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  • Recycling center at King Soopers now charges $3

    You now have to pay $3 to drop off your recycling items at the formerly free private center behind the Bergen Park King Soopers.

    Commodities prices for glass, paper and other recyclable materials aren’t high enough to operate the center for free, said Preston Loos, owner of the recycling center, which was affiliated with the now-closed EDS Waste Solutions Inc. transfer station on Highway 73. The King Soopers site is at 1173 Bergen Parkway.

  • Local Mutual of Omaha branches acquired by Centennial Bank

    Don’t be surprised by the name change on the signs — Mutual of Omaha Bank branches in Conifer, Evergreen, Golden and Idaho Springs are now owned by Centennial Bank.

    Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. It closed on Friday, Oct. 24. New signage went up over the weekend, and all Mutual of Omaha workers remain employed at the bank branches. 

  • Downtown Business Association seeking new president

    The Evergreen Downtown Business Association is launching a search to replace president Trish Wales, who resigned last week.

    After three years of being in the high-profile position and coordinating events for the organization, Wales said she wanted to spend more time with her family. She is also planning to help her husband with his business.

    Meanwhile, the association has hired Betsy Hays, former development director of the Mountain Area Land Trust, to oversee this year's annual Breakfast with Santa and the Holiday Walk in December.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: New bakery is courting furry customers

    There’s a new bakery in Evergreen, though this one is going to the dogs — literally.

    Christi Standard, with the help of her boyfriend, Adam Gach, opened Delta’s Dog Bakery in the A-frame on Meadow Drive across from the Evergreen Design Center. Standard said it’s the only dog supply store on the south end of Evergreen.

  • 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.”