Small business corner - Black’s Glass
Their building has moved multiple times over its 100-year history, but just about anyone can probably point out Black’s Glass on Jefferson Street.
The company this year celebrated 100 years in business in Fort Collins - most recently located in a line of Quonset huts on the edge of Old Town. Today, the company is owned by Tyler Hess and Jasmin Ramirez who bought the business from Tyler’s father, Ray in 2011. The business has only had two other owners including several generations of the Black family. The Black family owned it for two generations; the Peterson family owned it for several years.
"We’ve been in this spot for 15 to 17 years, but we’ve been in Old Town the entire time," Ramirez said. "I’ve seen a lot of improvements in Old Town. There is a lot more traffic."
Still, "I like how much it’s grown - I think a lot of people in Fort Collins are wanting to remodel," she said. "We have a lot of repeat customers. We've established good relationships with the community and with contractors and property management organizations. We really pride ourselves on customer service and taking care of our customers. We also have an amazing staff who have developed a very good reputation."
About 90 percent of the company’s work is residential including glass in shower doors, replacement windows, mirrors and storm windows. Black’s Glass employs 13 people.
"We’re excited at how much we’re growing and anxious to see how the next few years go for us," Ramirez said.
The City honored Black’s Glass for its 100 years of sustaining business in Fort Collins at a ceremony in May.