BUSINESS BEAT: Bike, ski store races into Bergen Park

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Bike and ski racers now have a place in Bergen Park to buy their equipment.

A Culture of Speed closed its doors in Dumont and opened a shop just east of the Whippletree at 1342 County Road 65. The shop operates in the front of the building, while JR’s Landscaping operates in the back.

Owner Harry Rhulen, who lives in Soda Creek, said the move to Bergen Park was a no-brainer.

“We (originally) built the shop on I-70, so riders and skiers would stop on their way up or on the way back,” Rhulen said. “What we found out is, when they’re on their way up, they don’t want to stop, and on the way down, they’re too tired.”

Rhulen wanted to have a place where customers could browse both the bike and ski equipment rather than becoming virtually a mail-order business. On the bike side, the store has equipment for tots to seniors.

A Culture of Speed has been operating for three years, and Rhulen’s plan is to sell bikes in the warm-weather months and skis in the winter. He said someone stops in every day at the Bergen Park location to check out the merchandise, while in Dumont, customers were few and far between.

The shop’s name comes from a conversation that Rhulen, a former ski racer, had with a friend. He was lamenting that people in the United States are not as interested in ski and bike racing as in other countries, noting that the U.S. doesn’t have a culture of speed.

The phrase stuck and became the moniker for the business.

For more information, visit www.acultureofspeed.com or call 720-328-3726.

It’s not a car elevator

The huge tower being built next to Evergreen Automotive Repair actually is a Verizon cell-phone tower.

“There’s a fleet of people working on it,” said Nancy Reintz from Evergreen Automotive, 30882 Hilltop Drive.

She says the huge box with what appears to be windows on it has become quite a conversation piece as people stop in to ask what it is.

“I knew you would call to ask about it,” Reintz said, laughing, when the Canyon Courier called.

She jokes that it’s not a burn building for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, and it’s not a grain storage facility or car elevator, either.

She’s not sure how tall it is, “but it’s really tall.”

Evergreen Signs moves, begins new era

Evergreen Sign Co. has moved up — literally — from the A-frame building on Meadow Drive to an office building above it.

Owner Mark Hollandsworth couldn’t be more pleased.

With the new space in the former Craft Spot location above Bow Wow Barbers come a new logo and Hollandsworth’s new ideas for expanding the business.

He said the business had outgrown the A-frame.

“(The A-frame building) is a great place, but I knew it would be for a short time,” said Hollandsworth, who moved to Evergreen from Missouri in May 2012 to take over the business. Former owners Sue and Chris Krieg retired and sold the company.

The old space was a sign shop; the new space is more innovative and fresh, he said.

He wants Evergreen Signs to be a bit more artsy with a studio-like feel. He has plans for decorating the wall of windows that face Meadow Drive, but he doesn’t want to reveal those ideas yet.

“It’s about being different and unique,” he said. “This is a brand new era for Evergreen Signs.”

For more information, call 303-674-2715.

Anthony’s Pizza moves around the corner

Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta moved around the corner at the Safeway shopping center, and the added visibility has helped business boom.

The restaurant moved at the beginning of June into the new space at the request of the building owners. The former Anthony’s spot, along with the space to the south, will become a fitness center.

While the new space is about 250 square feet smaller, the dining room has grown, said Stephanie Banducci with Anthony’s. She said the lunch crowd has doubled since the move.

The restaurant is offering the same menu with the addition of calzones and gluten-free options. Now, it’s waiting on its liquor license to be re-issued for the new location.

For more information or to place a carry-out order, call 303-674-4322.

Have tips about businesses in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.