• BizBeat: New liquor store owners highlight customer wants

    Conifer’s newest liquor store owners specialize in something a little different: Whatever the customers like.
    Creighton and Staci O’Neal are the new owners of Conifer Village Liquors, the sprawling liquor store that sits between Safeway and Aspen Perk Cafe. Transplants from Kansas and current Evergreen residents, the O’Neals ended up in the liquor business after Creighton decided he wanted to get rid of his Denver commute and do something different after 20 years in the software development industry.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Owners of Evergreen Fine Art retiring, closing the business

    The owners of Evergreen Fire Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden are retiring and closing their business.

    The gallery in the adobe buildings on Evergreen Parkway, known for its Western-themed art, the Evergreen Angel pendants and events such as Weekend in the West, will close for good on Saturday.

    “We tried to find somebody to take over the gallery, but it didn’t work out,” said Barbara Hadley, who has owned the gallery with her husband, Phil Shanley, since 2008. “Everybody has been very supportive.”

  • BUSINESS BEAT: New restaurant fuses Mexican food with family friendliness

    Four-year-old Maya Walker doesn’t quite understand that her name is famous after her parents named Maya’s Cantina and Grill after her.

    Maya didn’t have much to say about her namesake in downtown Evergreen, which had its grand opening this past weekend. However, she likes to visit her dad, chef Kyle Walker, in the kitchen after preschool.

    Never far behind Maya is her younger sister, Millie, 2. Mom Megan Walker is a second-grade teacher at Marshdale Elementary, and Kyle is also a volunteer firefighter with Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Specialty meats shop to open this spring in Evergreen

    Evergreen is getting a specialty meats and butcher shop.

    The new owner of the Tin Star Café on the boardwalk in downtown Evergreen will renovate the place in February and early March, and the new shop will open with the moniker Salt and Meat.

    “We will make our own meats and cheeses,” owner Nate Heartman said. “We will sell local products as well, but the idea is that we want everything to be made in-house, such as marinade spice mixes. It’ll be a one-stop shop.”

  • Bailey resale shop re-launched as a community partnership

    The Platte Canyon Community Partnership Resale Boutique in Bailey isn’t your everyday thrift store.

    For starters, it formerly was the Mountain Peace Boutique — a resale shop owned and operated by PeaceWorks Inc. for the benefit of individuals using the Mountain Peace Shelter. After PeaceWorks decided to close the boutique in April, half a dozen volunteer managers pooled their resources and talents to re-launch the shop under a new name and new ownership in July.

  • Chamber offices moving to Stone House

    The new year will bring a new office for the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber is moving to the Stone House on Evergreen Parkway in Bergen Park in late January.

    Chamber president Betsy Hays says the new space, with its prominent signage, will make the chamber more visible to visitors as they drive into Evergreen from Interstate 70 — though the signage will not be overbearing, as the chamber tries to be sensitive to its residential neighbors.