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Business

  • 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.

  • 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.