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Business

  • Thrills, chills — and a few spills — at 18th annual Ice Fest

    Waiting in line to take their first leap into icy waters at the Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day, three friends were wondering what to expect.

    “Horrible!” proclaimed 11-year-old Dylan Barker while making his way toward the warmth of the changing room with buddies Hunter Fildey and Cody Boscoe, who dived with him.

    The three boys were in good company, with more than 250 people jumping into lake during the event, which benefited Drive Smart and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s special-needs program.

  • The Angry Llama migrates home

    The Angry Llama is feeling less mad these days after returning to its Conifer roots.

    The restaurant reopened April 10 at the Conifer Crossings building, the Angry Llama’s original space.

    “We really wanted to come back to Conifer,” said Cortland Coffey, student director for Journey Community Church. “A lot of people missed having a place to just come and hang out.”

  • Loaf & Jug employee honored for service to customers

    Taking care of customers is what it’s all about for Christy “Red” Mills at the Loaf & Jug in Bergen Park.

    Her rapport with customers led to her receiving the company’s President’s Choice Award for outstanding customer service.

    Mills was one of four employees selected from among the company’s 3,000 locations in seven states and received a Waterford crystal vase.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: New yoga studio stretches offerings in Bergen Park

    Bergen Park has a new yoga studio in the Bergen Village shopping center.

    Called True Yoga, the studio offers 33 classes a week in both traditional and hot yoga taught by 20 instructors. It also has a retail area, and full bathrooms that include showers.

    Classes are available at all times during the day, including early morning, morning, lunchtime and evening.

    Owner Beth Pearlman is no stranger to Evergreen. She was a teacher at both Parmalee and Wilmot elementary schools before deciding to open the 1,800-square-foot studio.

  • Village Gourmet celebrates 30 years of good tastes, times

    The Village Gourmet is a shop that appeals to the senses.

    When you walk into the Bergen Park kitchenware and gift shop, your nose is greeted with the smell of fresh-brewed coffee. Samples always are available by the door.

    Your eyes see the vibrant colors of everything from dishes and kitchen gadgets to gourmet food and cookware.

    Your fingers can touch the soft towels and shiny pot and pans.

    If you walk to the back of the shop, your taste buds can partake in handmade chocolate truffles.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: CCT changes location, adds permanent stage

    Colorado Children’s Theatre has moved, setting up its theatrical shop in Evergreen North next to Yarn West.

    Mom-and-daughter theater arts teaching team Karen Tobey and Kerri Monnerat are thrilled with their move into the space at 3731 Evergreen Parkway, leaving their location on Meadow Drive.

  • Evergreen’s petal-pusher dances downtown

    Cupid made her mark in downtown Evergreen last week in honor of Valentine’s Day.

    Cupid could be seen, as she put it, tiptoeing and dancing through the downtown area tossing rose petals.

    “I just wanted to spread love in downtown,” said Cupid, also known as Tricia Wales. Wales, who works at the Holly Berry flower shop, is president of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

  • Foreclosures down in Jeffco for third straight year

    Jeffco once again saw an improvement in its housing market last year as foreclosures decreased for a third year in a row in the county.

    In 2012, Jeffco had 2,650 foreclosure actions initiated, according to a recent report from the county’s public trustee. That number was down 206 from 2011 and 1,377 from 2009, when 4,027 homes saw the foreclosure process start, a record number for Jeffco coming at the height of the foreclosure crisis.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Rib Crib’s former home gets new owner, renovation

    The building that formerly housed the Rib Crib restaurant on Meadow Drive has a new owner and several new tenant prospects.

    The 12,000-square-foot, three-story building just north of Da Kind Soups has been renamed Meadow Drive Village, though owner David Hatch figures it will be at least 10 years before people know the building by that name.

    Hatch, of Highland Renovations North LLC, lives in Louisville but travels regularly to Evergreen to oversee the building’s remodel. He began with adding some landscaping soon after purchasing the building on Oct. 1.

  • Loanbright owner gives gift that keeps giving

    Russell Straub has a big heart.

    His Christmas gift to his 37 employees at Loanbright.com on Meadow Drive not only made the season bright for them, but also for downtown Evergreen businesses.

    Straub gave his employees each $100 with orders that the money must be spent at downtown stores. If they spent all the money, he would give them another $100. Add to that lunch at One World Café.

    “This really isn’t about me,” Straub said, “but I wanted to do something fun, something memorable.”