Evergreen Kitchen and Bath celebrates 20 years

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Marion Patterson says the past two decades have flown by, and in that time she’s designed more kitchens and baths than she can count as owner of the Kitchen and Bath Center in Evergreen.

“No two projects are alike, and it’s never boring,” Patterson said of her business in Evergreen North, the shopping center between Safeway and the post office. “Every room is different, and clients are different. The way people approach things is different.”

Patterson says she enjoys the repeat customers and referrals she’s gotten throughout the years.

Before opening the center, she was a director for the American Red Cross. There was no kitchen business in Evergreen at the time, so she and her husband, George, decided to open one here.

“All my life, I had spent time remodeling and building homes. It always interested me,” she said.

Twice she’s had to use a crane to move kitchen appliances into homes because the stairways wouldn’t allow them to be brought in using more traditional methods.

The kitchens were on the second or third floor of the homes, and usually the appliances were extra-large.

She also finds it unusual that she recently did an extensive kitchen remodeling project that took five months and worked exclusively with the wife. She never met the husband. She says it’s the first time she remembers not meeting both spouses while working on a project.

The kitchen and bath remodeling business has changed, especially in the last five years.

“I think in today’s day and age — with the housing market the way it is — people aren’t going over the top. They are being more conservative and giving more thought on how much they want to really spend to remodel,” Patterson said.

She said the rate of return for remodeling has become more important in that homeowners want to see the value of their homes increase.

The other thing she’s finding is that in a lot of homes today, either children or parents are moving back, so remodeling can involve updating a bathroom with handicap accessibility.

“It’s a whole different market than what it used to be,” she said. “People want to age in a place, and that’s another thing that affects kitchens and bathrooms.”

Chiropractor Shanks leaves Evergreen

Chiropractor Phillip Shanks has left Evergreen on what he is calling a one-year sabbatical to hone his skills working with injured athletes at a clinic in Vail.

After 17 years owning an office here, Shanks said the opportunity at Vail Integrative Medicine Group was an offer he couldn’t pass up. He will spend the year working to heal elite athletes’ soft-tissue injuries, an area he says still needs to be developed.

His interest lies between physical therapy and chiropractic. Physical therapy, he says, works on stretching and strengthening to heal injuries. Chiropractic works to mobilize injured joints.

He’s learned after decades working as a chiropractor that sometimes stretching, strengthening and mobilizing aren’t enough. He wants to work on injuries that can be helped by therapies other than chiropractic and physical therapy.

“(Vail Integrative Medicine Group) really has niched itself for high-end athletes,” Shanks said. “I really love working with that patient set.”

In addition, the year will allow him to work solely on the chiropractor craft, rather than being bogged down in running a business.

In the meantime, he is referring his patients to other chiropractors and practitioners in Evergreen on an individual basis based on the patients’ needs. He’s also hoping to return to Evergreen for the next few weekends to see patients if he can find an office to use on a short-term basis.

He says leaving Evergreen, his home since 1993, hasn’t been easy.

“I didn’t know it would be this difficult to say goodbye,” Shanks said. “I’ve (had my office in the U.S. Bank building) for 16-plus years. I have loved living here.”

His future after the year is over is up in the air. He’s not sure what his next step will be, but he views it as an opportunity.

Shanks asks that his patients contact him at 303-817-8741.

Rocky Mountain Log Furniture closing

Rocky Mountain Log Furniture, which opened a store in Evergreen in 2008, is shutting its doors.

“It’s been a fun ride,” said Lynn Bisiar, who has been the store’s manager since it opened. “We were lean, mean and innovative, but that wasn’t enough.”

Ann Verzeletti, the store’s owner, also had shops in Idaho Springs and Grand Junction. Both of those stores closed a few years ago.

Bisiar said the store on Bryant Drive in the Evergreen Design Center made great connections with local artisans. The store offered the artisans a place to showcase their work, and the store had locally made one-of-a-kind pieces to show customers.

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