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Business

  • Natural Grocers eyes new location in South Jeffco

    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage plans to open a 15,000-square-foot "full-service organic grocery" at South Kipling Parkway and West Coal Mine Avenue, north of the Chase Bank on Kipling. The site had previously been considered for a multi-story assisted-living center.

    The proposed store will replace an existing outlet in the shopping center on the northeast corner of South Simms Street and West Ken Caryl Avenue.

  • Jake’s can slake two thirsts

    By Alison Mahnken / For the Courier

    It began as a joke between a mother and daughter.

    Vanessa Menke, the daughter, and her mom, Jayne Barth, are the proud operators of Jake’s Brew Bar and Cafe in downtown Littleton.

    Just around the corner stands their first baby, Kate’s Wine Bar, at 5671 S. Nevada St.

    “Kate’s has been open for four years, and we were joking one day that it’d be great to have two spots, Kate’s on one side, Jake’s on the other,” Menke says.

  • Senior center owner seeks second building on adjacent lot

    The owners of the Gardens at Columbine, an assisted-living center, have purchased an adjacent lot and want to demolish the existing home and build a senior care facility for about 22 residents.

    The Gardens’ main building at the southwest corner of Platte Canyon Road and West Ken Caryl Avenue is in Arapahoe County, while the proposed building would be in Jefferson County.

  • Farmers market offers eclectic fare

    The weekly farmers market brings a splash of life and color each Wednesday to the parking lot at the Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center.

    The annual event kicked off summer 2012 on June 13, with some 35 vendors plying an eclectic collection of loosely defined local goods, including coffee beans, bread, Alaskan salmon, rock art, dog leashes and fabric bags. Stands offered Colorado-grown fresh cherries, apricots and other produce. The farmers market, which continues through October, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Food vendors face new regulations at farmers markets

    The upscale food-court atmosphere that prevails at so many farmers markets has prompted Jeffco health authorities to impose stricter regulations on food vendors selling items typically offered at restaurants.

    Some small-business operators are complaining, and some are choosing to take their offerings elsewhere.

  • Whole Foods coming to former Circuit City location

    Whole Foods Market has applied to the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Division to open a retail store in the former Circuit City building at 5155 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

    The owner of the building is listed as DCL Wadsworth, and the applicant is Jushua MacTaggart, according to the Jeffco planning and zoning website.

    The building has 33,000 square feet and is zoned commercial.

    Attempts to reach a person in management at the Whole Foods Rocky Mountain Regional Support Center in Boulder were unsuccessful.

  • Apartments proposed for Ken Caryl Business Center

     About 25 people turned out at the Ken Caryl Ranch House on May 8 to view the latest proposal for development on 14 acres at Shaffer Parkway and West Ken Caryl Avenue, south of the Homewood Suites in the Ken Caryl Business Center.

    The land is currently zoned commercial/office/retail plus multifamily for a combination of retail, restaurant, office and residential development, on 10 acres east of Shaffer Parkway and 4 acres west of it.

  • At Bert’s, local and fresh are top priority

    Bert’s All American Market is so patriotic it opened on the Fourth of July last year.

     

    Owner Bert Waisanen prides himself on operating a fresh-food neighborhood grocery store focused on Colorado products and, beyond that, all-American products.

    “It’s not that I’m against ethnic foods,” explains Waisanen. “We carry a lot of ethnic-style foods. I’m just pro-local.”

  • Glamor garage complex coming to Ken Caryl

    After pioneering similar developments in Longmont and Highlands Ranch, entrepreneurs Glenn McWilliams and Mike Ard are starting construction on their third high-end storage complex, on 6.3 acres at Shaffer Place and West Chatfield Avenue in the Ken Caryl Business Center.

     

  • Violations up slightly this year at eateries

    Raw chicken stored next to avocados and hand sinks used for dumping mop water and food preparation contributed to an average of about 3.6 critical violations found at local restaurants in the past year, instances that can contribute to food-borne illness.

    The local health-department average represents a slight increase over the same period last year, which through a prior Columbine Courier analysis found less than 3.5 critical violations per restaurant in South Jeffco.