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Floyd Hill design center a one-stop shop

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

It’s safe to say that handcrafted log furniture is more widely found in mountain homes.

Rocky Mountain Log Furniture sells custom items from its stores on Meadow Drive in Evergreen, on Miner Street in Idaho Springs and in Grand Junction. It has just expanded its reach by renting space at the Rocky Mountain Home and Design Center.

The center, on the north side of Interstate 70 at Floyd Hill, houses Colorado artisans who make and sell everything for homes from lighting and flooring to furniture and windows.

“(The design center) expands our visibility to the public,” said Heather Burmingham, who works in the Evergreen store. The design center has a sampling of the items that Rocky Mountain Log Furniture sells, from small home décor items to bunk beds.

“The center promotes our designers here at the store,” Burmingham said.

Ann Verzeletti, the owner of Rocky Mountain Log Furniture, wanted to be in the design center to reach out to more people, Burmingham said.

The design center is the brainchild of Brian Kleinwachter, who is also co-owner of Ski Country Antiques, which is on the south side of I-70 at Floyd Hill.

“It’s something I’ve been brewing for three to four years,” Kleinwachter said. “Most design centers are not for the public, but this one is. I’ve handpicked the dealers that I’ve dealt with over the years. There’s one of everything, with no competing vendors.”

This is a one-stop shop for someone interested in building or refurbishing a home. Someone could meet with an architect on-site, then select the flooring, lighting, windows, doors and fireplace. Next would be furniture and accessories such as flat-screen televisions and pool tables. Or someone can come in looking specifically for one thing.

About 20 vendors are set up on the bottom floor. By mid-July, antique dealers will be set up on the top floor. Altogether, there’s 25,000 square feet of showroom space. The space is reasonably priced for the artisans, and the design center provides a sales staff knowledgeable about the wares in all of the booths.

This is a win-win situation for both the artisans and the public, Kleinwachter said. The artisans get a storefront — a place to display their work year-round, and the public can travel to one place and find unique and interesting items for their homes.

He said he didn’t think his design center concept would be so successful, especially with a slumping economy, but he has a waiting list of vendors who want to rent space.

“What we’re trying to do is give people a wonderful place to shop in the mountains,” Kleinwachter said, “and we’re giving a lot of vendors a place to hang their hats.”

Soft touch, latest technology at Mountain Parks vet hospital

Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital offers its clients an old-time soft approach to animal care with the latest in medical technology.

The hospital, at 5920 Highway 73 just south of the S curve, has been operating for over 40 years, but it is now under ownership of veterinarian Ronald Altman and his wife, Elise, who calls herself the Jill of all trades at the clinic.

The Altmans have owned the hospital for about a year after moving from Atlanta, and Elise says they were looking to take over a veterinary practice in a community that would be good for their young son.

In addition, they were looking for a community where pets were a priority for their owners, she said.

Elise says her husband has a great approach with animals. “His bedside manner is so warm,” Elise said. “He is a compassionate doctor.”

The hospital also offers boarding and doggie day-care. Elise said the goal is to provide a pleasurable and healthful experience for the dogs, whom the staff call campers.

“We took over a great practice,” Elise said. “We’ve just added our own personal touch.”

Contact the clinic at 303-674-3156.

Studio 818 specializes in haircuts

A hairstyling salon is opening in Evergreen, and the first thing you’ll notice that is unique is its décor.

The salon on the top floor of Evergreen Mountain Village in downtown Evergreen is about 200 square feet, and it’s only about 8 feet wide. The ceiling is painted chocolate brown, and the dark wood and espresso-colored furniture accent the cream-color walls. In this small space is a shampoo bowl, a hairstyling station, two chairs and a coffee table.

The second thing that’s unique is Alfred Valverde. Valverde, a California transplant, has named his salon Studio 818. The 818 is a California area code. Valverde specializes in haircuts.

“(The space) is perfect for one (stylist),” Valverde said. “It’s a place where people can go to relax. It’s designed not to look like the typical hair salon.”

Studio 818 will have its grand opening on June 27. Valverde can be reached temporarily at 303-816-1183.

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