Former Tanglewoods owner now taking a frank approach to sales

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

A new hot-dog guy has come to Evergreen.

Tom Becker has planted his rolling hot-dog cart — Tom’s Daily Dog — near Safeway. He loves to chat with customers, and buying a hot dog from him is quite entertaining.

He opened his stand on Feb. 3, and business has been pretty good so far. It’s just a matter of letting folks know they can get a simple hot dog with mustard or a fancy hot dog with all the fixin’s, including caramelized sauerkraut.

New to the hot-dog-vendor business, Becker also knows that this is not the best time of year to be standing outside in the elements selling hot dogs.

In general, he’s across from the entrance to the Safeway parking lot from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. However, don’t count on him if it’s snowing, below 36 degrees or slushy enough that it would be no fun standing out there.

But that’s the great thing about owning your own mobile food service.

Becker laughingly calls his stand “my little empire.” He will use the spring months to put the training wheels on his mobile stand as he figures out what works and what doesn’t work.

Becker is not new to Evergreen or to Evergreen culinary delights. He owned Tanglewoods restaurant in north Evergreen, which closed over a year ago.

He said he was watching the Food Channel and saw a program about how food carts were such a hit in places like San Francisco. He also knew that Evergreen’s previous hot-dog guy, who had sold dogs by Safeway for years and years, had left.

Becker says he’s hoping to also be at the farmers’ market in Bergen Park this summer and at other area events.

Wellness center opens in Evergreen Commons building

A hypnotherapist, nutritionist and acupuncturist have joined forces in one office in Evergreen to provide clients with a holistic approach to wellness.

Suzy Walz with Whole Health Hypnotherapy, Pam Goss with Meta Health and Nutrition, and Kim Nordquist with Red Dragon Acupuncture now are located in the Evergreen Commons building. It’s on Keats Way between the Life Care Center and Elk Run.

The three had been in separate offices elsewhere in north Evergreen.

“We all felt like we needed to look into a professional office space without the distraction of retail (businesses),” Walz said. “We needed a quiet atmosphere, and this is a central Evergreen location.”

She said she likes working in an office where she has other health practitioners to collaborate with.

Walz, who has a nursing background, opened Whole Health Hypnotherapy four years ago. She does a lot of medically based hypnosis such as for weight loss and pain management.

“When I left the hospital (working as a nurse) and moved into (working at) a clinic, I could see the emotional and psychological connection with wellness,” Walz said. Hypnotherapy can help with anxiety, sleep problems, irritable-bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia, to name a few, Walz said.

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