bishop Michael Sheridan was installed as the bishop of our diocese and he came out to bless our store.
My first employees were my mom and some family friends. We all spent long hours entering product information on the website and waiting for the printer to spit out orders. Back then, we had the servers for our website in the office so if something went down at night, I had to drive to the office to fix it – no calling tech support.
Our store opened in the aftermath of 9/11 so we sold a lot of military medals and when the Fulton Sheen Wartime Prayerbook was re-issued by Sophia Institute Press, we sold hundreds. The war was also the reason we set up a military chaplain registry on our website. We have sent thousands of items to chaplains overseas thanks to you.
In 2003, again on the Feast of St. Therese, we opened a retail store in Colorado Springs which we ran for ten years before lack of local interest led me to shut it down – something I know I should have done several years earlier.
At our peak with both the website and retail store opened, we had over a dozen employees and shipped thousands of packages a month.
In 2013 we moved Aquinas and More to the beautiful town of Fort Collins where we operate on-line only.
Over the years I have been blessed with many wonderful employees who loved their Faith and loved serving our customers. Thank you all for the work and dedication you had for the store.