Highland Haven celebrates 35 years in business

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Thirty-five years is a long time to be in business, and Highland Haven Creekside Inn achieved that landmark this year.

“It’s so nice to be in this community for so long,” said Gail Riley, who along with her husband, Tom Statzel, runs the bed-and-breakfast on the east end of downtown Evergreen. “We have all this history, and all of Evergreen has all this history with us.”

Riley said the secret to the inn’s success is reinvesting in the property so it never stagnates, and offering top-quality service.

“My husband has rebuilt every cottage, suite and guest room three times now,” she said.

Riley said she and the staff work hard to keep things running smoothly.

“I think that’s a large part of our success. We don’t screw around on business things. We run a pretty tight, happy ship here.”

The inn has won numerous awards over the years and was named business of the year twice by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. Riley has written two books, and the couple raised their children while running a top-notch inn.

Now her daughter, Roxy, and Roxy’s husband, Blake Alexander, help run the business.

“We’ve put Evergreen on the map for a lot of people,” she said. “We attract people from all over the world. I love being an ambassador for all of Evergreen. I’m proud of being a part of Evergreen. How lucky we are to be in this beautiful setting and have our life’s work in Evergreen.”

Bear Creek Hair Cutters remodels

Bear Creek Hair Cutters has gotten a makeover and a new moniker: Bear Creek Hair.

The salon just west of Baskin-Robbins in downtown Evergreen is now under the ownership of Michelle Beaglehole, who has worked there for 13 years. She took over ownership after Laurie Roe died unexpectedly last Dec. 13. Roe opened the salon in 1982.

“It’s totally different,” Beaglehole said. “It’s completely remodeled. It looks a lot different, and it feels a lot different.”

The salon closed for two weeks during the remodel, and now it’s going strong. Beaglehole said her next endeavor is to get a website up and running.

“We’re doing well,” she said. “This is very exciting.”

Three portrait photographers combine forces

Three Evergreen portrait photographers, one studio and one idea: to combine forces to provide a variety of photography options.

Katy Moses, Annie Coppock and Tamara Dawn McCarl have created a studio at 30706 Bryant Drive, Suite 208 — which is why they call their new combined effort Studio 208. Each still runs her own photography business, but with one space they can collaborate on projects.

“Each of us has areas where we shine, but there will be some overlap,” said Moses.

“We are each other’s backup,” Coppock added.

“We meld so well together,” McCarl said.

Moses likes to do women’s makeover photography and what she calls muse sessions where there’s more give-and-take between photographer and subject.

“It’s very different from what I’ve done before,” Moses said.

McCarl, who goes by Tamara Dawn Photography, enjoys fashion and wedding photography. She also likes to focus on older adults because she finds photographing them fascinating.

Coppock does portraits of dancers, working with Kinetic Arts Dance Studio, and likes to photograph families and children in natural settings.

The photographers can be reached at  studio208evergreen@gmail.com. 

Each also has her own website: www.anniecoppockphotos.com, tamaradawnphotography.com and katymosesphotos.com.

New owner for Aesthetic Lounge

The Aesthetic Lounge on Meadow Drive has gotten a face-lift of its own.

It has a new owner, Jack Zamora, who is a plastic surgeon with his main office in Cherry Creek. And the name has been altered slightly to fit his ownership: Aesthetic Lounge Medical Spa.

Zamora specializes in eyelid lifts, and his team of nurses and aestheticians performs other skin treatments to make patients look and feel younger, according to office manager Jessica Miele.

Zamora does the eyelid surgery in the Evergreen office, so people don’t have to drive down the hill for the procedure, Miele said.

“He’s so skilled that he doesn’t need to use anesthesia on the patient for the procedure,” Miele said. “That’s very exciting because it’s something that is unique that he can share with the Evergreen community.”

Leigh Ann Jordan, who originally opened the office in Evergreen, still works at the Aesthetic Lounge. 

The spa is on the third floor of Meadow Village Plaza on Meadow Drive. 

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