• BUSINESS BEAT: Garden totems a growing sideline

    Evergreen garden designer Kathryn Boylston has learned if she can’t find something she needs, she just has to make it herself.

    Boylston, who works at Sundance by Design on Meadow Drive, wanted a feature that would provide what she calls “vertical interest” in gardens she was designing.

    She went to ceramic artists she knew, but they didn’t make what she was looking for. So she creates ceramic totems as part of ceramics classes she takes at the Arvada Center.

  • Ambary set to sell hemp extract with reputed medical applications

    Owners of Ambary Gardens LLC are almost ready to sell a "nanogel" online that tastes like cake icing and is made of hemp extract from plants grown at a Kittredge greenhouse. The substance is used to treat things like epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer's disease, the company says.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: New bookstore set to write its own story

    The floor of soon-to-be Where the Books Go is filled with stacks and stacks of new and used books.

    By Oct. 1, when the bookstore is expected to open, the more than 9,000 books will be on shelves, awaiting browsing book lovers. For now, each pile is topped with a sticky note to delineate the genre.

    Where the Books Go is across from Da Kind Soups on Meadow Drive. Owners Kim and Scott Innocent of Bailey are excited to welcome the community into their new venture.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Sisters and Company comes to downtown Evergreen

    Downtown Evergreen now has a boutique that is all about re-accessorizing — whether it’s your home or yourself.

    Sisters and Company, which opened at the beginning of August, offers an eclectic mix of home furnishings, clothing and accessories. Owners and good friends Karen Carter, Jane Kelso and Valerie Strandquist bring their artistic design and retail sales talents to the shop across the street from Java Groove.

  • Echo Mountain will again become public ski area

    Echo Mountain Resort is planning to open as a public ski area on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Area business leaders discuss hiring challenges

    Lack of transportation, a lack of affordable rental housing and low wages continue to affect the Evergreen area's economy, business leaders say.

    Companies in the area often can't find and hire the employees they need, business leaders said at a July 29 forum at The Wild Game in Bergen Park and sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Evergreen Pathfinders.

  • Jeffco business delivers a hot commodity

    Danny Cash Hot Sauce is a business that does things its own way.

    Or as hot sauce guru Danny Cichon — who prefers to be called “Danny Cash” — puts it: “We step in our own direction.”

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Scrumptious food for thought

    The owner of the new French bakery/café in El Rancho has a personality that is as appetizing as the items in her dessert cases.

    Oksana Romanoff, a Russian-born chef and baker who moved to the United States two years ago and Evergreen recently, is honest, passionate and a perfectionist, and she doesn’t mince words about the types of food she is creating for her new Evergreen audience at Kseni Mademoiselle.

  • Foothills housing market popping, real estate agents say

    Real estate agents are using several adjectives to describe the foothills housing market, especially for homes priced below $500,000: hot, a frenzy, popping.

    “It’s the most active market I’ve seen in my 30 years in so far as multiple offers and prices being bid up over ask,” said real estate agent Wayne Shephard of Shephard Realty. “Homes priced correctly are being sold almost immediately.”

  • Bergen Village in receivership

    Bergen Village LLC is in receivership and could be sold at auction at the end of July.

    The restaurants and shops that rent space in the shopping center are not expected to be affected by the impending negotiation, said Kathy Ellman, a listing broker at Terra Firma Real Estate & Development LLC who manages the property at 1240 to 1262 Bergen Parkway. 

    Bergen Village includes restaurants such as Cuisine of the Himalayas and Beau Thai, stores such as Hearthfire Books and Treats, and a Chase Bank branch.