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BUSINESS BEAT: Evergreen Fire Arts a hot ticket

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Evergreen Fire Arts downtown deals in everything fire — from fired clay sculptures to blow-torched metalwork to heated glass designs.

And during July’s Last Friday Gallery Walk, the fire came outside when Bryon Foster of Morrison demonstrated fire dancing, also called poi dancing, in the parking lot.

Poi dancing involves swinging burning tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns.

Owner Joe Sanchez said the fire dancing was a natural progression for the studio, which also offers classes in art born of fire.

“Everybody gets so caught up in looking at the work in a gallery,” Sanchez said. “(The fire dancing) will expand their minds about art. I want to challenge people’s way of thinking about art.”

Sanchez got approval from the Evergreen fire marshal for Foster to do the demonstrations.

The art gallery moved about three months ago into the space next to the Holly Berry where Girlfriends clothing store used to be. Before that, it was across the street. It’s easily seen, thanks to the flames painted along the top windows, and its motto boasts “pyrogenic curiosities.”

Foster is a self-taught fire dancer, and as he perfected his craft over five years, he gained a love and passion for it.

The gallery displays the work of 30 artists, most of them from Colorado, though a few are from other states, according to Jannine Scott, who jokingly calls herself the head minion at the gallery. She says the majority of the artwork is abstract or modern.

Scott also teaches bead classes that can be viewed from the windows along the front of the gallery.

Sanchez has big plans for the gallery and its fire theme. He’s hoping to have fire dancer demonstrations every two weeks. For more information about events and classes, visit www.facebook.com/EvergreenFireArts.

New owner at Twigs

Twigs Children’s Consignment has a new owner in Bobbie Sabo, a Texas transplant who has fallen in love with Evergreen.

After moving here last year with her husband, Stephen, Sabo went to Twigs to “winterize” her son, who is now 11.

“I have always done consignment shopping, and I got to know Christy Rickert a little bit. In February, she asked if I wanted the store.”

In May, Sabo took over the store, saying owning the business in downtown Evergreen at the southeast corner of Highway 74/73 helps her put roots down here. 

“I fell in love with Evergreen, and we tend to move a lot, so I wanted to plant some roots to make it difficult to leave,” she said.

Sabo believes consignment shopping is a cost-effective and green alternative to buying new clothing.

“I’ve always wanted a consignment shop, but I never thought about a children’s consignment shop,” she said. 

As far as changes to the store: “I’m not done making changes yet, but the inventory is more diverse, and I’ve expanded a bit so there’s a larger variance in price range.”

She said someone could get a complete child’s summer wardrobe for $50.

New racks have allowed her to put more merchandise in the store, which gives people more options. She also has plans to paint and carpet the store.

“It’s going to be warmer and have a calmer feeling when people come in,” she said. “I want people to relax and feel comfortable.”

She also plans to focus on a teen section, saying she wanted Twigs to become Evergreen’s version of Plato’s Closet, an upscale consignment shop in Denver. 

She also offers craft time at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, nutrition classes for parents and kids at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and story time at 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Twigs-Childrens-Consignment.

Mountain Gypsy moves to downtown Littleton

Mountain Gypsy clothing store in downtown Evergreen is packing up and moving to downtown Littleton.

Owner Pam Davis said there weren’t enough people passing by her store, especially in winter, so she couldn’t make ends meet. Rather than giving up her dream of providing women with clothing that makes them feel good about themselves, she decided that maybe Littleton would provide a better customer base.

Davis said she’s grateful for the support she’s had from customers, but “it’s on to the next adventure.”

Indoor cycling studio offers state-of-the-art facility

Attention cyclists: Remember those snowy, rainy, cold days when it’s miserable to get outside and cycle? There’s another alternative in Evergreen: Altitude Cycling. 

Altitude Cycling has an indoor cycling studio with high-tech equipment that lets you cycle just about anywhere without ever leaving the building.

Or if you need some additional coaching before a race, Altitude Cycling can do that, too.

The studio also sponsors a cycling race team for kids 9 to 18.

Altitude Cycling is owned by Marty and Sandra Albe. Marty has been racing for 20 years, but they came by the shop via a circuitous route. Both had been agents with All-State Insurance for years when Sandra was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Eventually, both retired from the insurance business, and they opened the shop.

The tumor was removed, it returned, and it was removed again. Now, she gets periodic brain scans, and the last one was clear.

In February 2012, Marty started a little cyclist coaching business that he ran from home. He invested in a team, and one day the couple were driving along Buffalo Park Road and saw a for-rent sign on the building across from Church of the Hills, “and before you know it, we ended up building a studio,” Marty said. “This is a labor of passion and love, not financial.”

The studio originally was built to allow the racing team to continue to train in the winter, but it’s been expanded so any bicyclist can come to the studio to ride on the machines.

“The studio is one of a kind,” Marty said. “It’s structured after all my years of riding. Lighting, the music and the scenarios all make an indoor ride enjoyable. Once the doors close and the music starts, you’re in your own world.”

Altitude Cycling is at 28677 Buffalo Park Road. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. For more information, call 303-679-1395 or visit   www.altitudecycling.org.

 

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