• Springs council seeks ways to rein in sales of stolen items

    The city of Idaho Springs is looking into how it might impose regulations on stores that buy potentially stolen items.
    During a work session June 12, city officials directed staff to look into how other municipalities regulate secondhand and other retail stores that buy valuable used merchandise.
    The issue came up recently when Ken Reid, operator of the pawn shop Idaho Springs Treasures, was approached by someone wanting to sell a valuable gold watch, according to city council member Phyllis Adams.

  • Consultants urge parking solutions, more events for downtown economy

    To improve downtown Idaho Springs’ business climate, a group of consultants has suggested the city create better parking options, promote more events in the spring and fall, and find ways to connect the city’s east and west sides.
    The suggestions were presented to city officials May 22 after the nonprofit Downtown Colorado Inc. met with elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens. A final report will be presented to the city council in six weeks.

  • Sowing seeds of healthy eating

    With their love of plants, sustainable living and all things gardening, Jason and Jessyca Wyant recently started 4 Elements Hydroponics Supplies in Idaho Springs.
    The two believe their combined experience can help area residents cultivate indoor and outdoor gardens, ultimately helping them to live healthier lives. The store is at 2731 Colorado Blvd.

  • Blue Sky Café brings French fare to Georgetown

    For Georgetown local Deb Jones, inspiration came last May.
    On a trip to France, she fell in love with the freshness of the food, the intimacy of the restaurants and the unique atmosphere. Chartering a canal boat and cruising the canals of south France, Jones discovered her muse.

  • A restaurateur on wheels

    Semi-retired IT industry executive Peg Wittmann spends most of her days in a 25-foot bright yellow and brown kitchen on wheels at the edge of Clear Creek County in Idaho Springs.

  • Empire’s 1860 Tavern reopens with rejuvenated spirit

    Sometimes the best decisions are the hard ones.
    Idaho Springs resident Gail Hill decided the time had finally come to take a chance and start her first business by reopening the 1860 Tavern in Empire.

  • Entrepreneur fired up about new industry

    After two years of planning and building a $3 million facility in Silver Plume, Rosalie Bianco is ready to start a revolution.
    A pellet revolution, to be exact.
    Bianco is on a mission to replace fossil fuels with a greener, cleaner alternative. Her business, New Earth Pellets, takes beetle-kill trees from Colorado mountainsides and mills them into pellets for pellet-burning stoves. The pellets are highly compressed nuggets of ground-up trees.

  • A frank approach to the dog

    Standing in plumes of billowing steam, whipping up concoctions over dancing flames with the fervor of a mad alchemist — good street food vendors are the stuff of pure legend.

    So it probably doesn’t hurt that St. Mary’s resident Brian Smith learned the tricks of his trade from a bona-fide Denver hot-dog legend before setting out on his own in Idaho Springs.

  • Home Design Center makes room for consignment

    The Rocky Mountain Home and Design Center across from Ski Country Antiques has opened a consignment department, Consign of the Times, on the second floor in 8,000 square feet of light-filled warehouse space at the Floyd Hill exit off I-70.

    Consign of the Times is the second consignment furniture store to open in the Evergreen/Idaho Springs area in the last six months, along with It’s New To Me, which opened last October in the former Blue Spruce Market on Bergen Parkway.

  • Proprietor’s vision permeates Georgetown B & B

    With all the gusto and grace of a symphony conductor, Joyce Jamele moves through the house at 314 Argentine St. pointing to brightly lit bedrooms and marble counters as if they were string, brass and woodwind sections.

    The former interior decorator and current proprietor of the Silver Queen Bed and Breakfast can speak to every facet and nuance of the house’s interior design as if they were carefully composed arias and symphonies.

    Jamele has worked on the house for three years, bringing her years of design experience to the B&B, which opened this year.