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Business

  • 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.”

  • Home cooking, atmosphere dominate at The Den

    When Glenn and Lisa Kastner opened their new restaurant in Marshdale, they wanted a name that summed up their appreciation for their beloved mountain community.

    “We live up here in the mountains, and there are plenty of animal dens around here,” Glenn said. “A den is inviting; it’s home. We wanted to have a place that felt like home.”

    Since opening June 8, The Den has been serving pizzas, burgers and pasta to hungry mountain residents.

  • Fine art gallery to open in former Foothills Flurries building

    The first time Katinka Frazier saw the former Foothills Flurries building north of Safeway, she knew she had to buy it for an art gallery.

    You see, 18th- and 19th-century art is Frazier’s passion, and she’s always wanted to own a gallery and antique shop to help foster the same passion in others.

  • Another outdoor market coming to Bergen Village

    Bergen Village will have two outdoor markets this summer: the annual farmers market on Tuesdays and a new Hummingbird Evergreen Market on Sundays.

    Both will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farmers market opens June 3 and will continue through Aug. 26. The hummingbird market opens June 8 and will run through Aug. 24.

    This is the 15th year for the farmers market, which is operated by Colorado Outdoor Markets, and it promises to have more food this year.

  • Highland Haven celebrates 35 years in business

    Thirty-five years is a long time to be in business, and Highland Haven Creekside Inn achieved that landmark this year.

    “It’s so nice to be in this community for so long,” said Gail Riley, who along with her husband, Tom Statzel, runs the bed-and-breakfast on the east end of downtown Evergreen. “We have all this history, and all of Evergreen has all this history with us.”

    Riley said the secret to the inn’s success is reinvesting in the property so it never stagnates, and offering top-quality service.

  • Big R to move into former Albertsons building

    Big R, a ranch and farm supply store, will move into the former Albertsons building in June, ending several years of speculation about what should be done with the empty shopping center.

    The store will be in addition to its sister store in the Conifer King Soopers shopping center, which opened in 2011 and expanded earlier this year. Bobby Winstead, the Conifer Big R manager, will take that position in Evergreen. The new Conifer Big R manager will come from a store in Elizabeth.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Sip-and-paint comes to Evergreen

    Evergreen now has a sip-and-paint studio.

    Tucked in the corner of the Lakepoint Center, the Old Paint Bar allows would-be artists to sip tea and create beautiful paintings under the helpful eye of artist Nan Hill.

    Until the business gets its liquor license, you can also bring in your own wine, and once it has a license, it will sell wine to customers.

  • Evergreen chamber honors community volunteers

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce presented several awards to those who serve the community and the organization during the annual Honoree Celebration at the Evergreen Elks Lodge on March 6.

    “This was a special occasion for us because we would not be able to provide the level of services we do without the commitment and devotion of these generous people and organizations,” said Lin Browning, chamber president.