Four businesses get together in Kittredge Village

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Kittredge is now home to four businesses that provide everything from massage to children’s clothes.


By the Creek Tans & Stuff is open in Kittredge Village next to Bear Creek Restaurant. The 3,200-square-foot space houses a tanning spa, massage therapist, women’s and children’s clothing, artwork, jewelry and a dance studio for belly dancing and yoga.

It is planning a grand opening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

By the Creek was the idea of Dana Snider, who owns the tanning spa. Her name should be familiar since she manages the Evergreen Animal Protective League’s thrift shop and is the former owner of Blooming Idiots restaurant and other businesses in Kittredge.

Now she has brought together an eclectic group of women to run their businesses: Brenna Witt at In Touch Massage, Ellie Buchholz at Blue Heron Dance Studio, and Ann Lezark at Whispering Spirits stained-glass, copper and clay artwork. There’s also Honey Hugs Children’s Apparel.

“We are separate businesses that are housed together,” Snider said, “but we keep it like a co-op. We can help build each other’s businesses and help each other when someone is not there. It’s worked out really well. It’s a beautiful adventure.”

Tanning and shopping are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 303-679-1909.

New rooms at Nick’s Pro Fitness

Nick’s Pro Fitness has remodeled part of its space specifically for yoga, spinning and Pilates.

“We want everybody to have their own space,” said owner Nick Kapande. “Whether you’re a weightlifter, into martial arts or want to use the exercise machines, we have created space for everyone, so no one feels like they’re left out.”

The 1,000-square-foot yoga room, with its dark red walls, mirrors along one side and a state-of-the-art yoga floor, is host to 27 yoga classes a week for novices to veterans. It’s equipped for traditional yoga and hot yoga.

“We have yoga for all styles and personalities,” said Jessica Smith, one of the yoga instructors. “This is very special for Evergreen.”

Kapande said he invested in the yoga room to make it a quality place and experience for yoga students.

“We pulled out all the stops,” he said.

Nick’s formerly offered spinning and Pilates in a squash court. Now both programs have places of their own with the appropriate machines.

“I have a dream here that everyone in the club is happy with their own space,” Kapande said. “This remodel gets us closer to that.”

Elk Run adds to name

Elk Run Assisted Living has added to its name, and it’s now Augustana Elk Run, denoting that it is now part of the nonprofit Augustana Care.

Augustana Elk Run continues to offer support to those needing assistance with daily activities for a few days, a few weeks or long term. Augustana Elk Run provides respite care for people when family members are not able to provide it.

Lisa Rogers continues to be the nurse and executive director of the facility at 31383 Frost Way. 

Quality Suites is now Comfort Suites

The hotel in El Rancho has become a Comfort Suites, which included $1.5 million in renovations to update the rooms, business center and breakfast area.

The all-suites hotel is owned and operated by Tony Kim of Greenwood Village.