From the Vine promises a fresh approach

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Fresh ingredients in breakfasts and lunches plus a variety of wines inspired the name for the new restaurant in Kittredge: From the Vine Market and Eatery.

Located in a 1,300-square-foot building just west of Comfortable Home on Highway 74, the restaurant has been open about a month with great success, according to owner Kathleen Johnson.

Johnson and her husband, Dan, own and operate Comfortable Home, and they decided to add a restaurant to their repertoire. They want the restaurant to be known for its fresh, fast food.

“It’s quick without sacrificing quality,” said Kathleen. “People are driving the canyon, and they’re so busy these days, they can stop in and pick up breakfast or lunch.”

The restaurant offers quiches, sandwiches, panini, burritos, homemade soup and fresh-baked pies.

Chef Greg Shefcik and assistant chef Michael Gelberg are known for making everything from scratch, from the breads to the entrees.

Johnson said that for years she has had customers who drive up the hill to the furniture store, then want a bite to eat before going back to Denver.

“We decided this is the time. Let’s just do it, and it’s worked out so well,” she said.

The Johnsons want the restaurant to be known as a great place to grab a late lunch with a glass of wine or a beer or a place for a sit-down meal. It seats 15.

The Johnsons are glad they have owned a business in Kittredge for 12 years.

“I am so grateful to have stumbled around Kittredge 12 years ago,” Kathleen said. “It’s such a great community. When they hear about something new, they want to try it and support it. It’s truly is the best community that I could hope to be in.”

Business Express debuts in Bergen Park

Even though Mail Boxes Etc. has changed its name to Business Express, the services it provides have remained the same.

It still provides everything from copying to binding to cards and gifts, plus mailbox service. In fact, according to owner Mary Jo Nelson, most customers aren’t aware of all the services offered by the store, located in the King Soopers shopping center.

After almost 20 years in business as a franchised Mail Boxes Etc., Mary Jo and her husband, John, decided to become an independent store after they were told they would be converted to a UPS store and would have to discontinue many of the services they offer.

They decided the best route was to go independent, hence the Business Express name.

Nelson, manager Kim Schoonenberg and graphic artist Jeannette Stutzman continue to work at the store.

Nelson said the store’s philosophy has always been to treat people well. She enjoys meeting people and developing relationships with them as they become repeat customers.

The store is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information, call 303-670-8700.

New owner at Whispering Pines

Whispering Pines Massage and Day Spa has a new owner, Emily Cumberland, but she is not a new face at the spa in Bergen Village.

Cumberland had been an esthetician at the spa for the last year before buying the business from owners Lisa Wormer, Marla Haley and Collette Kinkopf

“The spa will maintain its rustic charm, but we’ll add a contemporary flair,” she said of subtle changes she plans to make.

She says she’s happy to make the leap to spa owner.

“People come here because it’s comfortable, not pretentious, and it’s a good location, especially with the other merchants in Bergen Village,” Cumberland said. “It’s a well-known spa in the community.”

Cumberland plans to start an outreach program in the fall to collect skin care and personal hygiene products to be donated to area homeless shelters.

“Other groups collect food and clothing,” Cumberland said, “but sometimes all it takes is a fresh deodorant or new lipstick to make you feel good. This is something I can do to give back.”

The spa is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Call 303-674-7723 or visit www.WhisperingPinesSpa.com.

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