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As many large retailers struggle, cities seek solutions

As old-guard retailers shutter stores and lay off workers in the face of shifting consumer habits, Colorado municipalities are in a precarious position due to an unusual tax structure that depends … more

Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays. World … more

An array of classic merchandise

Shawn Strain admits being bitten by the collecting bug at an early age, and about two years ago decided to open Barnwood Vintage at 166 Main St. in Elizabeth to offer items from his collection to new owners. “I grew up with my grandparents and … more

Outlets at Castle Rock celebrates Santa's Big Day

Find all of Santa’s reindeer and celebrate the arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick at a family-friendly celebration Nov. 18 at the Outlets at Castle Rock. The morning begins at 8:30 with a pancake breakfast with Santa in the food court. Cost is $5 … more

Not just a man’s job

When Danell Kalcevic was in kindergarten, an assignment asked her to describe what she wanted to be when she grows up. “It sounds silly,” Kalcevic, 48, said, but what she put on the assignment was a farmer’s wife. Fast forward and … more

Center offers fleece of mind

After raising and loving alpacas for almost 10 years and learning all about the warmth and beauty of items made from alpaca fleece, Kate Blackburn said it seemed natural to bring the Antelope Alpacas Fiber Arts Center to Main Street in … more

Times are tough, but options exist for first-time homebuyers

Lacy Franks makes being a first-time homebuyer sound easy. Franks, who grew up in Black Hawk, bought her first home last September, a two-bedroom townhome just off I-225 in Aurora, for $220,000 after three months of searching throughout the metro … more

A real gem for area equestrians

The smells of coffee and leather fill the air when visitors stop by the Wildflower Saddles and Tack shop at 122 Main St. in Elizabeth, where they are greeted by owner Tom Knowles plus a possible purr from General Sterling Price the cat. “I come … more

University of Phoenix to close campuses

The University of Phoenix is stopping on-campus enrollment and will close approximately 20 campuses across the country as part of a “teach-out” program. The university has three Colorado locations: one in Lone Tree, one in Westminster and one … more

Family business forged by fire

In 2008, when Chris Franklin told his wife, Vivian, he wanted to buy a plasma steel cutter and go into business making custom metal artwork, she didn't approve. He bought the enormous, costly device anyway, and showed her his work. “He had … more

Sky-high rents squeeze long-time residents

Mary Ann Parker can’t talk about her apartment search without crying. The 58-year-old on disability rents a room in a house in Commerce City for $750 a month, which eats up most of her $840 a month disability check. She longs to live closer to … more

Junk removal company a treasure for veterans

On a late summer morning in a gated, golf-course community, a man with brown boots and a trailer is getting his hands dirty. He loads a garage-full of trash, old furniture and electronics into a hulking green trailer — leaving space for his next … more

Man works toward better communication through devices

In July 2016, Richard Braden woke up and couldn’t hear his grandfather clock. The 80-year-old Lone Tree resident knew that years of working with “big guns” in the U.S. Army had caught up with him, but it gave him the idea for his first … more

Couple rack up four years in custom jewelry shop

The display cases at Tim Brown Jewelers, located at 210 S. Elizabeth St. in Elizabeth, hold a wide range of jewelry, including the one-of-kind originals created by master goldsmith Tim and his wife Renee. The Browns own and operate the shop on … more

Independence development gets OK from Elbert County commissioners

After 12 hours of public hearings that spanned three evenings and concluded on Sept. 7, the application for the housing development known as Independence in Elbert County was unanimously approved by the three-member Board of County … more

Lockheed Martin begins construction on 'factory of the future'

Construction of a $350 million satellite production facility described as "a factory of the future" is underway at Lockheed Martin's Waterton Canyon campus in south Jefferson County. Named Gateway … more

Chambers of commerce cater to young professionals

At a young professionals happy hour hosted by the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, 24-year-old Erika Oakvik mingled with a small group of people — some dressed in suits and skirts, others sporting T-shirts and jeans — over personal and … more

Q&A with Redbarre executives

An Aug. 11 news conference at the state capitol in Denver to announce the 68-acre Redbarre Digital Media & Technology Campus in Parker made headlines around the state, with the promise of … more

Digital media/tech campus would create thousands of jobs in Parker

A big player in the world of entertainment and digital media plans to bring 4,000 jobs and a 70-acre campus to Parker by 2020. At an Aug. 11 press conference at the state Capitol in Denver, Gov. … more

No telling what you'll find at farmers market

For people who crave the freshest produce, farmers markets are often the first place they turn to find what they want. The Town of Elizabeth provides a local option for area residents Shoppers at the Town of Elizabeth Farmers Market, which opened … more
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