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Business

  • 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.

  • BUSINESS BRIEFS

    Healthpark Dental adds high-tech scanner

    Swedish Healthpark Dental Arts in South Jeffco has added a new dental impression system that replaces the unpleasant “goop” involved with making impressions of teeth.

    The Cadent iTero system enables Dr. Chris Mehlhoff to use an electronic wand to optically scan the area to be restored. The method is designed to make the process more comfortable and make restorations that look and feel more like real teeth.

  • Old-world Mediterranean cuisine comes to South Jeffco

    Patrons of the new Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill in South Jeffco will find the restaurant offers little room for compromise.

    “Compromise is a bad word,” a phrase written in large letters along one of the restaurant's walls, says it all. “Compromising food quality is something we just won’t do.”

    Restaurant owner and co-founder Alon Mor (pronounced “alone moore”) says the eatery is all about fresh, healthy food.

  • Mexico native opens restaurant in South Jeffco

    Around the year 1600, Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle is said to have established the first mass-production tequila factory, in what is now the Mexican state of Jalisco. And in that state is the town of Tequila, which is famous for its agave plants, the key ingredient in the liquor.

    So it is perhaps fitting that Antonio Gonzalez, a man from Jalisco, has opened Agaveros, a South Jeffco Mexican restaurant named for the farmers that harvest agave.

  • Firefighters take a different track: Trio open racing-themed bar in South Jeffco

    Three Denver firefighters who spent a total of 100 years protecting their community have decided to take on an entirely different challenge — running a sports bar.

    Bobby Mares, Dean Hastings and Mike Parker have opened Finish Line Sports Pub on West Bowles Avenue just east of C-470. And as the name implies, one sport in particular inspired the theme of their establishment: auto racing.