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Ice House still looking for new owners

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

The owners of the Ice House Cafe in downtown Evergreen have learned that it’s better not to count your chickens before they’re hatched.

Charles and Cindy Shirley thought they had found buyers for their coffee shop and music venue in Chris and Dave King, a Denver family group with extensive hospitality and music experience.

Last week the deal fell through.

So the Shirleys again are looking for buyers. They are selling the shop located in the lobby of the Evergreen Hotel to pay for medical bills.

“I could see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Charles quipped, “and it turned out to be a train coming the other way.”

He said other local people have been interested in buying the Ice House, and he will contact them again to resume negotiations.

Charles said he had mixed reactions to the sale falling through. On the one hand, he loves the customers who come into the shop because they’ve become friends. On the other hand, he needs to move forward with his treatment and find the next chapter in his life.

For more information, contact the Ice House at 303-670-0433.

Pet care comes to you

If you have a puppy that needs more exercise than you can give or if you are planning an out-of-town vacation, Happy Tails Dog Walking and Pet Care might be the business you’re looking for.

Sherry Ettore, who started the animal care business a few weeks ago, will take care of your dogs or cats while you’re at work, on vacation or just too busy to give an animal the attention it wants. In addition, the service will transport animals to grooming or veterinarian appointments.

Ettore said she started a business because she knows first-hand how difficult it can be to have a typical busy schedule and give animals the attention they want.

“I adopted a border collie,” Ettore said, “and then I realized that he had more energy and needed more time than I had when I had a full-time job. I figured there were other people in the same situation, so I quit my job and started the animal-care business.”

She said being with animals is what she loves and something she wants to wake up and do every morning.

Before taking on an animal, Ettore and her fiancé, Brendan Zedlitz, both of Evergreen, meet the client and the animal. “We want to make sure we get along with the pets,” Ettore said.

She said they will work with any breed, and she’s sure things will go smoothly.

Ettore has experience working in dog-grooming and pet-care facilities. She dreams of owning a boarding kennel one day.

Find Ettore at 303-718-3702, or visit www.happytailspetcare.biz.

Bike raffle for MS

Bicycle riders, listen up.

You could have a chance to win a road bike worth $12,000 and help the Multiple Sclerosis Society at the same time. The bike is being raffled off Aug. 1.

The fund-raiser is part of Carl Craig’s family fund-raising efforts for the society. Craig’s 14-year-old daughter, Heather, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis earlier this year.

“Like (Heather’s) disease that will never go away, I will forever be trying my best to find ways to fund more research and help bring a cure to MS,” Carl said. “My fund-raising efforts will never go away.”

Others also have donated $10,000 to Craig’s team, called Some Nerve, that is participating in the MS-150 bike ride.

The bike being raffled comes from Trek, and it was built for Lance Armstrong’s Radio Shack team at the Tour of California.

Tickets for the bike raffle are $20 each. To enter the drawing, send your donation for a specified number of tickets and check made payable to “Some Nerve,” c/o Carl Craig, 2468 S. Inverness Place, Evergreen, CO 80439.

Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. For more information, e-mail Craig at carlc@evcohs.com.

Local firm donates to help families pay energy bills

Bentex Energy, an Evergreen-based company, has donated $15,000 to support Energy Outreach Colorado’s programs that help limited-income families and seniors pay home energy bills and have access to energy-efficient housing.

The firm’s contribution is for a sponsorship of the National Fuel Marketing golf tournament in August. In all, Bentek has donated more than $38,000 to the nonprofit since 2006.

“We’re proud to support Energy Outreach Colorado’s programs, which are so important to the lives of those families who are barely making ends meet,” said Porter Bennett, Bentek’s founder and chief executive officer.

Energy Outreach Colorado has raised more than $120 million since 1989 to fund energy-assistance grants to emergency-assistance agencies and to support energy-efficiency upgrades in affordable housing.

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