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Business

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Bow Mar again considering Southwest Plaza annexation

    The town of Bow Mar again is working with the owners of Southwest Plaza on a possible deal to annex the mall.

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, and Bow Mar first approached the county commissioners in June about a possible “flagpole” annexation that would have taken place late last year. But General Growth Properties decided to delay the annexation to give the town more time to analyze the ramifications.

    A request for an interview was not returned by General Growth Properties by press time.

  • 2014 called a good year for economic development in Jeffco

    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.

  • 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.