• The Buffalo roaming to an upscale future

    You’ll be able to buy a piece of the Buffalo Restaurant and Bar as workers get ready for a trendy, up to $1.2 million face-lift scheduled to start in mid-October.

    As part of the remodel, a craft brewery is planned for the historic Miner Street property, with brew to be sold on site, said Dan Ebert, general manager of the Buffalo. A chef consultant is helping the restaurant redesign the menu, which will have several new items made in a completely new kitchen.

  • Dumont pot shop is high on plans for new building

    The Mind Body Spirit 2 retail marijuana store has moved to a construction trailer on the Interstate 70 off-ramp in Dumont.

    A 42,000-square-foot retail store and cultivation building is planned for the spot — slated to open next spring, said owner Christine Nanney, though she did not give a specific date. The building is planned for the vacant lot at 811 County Road 308 and the adjoining land to the east where Quality Auto Body currently is located. 

  • Downieville pot shop gets OK to make edibles for retail sale

    Workers at The Highway marijuana store in Downieville soon will make edible marijuana products for retail sale after getting approval from the county to do so, according to the owner.

    Store owner Ashwani Garg previously had a license to make “edibles,” as they’re called, for medical marijuana use. 

    Garg received needed administrative approval recently from Clear Creek County for the license for retail-sale manufacturing. The application does not require a public hearing or formal action from the county’s three elected commissioners.

  • Incentives eyed to lure hotel to Georgetown Lake site

    Economic development gurus could use financial incentives to lure a developer to build a 125-room hotel at Georgetown Lake.

    But there might be a 10 percent-or-more profitability gap between the cost to build a hotel at a site at Argentine and 22nd streets and potential annual revenue, according to a $17,000 hotel market study done by the Clear Creek County Economic Development Corp.

  • Storage-unit chain expands into Empire

    With a careful eye toward aesthetics and what a small mountain community wants, Roger Kahn has expanded his storage-unit business into Empire.

    Kahn and his wife, co-owner Diane Kahn, recently opened Storage One on the east side of town at 499 E. Mountain View Ave. He said he wants to provide residents a needed service as well as be a good neighbor.

    This is the couple’s fourth storage-unit business in the mountains; the others are in Cripple Creek, Crested Butte and Pine Junction.

  • Adventure park planned in Lawson

    A group of investors wants to create an adventure park featuring a winter ice-climbing wall on about 20 acres of land on Alvarado Road in Lawson.

    Denver Select Property LLC — led by Greg Books — is expected to purchase about 8 acres of county-owned land for $89,300. The land on the south side of Alvarado Road near Interstate 70 is adjacent to about 12 acres of land also owned by Books, who is based in Lakewood. Books said he leased his 12-acre parcel of land to an adventure tour operator in the past, who operated a zip line at the property.

  • Local firm Shotcrete Technologies wins presidential award

    Shotcrete Technologies Inc. in Idaho Springs was recognized recently for its exports to countries all over the world.

    Company co-owner Mary Jane Loevlie received the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May from Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition a U.S. company may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of exports.

  • Lucha Cantina is really cooking — for charity

    A Georgetown restaurant has added charity to its Monday night menu, donating a percentage of that evening’s proceeds to local nonprofits every week. 

    For more than a month, Lucha Cantina at the Red Ram has been celebrating local charities through an event called Our Profits for Non-Profits. The Georgetown library, Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Friends of Charlie’s Place and the Georgetown Community School have benefited so far. 

  • Tennessee doctor details plan for Idaho Springs clinic

    Depending on the level of financial assistance he receives, a Tennessee-based doctor is planning to open a medical clinic in Idaho Springs within six to 18 months.

    Dr. Toby Andrew Hampton, who operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee, has said he is planning to build a clinic on the former lumber yard property on Miner Street.

    Hampton said he is talking with local officials about the possibility of grants and financial assistance for needed renovation work that could help him open his practice sooner rather than later.

  • ‘Upcycling’ is on the rise

    In what is undoubtedly a match made in heaven, Tommyknocker Brewery and Morning Gold Bakery have joined forces to create a beer doughnut.

    That’s right: a beer doughnut.

    The Idaho Springs businesses are using the spent grains from the brewing of Tommyknocker beer — and some of the beer itself — to create a hearty, sweet and substantial doughnut.

    For lack of a catchier moniker, it’s called the Tommyknocker beer doughnut.