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Business

  • 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.

  • Stagecoach Grill closed – for now

    The Stagecoach Sports Grill at 30790 Stagecoach Boulevard in Evergreen closed March 25 but may not be completely defunct.

    Owner Phil Winnicki, who has operated the eatery and music venue  since it became the Stagecoach Sports Grill in March 2010, hinted that the location would reopen sometime in the near future, but he wouldn't reveal any details.

    "I can't tell you at the moment, but things are developing. I can say this: The story is not over yet," Winnicki said March 30.

  • Dental group doubling space in building renovation

    The owners of Evergreen Dental Group have purchased the two-story red-brick office building next door, gutting the interior and partially reconstructing the exterior to make a spacious office with 15 working suites on the ground floor. Completion is scheduled for September.  

    Construction workers took off the side of the building facing Highway 74 to build a new atrium, entranceway and staircase with access to three floors. 

  • Conifer food truck reopens after permit snafu

    The Abide Ride, a local purveyor of breakfast burritos, has returned to regular operations after a permit issue forced the owner to move out of sight for several weeks.

    According to owner Damon Scott, a formal complaint was filed with Jeffco Planning and Zoning a couple of months ago regarding Abide Ride’s presence at 26431 Main St. in Aspen Park. The food truck then faced being shut down for lack of a zoning permit.

  • Landlords looking to turn office space into residential units

    A few building owners in Evergreen are taking the initial steps to turn a surplus of commercial office space into marketable residential units. 

    The commercial office space vacancy rate was about 30 percent from 2008 to 2015, when it dropped to about 19 percent, said Bill Downes, a commercial real estate broker in Conifer. The commercial market is affected by overbuilding as well as a shift in how business is done, allowing a lot of people to work from home, Downes said. 

  • Creekside building getting face-lift with repurposed materials

    The abandoned building on Main Street that formerly housed Evergreen Clothing and NAPA auto parts is being renovated with a selection of unusual building materials. The building has been unoccupied for more than a year. 

    The outside will be trimmed in pine boards from a Tom Hayden sawmill in Upper Bear Creek, the floor will be used granite, and the interior will be lined with antique red sandstone brick from a torn-down building in Denver.