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Business

  • Locavore hops to its local mission

    By Cat Elsby, For the Courier

    For the locals, by the locals — that was the vision of owners Jason Reinhardt and Andy Nelson when they decided to open a brewery, Locavore Beer Works, in Littleton.

    The aim of Locavore, which opened its doors on Saturday, Nov. 15, is to support local businesses as much as possible and promote local companies, Reinhardt said. Names of the brewery’s business partners appear on the beer menu, and the tables were made by a local craftsman.

  • Small businesses have a big day

    Sometimes you have to think small to have a big impact.

    Small Business Saturday was a busy day in downtown Littleton. The shopping holiday was created in 2010 by American Express to bring Black Friday’s big-chain focus back to local stores on the following day.

    “It was so crazy in here yesterday. It was a beautiful thing,” Julie Pech, owner the Chocolate Therapist on Main Street in Littleton, said Sunday. “Yesterday was the busiest day the shop has had in any November.”

  • Comfort food — with a twist

    Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    South Jeffco has a new dining destination for lovers of all things fried and battered, thanks to three IT guys with Southern-bred appetites.

  • Business owner offers wigs to patients fighting cancer

     By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Kathy Pride hasn’t always been proud of her looks. 

    While undergoing chemotherapy for bone cancer, Pride, a professional hairstylist, lost all her hair and shrunk to 95 pounds. 

    “I looked like Beetlejuice,” she said, referring to the 1988 film.

  • Downtown merchants not buying permit process for sidewalk sales

    Littleton doesn’t know if a new outdoor display policy downtown is working because no businesses have applied for a special permit to display merchandise on the sidewalk. 

    The Littleton City Council in May approved a zoning ordinance allowing businesses to display merchandise on the sidewalk with a free permit up to three times a month and 36 times a year. The displays had been illegal before, but the code hadn’t been enforced. 

  • 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. 

  • Two new stores to open in Aspen Grove shopping center

    By Stephanie Alderton

    For the Courier

    Two new businesses will be moving into the Aspen Grove shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive in the next two months.

    Brilliant Sky Toys and Books has leased the space formerly occupied by Build-A-Bear, and Fab’rik, which sells designer women’s apparel, will open in what used to be a Lucky Jeans store. 

  • 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.