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  • It’s hip to offer trendy fare

    It's a truism that the older you get, the sharper the edges of your perpetually uncool square-dom become. As maturity comes around the corner, so too does the tale of traveling to school while barefoot, in snow and uphill both ways. Pants seem to get baggier, music louder and hair longer.

    But not for Shelley and Darren Kohagen, owners of the new Idaho Springs store Huckers Haven. The two have found a virtual fountain of youth at their lifestyle apparel shop — with a little inspiration from their three teenagers.

  • G-Town candy store branching into Idaho Springs

    Golden flat-back cows are the best bovines when it comes to making ice cream. Their flat backs are the key — without them they’d have a problem sleeping upside down. During the night, while they’re snoring away, the cream rises in their udders, and that cream is the secret to great ice cream.

  • A picture-perfect framing business

    Kevin Vaughan sits in his new business surrounded by antique posters, antique maps and maps of ski trails. A large-format printer sits in one corner and examples of his rustic-looking picture frames in another.

    Vaughan is surprised that his idea for a local frame/print shop hadn’t been embraced by many others. It’s sort of like creating a one-stop shop, and it’s an idea that took shape for Vaughan in 1986, when he became a treasure hunter … er, bottle collector.

  • The stuff stories are made of

    Everything comes with a story.

    Take, for instance, the bear. The bear was killed by the husband of a lady who once worked for the FBI. Its skull is fake; the actual head bone was taken to the Smithsonian Institution because of its unusual size.

    Or, take the lamp filled with shotgun shells — instead of seashells — or the noble profile of the jackalope staring out from the wall.

    All the items for sale in David Gladstone’s recently opened shop, the Everything and Anything Consignment Store, have a story — including the store itself.

  • Jewelry hobby becomes gem of a business

    Turning a hobby into a successful business can be a challenge.

    Try, for example, taking a love of collecting Elvis memorabilia, painting by numbers, or bowling by black light and creating a profitable enterprise. But jewelry making and repair is another story — or at least it is for Jim Delano.

    Two years ago, Delano decided to take his hobby and turn it into a business, leading him to open Jewelry By Antonio in Idaho Springs late last year.

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