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Green Merchant touts eco-friendly inventory

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

A new store in Marshdale is about as Earth-friendly as a store can get.

The Green Merchant sells exclusively organic, green and fair-trade merchandise. Items run the gamut from linens and towels woven from organically grown cotton to beeswax candles to organic dog toys.

“I want to have common items so people have a green alternative,” said store owner Micky Magnolo. “I want to help empower others to be eco-friendly. I really want to help people on the planet.”

The store has been open about a month, and Magnolo continues to build her inventory. She says she scours the Internet looking for items and doing research to make sure the products are truly Earth-friendly.

She says she looks for functional products, not just decorations. In her shop in the Evergreen South log cabin, she carries dishes, non-toxic wood toys, tree-free stationery, jewelry, dog beds, clothing and coffee. And she’s planning to bring in even more items.

Magnolo, who has lived in the foothills since 1995, managed a flight school at Centennial Airport. She has her pilot’s license and had hoped to fly medical supplies to other countries.

Instead, the Green Merchant fulfills her need to help others.

The store is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Rockn U Ranch closes

Rockn U Ranch, a Western wear shop in downtown Evergreen, has closed after three years in business.

Owner Lisa O’Farrell says she’s closing for two reasons. First, tourism business has been declining, which has hurt her sales. The second is her need to take some time off from working in retail.

“I’ve had a rough go in my personal life the last few years, and I need a break,” she said. “I need and want to rejuvenate.”

O’Farrell, who has lived in Evergreen for 13 years, says she’ll be back. She hopes to be involved with another commercial endeavor soon.

Angel Fund helps community

Helping both their businesses and the community is the goal of Women of Evergreen Businesses.

This group of about 20 women aims to help one another grow their businesses, and it has created the Angel Fund to help others.

“It’s important to reach out to others in the community who need help,” said Kimberly LaGrow, secretary of the organization.

The group conducts fund-raisers annually and donates the proceeds to help victims of domestic violence, cancer patients and individuals in the community who need help.

The group’s August fund-raiser, in conjunction with the Helping Hands Mountain Metro Association of Realtors, raised $1,500. The party and silent auction were at Creekside Cellars in downtown Evergreen.

“As we see a need, we quietly try to help people in the community,” said LaGrow, who owns Be Genuine, a website design business. “We grow our businesses, and we give back.”

The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. Call LaGrow at 303-670-2657 for information.

Red Rocks OB/Gyn opens office in Evergreen

Red Rocks OB/Gyn has opened an office in Evergreen and is offering full-service obstetrical and gynecological care to women of all ages, including high-risk obstetrics and teen health care.

Dr. Jennifer Grube, a resident of Evergreen, and Mary Lou Hendrix, a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health care, are in the Evergreen office, at 6851 Highway 73 in Marshdale, three days per week. The goal is to be able to provide full-time service at a later date.

Red Rocks OB/Gyn’s main office in Lakewood has been offering comprehensive women’s health care to the Denver area for many years.

Sunlion contact info

If you're looking for Kimberly Olson’s Sunlion Studios, which we wrote about two weeks ago, Olson can be reached at 303-674-9821, or e-mail her at SunlionStudios@wispertel.net. Olson creates one-of-a-kind jewelry and conducts one-on-one jewelry-making classes.

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