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Business

  • Echo Mountain seeing record attendance

    Echo Mountain ski resort is having a record year.
    Sales of daily lift tickets are up 81 percent, and enrollment in the ski and ride school is up 71 percent over this time last year, according to resort officials. In addition, rentals have increased 77 percent and retail sales 42 percent.

  • Four businesses get together in Kittredge Village

    Kittredge is now home to four businesses that provide everything from massage to children’s clothes.

     

    By the Creek Tans & Stuff is open in Kittredge Village next to Bear Creek Restaurant. The 3,200-square-foot space houses a tanning spa, massage therapist, women’s and children’s clothing, artwork, jewelry and a dance studio for belly dancing and yoga.

    It is planning a grand opening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

  • Bergen Village will be a window to the holidays for area students

    The holiday season kicks off in Bergen Park on Nov. 18 when the merchants in Bergen Village host what they are calling Fifth Avenue Evergreen.

    Area schools have been invited to decorate the windows of the center’s businesses, reminiscent of a tradition years ago when shop windows were painted to welcome the holiday season.

  • Skateboard store moves to Bergen Park

    MOB Factory has closed its large indoor skate park on Bryant Drive, changed its focus to more retail sales and opened in a Bergen Park building next to the Whippletree.

    The business has gone more boutique style, focusing on clothes, art and skateboards, according to Kyle West, the store’s event coordinator and marketing director. Plus, the move to Bergen Park allows MOB Factory to be more visible.

    The MOB Factory shares space with JR Landscaping. Both businesses are owned by J.R. Iannaccone.

  • Evergreen resident’s second career blossoms at new shop

    A riot of color greets customers as they walk into Hearts in Bloom, a silk-flower shop that opened last month in Marshdale.

    The tiny shop is the dream of floral designer Judy Williams, who has always wanted a floral shop of her own. She had worked as a floral designer years ago, but the need for a more secure job took her into pharmacy work.

    Williams spent more than 20 years as a pharmacy technician at a King Soopers down the hill. After retiring, she spent 18 months trying to decide what she wanted to do, and she says it always came back to floral design.

  • Downright dazzling: Main Street works hard to be downtown Evergreen’s main event

    The next time you contemplate abandoning Evergreen for a restorative weekend somewhere cool and green and busting with local color, hang the car keys back on their hook and contemplate this — shoals of discriminating day-trippers from the Front Range and beyond have already done the math, and they’re coming to the heart of Evergreen.

    “If you look at the percentages, the majority of people downtown on the weekend are from out of town,” says Janice Stutters, board member of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

  • The End: Bergen Park movie theaters close

    The curtains have closed on the seven screens at Evergreen’s Bergen Park 7.

    The theaters, which had been part of the community for 17 years, showed their last movies on Sunday.

    Owner AMC Theaters has been trying to sell the 19,370-square-foot structure and the 2½ acres of land for the past several months.

    Nearby business owners and patrons are disappointed in its closure but also know that many Evergreen residents are going down the hill to see movies or renting from online movie companies.

  • New management cooks up big plans for El Rancho

    A new ownership group has taken over the El Rancho Restaurant and totally revamped the menu and the service side. The owners have added extended happy hours, six more TVs in the bar area and cleaned the carpets twice.

    The spacious dining room, which seats 163, now has tablecloths and fabric napkins, but the antler chandeliers, log walls, stone fireplace, rustic charm and western artifacts, such as Kiowa leather chaps, remain unchanged.

  • From the Vine promises a fresh approach

    Fresh ingredients in breakfasts and lunches plus a variety of wines inspired the name for the new restaurant in Kittredge: From the Vine Market and Eatery.

    Located in a 1,300-square-foot building just west of Comfortable Home on Highway 74, the restaurant has been open about a month with great success, according to owner Kathleen Johnson.

    Johnson and her husband, Dan, own and operate Comfortable Home, and they decided to add a restaurant to their repertoire. They want the restaurant to be known for its fresh, fast food.

  • ‘Brighter’ days ahead for real estate?

     Real estate is still a buyer's market these days, but the picture is beginning to look a bit brighter for sellers than it did in 2008 and 2009, when the average price of a house in Evergreen/Conifer dropped 3 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

    In this case the term "brighter" refers to the perception that the worst of the housing downturn is probably over, and that prices have hit bottom and are slowly starting to come back after the bursting of the nation's real-estate bubble. But many factors still are holding back the housing market.