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Business

  • Lissie’s Mountain Market getting a makeover

    Lissie’s Mountain Market on Highway 73 is getting a makeover and will no longer be a convenience store.

    Owner Larry Juceam is converting the store into what he calls a hodgepodge of items, including vintage toys and video games, in an effort to stay in business. Rumors that the space would offer exclusively marijuana paraphernalia are incorrect, he said.

  • Fund established to assist local victims of disasters, tragedies

    In the wake of disasters such as flooding and wildfires, community residents have organized fund-raisers and made donations to victims, says Evergreen resident and attorney Beth Andersen.

    To facilitate assistance to businesses and residents in need of help, the Evergreen Chamber Community Fund has been established. An arm of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, the fund has been organized as a separate nonprofit with 501c3 status.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Rookies gives local ballplayers practice options

    Evergreen’s weather makes it nearly impossible for kids involved in softball and baseball to practice outside during the off-season.

    It’s one of the reasons that Steve and Susie Nuccio have opened Rookies on Meadow Drive, an indoor space for kids to practice baseball and softball techniques.

    It’s not simply a couple of batting cages, Steve Nuccio said.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Garden totems a growing sideline

    Evergreen garden designer Kathryn Boylston has learned if she can’t find something she needs, she just has to make it herself.

    Boylston, who works at Sundance by Design on Meadow Drive, wanted a feature that would provide what she calls “vertical interest” in gardens she was designing.

    She went to ceramic artists she knew, but they didn’t make what she was looking for. So she creates ceramic totems as part of ceramics classes she takes at the Arvada Center.

  • Ambary set to sell hemp extract with reputed medical applications

    Owners of Ambary Gardens LLC are almost ready to sell a "nanogel" online that tastes like cake icing and is made of hemp extract from plants grown at a Kittredge greenhouse. The substance is used to treat things like epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer's disease, the company says.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: New bookstore set to write its own story

    The floor of soon-to-be Where the Books Go is filled with stacks and stacks of new and used books.

    By Oct. 1, when the bookstore is expected to open, the more than 9,000 books will be on shelves, awaiting browsing book lovers. For now, each pile is topped with a sticky note to delineate the genre.

    Where the Books Go is across from Da Kind Soups on Meadow Drive. Owners Kim and Scott Innocent of Bailey are excited to welcome the community into their new venture.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Sisters and Company comes to downtown Evergreen

    Downtown Evergreen now has a boutique that is all about re-accessorizing — whether it’s your home or yourself.

    Sisters and Company, which opened at the beginning of August, offers an eclectic mix of home furnishings, clothing and accessories. Owners and good friends Karen Carter, Jane Kelso and Valerie Strandquist bring their artistic design and retail sales talents to the shop across the street from Java Groove.

  • Echo Mountain will again become public ski area

    Echo Mountain Resort is planning to open as a public ski area on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Action against former Journey pastor won’t be refiled

    The state agency that sought to have a former Conifer pastor banned from selling securities in Colorado will not refile the action in an administrative court, staff said several weeks after the original case was dismissed.

    Former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire was accused of securities fraud related to a bond offering the church made in 2013; state investigators sought to have him banned from selling securities in Colorado again. The church — which no longer exists — was also named.

  • Card ‘skimmers’ found at Safeway in Conifer

    Card “skimmers” were found on PIN transaction devices at several Colorado Safeway stores — including in Conifer, a company spokeswoman has said.

    Safeway spokeswoman Teena Massingill said the devices, which are designed to collect information from the magnetic strips on the back of credit and debit cards, were found by staff members during regular inspections in November and were quickly removed.

    “There was a very small impact to our customers,” Massingill said.