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Business

  • You can teach an old bar new tricks

    For decades, the Columbine Lounge has been an old standby in South Jeffco. But in June it became the site of a new dream.

    The 40-year-old establishment at 7660 S. Pierce St. was bought by Cheryl Gonska on June 1. The former lunch lady at Jeffco Schools fulfilled a 17-year-old dream to own her own bar and traded in a younger clientele for one of legal drinking age.

  • Littleton council retains limit on sidewalk displays

    The Littleton City Council has decided not to expand the number of days each month that downtown merchants can have sidewalk displays.

    The council voted 4-2 on June 2 to retain the current policy, which limits displays to three days each month and requires a city permit. Councilman Bruce Beckman was absent at the meeting.

    The current ordinance, which was approved by the council in May 2014, has met opposition from downtown merchants. The latest proposed changes would have allowed sidewalk displays 365 days a year while still requiring a permit.

  • Putting a price on fun

    Fun City, the family entertainment center in South Jeffco, closed for good on May 31 after 30 years in business.

    Yet the doors were opened one last time on Saturday to auction everything from bar stools and glasses to bowling balls and arcade games. The highlight for many in attendance, the arcade games spanned Fun City’s three-decade run.

  • Commercial center proposed for Foothills land

    A developer has proposed a commercial center with a 7-Eleven on the northeast corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue, on land offered for sale by the Foothills Park and Rec District.

    Cornerstone Capital Investment’s plans for the 4.65-acre property are working their way through Jefferson County’s site development process.

  • It is their beeswax

    A new store in Littleton hopes to create some buzz in the South Jeffco beekeeping community.

    To Bee Or Not To Bee opened in February at 8280 W. Coal Mine Ave. Yet the business has been around in one form or another for more than 25 years, said Dave Baker, who owns the beekeeping supply store with his wife, Ashley.

    The couple bought the rights to the store from the former owner, who operated it in north Denver and who herself had bought the store several years ago and changed the name to To Bee Or Not To Bee, Dave Baker said.

  • Jared’s owner wins approval for volleyball facility, brewpub

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have rezoned a portion of Jared’s Nursery to allow an indoor volleyball event center and a brewpub on the southwest corner of West Bowles Avenue and South Oak Street.

    The vote to rezone a portion of the property was 2-1, with Commissioners Libby Szabo and Don Rosier approving the change.

  • Tattered Cover store moving to Littleton

    Denver-based Tattered Covered Book Store has announced it will move its Highlands Ranch store into Littleton’s Aspen Grove shopping center in April.

    While the Aspen Grove store will be smaller than the current space in the Highlands Ranch Town Center, Tattered Covered general manager Margaret Shaheen said the store won’t be reducing the number of books and other items it carries.

  • Littleton gives OK to tattoo shops

    Littleton has put its stamp of approval on tattoo shops.

    The City Council voted 6-1 to change zoning ordinances to allow tattoo parlors and body art shops in areas zoned for community and general business uses or in the downtown area. The shops had previously been allowed only in industrial-zoned areas.

    Under the new zoning, tattoo shops would have to be more than 1,000 feet from each other — meaning only one shop would be allowed downtown.

  • Go speed racer

    By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    The first K1 Speed indoor go-cart track in Colorado is offering Littleton residents a place to race vehicles even when the roads are icy.

  • Gift store salutes family, the military

    By Cat Elsby, for the Courier

    Nestled in a character-centric home on West Alamo Avenue in downtown Littleton is Buttercup Junction: a country store where the owners care mostly about two things—family and the military.

    “We’re very big on family,” said Michelle Sanchez, who owns the store with her mother, Peggy Maple. “We’ve acquired a tight-knit customer base that feels like family.”