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Business

  • An idea was brewing

    It’s fitting that 38 State Brewing, a soon-to-open microbrewery in south Littleton, found a home in an old automotive garage. 

    The brewery has its origins in co-owners Mike and Kim Keating’s own garage a few years ago. 

    “On the weekends, Brett (Blazek) and I would make beer as often as we could, and then we’d run out. Jason (Virzi) would come over and help us drink it all,” Mike Keating said. “We’d make beer until midnight. Brett’s wife would call and yell at us if we were going too late.” 

  • Young entrepreneurs find winning niches

    If the two winners of Littleton’s Youth in Government competition are any indication, the city’s economic future is in good hands.

    And the future is all about technology.

    Garrett Daly, a senior at Arapahoe High School, and Vanessa Weikel, a junior at Heritage High School, took the top two places respectively in this year’s Youth in Government competition. The competition had 15 students from Littleton design a business concept to operate out of their homes. 

  • Lockheed Martin selected for study related to manned Mars mission

    The human journey to Mars may start in Jeffco. 

    Lockheed Martin Corp.’s South Jeffco-based division has been selected by Mars One, a Netherlands-based nonprofit, for a $250 million mission concept study.

    The project will study the feasibility of adapting Lockheed Martin’s Phoenix Mars rover for a 2018 mission to Mars. The Phoenix lander was originally built, designed and operated by Lockheed Martin for NASA’s mission to Mars in 2008.

  • Thinking big by buying small

    While the madness of Black Friday will play out at big-box retailers this week, small businesses in South Jeffco want residents to remember that bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to holiday shopping. 

    Saturday is national Small Business Saturday, an event started in 2010 by American Express to give local businesses their own Black Friday sales day. The event calls on shoppers across the country to forgo the big retail chains and spend their money at locally owned and operated stores. 

  • Neighbors criticize plan for volleyball center at Jared's Nursery

    A co-owner of Jared’s Nursery in South Jeffco wants to turn 6 acres on the northwest corner of the nursery's property into an indoor sand volleyball center and restaurant.

    However, neighbors attending the first community meeting on the proposal Oct. 3 were concerned about traffic, parking and lighting issues.

  • Hurricane Grill & Wings opens first Colorado location in Littleton

    A new business has blown into town and reinvigorated a once-abandoned building.

    Hurricane Grill & Wings now occupies the building of the long-shuttered Ruby Tuesday near AMC Bowles Crossing, near West Bowles Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard. The restaurant is the culmination of nearly three years of work, said general manager Michael Garcia. The business, which opened Monday, has hired nearly 100 employees, said Garcia.

  • Guiding angels help women get back into working world

    Women who have been unemployed for a long period of time frequently have trouble re-entering the workforce, because employers are looking for job candidates with recent experience on their resumes. 

    It’s a problem that the Littleton store Angel Concept hopes to solve for a few women at a time. 

    Angel Concept, at 2510 W. Main St. downtown, is a boutique clothing and home-furnishings store with an unusual mission: to provide women who’ve been out of the workforce a chance to get back in it, said founder Sue Hosier. 

  • Mars mission has roots in Jefferson County

    After seven years of planning and testing at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Waterton Canyon, the MAVEN spacecraft is just a short plane ride and 140 million miles away from its final destination: Mars.

    The craft is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Nov. 18. NASA has a 20-day window for the launch; otherwise, the mission will have to be put on hold another two years before Mars and Earth are again in the proper alignment.  

  • Busying idle hands

    Even though Troy Gill started carving wood as a way to occupy his time while recovering from surgery last August, he wouldn’t necessarily call it a form of therapy. 

    “It couldn’t be therapy because I kept slicing my fingers,” Gill said. 

    What started for Gill as a hobby has become Celtic Wood Works, Gill’s custom Irish-themed wood-carving business. This past weekend’s Colorado Irish Festival at Clement Park marked the first time Gill has taken his work from his garage to a festival. 

  • Council approves tax rebate for brewery

    The Littleton City Council has approved up to a $300,000 tax rebate as an incentive for the Breckenridge Brewery to relocate to Littleton.

    The council approved the tax rebate on June 4 when it gave final approval to Breckenridge Brewery’s site development plan. The council passed the measure on a 6-1 vote, with Councilwoman Peggy Cole voting no. 

    Breckenridge will receive a 50 percent rebate on any sales taxes collected after the first $40,000 is collected by Littleton. The brewery is estimated to bring in about $120,000 a year in tax revenue.