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Business

  • Dick’s Hickory Dock to be renamed Switchback Smokehouse

    Dick’s Hickory Dock in Kittredge has a new owner and is getting a new moniker.

    The barbecue restaurant should be open by May and will be called Switchback Smokehouse, according to its new owner Darryl Swarts.

    The restaurant on Highway 74 had sat vacant for several years before David Mot purchased it and opened for the summer seasons in 2010 and 2011. Mot sold the restaurant due to health issues.

  • Nellybelle sports wide selection of gifts, collectibles

    One of the most eclectic, unusual and delightful stores to open in Evergreen is the Nellybelle General Store.

    Located in the El Rancho Town Center, the store has everything from candles to fresh-cut flowers.

    The music in the background is played from 8-track tapes. There’s bar seating and a flat-screen television, so you can watch a game while your flowers are being arranged or a gift is being wrapped. Each business card for the store is different, culled from whimsical photos.

    It’s a store you have to see to believe.

  • Bergen Park McDonald’s serves last burger

    Rumors are flying over what business might build at the location of the Bergen Park McDonald’s, Evergreen’s first free-standing fast-food restaurant, which closed Dec. 31. 

    The most prevalent rumor is that a Chick-fil-A will eventually occupy the spot, though so far the land has not been purchased and plans have not been filed with the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department. A Chick-fil-A representative did not return phone calls.

  • 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.