• BIZBEAT: Local distillery refocusing into regional craft spirits brand

    Bouck Brothers Distilling is moving up.

    On Nov. 17, the business celebrated its restructuring, which is taking Bouck Brothers to work with a distilling team in Loveland, and shifting them from a local distillery to a regional craft brand, co-owner and general manager Jessi Bouck said.

    The company, which has been on Idaho Springs’ Colorado Boulevard since September 2015, is still deciding what to do with its space. Jessi said the staff would like to leave it open as a distillery, but would need to find other entities to run it.

  • Decking the windows with Christmas cheer

    ‘Tis the season for heralding in the holiday season — and shopping.

    Downtown Idaho Springs did both Saturday as businesses participated in a festive Small Business Saturday with their shops decked out in their holiday finest awaiting a steady stream of shoppers.

    “Small Business Saturday is always a great day,” Juli Nadeau, manager of Margie’s Place, said, adding that one of the biggest challenges is keeping the shelves well stocked to accommodate the shoppers. This year’s windows are dressed with snowflakes and ornaments.

  • Echo Mountain opens for season after changes, renovations

    As snow quietly fell from a cloudy sky, skiers and ‘boarders not so quietly slipped down the mountainside, enjoying their Saturday afternoon at Echo Mountain Ski Resort.

    The ski area, which is located along Squaw Pass Road, opened last week for the first time after changing ownership in October 2016.

    General manager Fred Klaas, who is in his first year at Echo Mountain, said renovations are ongoing, to some degree. The resort still is working to complete its kitchen and bar set-up, and also is preparing for training sessions and lessons, he said.

  • Centura reviewing plans for clinic addition

    Centura Health is reviewing plans to build an addition on the former Meadows Family Medicine Center in Idaho Springs in anticipation of opening a clinic there by June.

    Cindy Dicken, the county’s director of human services, said the plans were produced by Denver-based firm H+L Architecture.

    In November, Clear Creek County and Centura Health struck a deal to bring a clinic back to Idaho Springs after five years of negotiations.

  • Kine Mine dispensary is sold to new owner

    The Kine Mine marijuana dispensary in Idaho Springs has a new owner.

    IgadI Ltd., which owns marijuana businesses in Tabernash and Central City, bought the business at 2918 Colorado Blvd. from Theran Snyder.

    The Idaho Springs city council unanimously approved the sale on Nov. 14. Because of restrictions in the city regarding marijuana businesses and the need for associated permits, the sale needed council approval.

    Council member Jason Siegel, who is the Kine Mine’s general manager, recused himself from the discussion and vote.

  • Loveland Ski Area opens

    Loveland Ski Area last Thursday became the second Colorado resort to open, despite the dry and determined efforts of an unseasonably warm fall to prevent it.

    Often in the running to be the first resort to open in Colorado, Loveland was a few weeks behind its typical start date. Arapahoe Basin opened in late October.

  • Grow operation’s move approved

    Mountain Medicinals marijuana dispensary has received approval from the Idaho Springs city council to move its retail growing operation to its new location at 2313 Colorado Blvd.

    The council approved the move unanimously during its Oct. 24 meeting.

    Last year the dispensary received permission to move the bulk of its operation from 1800 Colorado Blvd. to the former RE/MAX Mountain Realty building next to Safeway despite public concerns about potential odor.

  • New owners plan to reopen Echo Mountain in December

    Echo Mountain Resort is gearing up for its first ski season under the ownership of SkiEcho LLC.

    The resort on Squaw Pass Road between Idaho Springs and Evergreen is expected to open in mid-December. The resort will honor existing passes; however, final lift-ticket prices are still being determined.

  • New G-town business is creative by design

    Alex Diaz creates wearable art.

    In fact, he can come up with an idea, design it, print it and have it for sale on T-shirts in as little as two hours at his new business, Mara Ink Printing Co. in Georgetown.

    “And, artistically, it is awesome to be able to … have this idea and just do it,” said Diaz, who calls picking a design almost instinctual.

    A T-shirt for motorcyclists coming to Georgetown? Done.

  • Casual customers welcome at high-end restaurant

    Casual. New American high end. Approachable mountain sophistication.

    There are many ways of saying that Georgetown’s newest restaurant, Cooper’s on the Creek, is ready to dish out an unforgettable culinary experience.

    “We wanted to make a restaurant where people could get a really good meal — but still come in jeans and still come off the mountain if they’ve been … hiking or if they’ve been skiing,” said Amanda Cooper, the restaurant’s owner and general manager.