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  • Securities commissioner rejects recommendation absolving church pastor

    Colorado’s securities commissioner has reached a mixed decision in the administrative case examining whether a former Conifer-area pastor accused of securities fraud should be banned from selling securities in the state.

    Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome rejected a recommendation in favor of former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire from a panel of state Securities Board members who heard several hours of testimony.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.