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Business

  • Eatery offers great view, great food

    After three months in business, the Aspen Grill in the Lakepoint Center is continuing to go strong.

    The restaurant is in the space that formerly housed the Wine Bar on Evergreen Lake. Now it is a bar and restaurant that serves “contemporary comfort bistro fare,” said co-owner Joseph Newman. Newman, Ken Kerver and Evergreen resident John Watson are the owners.

    Newman says his motivation to own the restaurant was simply one thing: Evergreen Lake.

  • Rocky Mountain Log Furniture sets up shop in Evergreen

    When Evergreen resident Ann Verzeletti decided she wanted out of the oil business in 2004, she decided it would be a “cute, semi-retirement” occupation to own a store that sold handcrafted log furniture.

    But one shop turned into three stores plus a studio on Bryant Drive in Evergreen, along with four carpenters. Rocky Mountain Log Furniture produces as many as five beds, five dressers and six nightstands a week from handpicked, long-dead aspen trees gnawed by elk and pocked with knotholes.

  • Growing friends one landscape at a time

    When Dave Thomas, owner of Sundance Gardens and Landscaping, drives through Evergreen subdivisions such as Hiwan, he sees trees and bushes that he planted as many as 30 years ago.

    Both the trees he’s planted and the friends he’s made have grown since the company got its start back in 1978. It began as a landscaping business, and Thomas added the garden center in 1988 at the corner of Highway 74 and Meadow Drive.

  • Coffee entrepreneur takes business on the road

    As a mom with two athletic kids in Evergreen schools, Kristin Heidenfelder spent a lot of time at lacrosse games looking at other people standing around with coffee and beverage cups in hand.

    “Wouldn’t it be a cool moneymaking idea to bring the coffee drinks to the spectators?” Heidenfelder thought. She bought a truck, quit her at-home job as a medical transcriptionist, and is now the owner of Evergreen Espresso, a traveling beverage business.

  • The real steel: Evergreen artist shows his metal

    No yard is so beautiful that it can’t be improved by a visit from some of the mountain area’s wilder residents. On the other hand, real elk can be murder on flowerbeds, real bear come with real teeth and real claws, and real wildlife of any kind can’t be relied upon to drop by when the in-laws are in town.

  • Hospice to benefit from land sales at Cub Creek Ranch

    David Graham has always been a supporter of Mount Evans Hospice, but about a year ago he decided to show his support in a more “constructive” way.

    The longtime Evergreen developer pledged to donate 1 percent of the sale price of each home site in Cub Creek Ranch at the end of Little Cub Creek Road south of downtown Evergreen.

    At stake are 49 luxury home sites (from 4 to 9 acres) selling for $500,000 to $600,000 each.

    Over the the life of the project, the lots could be worth $250,000 to Mount Evans Hospice.

  • EHS student fashions a future for Africa

    Katie Hutt wears her heart on her sleeve — and now you can too.

    Last January, the Evergreen High School sophomore launched Garden of Edith, a one-girl industry that gives people a chance to look good while doing good.

  • Cactus Jack's serving lessons in eco-responsibility

    Quick! Name an Earth-friendly business in the mountain area. If you said Cactus Jack’s Saloon & Grill, give yourself a green star.

    In an industry not often associated with ecological innovation, Cactus Jack’s owners, Gary and Megan Mitchell, are fast transforming their downtown Evergreen watering hole into a model of environmentally conscious efficiency.

    “We’re trying to lead by example,” says Megan. “It’s not only great for the community; it saves us money.”

  • Local liquor stores nabbed in ID sting

    Just in time for the festive spring break season, two Evergreen liquor stores were cited for selling alcohol to a minor during a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sting operation conducted March 19 and 20.

    The sheriff’s directed operations unit performed compliance checks at 38 liquor-licensed businesses countywide, sending under-age buyers in to try their luck. Of 38 establishments tested, 20 sold booze to the young scouts, a noncompliance rate of 52 percent.

  • Evergreen office supply store D&J closing doors

    Evergreen’s small businesses are about to lose an important resource and, worse, an old friend.

    After 15 years providing efficient and personalized service from her Evergreen North Shopping Center storefront, D&J Office Supply owner Lori Mason is folding up her tent and moving on. To understand why, one need only look to the usual suspects.