Washington Park Profile: December Business Matters


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


1896 S. Bannock St.

As the Encore Evans Station Development nears completion, a new proposal has been submitted for an adjacent lot. Proposals for a five-story building at 1896 S. Bannock St. have been submitted to the city and are under review, according to the city website for development plans. The proposal includes 58 units and 54 parking spaces.



Rise Nation

Rise Nation is looking to open in Cherry Creek North early next year, according to a Facebook page for the gym. The gym program started in California and has since opened three other states. The Denver location at 155 Saint Paul St. will be the company’s first location in Colorado.

The company does 30-minute full body workouts which were developed by founder Jason Walsh, according to the Rise Nation website. Classes are offered in three levels: Intro, The Climb and Extreme. For more information, visit www.risenationco.com.

Devour the 303

The former home of the Atticus and Rosedale restaurants has been filled with a new restaurant. Devour the 303 plans to open in the second week of December, according to its Facebook page. The restaurant will take up both spaces, which neighbor each other at 1135 E. Evans Ave. The opening was first reported by BusinessDen.

Devour’s owner, Sam Armatas, formerly owned Cap City Tavern in the Golden Triangle, according to a LinkedIn account.

Atticus and Rosedale were owned by the Table to Tavern restaurant group and closed in September. The organization still owns the Blackbird Public House on Downing Street.


The Spanish clothing brand opened a store inside the Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Nov. 15. It is the first Colorado location for the brand, which offers clothing for men, women and children.

Zara was the first brand for Inditex, which is now an international company with more than 7,000 stores across all its brands, according to its website. The first Zara store opened in Spain in 1975.

Hazel Art Bar

Tori Schumacher and her husband Tom opened Hazel Art Bar at 1581 S. Pearl St. earlier this month. Hazel Art Bar is the creative brainchild of Tori’s that combines her personal love for art with Tom’s background in the restaurant world. Tori’s vision has been to create a local gathering space not unlike a microbrewery where people can gather, relax, have a drink all while taking in creations from local artist or if they so desire create artwork themselves which Tori strongly encourages.

Tori and Tom have long resided in the Platt and Wash Park community having both grown up here. Tom’s father started Schumacher Accounting and Tax Services at 1895 S. Pearl St. many years ago and now works there himself as an accountant. Their hope is the art bar will foster the wonderful sense of community that they have enjoyed throughout their lives.

The interior was all designed, decorated and built by Tom and Tori. The large mural and the bar’s namesake are all tied to Tori’s dear aunt Hazel who inspired her creative passions. The mural tells a bit of Hazel’s story and even has a small portrait of her. Art from local artists will rotate monthly and 20 percent of all sale proceeds will be donated back into the community. Visit www.hazel.bar for more details.

— Tom Snyder

Second Star to the Right

Second Star to The Right opened this month at 1545 S. Pearl St. The building that for decades housed Green Tree Cyclery has had a convoluted past few years and was at one point scheduled for demolition. When those plans failed to come together the building became available. About the same time Marc and Dea Lavoie, owners of the bookstore were facing the need to move from their location on Tennyson in the Berkeley neighborhood. The Green Tree building was the perfect fit of charm, size and they were thrilled to help preserve a wonderful historic structure.

Second Star to The Right is a children’s bookstore that features books for kids ranging from newborn to teenager or as Marc put it board books to Harry Potter. Additionally they offer an assortment of toys that are designed to both educate and inspire imaginative play. They maintain a busy calendar of kid events like book readings from actual authors, kids yoga and will eventually host kid parties. The pair are planning to put an addition on the back of the building at some point in the near future. Visit their website at secondstartotherightbooks.com for more information.

— Tom Snyder

Fire on the Mountain

The Portland, Oregon-based hot wing chain is opening a second location in Denver next spring. The first location opened at 3801 W. 32nd Ave. in 2012. The second location will be part of a multi-use development project at 300 S. Logan St.

Fire on the Mountain offers traditional chicken wings, but also has a vegetarian option with seitan wings. If diners want to go boneless, they can. There’s also cauliflower wings fried in vegan batter.

Joyce Aycock

Dr. Joyce Aycock recently opened her own plastic surgery office in Cherry Creek North. She does cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and has been practicing in Denver since. 2008. Her office is located at 36 Steele St.

Postino Wine Cafe

The Arizona wine bar will be opening not one, but two locations in the near future. This summer, the first location will open at 145 Broadway in the former Compound Basix location. The second will open in 2020 in the development at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

Postino has a Denver location in the Highlands at 2715 17th St. It offers a variety of boards with meats, cheeses and vegetables as well as bruschettas, soups and salads. The restaurant also offers a weekend brunch menu.

Compound, a local gay bar, first opened in Denver in 1987 and closed earlier this year.


Hedge Row

The Cherry Creek North Restaurant shut its doors on Dec. 2, according to its website.

“Thank you for all of the delicious times we have shared Cherry Creek,” the site read.

The restaurant was located at 100 Steele St. It opened in July 2017. Hedge Row offered lunch, dinner and brunch options. Many of the meals were cooked on a wood-fired grill.

Hedge Row was operated by The Kitchen Restaurant Group, which is based in Boulder and runs a location of its Kitchen Bistro restaurant in the Lower Downtown neighborhood.

Hedge Row’s website read that fans of the restaurant would find some of its menu items at Kitchen.


Three Dog Bakery

A shop specializing in homemade dog treats, which formerly operated out of Cherry Creek North, has found a new home in the Lower Highlands. The company first announced that Three Dog Bakery would open at 231 Clayton St. in 2004. That location closed around 2011, according to a Yelp page.

The Kansas City-based company is set to open a new store at 1503 Boulder St., according to the Three Dog website.


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