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Business

  • 2014 a good year for economic development

    Jefferson County is thriving in terms of its economic vitality, said Doug Bene, executive vice president of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp.

    In 2014, 2,213 jobs were retained and created in Jeffco, and new capital investments totaled $488 million, he said during a recent presentation to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee. Other good news is that the unemployment rate in Jeffco has dropped to 4.4 percent.

  • Lakewood’s iconic White Fence Farm acquired by Evergreen restaurateurs

    White Fence Farm has new owners, but the legendary fried chicken hasn’t changed.

    Restaurant industry veterans Tom Piercy and Craig Caldwell, who also own Keys on the Green in Evergreen, purchased the iconic family restaurant and farm in November. The business, at 6263 W. Jewell Ave. in Lakewood, had had the same owner, Charlie Wilson, since opening 41 years ago.

  • County grants Lockheed Martin $16.7 millon in tax rebates

    Jefferson County has given initial approval to $16.7 million in tax rebates for Lockheed Martin Space Systems for its plan to add hundreds of high-paying jobs at its Waterton Canyon facility.

    Lockheed Martin, the largest private employer in the county, is planning a $336 million expansion at the South Jeffco plant. About 350 positions will transfer, or already have moved, to South Jeffco from other Lockheed Martin facilities, and another 500 new jobs will be created. The Waterton Canyon facility currently has about 4,100 employees.

  • Lucha Cantina coming to Littleton

    After a customer told restaurant owner Chuck Holcomb about an available space in Littleton, he decided to open Lucha Cantina in southwest Jeffco.

    Since leasing the 5,900-square-foot space formerly occupied by Hops Grill and Brewery on West Bowles Avenue, Holcomb has been working with contractors to renovate it, with plans to open in March.

    “There are a lot of good things about it,” he said.

    The restaurant and bar with an eclectic Mexican flavor will be the third of its kind that Holcomb and his business partners have opened in Colorado.

  • Shoe store’s longevity tied to customer service

    By Cat Elsby, For the Courier

    Since opening in 1875, Murray’s Shoes has walked the talk: Treat customers like family and take care of their feet. And with fourth- and fifth-generation Murrays running the Littleton store, the soul of the Murray legacy continues.

    Murray’s Shoes originally opened in Illinois and bounced around between cities and family members. Then, in 1983, Jim Murray brought the store to Colorado.

  • Medical center proposed for Fun City site

    A developer’s plans for a medical center in South Jeffco could mean eviction for Fun City.

    Developer Fleisher Smyth Brokaw LLC is in the pre-application process with the county to turn the property that houses the entertainment center at 9760 W. Coal Mine Ave. into a medical facility. In the pre-application, plans indicate the current building may be torn down, said Heather Gutherless, a senior planner with Jeffco’s Planning and Zoning Department.

  • 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.