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Business

  • 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.

  • Kitchen at the Creek offers American fare with a French twist

    The time was right for two friends to open a restaurant together on Main Street in downtown Evergreen.
    Kitchen at the Creek has been open for almost two weeks, offering American cuisine with a French influence. The restaurant is open for dinner six days a week, with menu items including seafood, pizza, pasta, steak and chicken ranging in price from $10 to $16. There are also gluten-free and vegetarian menus.

  • New Mexican restaurant to spice up Bergen Park

    Evergreen is getting a new Mexican restaurant at the end of March.

    Tequila’s Family Mexican Restaurant is moving into the space vacated by Fiesta Jalisco in the Marketplace at Bergen Park.

    Owner Rodrigo Sanchez has four other restaurants in the Denver area, and he will add Evergreen to the list as soon as the restaurant’s liquor license is approved.

  • New furniture store open in Bergen Village

    Why would a new furniture store in Bergen Park be named 7801 Home Furnishings?

    Because Bergen Park’s elevation is 7,801 feet, of course.

    That’s the name that owner Richard Schaefer came up with for his store, which opened in mid-December.

    The store in Bergen Village has packed beautiful new furniture, accessories, paintings and home-decorating gifts into a small space. Schaefer says customers can buy items off the floor or order custom-made items.

  • Caffe di Lucca to become EverBean

    A new name and a short move are in the works for Caffe di Lucca.

    The coffee shop, which bills itself as the “Cheers” of Evergreen, will soon be called EverBean, and in April it will move three doors down to the eastern end of the Lakepoint Center.

    It’s time for some changes for the coffee shop, according to owner Cheryl Pankonien, who with her husband, Alan, bought the shop in September 2010. The Pankoniens want to make the shop their own.