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  • 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.

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    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.

  • The fighting spirit: Front Range Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu owner takes on new business challenge

    In feudal Japan, a class of warriors known as the samurai developed methods for combating opponents who were armed or wearing armor. The fighting style that emerged, now known as jiu-jitsu, has evolved over time into several disciplines for sport and self-defense.

  • Authentic Italian: Italy-born chef brings his meal-making mettle to South Jeffco

    Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, now has a South Jeffco namesake.

    Bacco Trattoria, a new Italian eatery on South Kipling Street just north of C-470, opened Jan. 26 with an eye toward bringing fine wine and authentic Italian cooking to South Jeffco — as well as an actual Italian chef.

  • Committed to aging well: South Jeffco winery won’t let economy dampen its spirits

    Conventional wisdom holds that in an economic downturn, those with something to sell should hunker down and wait out the storm.

    Not Jim "Griff" Griffin.

    Griffin, owner of Avanti Gars & Grapes Winery in South Jeffco, is planning to counter a slower economy by producing more of his trademark Avanti wine and offering it in more places.

    "You have to have faith in yourself," Griffin said, sitting in his store on West Bowles Avenue. "If you don't, you end up losing ground."

  • Indoor trampoline park to fill vacant Albertson's space

    People will be bouncing off the walls inside the old Albertson's building at South Kipling Street and West Bowles Avenue this spring.

    Tim Crawford, a businessman from Golden, is opening an indoor trampoline fun center called Jump Street in the building, hoping to give South Jeffco a new way to play.

    "It's something the whole family can do," Crawford said while taking a break from removing old steel from the building Dec. 31. "Some parents have more fun than their kids."

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