• Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closes

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closed permanently Jan. 17.

    The store is among 154 Walmarts closing across the country, said company spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. The bulk of the closures under way involve Walmart Express stores, which have been in operation since 2011. Only a handful of neighborhood markets and supercenters are closing, she said.

    A corporate decision about closing selected Walmart stores has been under consideration since last fall, Hatfield said.

  • Outlaw Yoga studio opens in Old Town Littleton

    Yoga instructors Justin Kaliszewski and Megan Zamora are proud of their new studio in Old Town Littleton with a unique name: Outlaw Yoga. A welcoming space with soft green walls and polished wood floors, the yoga studio offers 30 classes a week, which include meditation and restorative yoga.

    However, the trademark brand of yoga that Kaliszewski and Zamora teach is physically challenging and technically simple at the same time. And it’s a lot of fun, Kaliszewski said.

  • Office building under construction in Ken Caryl Business Park

    Construction workers were placing steel beams on the frame of a three-story building under construction in the Ken Caryl Business Park on West Chatfield Avenue on Jan. 13.

    When completed in late summer, the 24,000-square-foot office building will serve as the new international headquarters for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Inc. The facility will provide additional space to accommodate the growth of the company, which offers certification and credentials for professionals working in the mental health field.

  • First phase complete at business park at C-470, West Bowles

    The first two buildings are complete in a planned 300,000-square-foot business center at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue, and construction on the project’s second phase is scheduled to begin early next year.

    Fred Baker of Ojala and Co. said 3D Systems of Golden will be the first business to occupy one 70,000-square-foot building in the Mountain West Business Center. The company, formerly known as Medical Modeling, recently was acquired by 3D Systems, a national firm, and is relocating to Littleton.

  • Southwest Plaza transformed with $75 million in renovations

    After more than a year of extensive redevelopment, Southwest Plaza is sporting a bright new appearance that includes new stores and a café with a fireplace and skylight.

    Finishing touches are being added to the 1.3 million-square-foot shopping center, which has been redesigned to create a community atmosphere, said Greg Sims, senior general manager for Southwest Plaza.

    “The prime objective was to open it up, make it much more inviting,” Sims said.

  • A bittersweet swan song for Lola’s Sugar Rush

    After seven years at the corner of Main and Nevada streets, Lola’s Sugar Rush is set to close for good Dec. 30. And owner Lola Salazar wants the store’s final month to be one the community remembers.

    Salazar is closing the candy store to focus on running her and her husband’s charitable organization, the Salazar Foundation, and to spend time with her two grandchildren. As a way to thank the community, during December Lola’s Sugar Rush will donate 10 percent of its sales on Sundays to the nonprofit organizations supported by the foundation.

  • Business Resource Expo offers information, mentoring

    The county’s businesses will have an opportunity to connect with one another during the Jeffco Business Resource Center’s Business Resource Expo next week.

    The free event, at the Jeffco Fairgrounds from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 23, will let a variety of companies make connections that could prove vital. The event also provides information on low-cost or free services available at the Business Resource Center, said Amira Watters, the center’s executive director.

  • Local brewery aims to be a headliner at Brews & Views

    The Brews & Views festival on Saturday will bring more than 30 breweries to Hudson Gardens to show off their suds. While some operations will travel hundreds of miles to the event, Littleton’s Locavore Beer Works will be right at home.

    The brewery, owned by friends Jason Reinhardt and Andy Nelson, opened in November and has been packing in customers at 5950 S. Platte Canyon Road. Nelson and Reinhardt met in a home-brewing club five years ago, and what started with nights in their garages dreaming up recipes has turned into a new career.

  • Commissioners set to allow marijuana-testing businesses

    Two years after placing a moratorium on all businesses related to retail marijuana, Jeffco’s county commissioners are set to allow testing of the drug.

    But a ban will remain in place on grow operations and retail sales outlets of pot in areas of the county outside municipalities.

    The commissioners gave initial approval July 21 to an ordinance that would allow marijuana plants and marijuana-infused products to be tested in laboratory settings. The board is set to officially vote on the measure during a yet-unscheduled public hearing.

  • Local business delivers a hot commodity

    Danny Cash Hot Sauce is a business that does things its own way.

    Or as hot sauce guru Danny Cichon — who prefers to be called “Danny Cash” — puts it: “We step in our own direction.”