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Business

  • Walgreens expected to open in August

    Never fear. Walgreens will be here.

    Walgreens will definitely be opening in Evergreen by the end of August, according to a company spokeswoman.

    Construction issues have delayed the original opening date, according to Carol Hively, corporate spokeswoman for Walgreens. She declined to elaborate on what those issues might be.

    Rumors circulating around Evergreen that Walgreens is backing out or that the company is having a hard time hiring workers are false, she said.

  • Dogs, owners find fun at new store

    Dogma is defined as a belief in something. Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash opened because of owner Craig Gulliford’s belief that a pet supply store should be an experience, not just a store.

    Dogma, near El Rancho at 29017 Hotel Way, opened in January. Gulliford said the business has a fun and happy atmosphere.

    “You automatically smile when you walk in,” he said.

    The walls are painted in bright colors, and dog beds, dog food and other dog supplies line the walls.

  • Two new cafes in Kittredge offer a place to eat early, hang late

    Two new cafs in Kittredge that opened within days of each other are adding new life to that community.

    Cup of Joe Caf, opened by former Bucksnort Saloon owner Joe Bye, is hosting its grand opening this weekend. Bear Creek Marketplace, owned by Jim Kenney, opened July 4.

    Cup of Joe

    When Linda Curnes-Counter stopped at Sammy’s Tavern in Evergreen last year to celebrate a friend’s birthday, she did not expect to meet a new life partner and start a new business.

  • Sunday liquor sales come to Evergreen

    Several Evergreen liquor store owners and managers said that July 6 — the first Sunday they were allowed to sell alcohol in decades — was a good day, but said they need more time to see if the change will increase profits.

    “I would say I was favorably impressed with the very first Sunday, and there was no real marketing,” said Edward Skaff, president of Evergreen Liquors. “Most of the people were very happy that we were open on Sunday.”

  • 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.