• Olde-timers: Four generations have operated Olde’s Garage for 98 years

    In 1921, the Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery, baseball legend Babe Ruth broke the all-time home run record and Warren G. Harding was president.

    And Olde’s Garage opened on Main Street in downtown Evergreen. Considered the oldest business owned by one family here, the auto-repair shop now sits at the corner of Evergreen Parkway and Bryant Drive.

  • BIZBEAT: Hot dogs aplenty at stand near Evergreen Safeway

    Fans of hot dogs can stop by Mike The Hot Dog Guy’s stand next to the Evergreen Safeway.

    Hot dog guy Mike Raine has moved his stand from the El Rancho Home Depot to the new location and is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. He plans to move to other area locations on the weekends.

    Raine served up hot dogs for four years at Home Depot, and he’s hoping those customers will find him at his new location, and others will join them. He replaced another Mike, who operated a hot dog stand next to Safeway for 25 years.

  • BIZBEAT: Castles and Kitchens finds permanent spot

    Castles and Kitchens was buzzing Saturday, and the scent of flaky spanakopita, buttery pies and crispy empanadas wafted through the kitchen.

    The business last weekend celebrated its grand opening in its permanent location in the Staples shopping center off U.S. 285. Though it began a little more than a year ago, renting a showroom kitchen and hosting in-home classes, Castles and Kitchens soon outgrew that business model.

    “Soon after we started in the showroom, we realized we would love to have our own space,” said co-owner Fran Arniotes.

  • BIZBEAT: Fill your mountain biking needs and more at O.M.G.

    Find everything mountain bike and more at Outbound Mountain Gear in downtown Evergreen.

    Located in the former Twigs space, the store — known as O.M.G. — opened in March just in time for the mountain biking season to begin. Co-owner Mike Weisberg hangs out in the shop with Luna the shop dog, who is a Native American shepherd.

  • BIZBEAT: Evergreen resident starts My Bakery Basket delivery service

    Safia Welty-Rupe of Evergreen decided to leave the television production business to become a full-time baker.

    Welty-Rupe has started My Bakery Basket, which delivers homemade organic, low-sugar baked goods to your doorstep. She said baking has always been a passion, and with a child with autism, she understands the importance of not giving her children processed foods.

    Every basket contains a loaf of bread, a dozen muffins and a dozen cookies, and flavors change weekly. The cost is $39.95, and baskets can be delivered weekly, bi-monthly or monthly.

  • Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates award winners

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce handed out individual awards at its annual Honoree Celebration on Thursday.

  • Conifer chamber gives Prescotts the Norm F. Meyer Award, announces other awards at annual dinner

    Whether it’s Christmas lights or firewood, Arman and Donna Prescott are right in the middle of things at Conifer Community Church and in the community.

    Donna is the church administrator, and Arman heads up the church’s firewood ministry. In addition, Arman is the leader of the church’s Christmas lights display with Arman’s company, Impact Christmas Lighting.

  • BIZBEAT: Evergreen Clothing Co. moves west on the boardwalk

    Good things come to those who wait.

    Jim Sherwood opened the Evergreen Clothing Co. 11 years ago on the boardwalk of Evergreen’s Main Street, and immediately he started looking for larger space.

    Now he has it. Sherwood moved his store, now called Evergreen Clothing and Mercantile, west on the boardwalk next to Wildflower Café. He’s now in 2,000 square feet of space compared with 500 square feet in his former location.

  • BIZBEAT: Christmas trees aplenty in Evergreen, Marshdale

    Now is the time to get Christmas trees to help deck the halls.

    In addition to cutting your own tree on Forest Service land, several places in the foothills are available to purchase pre-cut trees.

    JP Total on the east end of downtown Evergreen has been selling trees, gifts and gourmet food for 27 years — a mainstay for tree buyers in the area.

  • Foothills residents frequent local shops for Small Business Saturday

    A little wind and snow didn’t stop Evergreen and Conifer businesses from seeing an early boost to business during Small Business Saturday.

    “It was a good, busy day in spite of the wind,” Laurie Ward, owner of Village Gourmet in Bergen Park said, adding that Saturdays typically are busy days at the home, cookware and kitchen store that expanded in May. It has many holiday items from dishes to bathrobes, gift wrap to ornaments.

    At the Silver Arrow in downtown Evergreen, owner Sandy Cooper said Small Business Saturday had been fabulous.