• Bakery expands in Georgetown

    Like a good soufflé, Kate Coffield’s bakery business has increased dramatically in volume since opening more than a year ago.

    After starting off in a modest 200-square-foot building on the south end of Georgetown’s Sixth Street, Coffield's business, Cake, recently set up shop in a 1,700-square-foot building at 710 Sixth St.

    Coffield's success may be an indicator of an overall improving economy in Georgetown, which showed a better-than-average summer and fall.

  • Decision on Eclipse ski area not likely till spring

    A decision on whether the dormant Eclipse Snow Park at St. Mary’s Glacier might reopen as a ski training facility probably won’t take place until this spring.

    The decision is in the hands of both Clear Creek County and the U.S. Forest Service.

    The county has received only a partial application from property owner Michael Coors, according to Fred Rollenhagen, the county’s planning manager, so from the county’s point of view, the proposal is on hold until it gets full documentation.

  • Sounds and sales

    Suzie and Gary Solomon hope to orchestrate music appreciation with their new business, Miner Pickin’, in Idaho Springs.

    Located at 1614 Miner St., the business is part music store, with instruments for sale lining the walls, and part music venue, with musicians invited to join weekly jam sessions that the public can listen to for free.

    Miner Pickin’ hosts a free Bluegrass Church jam session on Sundays starting at 3 p.m. and an acoustic jam session on Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m.

  • Georgetown sales-tax revenue up 6 percent

    Georgetown businesses reported a brisk start to the summer with sales-tax revenue 5 percent higher as of June than the five-year average.

    “June for this year is the highest revenues that we’ve had in five years,” said town treasurer Mary Sims. Sims added that the numbers are slightly inflated due to the addition of delinquent payments, but said revenue was still at the higher end of the past five years.

    Georgetown is reporting a 6 percent increase in year-to-date sales-tax receipts.

  • Real estate agents report brisk sales in the county

    Clear Creek County real estate agents are seeing one of the best years for home sales in recent memory.

    The optimistic report is being attributed to an influx of second-home buyers and a stabilizing economy. Real estate agents also report the demand is so high that there often are multiple offers on listings.

    According to numbers tracked by Metrolist, a Colorado real estate listing service, 23 homes were under contract in the county in July, up 64 percent over June.

  • Sales-tax revenues up 4 percent in Idaho Springs

    Idaho Springs businesses are reporting more customers than in 2011, and for the third year in a row the city has received more sales-tax revenue.
    An increase in sales-tax revenue is a reliable indicator that local business is picking up. Idaho Springs is reporting a 4 percent increase in year-to-date sales-tax receipts.
    Local businesses attribute the jump to a host of factors including the hot weather on the plains, addition of zip-line businesses and lower gasoline prices.

  • Springs considers moving municipal court

    In the wake of the recent mass shootings at an Aurora theater, the city of Idaho Springs is considering moving its municipal court to the Clear Creek County Courthouse in Georgetown because the building has better security.
    During the Aug. 13 work session, city council members discussed moving the city’s once-a-month court proceeding, which deals mostly with traffic violations, because security is already in place at the Georgetown courthouse, which has metal detectors and more armed guards.

  • Wild West meets Italian at Idaho Springs restaurant

    Combining her love of Italian food and a passion for cinema, Lori Phillips recently opened Idaho Springs’ newest restaurant, Triggers: A Spaghetti Western, at 1600 Miner St.

    Named after Roy Rogers’ famous horse, Trigger, the restaurant is colorfully decorated with the intense posters of the Spaghetti Western genre — movies largely made in Italy during the ‘60s and ‘70s, and some starring notable Hollywood actors such as Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef.

  • Bean lovers, not bean counters

    Macchiatos, mochas and lattes — oh, my. Bringing their love for all things coffee and literature to Georgetown, husband-wife duo Kyle and Jason Tharp opened Bierstadt Books & Beans on June 23.

    The new business, at 612 6th St. in the building’s atrium, aims to become “Georgetown’s living room,” albeit a funky one, with a fondness for vinyl, caffeine and John Denver. In honor of the singer/song writer, the business will feature various coffee roasts named in his honor, such as the “Colorado Rocky Mountain High” dark blend.

  • KYGT acquires remote system for live broadcasts

    The GOAT is about to go mobile.

    Nonprofit, all-volunteer KYGT radio recently purchased a $12,000 remote system for live broadcasts, thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District and funding from the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. and the Clear Creek Booster Club Idaho Springs.

    Greg Markle, the station’s general manager and one of its founders, said the technology will allow the station to broadcast live from events and maybe even help to draw people to them.