Watermark II dips toe in local gift market

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

With its trademark checkered brown-and-white floor and its aqua walls, Watermark II in Bergen Village has opened for business.
The store boasts everything from stationery and cards to unique gifts. One of the more unusual display cases in the store is a huge old-fashioned bathtub with bath products displayed.
The store has jewelry, baby products, handmade yoga mats and a more unusual item, Vapur bottles. These reuable water bottles are made of a flexible plastic that can fold up like a tube of toothpaste. Yet, when a liquid is poured into it, the bottle inflates and can stand on its own.
Watermark II is the second store owned by Linda Weiner of Evergreen. The first Watermark store is in the Lowry area east of Denver.
Watermark II is north of Hearthfire Books, and new merchandise is coming in every day since it opened Sept. 15, said manager Juli Mulreaney. The store should be fully stocked by the end of the week.
“We try to carry a lot more unique gifts, the kind you wouldn’t find in other traditional stores,” Mulreaney said.
The store also sells and prints invitations, napkins and anything else you can think of, she said.
Watermark II plans to be involved in the community, Mulreaney said, and it got its first taste of community mindedness during the Evergreen High School homecoming activities last weekend.
“This is a neat store,” said Mulreaney, who has worked for Watermark for two years. “It’s fun to work here.”
Watermark II is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 303-674-4210 or visit www

Beau Thai to open soon

The owners of Cuisine of the Himalayas are branching out and opening another restaurant a couple doors down from their current location in Bergen Village.
Beau Thai: the Art of Thai Cooking should be open very soon, according to brothers Khagendra and Yubraj Gurung, who own the restaurants.
Beau Thai will focus on Thai food in the space that Boom-a-rang once occupied. This restaurant will serve traditional items such as curries, noodle dishes and fried rice. There’s also a bountiful kids menu, and the restaurant specializes in vegetarian dishes.
Khagendra Gurung is proud that they have hired a chef originally from central Thailand who has 35 years of cooking experience.
“All of the food is fresh,” Gurung said. “It’s healthy food.”
He said they decided to open the Thai restaurant because they had heard over and over again that people love Thai food and that there was no Thai restaurant farther west than Lakewood.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and closed on Mondays. For more information, call 303-670-1977.

Shop carries everything
for boarding enthusiasts

Getting ready for the snowboarding season is just a short drive away at Evergreen’s new snowboard and skateboard shop called Hills and Rails.
Located in Bergen Village, the shop stocks everything for boarding enthusiasts from the boards to the accessories to the clothes.
Owner Jaime Levkoff realized her 15-year dream when she opened the shop in mid-July.
“I always wanted to be self-employed,” Levkoff said. “When I was 19, I worked in a (similar) shop, and I felt the potential.”
She spent the next 15 years working in other people’s shops in California, Connecticut and Vermont, learning the business and figuring out what she wanted a shop of her own to be like.
“I love being self-employed, and I love snowboarding,” Levkoff said. To give the shop her own flair and to add, as she puts it, a little TLC, she even built the wooden racks and stands in the shop.
Levkoff, who lives down the hill but is looking into moving to Evergreen, said she opened her shop here because Evergreen is full of people who like to be outdoors.
 “We’re just a good all-around local snowboard and skateboard shop,” Levkoff said.
Hills and Rails is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit www.hillsandrails.com.

Have tips about Evergreen businesses? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.