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  • Suburban art gallery offers some urban flavor

    By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    Paintings and photographs line the walls above an array of eclectic furniture, a chalkboard over a small bar advertises loose-leaf teas, and jazz plays softly in the background.

    Such a setting might be commonplace in the arts district on Santa Fe Drive near downtown Denver, but Foothills Green Gallery is in a South Jeffco strip mall, surrounded by subdivisions and several miles away from the nearest artsy hangout. 

  • SHAZAM! New comic book store helps readers find their niche

    The world of comic books is wide and varied, with everything from Spandex-clad superheroes and walking zombies to independently published books that delve into issues of racial and sexual identity.

    Finding a comic book that’s right for you can be a daunting task — unless you’re lucky enough to know the gregarious owner of a comic-book store. 

  • Bowles Crossing property rezoned for residential

    Bowles Crossing Shopping Center has been rezoned to allow for a redevelopment that could include more buildings and residential apartments.

    The mall’s owner, PERA Bowles Inc., requested the 53.9-acre property be rezoned to allow for more stores and for mixed uses, which could include apartments. 

    Only six buildings had been allowed previous to the rezoning, which was approved unanimously by the Jeffco Planning Commission on April 23 and then the county commissioners on their May 13 consent agenda. 

  • A business blooms

    Terri Pepper hasn’t stopped to smell the roses in 17 years. She’s been too busy cutting them.

    Pepper opened her own flower shop, Autumn Flourish, with boyfriend Dan Tri after 17 years of arranging flowers and crafting corsages for other companies. Their store on the southeast corner of West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway celebrated its grand opening last week. 

  • Spur Coffee Ltd. has designs on a new niche

    The Venters got tired of vying for meeting space at a busy Starbucks, so they decided to open their own coffee shop in downtown Littleton.

    The result is Spur, a Littleton hipster spot with a decidedly European flavor. Spur Coffee Ltd. has a coffee bar with its own pastry case, and a meeting room that opened in November. The Venters’ design studio, co-working space and coffee shop  is in a former beauty school at 5624 S. Prince St., a block north of Littleton’s trendy downtown restaurants and shops.

  • County, EDC plan database of land with commercial potential

    The county and the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. are close to completing an agreement to develop a database of potential commercial property. 

    As part of the agreement, the county will help create an inventory of commercial properties of more than 10 acres, along with land identified in community plans for potential commercial rezoning. The database would then be used by a real-estate advisory committee in the EDC to help pair businesses looking to expand with potential locations. 

  • ‘Redevelopment’ planned for Southwest Plaza

    An increase in vacant storefronts at Southwest Plaza mall is due in part to a planned large-scale renovation of the 30-year-old shopping center.

    Several stores in the mall have closed in recent weeks to help make way for a renovation, said Greg Sims, Southwest Plaza’s senior general manager. 

    There are several permit applications for construction work on the mall filed with Jefferson County. Yet Sims remained tight-lipped as to what the renovation will entail. 

  • Jefferson County’s 2014 funding for EDC will have strings attached

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. is about to have a $300,000 funding agreement with the county finalized this week. 

    The contract was delayed while the county commissioners and the EDC clarified two new provisions requiring the economic development group to submit a work plan for approval and to present quarterly reports to the commissioners. 

  • Economic development group has new plan to get help from county

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has received positive feedback on a proposal to partner with the county on an initiative to identify real estate available for economic development.

    The EDC is seeking a shared-services agreement to identify those properties and work to turn them into potential sites for business expansion. 

  • Foreclosures continue to decline in Jeffco

    Jeffco’s housing market continued its upward trend in 2013, as the county saw the largest year-to-year drop in foreclosures. 

    The county had 1,303 foreclosures start in 2013, a 51 percent drop from the 2,650 foreclosures started in 2012. Jeffco’s 2013 foreclosure numbers were down by 2,724 since the height of the foreclosure crisis in 2009.

    Jeffco Public Trustee Margaret Chapman said during a Jan. 28 briefing that while deferment programs across the country have been widely touted, they’ve had a limited impact in Jeffco.