Our Story

The Rose Colored Glass is owned and operated by Bob Berggren.  Berggren is a Stromsburg native, and like so many others, he left home after high school.  For 40 plus years he lived in various cities including Chicago and Los Angeles before finally settling in Denver, Colorado.  His desire to return to his hometown was realized in 2010 when he and Dana Andrews moved to Stromsburg and purchased the local bed and breakfast, The Scandinavian Inn.  Incidentally, the Scandinavian Inn is located in the former town hospital built in 1910 and is where Berggren was actually born.  Andrews, a native of Granby, Colorado, thought the bed and breakfast would be a fun opportunity for her second career.

As guests at the bed and breakfast would comment on the deteriorated state of downtown Stromsburg, Berggren and Andrews decided that as a part of the community, they wanted to help do something to improve the downtown area; that is when Berggren purchased the Victor Anderson Building, a 19,000 square foot building anchoring the northeast corner of the town square.  The 100-year-old building had been declared a public nuisance and was deteriorating rapidly.  Berggren’s background in architecture and community redevelopment made renovating the Victor Anderson Building a good fit.

Experience the past as you sit and sip wine in the Rose Colored Glass.  First of all, enjoy the glass from the building’s original windows that has been incorporated into the renovation.  The glass, rose in color, is how the name for our wine tasting room was derived.  The rose colored pieces of glass surround the cozy fireplace and are inlaid on the top and front of the bar.  If you stop in at the adjoining garden shop you will see the rose colored clerestory windows in their original location.

Enjoy the warmth of the original wood floors or play a tune on the 120-year-old piano that belonged to Berggren’s great grandmother.  The history of the Victor Anderson Building can be lived through the old pictures placed throughout the building.  You can look at the open house invitation that was sent out for the building’s grand opening almost 100 years ago.  There is even an old metal dish pan which was a door prize at the original open house on June 7, 1913.