• 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.

  • A change of scenery

    The views from Silver Lake Lodge are simply breathtaking.

    The snow-covered mountains and valleys seen from the lodge, which is St. Mary’s Glacier’s new bed-and-breakfast, harken to a more rugged time.

    Conversely, inside the lodge is the epitome of comfort: lavish furnishings, comfortable rooms, gourmet food, crackling fires, friendly Kona the golden retriever — and no televisions in the rooms.

    That’s the whole idea.

  • G-town planning sales-tax rebate to help expanding businesses

    Georgetown hopes to spur economic development with a sales-tax incentive for successful businesses.

    The town council recently gave initial approval to the program. Here’s how it would work: A new business or an existing business planning to expand would negotiate an agreement with city officials on a tax rebate based on the anticipated increase in sales-tax revenue. The rebate would be in effect for a set time period and would top out at 50 percent of the new revenue. 

  • Tourism Bureau installs 3 new signs

    The Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau recently installed three signs in the county to advertise amenities to tourists.

    The aluminum signs, installed Jan. 29, are at Floyd Hill, near Loveland Ski Area and on Berthoud Pass. 

    The bureau hopes the new, more durable signs will catch the eye of passing motorists.

    The county’s previous sign near Loveland was destroyed by a motorist some years ago, and the sign on Floyd Hill recently was knocked down by 150-mph winds. The sign on Berthoud Pass is a new addition.

  • Where there’s smoke, there’s profit

    Local marijuana entrepreneurs say they are still reaping the benefits in the wake of sales of recreational pot becoming legal in Colorado on Jan. 1.

    According to Idaho Springs City Administrator Cindy Condon, it’s still too early to guess what the fledgling industry will generate in sales-tax revenue, but business owners insist the future is bright.

    “It was a good month,” Theran Snyder, owner of the Kine Mine in Idaho Springs, said about January. “I couldn’t be happier with business; there’s no doubt about that.”