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Business

  • 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.

  • Locavore hops to its local mission

    By Cat Elsby

    For the Courier

    For the locals, by the locals — that was the vision of owners Jason Reinhardt and Andy Nelson when they decided to open a brewery, Locavore Beer Works, in Littleton.

    The aim of Locavore, which opened its doors on Saturday, Nov. 15, is to support local businesses as much as possible and promote local companies, Reinhardt said. Names of the brewery’s business partners appear on the beer menu, and the tables were made by a local craftsman.

    Local ingredients

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Foreclosures continue to decline in Jeffco

    Jeffco’s housing market continues to show signs of improvement, as foreclosures keep declining while demand for properties and property values both have increased. 

    In the first quarter of 2013, Jeffco Public Trustee Margaret Chapman said, the county has seen a 40 percent drop in the number of foreclosures filed, when compared to the same period last year. If the pace continues, Jeffco would see about 1,700 foreclosures this year.

  • 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.