Owners hoping Emerald coffee shop will become gem in downtown Steamboat

Ani Tikku and Walter Leskiff inside the new Emerald on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The husband and wife are planning to open the new downtown dining spot at 700 Yampa St. this weekend, offering a variety of organic drinks and food.
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When the space that Ani Tikku and Walter Leskiff owned became available this spring, the couple decided not to lease it again, but to pursue their dream of opening their own business, Emerald, and making Steamboat Springs their full-time home.

“We wanted to create a warm, welcoming place for people to sit

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