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Business

  • Two restaurants close doors

    Littleton diners have two fewer choices when it comes to eating out around town. 

    Champps restaurant, in the Aspen Grove Shopping Center, and Hops Grill and Brewery, on West Bowles Avenue near Wadsworth Boulevard, have closed. 

    Champps, a national chain that had been based in Littleton until a few years ago, closed all three of its Colorado locations last month. The Aspen Grove restaurant opened in 2002. 

  • 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.

  • Nonprofit coffee shop lessens the grind of grief in South Jeffco

    It’s not easy for Robin and James Buesching, aunt and nephew, to talk about why they started Heavenly Grounds Coffee House, which opened two months ago just west of Wadsworth at 8966 W. Bowles Ave.  

    “It all started with my father and his sudden death,” James Buesching said. 

    Rod Buesching, James’ father and Robin’s little brother, died on Nov. 13, 2011, at the age of 53. He had suffered from fibrosis of the heart and lungs and severe arthritis before dying of heart failure.

  • Economic-development group seeks more funds from county

     The Jefferson County Economic Development Corp. is about to announce a new initiative designed to bring the county more than 7,500 full-time jobs over a five-year period — but it would cost taxpayers another $100,000 annually on top of the $300,000 the EDC already receives.