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Business

  • 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.”

  • Lack of business prompts closure of El Rancho restaurant

    The historic El Rancho restaurant has closed, and it remains uncertain whether it will reopen under new operators.

    Mark Johnston, who has leased the restaurant from property owner Doug Antonoff, closed the establishment in November because of financial losses.

    “There just wasn’t enough business to sustain it,” said Johnston, who lives in Detroit. “We were doing about $1,000 in business a day with $3,000 in costs. You can do the math. I just couldn’t go any longer.” About 20 employees were laid off as a result of the closure.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Peak Hot Tubs carries on in wake of owner’s death

    Peak Hot Tubs & Spa Services is in good hands despite the death of former owner “Hot Tub Charlie” Ganse.

    The new owner, Rod Hunt, was a good friend of Ganse’s. In fact, the two had lunch together three to five times a week.

    “People thought I should buy (the business),” Hunt said. “I want to try to keep his legacy going.”

  • The weather, and the holiday spirit, are delightful at Luckylure

    Not a snowflake was in sight, but Christmas spirit still blanketed the sunny scene at Luckylure Christmas Trees in Evergreen on Sunday afternoon.

    From toasty marshmallows to tall tannenbaums to jolly little ones, the atmosphere was all yule — while temperatures hovered in the low 60s.