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  • Park scholarship fund gets $30,000 boost

     The Tuttle Family Foundation has donated $30,000 to the scholarship fund for users of Evergreen Park and Recreation District facilities and programs.

    The scholarships, which are open to park district residents, are made available through the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation, a separate nonprofit affiliated with the district. Since the program started, it has made available individual grants totaling $10,000, said Kit Darrow, president of the Recreation and Parks Foundation.

  • Watermark II dips toe in local gift market

    With its trademark checkered brown-and-white floor and its aqua walls, Watermark II in Bergen Village has opened for business.
    The store boasts everything from stationery and cards to unique gifts. One of the more unusual display cases in the store is a huge old-fashioned bathtub with bath products displayed.

  • Ice House still looking for new owners

    The owners of the Ice House Cafe in downtown Evergreen have learned that it’s better not to count your chickens before they’re hatched.

    Charles and Cindy Shirley thought they had found buyers for their coffee shop and music venue in Chris and Dave King, a Denver family group with extensive hospitality and music experience.

    Last week the deal fell through.

    So the Shirleys again are looking for buyers. They are selling the shop located in the lobby of the Evergreen Hotel to pay for medical bills.

  • Hearthfire Books turns the page with new owner

    After more than a year of searching, Hearthfire Books in Bergen Park has a new owner, who says she’s now living her dream of being in the mountains and owning a bookstore.

    Kappy Kling has left the hectic corporate life in Dallas, where she sold enterprise software, in favor of a slower pace as a bookstore proprietor.

    Kling bought the store from Lori Underwood, who formerly lived in Evergreen but now lives in Connecticut. Underwood wanted the Hearthfire owner to be local.

  • Business Beat: Overseas Cafe brings a taste of Europe to Evergreen

    A new eatery with a European flair has opened in North Evergreen.

    Called the Overseas Café, the restaurant serves breakfast and lunch all day, and owners Dima and Luba Karpov hope the restaurant will become a favorite for Evergreen residents and tourists.

    Located in the Hiwan Barn shopping center, it will serve Russian, Ukranian, German and Italian foods with a small bakery, smoothies, cappuccinos, sandwiches and paninis. It will also have a kids play room.

  • Business Beat: Overseas Cafe plans grand opening

    The Overseas Café at 1552 Bergen Parkway, Unit 305, is planning a grand opening from Tuesday, June 1, through June 6.

    The restaurant will be giving away a free cup of coffee and a cookie on those days.

    Regular hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Willow Creek owner offers family-friendly dining

    The owners of Willow Creek restaurant in Evergreen want to be known for being special — but not snobby.

  • Evergreen, Clear Creek national banks seek merger

    Evergreen National Bank has applied to banking authorities for approval to merge with Clear Creek National Bank, which is headquartered in Georgetown and has a branch and a drive-up bank in Idaho Springs.

    All of the existing locations are expected to continue operating.

    Both banks are owned by the same holding company, Evergreen Bancorporation of Evergreen but have been operated as independent banks for many years.

  • Business Beat: Chamber chief sees signs of life in local economy

    For Evergreen businesses, the economic downturn over the past couple of years has had a silver lining.

    “I’m really noticing that our businesses are starting to work together more to promote themselves and promote the community,” said Melanie Nuchols, president of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses are working together, and our nonprofits are working together and joining forces.”

    While Evergreen businesses and organizations worked together before the recession, the cooperation has increased substantially, she said.

  • Home and Design Center makes room for consignment

    The Rocky Mountain Home and Design Center across from Ski Country Antiques has opened a consignment department, Consign of the Times, on the second floor in 8,000 square feet of light-filled warehouse space at the Floyd Hill exit off I-70.

    Consign of the Times is the second consignment furniture store to open in the Evergreen/Idaho Springs area in the last six months, along with It’s New To Me, which opened last October in the former Blue Spruce Market on Bergen Parkway.

  • Business Spotlight: Consignment furniture store fills niche in local design scene

    New or used? It’s hard to tell when you first walk into an unusual new furniture shop off Bergen Parkway.

    It’s New To Me opened in October in the space formerly occupied by Blue Spruce Market at 1552 Bergen Parkway, next to the Wood Cellar.

    “We only accept things that are in great condition and only quality furniture,” said co-owner Mary Boland, an artist-turned-entrepreneur.