Washington Park Profile: November Business Matters

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Business Matters is a monthly column on the changing landscape of business and development in south Denver. If there are any inquires on new developments in your area, or if you are a local business wishing to highlight an upcoming milestone, please email Kailyn Lamb at klamb@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

Developments

Denver Tennis Park

PCL Construction announced in a news release last month that it completed construction on a new tennis park at 1560 S. Franklin St. Denver Tennis Park will be operated by a nonprofit organization of the same name. The organization hopes to use the park to help teach kids of all ages and abilities how to play tennis.

The park is scheduled to open this month.

The tennis complex will have seven indoor courts as well as six outdoor courts. The project was put together by Denver Tennis Park, the University of Denver, as well as Denver Public Schools (DPS), which provided some of the funding for storm water drainage at the park. Fundraising for the park is ongoing.

The Denver Tennis Park is nearby to the DPS All City Stadium. The parking lot of the stadium was replaced during the project, and three other adjacent lots were renovated.

For more information visit www.denvertennispark.org.

Business

Openings

Spur Coffee

The Littleton-based coffee shop opened a second location off First Avenue and Lincoln Street in mid-October. The coffee company is owned by graphic designers Tandi and Marcel Venter, who moved to Denver from South Africa. The first Spur Coffee opened at 5624 S. Prince St. in Littleton in 2012. The company started as a design studio before transitioning to a coworking space in 2011, and eventually becoming the coffee shop it is today.

The Venter’s son, Tyler, began roasting coffee for the business last year. The Denver location is at 95 Lincoln St., and was formerly a coffee a tea cafe called Platform T. Platform T closed in December 2017 after two years in business. Not long after, Spur had signed a five-year lease on the space.

Spur offers coffee subscriptions and workshops in addition to its cafe menus. The Lincoln Street location has breakfast items as well as a few salads on the menu.

Tokyo Premium Bakery

Tokyo Premium Bakery opened at 1540 S. Pearl St. last month, bringing together Japanese-style breads with classic items such as baguettes, croissants and donuts. The bakery is open Tuesday through Sunday.

The bakery’s website, www.tokyopremiumbakery.com, has forms for people to order shokupan bread loaves in advance. Shokupan is Japanese milk bread.

Nekter Juice Bar

The California-based chain of healthy smoothie shops has opened a fourth Colorado location on Colorado Boulevard. Nekter will be located at 700 Colorado Blvd., in the same complex as the Snooze restaurant.

The business also has locations in Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch and Lakewood.

SoulCycle

The luxury cycle brand will open its first Colorado studio in Cherry Creek North this month at 265 St. Paul St. according to a news release. The 2,900-square-foot studio will have 64 bikes. It is the first retail store announced for the St. Paul Collection, which will be two tower buildings featuring 55,000-square-feet of retail on the ground floor as well as 165 residences.

SoulCycle classes are in a candlelit room. Dark studios make for a non-intimidating exercise environment, according to the release.

First time riders can take classes for $20. Rates are regularly $28 for a drop-in class. SoulCycle also offers multi-class punch cards.

Closings

Les Grues Flower and Gifts

Les Grues, a florist located at 476 S. Broadway will be out of the building by January next year. Ron Vicksman has owned the business since 1982, but Les Grues has been in business for around 50 years.

Signs on the windows of the building say Les Grues is having a retirement sale.

Fat Jack’s Super Subs

Fat Jack’s Super Subs has closed its three locations - one in Baker off of Broadway as well as one each in the Auraria Campus and in the Lower Highlands neighborhood. The closure was first reported by BusinessDen. The website for the sub shop has been shut down.

The sandwich shop first opened at 1245 E. Colfax Ave. in 2000 by Ryan, Jeff and Mark Ward. The location is now the Rocky Fin Poke Bar, which opened in July of 2017. Over the years Fat Jack’s expanded throughout Denver and change ownership twice after the Ward brothers first opened it. Signs posted on the Broadway Fat Jack’s from the city of Denver state that the business owed more than $2,300 in taxes.

Table to Tavern

The restaurant group closed two of its three locations last month, neighboring restaurants Rosedale and Atticus. The restaurants were open for two and a half years and four and a half years respectively. The company’s third restaurant, Blackbird Public House, is still open at 305 S. Downing St.

The two restaurants were off East Evans Avenue in the Platt Park neighborhood. The websites for both locations say to visit the Blackbird restaurant and do not give a reason for the closure.

Yoga Pod Cherry Creek

The Cherry Creek location of the Boulder-based yoga studio announced on Facebook that it would be closing on Nov. 17. The studio is located at 2780 E. Sixth Ave. The Cherry Creek Yoga Pod had been open for five years. Yoga Pod first started in Boulder, and each location is run as a franchise. “We cannot thank you enough for all your support and patronage over the years. Thank you for bringing so much love and light to our community,” the post said.

The Boulangerie

After a little more than one year in business, The Boulangerie bakery closed at 1595 S. Pearl St. in early October.

Changes

Pearl Wine Company

The Pearl Wine Company celebrated its third anniversary on Nov. 3 at the Space Gallery. Proceeds from the event went toward Denver Public Schools. Last year, Pearl Wine raised around $4,000 through the event.

The store sells wine, beer and spirits liquor at 1886 S. Pearl St.

Assistance League of Denver

The Assistance League of Denver held a ribbon cutting at its new location at 6265 E. Evans Ave. on Oct. 11.

The nonprofit organization formerly had its thrift store and it’s program services in two different locations in Capitol Hill.

The new location will allow the Assistance League to have everything in one location.

The Assistance League is a nonprofit and is run entirely by volunteers.

The thrift store, which was formerly located at 1331 E. Colfax Ave., is the main revenue driver for the organization outside of donations.

In addition to the thrift store and event space at the Evans location, Assistance League has the Hospital Equipment Lending Program (HELP), assault survivor kits and more.

Councilmember Paul Kashmann spoke at the ribbon cutting, praising the organization’s volunteer efforts.

“The 30,000 hours of volunteer service is truly the epitome of the power of volunteerism,” he said.

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