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Prague coming to Evergreen — the café, that is

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Evergreen is getting a new restaurant downtown called Prague, which will be a smaller version of the popular Café Prague in Morrison.

Set to open in mid-October, Prague will serve lunch and dinner, said Tomas Stibral, who owns both restaurants with his wife, Yvona. It will be at the corner of Main Street and Forest Hill Road in a building that once was a dry cleaner and a hardware store.

The restaurant will seat about 50 people with another 30 seats on the patio, a size he called perfect.

“It’s such a beautiful building,” Stibral said, “I couldn’t refuse (building owners Ken and Judy Jeronimus). Tons of people have asked me when I would open a restaurant in Evergreen.”

Because the building is so small, the menu will be more limited than that of its sister restaurant. Prague has a full liquor license.

Stibral has worked in restaurants all his life. Café Prague opened in 1999 in Georgetown, and five years later Stibral moved it to Morrison.

The building has grass and wildflowers on its roof, and Stibral, with his dry sense of humor, suggested a goat would be perfect to keep the roof trimmed. And he added, with his knack for understatement, “The food (at Prague) will be OK.”

Menchie’s closes

Menchie’s frozen yogurt emporium in Bergen Village has closed.

Owner Larry Ciancia had been looking for a buyer for a while so he could retire. He said he’s in the middle conversations with potential buyers and for legal reasons can’t divulge much.

He said it’s been an emotional time as he’s closed the store, which he has used as an outlet for community service since it opened in June 2011.

The space will remain some type of food service, he said.

“I think the community will be happy with (the change),” Ciancia said. “I was careful to have something go in there that Evergreen will appreciate.”

Chiropractor Shanks returns to Evergreen

Evergreen chiropractor Phillip Shanks has reopened his practice in Evergreen in the offices of Dr. Danny Smith in Bergen Village.

Shanks spent a year in Vail working with ultra athletes and recently returned.

To make an appointment, call 303-817-8741.

College counseling service available

While many people think of football in autumn, high school juniors and seniors are thinking about college decisions.

Mary Handzel, who retired as a counselor from Evergreen High School in May, has begun Mountain Area College Counseling, a one-on-one service to help students through the college application process.

“When I retired,” Handzel said, “I decided I was going to focus on students who wanted individual help finding the right college fit. We can work for an hour, three hours, whatever they need to help them find the right fit.”

She said students sometimes flounder in their quest to find the right college, and they need help understanding all of the aspects of deciding on the right school, everything from costs associated with school to writing application essays to mock interviews.

Handzel says she can provide help that school counselors may not have time for, and since she knows the EHS counselors well, she will work with them to make sure students are getting the information they want and need.

“I think that is very important,” Handzel said. “Students need the continuity with both the school counselors and an outside college counselor. If we keep in contact, we can keep that continuity.”

For more information, visit www.mountainareacollegecounseling.com or call 720-985-6321.

Mountain Gypsy sells clothing that offers freedom

Evergreen resident Pam Davis, social worker turned women’s clothing store owner, has opened Mountain Gypsy at the southeast corner of Highway 74/73 next to Twigs.

Davis worked at Evergreen Christian Outreach and was the activities director at Elk Run for several years, both jobs involving making people happy. Now, she plans to do the same thing with clothing that she calls soft and swishy.

In addition to women’s clothing, she has body lotions, candles, jewelry, bags, organic cotton T-shirts for men and socks made out of recycled cotton.

She named the store Mountain Gypsy because the term “gypsy” represents a feeling of freedom.

“Freedom is important to me,” Davis said. “Sometimes I feel like a gypsy as I decide where I want to belong.”

Freedom also is evident in the clothing she sells because she wants everything to be comfortable, not binding.

Davis also is a belly dancer and sells clothing for belly dancers.

“As a belly dancer, I have learned to appreciate myself as I have gotten older and my body has changed,” she said. “I feel I can help other women through their phases of life, too.”

The tagline for Mountain Gypsy is “fun, funky and fair trade.” Davis said she learned about fair trade from Micky Magnolo, the owner of downtown’s Green Merchant, which specializes in selling free-trade items.

Some of the items in Davis’ shop are free-trade, so she feels like she’s helping people on the other side of the world.

The store is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, closed Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

New art gallery opens on Meadow Drive

Mary Welty has opened a gallery in Evergreen that displays the variety of artwork that she creates.

From painting to sculpture, realism to expressionism, wearable art to traditional paintings, Welty does it all. Her small studio is on Meadow Drive across from the Evergreen Design Center.

You can’t miss the large wire horse sculpture in the back of the 1958 Willys Jeep that sits in front of the studio, which is open daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Welty, who moved to Evergreen from Truth or Consequences, N.M., also sells jewelry from artisans in New Mexico and some gift items, too.

She considers herself a cowgirl artist, with much of her work about animals, especially horses, which she says are her first love, and nature, including landscapes and flowers. Most of her work has a southwestern feel.

Her dogs Bullet, a beagle-healer mix, and Nugget, a cream Labrador, keep her company in the gallery while she talks with customers and paints.

One of her passions is entering the yearly Federal Duck Stamp contest, which selects a waterfowl painting that is reproduced on hunting licenses, indicating the hunter is allowed to hunt ducks and other waterfowl. She’s proud that she has come in ninth and fifth in the contest, which gets as many as 2,000 entries, and she’s entering again this year.

She’s planning to have Friday night socials at the studio with music, and her companion, Stephen Fischer, who is a portrait photographer, will be taking pictures.

For more information about the gallery, contact Welty at 575-894-0095.

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