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Rustic Point furniture boasts a great 2008

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Rustic Point furniture and gift store had a great 2008 and is expecting 2009 to go just as well.

“We had a great year,” said owner Sara MacBean of the store, which is in the HONKA building in the El Rancho Town Center. “Truly, I think a large part is that we had our first full year in this location.” The store had been located on Meadow Drive.

MacBean says the store has created a following of customers, who stop in to see the furniture, gift items and home accessories. She said people are always coming in to see what’s new.

Every week the store looks new because the furniture is constantly being rearranged.

“We tend to rearrange fanatically,” MacBean said with a smile. “My designer and I are diseased that way. I was one of those kids who always loved to rearrange my bedroom furniture.”

The store’s location near Interstate 70 has helped bring in customers who don’t live in Evergreen.

MacBean said Rustic Point has expanded its product lines to meet customer requests because it listens to what customers are looking for.

“We’ve gotten a ton of community support,” said MacBean, who lives in Aspen Park. “Our growth is due to customer loyalty.”

The showroom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Call the store at 303-225-4660.

Bergen Park businesses move to different locations

Three Bergen Park businesses are playing musical chairs.

It all started when Evergreen Bicycle Outfitters moved in January to the El Rancho Town Center near Walmart. That vacant space, which is beneath LePeep in Bergen Village, is now the home of Design Repeats.

Design Repeats, which is a furniture consignment shop, had been in the far northern part of Bergen Village. Now, Bergen Park Paints, which had been in the Marketplace at Bergen Park, is moving to the space Design Repeats formerly occupied.

Design Repeats owner Suzie Ouellette is thrilled with the move her store made two weeks ago.

“We get a lot more foot traffic,” Ouellette said. “I’m amazed at how many people had not heard of us.”

While the new space is a bit smaller, the place has a warmer feel to it, she said. “People come in and say there’s a big difference.”

The shop has 75 percent gently used furniture and 25 percent new accessories such as lamps and pictures.

Ouellette says she’s still taking furniture on consignment, and things are constantly moving in the store. “I don’t think a day goes by that something doesn’t go out or come in.”

For Bergen Park Paint, moving from the west side of Bergen Parkway to the east side has advantages for the store and ultimately for customers.

“This is an opportunity to have the store finished off the way I’d like it,” said Mike Farkash, who owns the paint store with his wife, Robin. He said he would like to have remodeled his existing store, but staying open during a remodel is difficult.

Farkash said he hopes to move by early April. In the meantime, the new space is being prepared for the move with new flooring and different lighting.

“The entire look of the store will be different,” Farkash said. “We’re really excited about making the move.”

Specialty sleepwear sale helps business prepare for next season

People plagued with night sweats could find some helpful sleepwear at an overstock sale by an Evergreen-based company called Wicking J. Sleepwear.

The sale will be this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in space in the Marketplace at Bergen Village next to the Village Gourmet. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Owner Kendra Novick started the company about seven years ago as a wholesale business that sells moisture-wicking sleepwear. The clothing is made out of polyester but feels like cotton, she said.

Novick says she is trying a retail sale to help empty her warehouse in anticipation of new shipments of clothing. In Denver, only Exempla Lutheran Medical Center sells the sleepwear on a regular basis in its gift shop.

A percentage of the company’s proceeds goes to the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, which promotes public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early diagnosis and proper treatment, as well as supports research.

For information about the company and other places to buy the clothing, go to www.wickingsleepwear.com.

Five local businesses closing their doors

The tug-of-war between the high cost of operating a store and fewer customers is forcing five Evergreen businesses to close.

In Bergen Park, Sage Creek Foods and Catering already is closed, What a Girl Wants closes this week, and Bleacher’s Casual Clothing is in the midst of its going-out-of-business sale. Both What a Girl Wants and Bleachers were featured in 2008 in “A Fashion Lover’s Guide to the Best Shopping in Denver and Beyond.”

In downtown Evergreen, Polka Dots and Marrakech both will close around April 1.

The business owners lament that they no longer can make ends meet.

What a Girl Wants owner Shelley Petrilli said the clothing store fell victim to high overhead and a slow economy.

“It’s been fun and a learning experience,” said Petrilli, who was one of the first businesses in Bergen Village when the shopping center expanded two years ago.

Bleachers Casual Clothing owners David and Terre Gleason expect to shut the store by April 1.

2007 wasn’t great for the Gleasons, and 2008 just got worse, David Gleason said.

“The bad economy exhausted our staying power pretty quickly,” David said of the store that had been in business for 16 years. “It’s amazing how quickly it came unglued.

“It came down to whether we were going to take money out of our retirement to keep (the store) going or whether we would shut it down. A lot of our customers are hurting, so they’re not shopping with us.”

David feels bad that the store’s three employees, each of whom have been working therefor at least 10 years, will be out of jobs soon.

Bleacher’s was named the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce business of the year in 2006.

Marrakech in downtown Evergreen will be closing at the end of March after eight years and concentrating on its sister store, Paprika, in Golden, owner Elizabeth Osteen said.

“Times are very difficult right now,” Osteen said, “and I did a lot of hard thinking about the direction things are going financially.”

Polka Dots, which is located behind Baskin-Robbins, is taking its business to the Internet.

Owners Marlowe Haga and Renee Hanson sell handmade jewelry and glasswork and other crafts.

“It’s really hard,” Haga said. “This is our dream, and we love it, but sometimes you have to know when to say when. It’s really heartbreaking.”

Instead of having the shop, the women will move their business to the Internet, and will be available at www.polkadotsco.com.

Haga is hoping that other Evergreen businesses will fare better than Polka Dots did.

“I’m hoping a lot of people can hold on. I feel like downtown Evergreen will be strong once again. What brings the charm to downtown Evergreen is the shops and the shop owners.”

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