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Business

  • Recycling center continues operation in Bergen Park

    Evergreen resident Bill Sandifer is happy that the recycling center behind the Bergen Park King Soopers is still open. 

    “It’s important to the community,” he said.

    When Sandifer recently went to the facility with a load of recyclable items, he saw a closed sign at the entrance. Later, he called Waste Management about the recycling center, and a representative told him it had closed permanently.

  • Detour a bust for some businesses; others get more exposure

    The detour around Evergreen Lake is getting mixed reviews from the businesses affected most — those on Meadow Drive and those off Upper Bear Creek Road.

    For businesses along Meadow Drive, the detour means hundreds of motorists seeing what they have to offer, and business owners say that while those cars may not be stopping now, they hope to see new customers when traffic returns to normal.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: High Country Pizza is all about the pie

    It’s a good thing the owners of the new pizzeria in Kittredge really like pizza.

    They say they eat pizza all the time, mostly at their Colorado High Country Pizza restaurant, but sometimes when co-owner Steve Abbott goes home after a long day of throwing pizza dough, slathering on sauce, sprinkling the cheese and adding the toppings, he orders out pizza.

    Now that’s pizza dedication.

  • Indian Hills eatery is pro-pasta

    Indian Hills’ latest restaurateurs believe in the transcendent power of macaroni.

    Which makes sense, because their new eatery on Parmalee Gulch Road has been dubbed Mac Nation Café.

    The philosophy at Mac Nation is simple: Everybody loves macaroni.

    “You can hit everybody’s palate with it and warm their soul,” said chef Anthony Saxon.

    The restaurant, which features squashy couches and bright colors, will open for business April 1.

  • Betty Casserole offers hot dishes delivered to your door

    Are you in the mood for a casserole for dinner, one you don’t have to fix yourself?

    Then you may want to consider Betty Casserole. 

    It’s a new service based in Kittredge that delivers a casserole to your door — either hot and ready for the dinner table or cold but ready to be warmed up later.

    While the concept and even the name sound like something out of a “Leave It to Beaver” television script, this business is more than that.

  • Developer envisions retail-condo complex in Bergen Park

    Real estate developer Dave Wilson has a vision for a new $15 million to $20 million shopping and condo complex he wants to build in Bergen Park.

    Wilson wants to redevelop a slightly more than 10-acre parcel that includes the former BMC lumber yard east of the Evergreen Mercantile building at 1232 Bergen Parkway. It also includes the Wild Game Rendezvous Tap & Kitchen entertainment complex and a former U.S. Postal Service substation that's currently empty.

  • Evergreen couple open shooting range in Lakewood

    Bristlecone Shooting, Training and Retail Center in Lakewood has been very busy since it opened.

    Owners Bryan and Jacquelyn Clark of Evergreen expected it to be that way. The couple moved to Evergreen from Atlanta recently and started looking for a nearby shooting range they could join. When they found that the Clear Creek Sportsman Club in Dumont has an estimated two-year wait, and the Boulder Rifle Club has an estimated seven-year wait (according to group websites), they realized there was a market for a new range.

  • Developer buying Bergen Park church building

    Local developer Scott Smith is buying Bergen Park Church, possibly as part of a plan to develop neighboring property, including land he owns next to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

    Both Smith and Bergen Park Church Pastor Jim Demolar confirmed that Smith — operating as Bergen Park Development Co. LLC — is buying the church, at 1318 County Road 65 in Bergen Park.

  • Marketing guru mobilizing volunteers to help local businesses

    Imagine volunteers would work for free to make phone calls to promote your business. 

    Or maybe they'd address envelopes or help prepare your taxes. They could type up information and do industry research, or help interview potential new employees. 

    How quickly could your business grow? 

    Evergreen Nursing Services — started by Mary Pat DeWald in Evergreen — is about to find out. 

  • Chamber co-chairs plan to focus on promoting member services

    The new board co-chairs for the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce are calling 2015 the year of the member as they make it the organization’s mission to communicate its value.

    The co-chairs, Lisa Austin and Kevin Ruble, agree the services are in place; now it’s time to make sure members and potential members know how to take advantage of those services.