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Business

  • How in the financial world did we get so screwed up?

    As we look at our financial mess, and the billions of our taxpayer dollars going to what we now call large banks, I can’t help trying to figure out how in the world we got here. These large institutions were on the verge of failure because they lent millions to people who didn’t have appropriate credit worthiness. So our Congress and our president gave them billions to “keep the banking system” operating. Many are continuing to pay huge salaries and bonuses with our money. What makes them think that anyone in their failed operations deserves one cent of our money?

  • Egg display helps community, downtown

    Ceramic eggs — decorated by everyone from Evergreen artists to children — will be displayed at Evergreen National Bank during April as part of the Downtown Business Association’s second annual egg decorating contest.

    The contest helps the community on many levels, according to Lisa Wood, owner of Go Paint and a member of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

  • How business would have written the stimulus bill

    Usually, receiving a gift doesn’t generate controversy. Well then, why is the stimulus package Congress approved not receiving overwhelming support from all of us citizens? Perhaps it’s because we can’t understand or support the way the politicians came up with it.

  • Indoor equestrian center up and running

    Andra Ozols wasn’t horsing around when she decided to build an indoor equestrian center in Indian Hills.

    The indoor facility, which opened in January, is 42,000 square feet — nearly an acre of enclosed arena, a 37-stall barn, changing rooms, a laundry room and other amenities. There’s also an outdoor riding arena, outdoor pastures and paddocks.

    Ozols wants it to be the premier hunter/jumper facility in the area.

  • Rustic Point furniture boasts a great 2008

    Rustic Point furniture and gift store had a great 2008 and is expecting 2009 to go just as well.

    “We had a great year,” said owner Sara MacBean of the store, which is in the HONKA building in the El Rancho Town Center. “Truly, I think a large part is that we had our first full year in this location.” The store had been located on Meadow Drive.

    MacBean says the store has created a following of customers, who stop in to see the furniture, gift items and home accessories. She said people are always coming in to see what’s new.

  • With CEOs, you get what you pay for

    Although the title “CEO” contains only three letters, it has become a four-letter word. Almost all businesses have one, but not all deserve the scorn and disrespect the title has taken on lately. As with most things, the deeds of the very worst get a lot of publicity and tend to contaminate many innocent leaders who share the title, but not the dastardly deeds.

  • Private tennis club to go public Feb. 21

    The private tennis club that has operated in the tennis bubbles for 20 years will become the Evergreen Sports Center public tennis center as of Feb. 21, under the ownership of real estate investor Brett Champine.

    Last year, Champine abandoned his plan to take down the tennis bubbles and build an Office Depot and small retail center on the Lewis Ridge property.

  • Tradition sets well at Hi-Winder salon

    Connie Offermann’s customers have a routine: shampoo, set, repeat. Every week, they return to have it all done again, though a haircut is occasionally thrown into the mix. And that’s the way it’s been for 40 years. Offermann, who opened Evergreen’s Hi-Winder Beauty & Barber Salon in January 1969, admits that people are what got her into the hair business. Though she likes making customers look their best, she finds a greater reward in the friendships that bloomed from weekly styles and trims. “They’re like my family,” Offermann said.

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  • Local couple keep two businesses growing

    Being married 45 years, Julaine and Bob Kennedy of Evergreen know how to work together. And they have put that knowledge to use in two businesses they own in town.

    The couple opened All Season Gardener in the Canyon Commons on Evergreen Parkway a year ago, and they have just taken over its neighbor, Master Printers.

    Julaine’s passion is gardening, and she is entrenched in All Season Gardener, which sells items for gardens and hydroponics. The business does not sell plants but everything else needed to grow plants.