Smiling Moose smiling even wider in new location

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

The Smiling Moose Deli has moved to a larger location in the log building off Evergreen Parkway in the El Rancho area.

The sandwich shop has been near Interstate 70 since March 2008, and it had simply outgrown its space, said owner Derek Dodds.

“It’s in bigger space and gave us a better opportunity,” Dodds said.

The new restaurant at 908 Nob Hill Road has doubled the number of seats in its dining area, which was a big impetus to move, he said, plus the larger space has allowed the restaurant to add a create-your-own-salad offering.

Thanks to a larger kitchen, the restaurant now uses real plates and silverware, as Dodds calls it, and it has added an espresso machine for coffee drinks.

Dodds says the deli has evolved into a more family-friendly restaurant, and some of the changes in the Evergreen restaurant may be used in other Smiling Moose restaurants.

Smiling Moose Deli is open at 6:30 a.m. seven days a week for early risers and skiers. It closes at 8 p.m. every day but Sunday, when it closes at 6 p.m.

Coriden opens animal hospital

Longtime area veterinarian Karen Coriden has opened Blue Spruce Animal Hospital as a way to expand her mobile vet service.

An Evergreen resident since 1979, Coriden worked at several local vet practices in Evergreen and Conifer before traveling to people’s homes for the past eight years to care for their pets

Her practice at 27882 Meadow Drive in the back of the Evergreen Village Center provides a full spectrum of vet services. She has a special interest in both cats and geriatric pets, though she also works on more exotic animals such as mice, gerbils, rabbits, ferrets and rats.

Speaking of rats, Coriden had a pet rat named Rosie in college.

“There were other pets in my dorm, but she was the only legal pet,” Coriden said. “I adopted her from the psychology lab at the college.”

Now Coriden and her husband, Michael, an attorney, have four dogs in just about every size category: a Chihuahua, a pug, a black Lab and an English mastiff. They also have two cats. Their three daughters have finished college, and two are helping manage the vet hospital.

Coriden likes to schedule appointments to try to keep animals’ anxiety level at a minimum.

“My philosophy is, I’d like to give animals individual attention. A calm atmosphere makes them more comfortable. That’s my goal,” she said. “I want to give animals and owners individual attention.”

The animal hospital is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and it is closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. Coriden still makes house calls when necessary.

For more information, call 303-670-3302.

Anytime Fitness to open in Safeway center

Evergreen is getting an Anytime Fitness in the Safeway shopping center, and while it is a franchise, its owners say it will have a community feel.

Fitness trainer Jackie Janes said the center should be open by early October. To get things rolling, the owners will introduce themselves to the community at the Big Chili Cook-off on Sept. 8 at Evergreen Lake and will rent space next to Subway for a couple of weeks to provide information about what Anytime Fitness offers to prospective clients.

“I’m really passionate about a healthy lifestyle and being a member of a gym and what that can do in people’s lives,” said Janes, who is a personal trainer. Her partners in the business are Paul Larson of Lafayette and Tim Kellerman of Evergreen.

She said she works in the fitness profession to help others reach their goals, no matter what their fitness level.

Anytime Fitness bills itself as the “club for busy people,” and in keeping with the corporate theme, the Evergreen location will offer everything from 15-minute and 30-minute express classes to full-length classes. The gym will have a group exercise room that will offer classes in yoga, Pilates, boot camp and spin.

It will also have aerobic and strength training machines, free weights, locker rooms and changing rooms, plus it will offer tanning.

Janes said she wants to listen to customers and offer classes that they are interested in.

“We really want to listen to the community. We can’t please everyone, but we really have to connect with our members and really know what’s going on with them,” Janes said. “I feel like when you develop those relationships, you can get someone excited about reaching their goals, so they can live a healthier lifestyle and live happier. That’s very big to us.”

For more information, call 303-670-1GYM.

Additions in store for HearthFire Books

Two big changes are happening at HearthFire Books in Bergen Village this month.

First, the bookstore has joined forces with Watermark II, its neighbor that closed recently. HearthFire will begin selling — with the aid of Watermark II owner Linda Weiner — custom stationery and invitations, plus greeting cards.

“We continue to look for things that look very well for our business,” said HearthFire owner Kappy Kling. “We used to refer customers back and forth (with Watermark II) all the time.”

Weiner also is pleased with the partnership.

“It’s a natural transition,” Weiner said. “The environment in the bookstore lends itself to conversation, so it’s the perfect setting for a bride-to-be, for example, to browse through books to decide on wedding invitations.”

Second, HearthFire is starting a coffee and tea bar in its shop. Local suppliers will be furnishing both beans for brewed coffees and mixes for tea.

“We’re going to start with that and see what happens,” Kling said.

For more information, call 303-670-4549.

College counseling service available

While many people think of football as autumn nears, 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.

She 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.

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