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Business

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Crystal Cowgirl up and running in Kittredge

    Women who like western wear — or prefer something not so western — should check out Crystal Cowgirl, a new upscale women’s consignment clothing shop in Kittredge.

    Located in Adobe Creek, the shop is owned by Kittredge resident Crystal Lovell Harnden.

    “I love the idea of recycling and giving women more opportunity to afford something that they might not be able to afford new,” Harnden said. “This is something I really wanted to do.”

  • Exploring ways to encourage local shopping

    Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce president Lin Browning has begun meeting with local organizations and business representatives to explore ways to encourage people to shop locally.

    “The piece that the chamber brings is a natural fit,” Browning said. “It’s not a chamber initiative,” she added.

    While talking with those involved in the effort, Browning said it has become obvious that the entire community needs to collaborate in a partnership.

  • Looking for a gift? Imagine that!

    If you’re starting to think about presents for hard-to-shop-for friends and family, consider Imagine That! in Marshdale.

  • Ice House Café gets new owners

    The Ice House Cafe in downtown Evergreen has been sold and will be renamed the Muddy Buck.

    While it’s an unusual name, new owners Diane and Alan Florschuetz think it has a “mountain-y” feel. “Muddy” comes from a word for really dark coffee, and “Buck” comes from the wildlife that Diane is enamored with.

    “I researched and researched,” Diane said, “and Muddy Buck just seemed to fit.”

  • Keys on the Green closes

    Keys on the Green restaurant and golf shop at the Evergreen Golf Course has closed effective Nov. 1.

    RLR Inc., which has had the concessionaire contract to operate both businesses since 2001, terminated its contract with Denver Parks and Recreation effective Nov. 7. Denver Parks operates the golf course. RLR ended its contract six months early.

    On Tuesday, Ron Reif of RLR Inc. was cleaning out the golf shop. The restaurant was expected to continue serving food through Wednesday. There were no signs on the building indicating that the restaurant was closing.

  • Transforming sun's energy into savings on electric bills

    An array of 40 photovoltaic panels strategically placed in the yard of Mike and Joan Spalding’s home in Kerr Gulch is generating enough electrical power to keep them warm and take a huge chunk out of their utility payments.

    Hank Kaanta of Evergreen Sun Power, who oversaw the installation of the 10-kilowatt solar electric system, estimates that it will produce an average of 15,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, or 1,250 kWh a month. 

  • Natural Grocers expanding in Bergen Park

    Construction began last week to double the size of the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in Bergen Park, with the expanded store expected to be open by late spring 2013.

    The current store, which opened in 2004, will continue to do business during construction. When completed, the expanded store will be about 16,800 square feet.

    The new store will be similar to the stores being built elsewhere, said Scott Smith, a representative for Natural Grocers.

  • High Country Treasures moves to new location

    High Country Treasures has joined the Evergreen Design Center on Meadow Drive.

    The shop, in the space where Rocky Mountain Log Furniture used to be, has a trove of high-end antiques and vintage and designer items.

    Owners Deb and Jake Robinson moved the store from Conifer to be in the Design Center to complete the ensemble of home décor businesses. In the center, you’ll find furniture, carpets, wall décor, gardening accessories and floral arrangements.

  • Evergreen native has business — and your car — running smoothly

    Sandy Kidd knows her way around vehicles.

    Over the years, the Evergreen native has worked locally at NAPA Auto Parts, Morse Auto Body, D&J Towing, Jeff’s Auto Repair and Tom’s Auto Clinic, doing a little bit of everything from towing vehicles to managing the office to wrenchin’, which includes basic auto maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations.

  • Evergreen Kitchen and Bath celebrates 20 years

    Marion Patterson says the past two decades have flown by, and in that time she’s designed more kitchens and baths than she can count as owner of the Kitchen and Bath Center in Evergreen.

    “No two projects are alike, and it’s never boring,” Patterson said of her business in Evergreen North, the shopping center between Safeway and the post office. “Every room is different, and clients are different. The way people approach things is different.”