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

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

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.

“It’s hard to say that there’s a silver lining, because we have lost a lot of businesses in our community,” Nuchols said. “Some of what happened with the economy helped people re-evaluate their businesses. In the long run, that makes our businesses stronger.”

Nuchols said that while she has no specific figures, Evergreen business owners are telling her that the economy is turning around.

“I think the worst of our economic woes are over,” she said. Businesses are looking forward to the summer months when tourists boost the local economy.

“There are people who are making big business decisions — moving locations, downsizing or expanding,” Nuchols said. “Some of our commercial real estate is starting to fill in, and a few new businesses are beginning to move in.”

She said businesses should be proud of making it through the worst of the recession.

“Now,” she said, “we need to find the good in how we’re going to look forward.”

New restaurant opens

The Stagecoach Grill is open for business.

Located in the former Sammy’s Last Cast Tavern space, the restaurant is a reincarnation of the Rib Crib, which closed in December.

Stagecoach Grill owner Troy Tyus, who previously owned the Rib Crib, has kept much of the same menu and many of the Rib Crib employees at the new location.

The new space is 1,000 square feet larger than the Rib Crib, and the back room is still available for parties. Tyus also has expanded the patio.

“We still want to be known as a family-friendly place for casual dining,” Tyus said. “It’s still affordable for people to come out and relax and enjoy themselves.”

The added benefit, he said, is the restaurant has the ability to offer live music and entertainment on the weekends.

Tyus has added high-definition flat-screen televisions around the restaurant and bar areas.

“We feel we’re the best place in town if you want to watch a sporting event,” he said.

For information, contact the Stagecoach Grill at 303-674-4633.

Text your coffee order

There’s another way to order your favorite coffee beverage at Camp Grounds. Just text in your order to 303-601-6100.

Camp Grounds Coffee and Eatery in Bergen Village is the first coffee shop in Colorado to install the technology to be able to accept text orders, according to owner Wayne Brown.

The system allows customers to text in food orders, too. The entire Camp Grounds menu can be ordered via text. All customers need to do is provide the details.

The nice thing, Brown said, is that the texter’s phone number becomes available, so the restaurant can call if there are any questions about the order.

The system is called Zingle and was created by a man in San Diego who got tired of standing in line to get his coffee, Brown said.

The text-ordering system works well with Camp Grounds’ prepaid card system. Someone can text in an order, charge it to a prepaid account, and grab and go.

He said that once a text is sent, the restaurant sends back a confirmation text and an order number.

The first text order Camp Grounds received was for a large mocha latte.

Crave moving across the street

Crave Consignment Shop is moving across the street into the King Soopers shopping center.

The women’s clothing store, which has been in Bergen Village for four years, is moving May 1 to the south side of the center near Village Gourmet.

Owner Jennifer Herrick said that while her current space has been good, she’s hoping the new spot will provide more customers.

“(The Bergen Village owners) have been very good to me,” she said. The move is more because it’s just time for a change.

Herrick hopes to carry more consignment clothing for ‘tweens and more vintage clothing, in addition to unique jewelry and high-quality duds.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Check out the website at www.CraveConsignmentShop.com or call 303-670-0290.

Have tips about businesses in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.