Eateries, gift shops and a compost milestone

Deb Hurely Brobst and Olivia Jewell Love and
Posted 9/27/21

The new owner of Java Groove in downtown Evergreen wants to give back to the community all that he has received and more. Eric Martinez, who recently moved here, bought the coffee shop and eatery, …

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Eateries, gift shops and a compost milestone


The new owner of Java Groove in downtown Evergreen wants to give back to the community all that he has received and more.

Eric Martinez, who recently moved here, bought the coffee shop and eatery, hoping to provide great food and coffee and to make the space as inviting as possible, so the community comes by often.

“This is about more than running a coffee shop,” he said. “I want to be part of the community and contribute in a significant way.”

Martinez has a background in the corporate world, and he's been learning the Java Groove ropes on the job. He calls his two months as a restaurant owner exciting and terrifying at the same time.

Martinez is known for his posts on social media after he moved here and explored what he called the wonders of the foothills. His posts touted his new experiences with nature and with area businesses.

At Java Groove, he has tweaked the menu, and hopes to host family nights and music nights. He has an idea to put a special menu together called “From our family to yours” that will have specialties that he makes for his family.

“I have fallen in love with the community,” he said. “This is the perfect mix. I go into business for myself and contribute to the new community I fell in love with.”

Java Groove is open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit

Native Vibrations in Bailey has a bit of everything

Native Vibrations, a Bailey rock shop that morphed into much more, has something for everyone: minerals, crystals and fossils; apparel; local art; handmade gifts; herbal and CBD products and more.

Owner Boyd Brookhart purchased the rock shop in 2017, and it has grown from there. He likened it to “kind of a hippie shop.”

In smaller towns with limited shopping options, Brookhart sees the importance of a business like his to the area.

“I like rocks, and it's been really nice,” he said. “The community really needed some shopping here (because) there are not a lot of shops.”

Brookhart said he regularly sees visitors from the Denver area in addition to locals.

Native Vibrations is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days at 33 County Road 68 next to McGraw Park. For more information, visit

MBC fashions classic, offbeat burgers

Marshdale Burger Company has hit the ground running since it opened in July.

The restaurant specializes in burgers with all the fixin's — everything from make-your-own to specialized burgers. One burger on the menu, the Marshdale, rotates each month. You have until Thursday to try the burger with gouda mac-n-cheese, bacon and pork green chili. A new specialty will be added to the menu on Oct. 1.

It's a casual spot with an outdoor patio, and co-owner David Richichi said he had an idea for a burger restaurant since he moved to the area and began working at the Bistro in 2019.

“I wanted to fill a void in this area,” said Richichi, who calls himself a lifelong restaurant kid.

He co-owns the restaurant with Bistro owner Alison Garnett.

The Marshdale Burger Company — or MBC — is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Monday at 6941 Highway 73. Check out the menu at

A composting milestone

Purple Bucket Compost, a family-run composting business based in Bailey, has surpassed its first-year goal of 5,000 pounds of compost — in only 8 months.

Corey and Amber McCool, the husband-and-wife owners, say they will have to set the goal higher next year.

The McCools operate a compost pickup-and-delivery service for 285 Corridor residents, and they are adding Evergreen service areas. Drop-off locations also are available.

“We want people to see that we don't have to toss that stuff away,” Corey said. “We can process it into next spring's compost.”

In the spring, the McCools plan to distribute compost to their members, and they hope to facilitate planting projects with local schools and assisted-living facilities.

Learn more about Purple Bucket at


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