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Sushi Evergreen hopes to open downtown restaurant soon

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Downtown Evergreen is going to get fishier — in a good way.

Sushi Evergreen is moving to new digs and opening a full-scale Japanese restaurant. It will open soon in the former Stroh’s restaurant on the east end of downtown.

The name Sushi Evergreen will remain, but the restaurant now will serve Japanese and Korean food in addition to sushi, said Matt Morneau, a co-owner of the restaurant. “There will be teriyaki dishes, soups, salmon, cooked items that people will enjoy,” he said.

A liquor license is in the works but won’t be obtained for a couple of months.

Morneau and his aunt and uncle, Martin and Sue Park, have been running Sushi Evergreen for five years in Evergreen Mountain Market. Morneau, an Evergreen resident, said this move has been their dream.

“We’ve always wanted to be in downtown Evergreen,” he said. “We want to be part of the community, to participate more. We wanted to be the first sushi restaurant in Evergreen.”

The restaurant will occupy the middle section of the former Stroh’s restaurant. Morneau said a photo gallery would be in the west portion of the building, and the east portion of the building was not rented.

The past couple weeks have been hectic as the owners renovate the restaurant with new carpet and paint and do lots of cleaning. The building also will have WiFi.

Sushi Evergreen will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for both dine-in and take-out, and will be closed on Mondays.

Retirement planning essential in down economy

If you’re concerned that the lackluster economy will change your retirement plans, you have a friend in Flagship Retirement.

The financial planners with an office in the Evergreen Hotel focus on wealth preservation for retirees, according to co-owner Jeff Thompson. He and partner Tom Hushen work to help their clients retire and stay retired while maintaining their existing quality of life.

“That is our bottom-line focus regardless of the market,” Thompson said. “We’re not driven by what the market does but by the philosophy of ensuring that clients can and will stay retired.”

Thompson said Flagship’s focus is different from other financial advisory groups. “We plan for the worst-case scenario,” he said, “and the worst-case scenario plan is designed to succeed.”

The partners, who opened their office April 1, are proud of their sponsorships of Evergreen events. Thompson said they make sure they contribute to as many organizations as possible. This includes the Chili Cook-off, the Evergreen Rodeo Parade, the Wednesday night summer concerts at the lake, the Polar Plunge, the July 4 concert at the lake and Evergreen Oktoberfest.

If you want to find Thompson and Hushen in Suite 206 of the Evergreen Hotel, they will be easy to recognize. They’re the ones wearing Hawaiian shirts. Contact them at 303-679-7999.

Kaleidoscope Designs moves

Kaleidoscope Designs has moved across the street.

The one-stop shop for people interested in art has joined with the home furnishing businesses on Meadow Drive. Kaleidoscope owner Victoria Thomas says she now shares space with Rocky Mountain Log Furniture and is working with the other businesses, including Mountain Home and Pangaea Carpets.

“I like being part of a design center,” Thomas said. “There’s more foot traffic here, which is better for business.”

Kaleidoscope is a fine-art gallery with an interior design center, graphic design capabilities, and a clothing and jewelry boutique.

Contact the gallery at 303-679-3274 or visit www.Kaleidoscope-DesignsOnline.com.

Financial seminar June 9

Mike Wilk, the founder and president of Five Rings Financial, will discuss how money works at a free seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at Beau Jo’s Pizza in downtown Evergreen.

Wilk will discuss basic money concepts, including growing tax-deferred money, tax-saving programs and capturing the upside of the market without risking the principal. This educational seminar will introduce the three hurdles that need to be overcome to reach your financial goals and three strategies to creating, preserving and transferring wealth.

For information, contact Matt Storms at 888-674-1141.

Pet Cabin relocates to Kittredge

Looking for a cozier space to do business, the owners of the Pet Cabin have moved the store to Kittredge.

Pet Cabin now is located at 26030 Highway 74 next to the Bear Creek Tavern.

Owner Eileen Blackburn said the new space is in a more scenic setting next to a creek and a park. “This is more like what we want,” she said.

The pet store had been on Meadow Drive for the past three-and-a-half years. “It just never felt as cozy as we wanted,” Blackburn said.

The new place is about the same size, but the space is more functional. It has skylights, so it is sunny and family friendly, she said.

Contact the store at 303-679-3480.

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