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  • Just what the doctor ordered

    Mark Foster didn't realize how good he had it.

    "Growing up here, maybe I didn't appreciate how great a place this is," Foster said, sitting in the living room of his Ken-Caryl Ranch home.

    Foster has lived all over the world since graduating from Chatfield High School in 1992, but he returned home two months ago to start a family medical practice in South Jeffco. Foster and Dr. Lisa Walker, who had been practicing in Aurora, will open the practice Jan. 7. It is affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital.

  • New auto-repair shop strives to be friendly to customers, employees and the environment

    Two brothers who grew up in Jefferson County and a former resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., have opened an auto-repair shop and car wash that is striving to be friendly — to customers, employees and the environment.

    Chris and Mark Shamis and Mike Torres are the owners of Dakota Ridge Complete Automotive. The auto-repair business, at West Bowles Avenue and C-470, opened Oct. 27, and the car wash opened Nov. 23.

     

    Torres, an animated man who moved to Colorado when he was 18, is co-owner and operations manager. He described the shop as “high end.”

  • Jeffco feeling the effects of economic downturn

    The recent economic news has been unsettling at best, and Jefferson County isn’t immune.

  • Homewood Suites brings long-term stay option to South Jeffco

    Companies based in South Jeffco have one more option when it comes to housing temporary employees after the Homewood Suites opened Oct. 8, offering an upscale, long-term hotel option.

    Only problem is, those who stay there may not want to leave.

    "It's just like home," said Jim Land, who also is general manager of the new hotel's sister property across the street, the Hampton Inn.

    Land would be right if every wayfarer had a plush queen- or king-size bed at home, along with a flat-screen LG television and free high-speed Internet in every room.

  • Home, sweet hotel: Homewood Suites brings long-term stay option to South Jeffco

    Companies based in South Jeffco have one more option when it comes to housing temporary employees after the Homewood Suites opened Oct. 8, offering an upscale, long-term hotel option.

    Only problem is, those who stay there may not want to leave.

    "It's just like home," said Jim Land, who also is general manager of the new hotel's sister property across the street, the Hampton Inn.

    Land would be right if every wayfarer had a plush queen- or king-size bed at home, along with a flat-screen LG television and free high-speed Internet in every room.

  • Johnny Mac's hopes to hit it big at the movies

    A movie about John and Myrlene McLean would have the restaurant business as a backdrop. And their latest venture does indeed have a place in the movies — or at least next to the movies.

    The South Jeffco couple opened Johnny Mac’s on Sept. 24 in a space just off the lobby of Elvis Cinemas at West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Street. The diner-style eatery, which can hold about 30 people, is adorned with movie posters, the biggest from Robert Redford's 1992 hit "A River Runs Through It."

  • Trison Studios matches trainers to clients' needs

    Longtime personal trainers Christopher Cody, Jon Swenson and Bryan Lundstrom know what works and what doesn't in a gym.

    The trio recently opened Trison Studios, a gym where a stable of personal trainers give clients personal and customized attention.

    "It's a place not just for a quick fix," said Swenson. "It can help you in your functional life."

    Trison Studios is located just south of West Chatfield Avenue and South Shaffer Drive, in a new upscale office development just off the Deer Creek Golf Club.

  • Asian influence, exotic brews come together in stylish tea cafe

    Fueled by a passion for Asian-style tea, a Columbine area couple have created a striking café that reinvents the ancient leaf into something trendy and exotic but also affordable.

    InTea, at 8174 S. Kipling Parkway in the Jefferson Marketplace, features an exhaustive array of  handpicked, whole-leaf, artisan teas from all over the world. The décor is spa-like and earthy, with feng shui touches everywhere.

  • Greener groceries come to South Jeffco

    So many shoppers crammed the new Sunflower Farmers Market on Aug. 9, it looked like a shopping mall on the weekend before Christmas. But there was no snow outside, and the only thing resembling jingling bells was the manic beeping of checkout-stand scanners.

    Still, Christmas came early for the legions of South Jeffco consumers who apparently have been waiting for a healthy alternative when it comes to grocery shopping.

  • Window-film magnate branches out into power generation

    After 21 years in the energy-saving business, Judd Coe is one of the few people who is happy about higher energy costs, partly because it’s good for sales.

    The founder and owner of A Solar Solution, Coe installs heat-fighting window film on homes, commercial buildings and government institutions. He runs the business out of his home in the Canterbury subdivision near South Kipling Parkway and Coal Mine Avenue.

    Coe has lived in the Columbine area all his life and went to Leawood Elementary, Ken-Caryl Middle School and Columbine High.