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Business

  • Think tank to help fuel Littleton’s economic future

    Littleton is assembling a volunteer think tank to envision the city’s future economic development.
    Over the course of six months, professionals in business, development and banking will hash out a plan the City Council would use for guidance — a step some council members said is necessary to help boost the city’s economic prosperity.

  • Clothing boutique weaves a way with customers

    A little boutique at Wadsworth and Chatfield has a big commitment to the community — and its owners hope that translates into a loyal customer base.
    Trendz Boutique, a small clothing store originally based in a basement, has moved into a retail storefront but still offers its unique line of women’s clothing and accessories. And it still emphasizes a philosophy of giving back to the local community.
    The boutique was the brainchild of Nancy Marquez and Jennifer Tiell, two Shaffer Elementary moms who met one year during the school’s talent show.

  • Proposed smoking ban would close hookah bars

    South Jeffco’s two hookah bars would be effectively shut down under a stringent smoking ban proposed last week by Jefferson County Public Health.

    Following results of a survey in which more than 80 percent of unincorporated Jeffco respondents reportedly said they favored tighter smoking restrictions in public places, the health department brought the proposal — which has not been drafted as an ordinance — before the county commissioners.

  • Walmart slated to open in former SmartCo Foods location

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A Walmart grocery store is scheduled to open next fall at the former SmartCo Foods location at 3615 W. Bowles Ave.

    Walmart, which purchased the 43,700-square-foot building for $2.9 million in May, plans to hire 95 workers for the “neighborhood market” store, a new format being introduced in Colorado.

  • Nella's Frozen Yogurt adds flavor and color to a frozen market

    At Nella’s Frozen Yogurt, owner Jennifer Allen has the backs of the soft-serve machines labeled with images of classic rock stars: Paul McCartney, Gene Simmons, Steve Perry and others.

    For utilitarian purposes, Allen could have simply adhered the softly churning units with letters, numbers or a banal combination of the two. But that, unlike the fluorescent splashes of color on the walls, wouldn’t be much fun.

  • Batter up!

    By Chelsy Woods Klein

    For the Courier

    Pete Van Gulick is a big hit with his daughters — because he has given them a year-round training facility to practice their hitting.

    Van Gulick realized that his daughters’ passion for softball was being hindered by two things — they couldn’t practice year-round, and typical batting cages did not provide a realistic hitting experience. His solution was to insert a new option into the lineup: RALI Fastpitch at South Kipling and West Bowles.

  • Businessman hopes everyone is into pool

     

    Businessman Steve Post has dabbled in an array of entrepreneurial endeavors — he’s owned an automotive salvage yard, a bingo hall and a bar. But his new venture, a South Jeffco pool hall, reflects a lifelong love of billiards.

    “I started playing pool when I was a kid, (but) I didn’t start playing seriously until about 20 years ago,” said Post, 58, a Roxborough resident. “I really like the mental part of the game — figuring out the lay of the table.”

  • Precious mettle: Owners of new jewelry repair shop promise to treasure customers’ treasures

    Jan Carpenter and Craig Ellison have the mettle to work on precious metals. And they don’t have a devil of a time with the details.

    The pair, with more than 50 years experience in the jewelry industry, have opened a jewelry design and repair shop at Southwest Plaza, believing that superior service and meticulous attention to the smallest job will be a golden formula.

  • Economist launches a clothes-minded venture

     

    Economist Jim Gresham has patiently sat for the past two months, watching nervously as his new business venture operated against the basic tenets of his academic field.

    Gresham’s new store, Clothes Mentor, the latest installment of a national chain of women’s resale boutiques, recently opened its doors, though the store has yet to make a profit. In fact, it’s been in the business of spending money, netting not even a penny in sales.

  • New entry spices up local restaurant scene

      Aromas of freshly ground cumin and turmeric permeate the air in one of South Jeffco’s newest Indian eateries, and the smell of chewy naan wanders through as it sizzles on the wall of a searing-hot tandoori oven.

    Owner Amrik Singh, a 20-year veteran of the restaurant business, saw the opportunity to fill a niche near Southwest Plaza and opened a traditional Indian restaurant, India’s Clay Oven.