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Business

  • Mountains Taxi suspends service

    Mountains Taxi has temporarily suspended service because of a big jump in premiums for auto liability insurance.

    “We didn’t receive the new quote until the eleventh hour, and it was an increase of 22 percent,” said Chris Phelps, an owner of Mountains Taxi. Phelps said the company halted service on Nov. 11.

    “We have some customers with special needs, and those folks are really struggling because they need us,” said Phelps, who said the company had been providing 50 to 60 rides a day.

  • Area business leaders discuss hiring challenges

    Lack of transportation, a lack of affordable rental housing and low wages continue to affect the Evergreen area's economy, business leaders say.

    Companies in the area often can't find and hire the employees they need, business leaders said at a July 29 forum at The Wild Game in Bergen Park and sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Evergreen Pathfinders.

  • Jeffco business delivers a hot commodity

    Danny Cash Hot Sauce is a business that does things its own way.

    Or as hot sauce guru Danny Cichon — who prefers to be called “Danny Cash” — puts it: “We step in our own direction.”

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Scrumptious food for thought

    The owner of the new French bakery/café in El Rancho has a personality that is as appetizing as the items in her dessert cases.

    Oksana Romanoff, a Russian-born chef and baker who moved to the United States two years ago and Evergreen recently, is honest, passionate and a perfectionist, and she doesn’t mince words about the types of food she is creating for her new Evergreen audience at Kseni Mademoiselle.

  • Evergreen resident solves marketing riddle

    What's a more creative way to say "I love you"?

    That question plagued Evergreen resident Helene Hughes as she wrote notes for her children’s lunch boxes every day when they were growing up. 

    Hughes’ musings led her to create "Symbuzzles" (from the words “symbols” and “puzzles”): word-picture puzzle cards that her kids could figure out.

  • Foothills housing market popping, real estate agents say

    Real estate agents are using several adjectives to describe the foothills housing market, especially for homes priced below $500,000: hot, a frenzy, popping.

    “It’s the most active market I’ve seen in my 30 years in so far as multiple offers and prices being bid up over ask,” said real estate agent Wayne Shephard of Shephard Realty. “Homes priced correctly are being sold almost immediately.”

  • Gun shop set to open in downtown Evergreen

    Evergreen will have a full-service gun shop beginning June 19.

    Yankee Creek Munitions will open on the east side of downtown Evergreen next to Revival Brews. Glenn Adams of Evergreen and Bob Dotson of Bailey own the shop, which will carry handguns, long guns, ammunition, supplies, parts and other items.

    Their friend, Mark Molberg of Centennial, will help in the store, plus provide gun-smithing services.

    Adams has been selling guns from his home on Yankee Creek Road for two years, and he decided it was time to open his own shop.

  • Auto parts store not coming to Evergreen after all

    O'Reilly Auto Parts won't be coming to an Evergreen location on Bryant Drive after all.

    After drawing up preliminary plans for a 6,500-square-foot store and 20 parking spaces at 30406 Bryant Drive, officials decided to look at other locations in Colorado, said Mark Merz, a spokesman for the auto parts company.

    Gallerie Quilt is currently leasing the iconic A-frame building, and store owner Steve Starr wants to buy and remodel it. The building is currently listed for sale at $549,000.

  • Fledgling brewpub changes name to Lariat Lodge

    Fireweed Brewing has changed its name to Lariat Lodge because of a potential trademark conflict.

    The brewpub isn't open for business yet, but it's expected to open in September in the former Evergreen Conference Center with about 100 seats. 

  • Bergen Village in receivership

    Bergen Village LLC is in receivership and could be sold at auction at the end of July.

    The restaurants and shops that rent space in the shopping center are not expected to be affected by the impending negotiation, said Kathy Ellman, a listing broker at Terra Firma Real Estate & Development LLC who manages the property at 1240 to 1262 Bergen Parkway. 

    Bergen Village includes restaurants such as Cuisine of the Himalayas and Beau Thai, stores such as Hearthfire Books and Treats, and a Chase Bank branch.