Bizbeat: coffee, art, flowers and ice cream at new shops in Evergreen, Conifer

Deb Hurley Brobst
Posted 3/9/23

The owner of The Farmhouse in Bergen Park says it’s a coffee and tea house with a gift shop mixed in.

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Bizbeat: coffee, art, flowers and ice cream at new shops in Evergreen, Conifer


Coffee, tea and more at The Farmhouse

The owner of The Farmhouse in Bergen Park says it’s a coffee and tea house with a gift shop mixed in.

Owner Lana Sanders offers beverages and prepackaged baked goods from an Evergreen bakery, plus gluten-free and dairy-free options. She sells baked goods from other places because she didn’t want to do the baking herself.

“There’s less cooking and more lifting up my friends,” she said calling the space “like having people in my living room. It’s really cool.”

Sanders started out at a farmers market outside Taspen’s in Conifer, where she loved to hang out with the artisans and craftspeople selling their wares.

“I started thinking there was something to do with this,” Sanders said. “I decided on Jan. 1 that we’re going to make 2023 different.”

Everything for sale in the shop is created by women-owned businesses, and she’s starting a small market on Saturdays. For now, it’s inside, but she hopes to have it along the sidewalk when the weather is nicer.

The Farmhouse opened Feb. 21, and Sanders has started classes including how to make sourdough bread on March 18. She already had a storyteller perform and an acrylic painting class.

The Farmhouse is on Castle Court across from Evergreen Fire Station 2. It is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit the website at

Owl Cat Shoppe opens in downtown Evergreen

The Evergreen Gallery has branched out with a second location in downtown Evergreen that has different items and a different feel.

Gallery owner Beth Riser has opened the Owl Cat Shoppe — for the wise and curious — in the A-frame next to Wildflower Café with a mix of items from local and international artists, puzzles, do-it-yourself kits and more.

Riser said she was looking for studio space and wound up with another retail space included. The first floor is the shop while the second floor is the studio where Riser and her employees are learning to create fused-glass art.

The Evergreen Gallery on the west end of downtown Evergreen has experienced, award-winning artists, while the Owl Cat Shoppe has emerging artists, she explained.

The Owl Cat Shoppe has a different feel, she said, and it is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. As the weather gets better, the shop will open at 10 a.m.

Owl’s Nest in Conifer has flowers, plants and more

Local artist Simone Tipton has expanded her horizons by adding floral design to her repertoire. Tipton is the owner of the Owl’s Nest in Conifer, specializing in flowers, plants, arts and gifts. She took over the shop, which had been called Southern Lilies, in July.

Creating bouquets came easy for the artist, who also spent two months with the former owner to learn the ropes. It was just a matter of figuring out her own flower-arrangement style.

Tipton has always loved plants, plus she’s a painter and wood-burning artist, creating ornaments, magnets and wall decor. She’s just added two vendors: one who sells macrame and the other who does custom jewelry.

Tipton has enjoyed making connections with clients and brightening people’s day with flowers and plants.

“It’s been a learning experience but a lot of fun,” she added.

The shop in Green Valley Ranch near Snowpack Taproom is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Little Man ice cream at new shop

Evergreen has a new ice cream shop.

Colorado Creamery is on Meadow Drive behind Campfire Evergreen, and for those who have lived in Evergreen a long time, it’s where the Rib Crib used to be. In fact, owner Rachel Ball found a business card from the Rib Crib when she was cleaning the space, and she’s planning to have the card framed.

Ball, who has worked 10 years in the food service industry, wanted to bring high-quality ice cream to Evergreen and match it with a fun vibe for people to spend time. She is offering Little Man ice cream, milkshakes, malts, sundaes and more.

Ball is reliving her younger years by opening the ice cream shop, saying she remembers going out to dinner with family and then going for ice cream. She also has fond memories of dates with her now husband Jesse with ice cream involved, and now he helps her with what she calls her “ice cream dream.”

Ball plans to have several flavors regularly and rotate in other flavors monthly.

“Adults have wonderful memories of being a kid and going to an ice cream shop,” Ball said. “I want to make memories for kids of Evergreen. I love serving people and bringing joy to them.”

The shop is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and closed on Wednesday. Ball plans to have expanded hours this summer.

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