Indoor equestrian center up and running

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Andra Ozols wasn’t horsing around when she decided to build an indoor equestrian center in Indian Hills.

The indoor facility, which opened in January, is 42,000 square feet — nearly an acre of enclosed arena, a 37-stall barn, changing rooms, a laundry room and other amenities. There’s also an outdoor riding arena, outdoor pastures and paddocks.

Ozols wants it to be the premier hunter/jumper facility in the area.

She bought the former Spirit of the West Ranch, at 22828 Inca Road, in September 2007, and it took 15 months to build the new structure.

“This is something I’ve always dreamt of doing,” said Ozols, who is an attorney. “I have a daughter who is now 18 who was involved showing horses competitively. I dipped my toe in. Now I’m going for a full swim.”

She hopes eventually to work exclusively at the center, but in the meantime there’s a full-time barn manager.

Horses can be boarded here, and the owners bring in trainers to work with the horses. Ozols is targeting horse owners in the Evergreen-Conifer area, but through word-of-mouth others are coming from farther away.

For information on the facilities and services, visit www.indianhillsec.com.

New art gallery is more than just art

It’s a one-stop shop for people interested in art.

Kaleidoscope Designs of Evergreen, which opened last weekend, is a fine-art gallery with an interior design center, graphic design capabilities and a boutique.

Owner Victoria Thomas said she has combined all of the things she does into one convenient location at 27888 Meadow Drive next to Carpet Exchange.

Thomas and other Colorado artists will display their work, plus Thomas will sell her clothing line and handmade jewelry. If you’re interested in interior design consultation, Thomas can do that, too. Plus, she has 23 years of experience with graphic design, marketing and art, so she can help in those areas, too.

After she has the gallery up and running, Thomas, who has lived in Bailey for the last two years, plans to work with Evergreen area schools. She has ideas for apprenticeships for older art students. She also hopes to teach art to younger kids and hold quarterly auctions of their art pieces, with the proceeds going to their college educations.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Contact the gallery at 303-679-3274 or visit www.Kaleidoscope-DesignsOnline.com.

Seminar to help businesses get on track

If your small business is rattled by the recession, then a workshop to get businesses moving forward again might be for you.

Your Biz Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in Interior Arrangements Studio, 27985 Meadow Drive, Suite 330, on the top floor of the Rising Graphics & Printing building. Cost is $149, which includes class materials, lunch and refreshments.

Facilitators are Evergreen residents Shelly DeWit and Sandy Dixon. Dixon owns a business here, and DeWit has a consulting practice.

DeWit said they want to help small-business owners get out of their frozen state — whether that’s because of the economy or because the owners are out of new ideas — and revitalize the businesses to generate more revenue.

No more than a dozen businesses will be allowed to attend so each business gets one-on-one attention and walks away with a specific plan, she said. “This will truly be a working workshop.”

Call 303-345-1628 or e-mail sdewit@q.com for course details.

Another closure

Another North Evergreen store has closed, a victim of the economy.

Angela's Shoes, located in Bergen Village, closed a couple weeks ago with no warning except for a huge shoe sale. The space is empty, and there's no sign on the door.

Angela's Shoes was featured in the second edition of the book “A Fashion-Lover’s Guide to the Best Shopping in Denver and Beyond.”

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