The District Shops
Three hundred local small businesses have taken over the former Bed Bath & Beyond space at First Avenue and South University Boulevard forming The District Shops and creating a new kind of shopping experience in Cherry Creek. The project spans two floors and 62,000 square feet. Its goal is to support the community and provide local vendors a place to showcase their talents.
The District Shops is divided into seven shopping districts: Vintage, Boutique, Spa, 5280 (focus on Colorado), Little (products for children), Gentlemen and Food. Shoppers will find upcycled pieces, clothing, jewelry, home decor, wine, craft beer, bath and body, pottery, pre-packaged foods, fresh flowers and more. Visit thedistrictshops.com
Face It TOGETHER
In July, addiction treatment nonprofit Face It TOGETHER plans to launch its Denver flagship coaching center at 636 S. Broadway in the former Ibraheems Rugs and Furnishings Boutique space.
The core service of Face It TOGETHER is peer coaching for addiction — similar to health coaching but with a specific focus on addiction. It serves people with the disease of addiction as well as loved ones. Face It TOGETHER also partners with employers to bring addiction support resources into workplaces.
The organization received a $1.2 million grant from the Daniels Fund to establish Face It TOGETHER Denver, which will bring government officials, healthcare and business leaders, nonprofits in the addiction field and other key community partners together to build a community-wide solution for chronic disease support for addiction.
More than 10 percent of people 12 and older in Denver suffer from an alcohol or illicit drug addiction problem, according to Face It TOGETHER, and Colorado stands out nationally for heavy substance use. It’s estimated that addiction-related issues cost the Denver area almost $884 million annually.
The organization has been operating in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for 10 years and also has centers in Fargo, North Dakota, and Bemidji, Minnesota. It plans a soft launch in Denver in July with a grand opening in September. Face It TOGETHER is accepting clients now. Visit wefaceittogether.org
Liquor superstore Total Wine is coming to Colorado. It’s newest location is opening in July in south Denver at 2053 S. Colorado Blvd. in the former Office Depot space, next to Natural Grocers.
Founded in 1991, the retailer has stores in 44 states and sells wine, beer, spirits, wine snacks, accessories and gifts. Visit totalwine.com
Boutique design firm Luxe Kitchens + Interiors is opening a new store and showroom at 1059 S. Gaylord St. in July. The showroom will be a place where clients and vendors can collaborate. The firm specializes in kitchen and bath design, as well as full home remodels. Visit luxeki.com.
Luxury kitchen appliance dealer Roth Living is relocating from Aurora to a new building and showroom at 742 S. Broadway, just north of Interstate 25. The company is hoping the new space, which will be approximately 26,000 square feet, will be completed by October.
Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko and Best are brands carried by Roth. Visit rothliving.com.
Vietnamese sandwich shop Daikon is now open in Governor’s Park at 211 E. 7th Ave. The menu features traditional banh mi sandwiches served with slow roasted pork, brisket, chicken or jackfruit (which is the vegan pulled pork option) and drinks. Visit daikondenver.com.
Two Pals & A Pup
Another small business is leaving Cherry Creek. Two Pals & a Pup will close its 231 Clayton St. store on July 9 and reopen July 14 at 6th Avenue and Detroit Street in the former Firebird space by Congress Park. Owner Jen Newhouse said the Clayton Street building was purchased by BMC Investments, which also owns the Halcyon Hotel, and she had to move.
“Cherry Creek is losing lots of small businesses and 6th Avenue is welcoming them,” said Newhouse.
Customers can find a wide variety of pet supplies at Two Pals & A Pup as well as organic pet birthday cakes that are made in-house. Visit twopalsandapup.com.
Bloom by Anuschka
Bloom by Anuschka, a home lifestyle boutique and florist, has increased the size of its Cherry Creek shop by 50 percent. The store, which is owned by Anuschka Pashel, opened eight years ago.
Pashel was able to expand into the neighboring space, formerly occupied by Heloise children’s boutique, when Heloise opted to not renew its lease. The new space provides more visibility since it faces University Boulevard. Visit bloomdenver.com.
The Tavern Wash Park
After 10 years, the last drink has been served at Old South Gaylord Street restaurant, The Tavern Wash Park. The Tavern Platt Park, which is also owned by Tavern Hospitality Group and located at 1475 S. Pearl St., remains open.
Europa Coffee House
Wash Park’s Europa Coffee House at 76 S. Pennsylvania St. has closed.
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