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  • Cactus Jack's recognized by state for environmental leadership

    Cactus Jack’s Saloon has achieved the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program’s gold level for its environmentally conscious efforts.

    The program, part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, allows eligible companies and other entities to achieve status as bronze achievers, silver partners and gold leaders.

  • Burgeoning traffic bringing tourists — and dollars — up I-70

    During a trip up Interstate 70 on any summer weekend, an observant motorist with a list of the 50 states could cross off half the names before reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    Vehicles bearing license plates from across the country — from Texas to Alaska and Indiana to California — make their way up the mountains alongside Denver area residents looking to escape the heat and the city.

  • Ambary Gardens in Kittredge enjoying rapid growth

    Kittredge’s Ambary Gardens has made great strides in the past 18 months, expanding from a single greenhouse into a full-scale retail operation with plans for further collaboration and expansion.

    The business has been selling various hemp-based products, such as salves and tinctures, that are high in cannabidiol and have little to no tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Users of such high-CBD products have ailments ranging from migraines and asthma to rheumatism and glaucoma.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: The Den expands, adds music venue

    This week’s Business Beat looks at Evergreen’s changing restaurant scene. We look at The Den in Marshdale expanding, the Muddy Buck under new ownership, and Bistro Colorado changing its tipping policy.

    Don’t forget the Wonderland Café in Where the Books Go, which opened in July and was profiled in Business Beat last month.

    A bigger Den

    The Den restaurant in Marshdale has gotten bigger — a lot bigger.

  • Coney Island relishes rebirth

    The long-awaited return of the Coney Island hot dog stand in Bailey has arrived, but frankfurter fans will now have shorter waits for a fresh dog.

    About two months after local businessman John D. Wallace entered into a lease-to-purchase agreement for the iconic eatery, the doors are open — complete with a new menu, plenty of locally sourced goods and the same black-and-white checkerboard floor.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Switchback Design is The Place for woodworkers

    Evergreen is getting a craftsman’s studio in the former Café at The Place space on Meadow Drive.

    A craftsman’s studio allows woodworkers to pay a fee to use the hand tools and professional-grade woodworking machinery.

    Lynn Leach owns Switchback Design, and Mike Seeley is vice president for marketing and operations. They have big plans for the space, and they hope to find woodworking experts and neophytes wanting to learn the craft.

    They expect to open in July.

  • Farmers market cultivating followers at new location

    Walking through the parking lot of Evergreen Country Day School, there is a delicious mixture of smells and bright colors. The strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee, baking empanadas, potted flowers, homemade soap, honeys, jams, and fresh produce — when combined with the dazzling array of jewelry, hair accessories and bold-colored clothing — strongly tempt any visitor with one lingering thought. “Buy something.”

  • Yellow Barn sold to local real estate broker

    After almost a year on the market, Conifer’s historic Yellow Barn has a new owner: Craig Marks.

    Marks, a longtime real estate broker in Conifer, closed on the purchase May 1 for an undisclosed amount, including credits to be used toward bringing the barn up to code. The sale includes 2.5 acres of land, the 4,900-square-foot barn and other buildings on the property.

  • At Hemp Way Foods, it's all about the burger

    Carla Boyd swings open the refrigerator door in the commercial kitchen where she works in Kittredge, grabbing a large clear bucket steaming with a mixture of lentils, quinoa and hemp hearts.

    “That’s hemp hearts,” she said, pointing to another container nearby. “So it comes from the seed, this is the soft part, so when you see those little black pieces in there, that’s part of the shell because it’s impossible to get all of it out.”

  • Kittredge resident cooks up a bakery in Evergreen

    Vivian’s Gourmet — Evergreen’s newest bakery — had a great first weekend after opening March 19.

    “I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” said owner and baker Kristin Ledgerwood. “There’s been a lot of community support.”

    Vivian’s Gourmet is on Meadow Drive below Stems and across from the Evergreen Design Center.