click to enlarge Dionne Roberts Heather Hart aims to create “higher vibrations.” Vibes held its grand opening on March 17, giving co-owners Heather Hart and Rodger Smith a new, yet very different “project” after Hart’s Rastafarian wellness center, One Love Club in Old Colorado City, was forced to close in July 2017. The all-organic, vegan-friendly bar reawakens what was once Castaways, a nautical-themed restaurant and bar in Manitou Springs that Hart says was a popular boomer spot and “a staple in the nightlife, back in the day.”
The large venue sat empty for about six years before Hart purchased the property, hoping to move One Love, a cannabis consumption club and Rastafarian place of worship, into the space. Hart says once she determined that acquiring a cannabis club license was “not in the cards” she shifted her focus to Vibes, which integrates a health-conscious food and drink menu, community events and CBD products.
“I wanted to create a space because I love people, I love to socialize, I like to help people,” says Hart. “We did a lot of that at One Love and that was the most rewarding part of the whole thing — educating people and being able to provide that kind of environment. So I wanted to create a similar vibe.”
Hart maintains that she prefers cannabis over alcohol consumption but says, “if we have to have a bar and a liquor license then it’s going to be a wellness bar and we’re going to do things in the healthiest possible way that we can.”
107 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs/Ute Pass
Manitou Springs, CO
Although cannabis club licensing is at a standstill, Hart says she would “like to be able to work with the city of