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Business

  • Java Groove expanding hours, offerings

    After five months as owners of one of Evergreen’s popular coffee-shop hangouts, Rhonda and Patrick Payer continue to enjoy being part of downtown.

    The Payers are the owners of Java Groove, and downtown Evergreen is the best place to be, according to Rhonda.

    “We’re in such a wonderful location,” she said. “We have people come in who are local and people who drive up from down the hill.”

  • April is customer loyalty month in Evergreen, too

    Each April, we celebrate international customer loyalty month. You may not be aware of that and may not feel particularly loyal yourself. But one local business has been a model of how to develop loyal customers.

  • New Kittredge store offers green items

    Tucked away in a small room in Comfortable Home in Kittredge is an earth-friendly shop called Bella Vita, which sells products for bath, bed, baby, gifts and home décor.

    Owners Brent and Michele Culp believe that being green can be both accessible and beautiful.

    The store “has been a dream of mine for a long time,” said Michele Culp. “In turn, it’s helping (Comfortable Home) have new products.” Bella Vita opened in mid-January.

  • Getting Fido dog tired: Kittredge business provides a day at the park for your pooch

    Is the dog in your house telling you he’s ready to go on a three-hour hike in the mountains, but you don’t have the time or an outdoorsy nature?

    Before he chews up the couch and coffee table, you could send him to Dog Care Providers of Kittredge, a small business devoted to exercising the tar out of your rambunctious canine.

    One of the two owners is an experienced dog groomer and trainer who can pamper your pet and teach him some manners, too.

  • 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.