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BUSINESS BEAT: A crystal-clear idea for a new downtown business

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Crystals have come to Evergreen.

Marlon and Rene Ferreira, who moved here in August, have opened the Crystal Garden in the yellow house on the east end of downtown. They offer rocks, crystal sculptures, carvings and jewelry ranging from tiny pieces to the huge, illuminated crystals in a small garden west of the shop.

Quartz, mica, labradorite, lemurian and tourmaline are among the available crystals and rocks.

Marlon has been around crystals all his life. His family owns a crystal range in Brazil, and he uses that as a starting point to bring crystals to the United States. He’s been selling crystals wholesale for years, but this is his first venture into retail sales.

“We are so blessed and so fortunate that (Marlon) can get quality stone and unique items at a low cost, so we can have competitive pricing,” Rene said. “We’re bringing Evergreen something new and different.”

The couple and their two young children moved to Evergreen from Nashville, Tenn. While they were still unpacking, Marlon learned that the yellow house was for rent, and once he saw it, he knew it was the perfect spot for his store, which opened in early October.
The store is a place to browse, with artwork from local artists on the walls, too.

“I’m super-excited about the store,” Rene said. “Evergreen has been so welcoming and kind. Everyone is so positive — we are so happy to be contributing something new and fun to town. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

They also hope to open a Brazilian eatery in Evergreen, though that’s still in the dreaming stage.

Crystal Garden is at 27925 Highway 74, Suite B. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Evan Crumm is new owner of Evan’s Auto Care

Evergreen native Evan Crumm is the new owner of the car repair shop along the Evergreen Parkway frontage road south of Boone Mountain Sports.

The shop has been known as Jeff’s Auto Repair and Parkway Auto Repair over the past decade, and now it’s Evan’s Auto Care. The first thing you notice is the bright robin’s-egg blue paint on the walls.
Crumm doesn’t think of his business as just a repair shop but as a place to do preventive maintenance and make sure cars are safe and road-worthy.

Crumm, a 1989 Evergreen High School graduate, has been working on vehicles at this location ever since. He’d always wanted to own his own garage, and when the opportunity came up, he jumped at it.

He has brought back longtime resident Sandy Kidd to run the front end of the business, while he and two other mechanics work on vehicles of every shape and size. Kidd, he says, has a knack for explaining in understandable language the work that needs to be done to cars.

“I’ve learned a lot being a mechanic,” Crumm said. “The cars teach you when something goes wrong with them, and you have to figure out the problem and fix it.”

He says he likes being a mechanic in part because he likes the challenge of learning new things.

“I’ve seen a lot of weird things happen to cars,” he said, “and they still can surprise me after all these years.”

His teenage daughters thought up the tagline that goes with the shop name: “Auto Know Better.”

Crumm test-drives every car that comes into the shop and then drives it again before it goes back to the customer to make sure that everything meets his standards.

Evan’s Auto Care is at 3022 Evergreen Parkway. Contact the shop at 303-674-2960.

Pupperdups opens near Big R

A dog grooming and pet supply shop has moved into the strip shopping area next to Big R at Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard.

Pupperdups Pet Salon and Boutique is owned by Jess Rice, a vet technician and groomer, and she is in the space that formerly housed Cost Cutters. Moving into a former hair salon space helped because the plumbing for dog-wash stations already existed, Rice said.

The name “Pupperdups” just came to Rice, who said it was akin to nicknames people give their pets.

Rice, who lives in Conifer, had worked for other groomers down the hill and decided it was time to open her own shop.

She also carries pet supplies such as dog beds, leashes and collars, plus high-quality food including raw foods, bones and treats.

The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit www.pupperdups.com or call 303-670-7885.
Have tips about businesses in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.