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  • 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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  • 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.