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Business

  • Entertainment center to open in November

    As workers polish floors and apply paint, owner Dave Wilson talks about his entertainment center, The Wild Game, which is scheduled to open next month in Bergen Park.

    The first portion of the 24,500-square-foot center slated to open in early November is the Rendezvous Tap and Kitchen restaurant, Wilson said.

    While the extensive center is nearing completion, its managers are in the process of hiring about 80 employees to work there.

  • Lissie’s Mountain Market embraces its Anderson family past

    Lissie’s Mountain Market on Highway 73 is embracing its roots, when it was originally called Anderson Mountain Market.

    The convenience store was purchased by Larry and Melissa Juceam — called Lissie by Larry — and the Juceams are excited to embrace the Anderson family. In fact, the store is having a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and members of the Anderson family will attend.

    The Anderson family — longtime residents here — opened the market in 1976. After they sold it, it was renamed Evergreen Mountain Market.

  • El Rancho restaurant building still for sale

    They’re still keeping the lights on at the El Rancho restaurant.

    The swoopy, orange El Rancho sign is lit up nightly, even though the landmark restaurant has not been open since 2011.

    Doug Antonoff, president of Antonoff & Co. and manager of El Rancho Investors LLC, is the one paying to keep the lights on. He said he’s not sure offhand how much he has paid in electricity costs.

  • Tourist traffic up in Evergreen this summer

    Tourist traffic is up about 20 percent in downtown Evergreen this summer, according to at least one store owner.

    More customers may be coming to Evergreen to shop because they hear a “Downtown Evergreen” ad playing on KBCO radio (97.3 on the FM dial), according to Trish Wales, president of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    The 15-second ad plays during the 7-to-9-a.m. morning commute. It’s airing for a second summer after a successful run last summer and over the Christmas holidays, Wales said.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Evergreen Fire Arts a hot ticket

    Evergreen Fire Arts downtown deals in everything fire — from fired clay sculptures to blow-torched metalwork to heated glass designs.

    And during July’s Last Friday Gallery Walk, the fire came outside when Bryon Foster of Morrison demonstrated fire dancing, also called poi dancing, in the parking lot.

    Poi dancing involves swinging burning tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns.

    Owner Joe Sanchez said the fire dancing was a natural progression for the studio, which also offers classes in art born of fire.

  • Wild Game entertainment center to open this fall in Bergen Park

    The Wild Game Entertainment Experience is slated to open this fall in Bergen Park after three years of planning and effort.

    Walking around the massive building where workers are finishing an addition for a bowling alley, Evergreen developer Dave Wilson talks about his vision that is finally becoming a reality.

    “One of our goals is to improve a community asset, to have it be a fun place for people,” Wilson says. “We want people to have a good experience.”

  • Home cooking, atmosphere dominate at The Den

    When Glenn and Lisa Kastner opened their new restaurant in Marshdale, they wanted a name that summed up their appreciation for their beloved mountain community.

    “We live up here in the mountains, and there are plenty of animal dens around here,” Glenn said. “A den is inviting; it’s home. We wanted to have a place that felt like home.”

    Since opening June 8, The Den has been serving pizzas, burgers and pasta to hungry mountain residents.

  • Fine art gallery to open in former Foothills Flurries building

    The first time Katinka Frazier saw the former Foothills Flurries building north of Safeway, she knew she had to buy it for an art gallery.

    You see, 18th- and 19th-century art is Frazier’s passion, and she’s always wanted to own a gallery and antique shop to help foster the same passion in others.

  • Another outdoor market coming to Bergen Village

    Bergen Village will have two outdoor markets this summer: the annual farmers market on Tuesdays and a new Hummingbird Evergreen Market on Sundays.

    Both will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farmers market opens June 3 and will continue through Aug. 26. The hummingbird market opens June 8 and will run through Aug. 24.

    This is the 15th year for the farmers market, which is operated by Colorado Outdoor Markets, and it promises to have more food this year.

  • Highland Haven celebrates 35 years in business

    Thirty-five years is a long time to be in business, and Highland Haven Creekside Inn achieved that landmark this year.

    “It’s so nice to be in this community for so long,” said Gail Riley, who along with her husband, Tom Statzel, runs the bed-and-breakfast on the east end of downtown Evergreen. “We have all this history, and all of Evergreen has all this history with us.”

    Riley said the secret to the inn’s success is reinvesting in the property so it never stagnates, and offering top-quality service.