• Local dentist finds magazine’s top 10 list again

    BRIGHTON – Brighton’s John Thayden does not dread going to the dentist.

    “I enjoy going,” he said.

    It’s a refrain his dentist, Brighton’s Dr. Mark Ehrhardt, hears a lot from his thousands of patients, he said. And for the second year in a row, this respect has earned Ehrhardt a spot on Denver’s 5280 Magazine Top Dentists list.

    Ehrhardt said he’s especially flattered by this honor because peers in the dental industry select the honorees.

  • Business briefs

    Brighton’s Sole Stroll

        The Brighton Chamber of Commerce and the Brighton Economic Development Corp.presents Brighton’s Sole Stroll, a 5K run and fun run/walk June 9 to benefit CASA of Adams And Broomfield counties and the Brighton Boys and Girls Club.

        Prerace registration for the 5K run is 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Prairie Center. The fun run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Brighton Learning Resource Campus (the former Platte Valley Medical Center).

  • Sport and Spine Physical Therapy grows in Brighton

    BRIGHTON — “You’re not squeamish about needles, are you?” Edo (a-doh) Zylstra asks.

    And with that question still hanging in the air and open for debate, the co-owner of Sport and Spine Physical Therapy, 2418 E. Bridge St., Brighton, inserts the harmless looking, small filament needle into his right arm.

    As he bobs the needle back and forth in his arm, a nerve in his arm twinges. Just as quickly, Zylstra plucks the needle from his arm with no scream of his own or the observer.

  • Pinocchio’s brings hip, Italian flare to downtown Brighton

    Building on the success and solid reputation of their namesake restaurant in Longmont, Brighton’s newest hip bistro, Pinocchio’s, is open and serving traditional Italian fare to a hungry downtown crowd.

    Since opening their doors Feb. 3, Pinocchio’s has enjoyed

    immediate success, with overflow crowds necessitating the completion of an upstairs dining area (accessible via stairs or elevator) and a soon-to-open outdoor patio area seating an additional 40 patrons.

  • Whistles Stopped

    It’s a sign of the economic times.

    There’s no engine hooked up to the chain of empty parked boxcars winding alongside Colorado Boulevard from state Highway 7 north to Weld County Road 6.

    A literal train to nowhere.

    “It’s something that is recession-caused,” Mark Davis, spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad said.

    As of the end of last year, there were 48,000 railcars, or 17 percent of UP’s fleet, along with 14 percent of its locomotives, in storage across 23 states.

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  • Peak Form wants to help employees get in shape

    BRIGHTON — In today’s struggling economy, Jeanette Hrubes doesn’t see many businesses with money to waste when it comes to worker’s compensation claims.

    That’s why Hrubes, director of Peak Form Physical Therapy in Brighton, is excited about the physical therapy center’s new partnership with WorkSTEPS.

    The aim of WorkSTEPS is to limit the worker’s compensation claims of its clients by putting prospective employees through pre-employment physical testing.

  • New J.C. Penney store set to debut in Brighton

    J.C. Penney, once a staple of Brighton’s Main Street, makes its return to the community this week with the grand opening of its new, 104,000-square-foot store at Prairie Center, 1950 Prairie Center Pkwy.

    Local community leaders are set to join J.C. Penney representatives at 8:45 a.m. Friday for the store’s grand opening. Last week, many of the 110 new J.C. Penney employees were busy preparing the final touches for the store’s soft opening Feb. 28, a day earlier than they planned.

  • Bootys Call

    If parents today aren’t thinking green, they’re probably thinking about saving some green.

    Brighton resident and entrepreneur Sarah Munoz hopes her new Main Street boutique, Baby Bootys, which sells cloth diapers, will appeal to both the environmentally conscious and the cost savvy. The store opened Jan. 24.

    Munoz said the store grew out of her own interest in cloth diapers. She is a mother of four (5, 3, 2 and 7 months) and, after the latest birth, she said she wanted to use cloth instead of disposable diapers.

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