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Business

  • 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.

  • Iwayama Sushi still keeping it raw after 3 years

      Iwayama Sushi owner Lee Alan first brought a taste of Hawaii to South Jeffco three years ago, and he’s temporarily adding a few more island touches to the menu to mark the occasion.

    “We’re going to be celebrating our third anniversary next week. Three full years, done. Time flew by,” Alan said last week. “We have traditional Hawaiian food (this) week,” he added, referring to the eatery’s anniversary April 2.

  • No Jims at this gym

    A small South Jeffco gym that opened in April has the typical equipment: cardio machines, weight machines, exercise balls and the like. It has classes for all ages, and it has extras such as a spa room.

    But there’s one thing it doesn’t have: men.

    The absence of men is by design — hence the name “The Women’s Gym.” The gym, at 10151-C-D W. Bowles Ave., is celebrating its grand opening Sept. 11 and 12, offering memberships without the normal fees and an open house.

  • Stylish entrepreneurs: Couple say their new salon offers caring approach, variety of services

    Opening a new business in a shaky economy can be a hair-raising experience.

    But Pat Austin and her husband, Will Copher, say their new South Jeffco venture is, well, a lock.

    “Hair is something you can’t take off,” Austin said recently in the skin care room of the Studio E Salon & Spa at 9789 W. Coal Mine Ave.

  • Exclusive Martial Arts opens

    By all indications, Exclusive Martial Arts is going to be a smashing success.

    As the two owners sat to discuss their new business, carloads of people came and went, each asking when the school will open and expressing excitement about the project.

    The school opened Aug. 10 for classes, but owners Matt Young and Nick Nolen held an open house Aug. 15. The two, 25 and 24, respectively, say their youth will be an asset in keeping Tae Kwon Do classes fresh and energetic.

    "If the classes aren't fun, this business will die," Young said.