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Business

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Specialty meats shop to open this spring in Evergreen

    Evergreen is getting a specialty meats and butcher shop.

    The new owner of the Tin Star Café on the boardwalk in downtown Evergreen will renovate the place in February and early March, and the new shop will open with the moniker Salt and Meat.

    “We will make our own meats and cheeses,” owner Nate Heartman said. “We will sell local products as well, but the idea is that we want everything to be made in-house, such as marinade spice mixes. It’ll be a one-stop shop.”

  • Bailey resale shop re-launched as a community partnership

    The Platte Canyon Community Partnership Resale Boutique in Bailey isn’t your everyday thrift store.

    For starters, it formerly was the Mountain Peace Boutique — a resale shop owned and operated by PeaceWorks Inc. for the benefit of individuals using the Mountain Peace Shelter. After PeaceWorks decided to close the boutique in April, half a dozen volunteer managers pooled their resources and talents to re-launch the shop under a new name and new ownership in July.

  • Happy Hippy Market in Marshdale offers food, healing

    The Happy Hippy Market has a pretty cool name.

    The shop in the log cabin behind The Den restaurant in Marshdale has a bit of everything — and more.

    Marie St. Denis recently opened the shop as a place for local residents or those driving between Evergreen and Conifer to conveniently stop to grab eggs, milk or a quick dinner. Plus, there are locally produced candles, soaps and other items.

  • 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.”