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BUSINESS BEAT: Crystal Cowgirl up and running in Kittredge

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Women who like western wear — or prefer something not so western — should check out Crystal Cowgirl, a new upscale women’s consignment clothing shop in Kittredge.

Located in Adobe Creek, the shop is owned by Kittredge resident Crystal Lovell Harnden.

“I love the idea of recycling and giving women more opportunity to afford something that they might not be able to afford new,” Harnden said. “This is something I really wanted to do.”

Harnden had worked in retail stores for many years. Owning her own store has been on her bucket list, so when she turned 60, it was time to make it happen. She was driving by Adobe Creek as a sign was being put in the window of the former stained-glass shop, and she stopped to inquire. Now she’s a business owner.

The shop contains upscale women’s clothing from jeans to career wear to formal wear. There’s always a $10 designer jean rack and a rack of vintage western boots. Plus there’s jewelry, candles and cards made by local artisans.

The store has a bit of character with western décor such as vintage Roy Rogers paintings on the walls, dressing-room chairs made from old stumps, a signed photograph of Glen Campbell and cowboy curtains closing off the dressing rooms.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Stop in the store or visit www.mycrystalcowgirl.com.

Fresh wreaths available in downtown Evergreen

Looking for a fresh holiday wreath?

Tatonka Farms in Conifer is selling fresh wreaths in downtown Evergreen on the south side of Main Street next to the former NAPA auto parts store.

Patty Dierksheide, an owner of Tatonka Farms, sells wreaths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, and the outlet will be open for the Holiday Walk in downtown Evergreen on Friday evening.

Wreaths range in size and price from $35 to $80.

The pine boughs are from mitigation-cut trees near Cub Creek mixed in with fresh juniper, Dierksheide said.

“They don’t get any fresher than this,” she said.

Yarn West changes locations

Yarn West has moved south.

Evergreen’s knitting and crocheting shop that had been near King Soopers is now in Evergreen North, the shopping center south of the post office.

Owner Laura Watt said the move has been beneficial for the specialty store, bringing in new customers while the veteran knitters and crocheters have migrated with her.

Yarn West had been in Bergen Park for close to three years when the lease ended. Watt looked for new space, and when she peeked in the windows of the former hair salon in Evergreen North, she knew she had found her new home.

“I could see my yarn shop in there,” she said. “I had a good feeling from the minute I came over here.”

The move took four days with the help of family, friends and customers, and the store reopened on Nov. 14.

She hopes to partner with Artful Journey, an art school on the second floor, to offer classes for children or something for moms to do while they’re waiting for their children.

She loves the courtyard at Evergreen North.

“We can be laughing, talking, knitting and looking at the courtyard,” she said.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shop offers knitting and crocheting classes and has regular knitting groups. Stop by or call 303-674-6001.