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South Cherry Street
CREA-Flywheel Evans LandCo LLC has scooped up several properties along South Cherry Street in University Hills, according to county records. No plans for the buildings have been submitted to the city yet. The purchase totaled more than $13 million.
The organization purchased buildings at 2100, 2135, 2150 and 2175 S. Cherry St. It also bought nearby 2160 S. Clermont St. Several of the buildings currently have office tenants. The building at 2150 S. Cherry St. is home to The Worship Center and the Clermont Street property is currently a language school.
Construction has started on a new townhome development in the Observatory Park neighborhood. Observatory Row will include 20 units across five buildings at 4100 S. Iliff Ave. The units will have three bedrooms. They range from about 1,700 square feet to nearly 1,900 square feet.
According to a news release, Mile Hi Modern, the developer on the project, estimates construction will be completed in the summer of 2019.
Rise & Shine
The Sloan’s Lake biscuit company expanded to a second location in August, opening at 76 S. Pennsylvania St. The company first opened in 2010, and rotates its biscuit of the day. A biscuit-of-the-day list can be found on the homepage of the restaurant’s website.
The restaurant offers biscuit breakfast sandwiches as well as a cinnamon roll biscuit. The Sloan’s Lake location is open for dinner. The Pennsylvania Street location closes at 2 p.m.
The restaurant took over the former Europa Coffee House space, which closed at the end of June.
A Cherry Creek coffee shop is expanding into a second location a few blocks away from its current spot. Aviano Coffee has one shop at 244 Detroit St. and plans to open a second this month at 215 St. Paul St.
Aviano has been in Cherry Creek since 2010. It originally opened in the Golden Triangle area in the Beauvilon building on Lincoln Street in 2006.
The Waffle Place
The Waffle Place, at 1384 S. Broadway, held its grand opening over the weekend of Sept. 7. The restaurant is a Belgian-inspired eatery open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It offers both savory and sweet waffle sandwiches as well as a waffle dog.
Wish Gifts, a boutique shop at 750 S. University Blvd., is expanding and opening a second shop at the Happy Canyon Shopping Center in Englewood. The shop is set to open this month, according to the Wish Gifts website.
Haley Volhein, a manager at Wish, said they have always wanted to open a second location. Wish first opened in the Old South Gaylord Street area. Four years ago, it moved to University Boulevard because the location was larger, Volhein said.
“It was a really great move for us,” she said. “It’s really growing.”
The second shop at Happy Canyon is slightly bigger than the space in Bonnie Brae. Volhein said the gifts will be organized into themes, similar to the setup at the University location.
New owners plan to reopen Campus Lounge, a former sports bar at 701 S. University Blvd.
The Bonnie Brae staple has had its up and downs as of late. Former owner Jim Wiste, who retired after more than 40 years of running the sports bar, sold it in 2016 to Dan Landes, a restauranteur known for the vegetarian spots, Water Course in Uptown and City O’ City in Capitol Hill.
Landes reopened Campus Lounge in October 2017 after an extensive remodel. Wiste, a former University of Denver Hockey player, passed away in January, shortly after Campus Lounge reopened.
He tried to change the classic spot too much, Landes later said. Landes removed the TVs out the bar, which had previously made its name as a DU hockey hotspot. The Campus Lounge reboot closed at the end of March after less than a year.
But once again, a new group is stepping up to the plate.
Father-and-son duo Dan and Jeff Nickless are reopening Campus Lounge, complete once again with TVs and the sports-bar feel. The pair are hoping to reopen the bar and restaurant this month. The Nickless family formerly owned Esquire Market on University Boulevard in Bonnie Brae. The market operated for more than 50 years and has since closed. The market used to sell meat to Campus Lounge.
ChoLon Restaurant Concepts
Cho 77, which is located in the Baker neighborhood at 42 S. Broadway, will be closing on Sept. 27 and moving into a space neighboring its sister restaurant ChoLon on the 16th Street Mall in the SugarCube building. A staff member at Cho 77 said the restaurant would reopen there in December or January.
The group is also working on opening a European-inspired restaurant, LaRoux, in the same building.
The ChoLon Restaurant Concept company will be opening a new concept in the former Cho 77 space, BorraCho Tacos. Before opening in Baker, the taco restaurant operated as a food stall in Avanti Food and Beverage in the Highlands.
Remixed Gifts, a music-themed gift store on South Broadway, celebrated its one-year anniversary last month. The store is located at 70 S. Broadway.
Macy’s moved its furniture gallery into a larger space within the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in August. The furniture gallery space was previously located in a building west of the mall. The new gallery opened in a space adjacent to its clothing department store in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
The company announced in August 2016 that it would be closing 100 stores across the nation. As of yet, none of Macy’s 10 Colorado locations has been selected.
The North Face
The North Face will be leaving its space in Cherry Creek North at 100 Detroit St. in November. The store, which sells outdoor wear will be moving into a lower-level space near Nordstrom’s inside the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The move was first reported by BusinessDen.
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