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Passion sets Evergreen scuba diving shop apart

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Jill Knapp opened a scuba diving shop in Bergen Park on Nov. 22 — her husband Scott’s birthday — as a tribute to the couple’s passion for diving.

Scott Knapp died in March from lung cancer.

“He was one of the good guys,” Jill said.

Jill Knapp is the owner of Twin Dolphins Diving in Lakewood, and she is opening a store in the back of the Bagelry because a lot of her customers at her Lakewood shop have been coming from Evergreen. “So I decided to move up,” she said.

The dive shop offers merchandise from wetsuits and snorkeling equipment to travel bags and diving gear. It also provides snorkeling and diving lessons, plus it plans professionally escorted scuba diving trips.

“We’re a five-star Scuba Diving International instructor and diver training center,” Knapp said. “We have 10 instructors, three of whom live in Evergreen.” She also said her shop is one of few in the area with four female diving instructors.

For the lessons, classroom instruction will be at the Bagelry. Knapp said she was negotiating with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to use one of its pools for the required confined dives. The required open dives can be done with a Twin Dolphins instructor at Chatfield Reservoir, or Knapp will work with certified divers at a student’s vacation destination, so a student could do the required open dives in Hawaii or Cozumel or other warm vacation spots.

Knapp says she’s a Colorado water baby — born in Colorado — and has been enamored with water since she took a swimming class as a youngster. She and her husband took a snorkeling and scuba diving class in 1990, and they were hooked.

The Twin Dolphins location in Lakewood has been open since January 2000, and Knapp operates it out of her home.

A trained physical therapist, Knapp said she and her other instructors have the ability to teach scuba diving to someone with extreme disabilities.

The Evergreen store will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to start and more often if there’s interest.

“What sets Twin Dolphins apart,” Knapp said, “is that all of (the diving instructors) are passionate about scuba diving.”

Dog training classes start at Evergreen Animal Hospital

Training With Grace, a dog-training service based in Paradise Hills, will offer classes on Thursdays beginning Dec. 4 at Evergreen Animal Hospital, 32175 Castle Court in North Evergreen.

The trainer is Ana Melara of Training with Grace. Melara will offer several classes for small groups of dogs. Classes range in size from five to 10 dogs.

Advance registration is required. For information about Melara, the classes or Training with Grace, visit www.TrainingWithGrace.com. Contact Melara directly at Ana@TrainingWithGrace.com or at 303-942-0718.

Mountain Man store moving downtown

There’s a mountain man moving into downtown Evergreen. This just isn’t any mountain man, but Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Co.

Owners Jeanie and Denis Flierl are leaving Bergen Village, where the store has been located for six years, and moving to the east end of Main Street in downtown Evergreen where Rockn-U-Ranch used to be.

Jeanie Flierl says the Bergen Village store will close Christmas Eve, and the business will open about two weeks later in the new location.

Usually, she says, she breathes a sigh of relief after all of the holiday customers have flooded the store through Dec. 24. This year, her holidays won’t be calm at all. It will take about a week to pack up the merchandise and another week to get it unpacked and set up in the new location.

The new space will be about half the size of the current store, but Flierl says that the overhead costs — rent, utilities and the like — will be less, which will help her turn a profit.

Flierl said she’s looking forward to tourist traffic in downtown Evergreen in addition to her Evergreen customers. She says she hasn’t quite decided what hours the store will be open.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Flierl said. “It’s going to be a big move, but I think it’s going to be great.”

Personal trainer changes location

Szuch Zone Training has moved to the dance studio in the Evergreen North Center north of Safeway.

Certified personal trainer Caroline Szuch is offering both group and personal training classes. For athletes interested in performance, Szuch offers lactate threshold testing.

The yoga class schedule will be Vinyasa voga from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and Hatha yoga from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. An interval training class, which starts Dec. 1, will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays.

Szuch is a sponsored athlete who races competitively in road and mountain biking, distance running, ultra-marathons, adventure racing and triathlons.

For information, contact Szuch at Szuchzone@yahoo.com or call 720-335-0242.

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