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Mandy Brounacker stands in front of the bloom bar at Irie by Nature Blooms, a new flower shop in King’s Valley Marketplace in Conifer. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Irie by Nature offers flower arrangements

Conifer has a new flower shop with a fun twist.

Husband and wife team of Mandy Brounacker and Willie Hagge work together at Irie by Nature Blooms – Brounacker is the floral designer while Hagge grows many of the flowers, greens and other plants used in the arrangements. The couple own a micro-flower garden in the Burland Ranchettes.

Brounacker said she’s never considered herself an artsy person, but she has found a creative outlet designing flower arrangements. 

“I’m getting into more modern designs,” she said. “These are not your typical bouquets. I have found a way to express myself in a healthy way.”

“Irie” is a Jamaican word meaning happy, and Brounacker said she wanted the shop’s name to encompass good things. 

Irie by Nature Blooms is in the King’s Valley Marketplace next to King’s Emporium, and inside are samples of beautiful floral arrangements plus work by local artists. Brounacker is offering flower-arrangement classes. 

The shop is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information about classes and arrangements, visit iriebynatureblooms.com.

HearthFire Books’ new space in the adobe buildings

HearthFire Books is fully entrenched in its new space in one of the adobe buildings along Evergreen Parkway with comfy chairs, sun streaming through the windows and a welcoming atmosphere.

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Amy Jiron and her son Tucker are enjoying the HearthFire Books space in one of the adobe buildings on Evergreen Parkway. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Amy Jiron, with help from her children Kennedy and Tucker, bought the independent bookstore from Kappy Kling, and moved it from Bergen Village to the adobe buildings. Kling had owned the store for 13 years.

Amy said the family was so attached to Kling’s HearthFire Books that it felt the need to continue the store with its community feel after Kling decided to sell the store. The store has been open in its new location for about 10 months, and Amy said she loves being a bookstore owner.

HearthFire Books is at 3042 Evergreen Parkway, Suite 101, and the store is open from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. HearthFire also places orders for books that it doesn’t have in stock.

Check out the store at hearthfirebookstore.com.

Lynn’s Whistle Stop open on North Turkey Creek

The cute little restaurant across from Tiny Town has a new owner and a new name.

Lynn’s Whistle Stop is a coffee shop and a breakfast and lunch spot rolled into one. The Whistle Stop takes over where Bear Cub Coffee left off.

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Lynn’s Whistle Stop is open across from Tiny Town on South Turkey Creek Road in Morrison. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Carolyn Autry is the mastermind behind the Whistle Stop and Lynn’s Tea Shop and Cafe on South Simms Street in Littleton. She opened the tea shop six years ago but always wanted to have offerings across from Tiny Town.

That’s because she lives in Hilldale Pines, and she missed out on the location when it was Tomari’s and the Bear Cub. Now, Autry spends her days between the two locations, making all of the pastries, quiches, scones, bear claws and more in the kitchen at the tea shop.

The Whistle Stop also serves sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups, pies, cakes, candies and cookies.

Autry’s food isn’t new to the Whistle Stop location on South Turkey Creek Road. She provided the baked goods for Tomari’s.

“Tiny Town has been there for over 100 years,” Autry said, “and every train needs a whistle stop.”

Autry envisions having both shops for two more years, then focusing solely on the Whistle Stop. She hopes to add a commercial kitchen and have a shorter commute.

“I want to make the Whistle Stop a destination breakfast spot,” Autry said. “That location would make a great little breakfast place.”

Evergreen Spine & Sports Medicine offers services for the whole family

The whole family is invited to check out Evergreen Spine & Sports Medicine to make sure they are moving correctly — something important in Evergreen’s exercise-oriented community.

Dr. Maya Gonzales, the owner and clinic director for the office in one of the adobe buildings on Evergreen Parkway, promises more than just chiropractic services. The office also offers massage therapy, acupuncture, rolfing, assisted stretching and corrective exercise sessions, shock wave therapy, nutrition therapy and more.

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Dr. Maya Gonzales stands in front of drawings that combine bones and flowers inside Evergreen Spine & Sports Medicine. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Gonzales said she wants the office to be a one-stop shop for bodywork for all ages. Whether it’s pain relief, injury prevention or overall performance enhancement, this office has got you covered. 

Evergreen Spine & Sports Medicine is open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday in its location at 3042 Evergreen Parkway. For more information about the team and services, and to schedule an appointment, visit www.evergreenchiro.com.

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