Washington Park Profile: April 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, please email Kailyn Lamb at klamb@coloradocommunitymedia.com.




Last month, a new pet care facility opened at at 2305 S. Colorado Blvd. in unit 110. WellHaven, a Washington-based pet health care company, has been expanding nationwide. This is the third location in Denver. The facility offers annual exams and vaccines, as well as preventive care, surgery and more. For more information, go to https://wellhavenpethealthcb.com.

Hydrate IV Bar

Hydrate IV Bar opened a third location this month at 2717 E. Third Ave. in Cherry Creek, according to the company’s website. Hydrate uses intravenous therapy to put vitamins and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Prices range from $30 to $169 depending on the service. The business uses registered nurses for injections.

Hydrate opened its first location in Bonnie Brae in 2016, followed by a second location in the Highlands in 2017.

Amazon Books

Amazon Books opened its first Colorado store in Denver in early March. The store opened at 2787 E. Second Ave. The online company opened its first brick and mortar book store in Seattle. The stores carry popular titles as well as Amazon’s electronic book reading device, the Kindle.


AKT, a cardio dance studio is heading to Cherry Creek. The company has a location at 2445 E. Third Ave. listed as coming soon on its website. The studios are run as franchise businesses.

The fitness routines were developed by AKT founder Anna Kaiser. The Cherry Creek location will be the first AKT studio in Colorado.


Vape and Play

Denver’s second business with a public consumption license opened on South Broadway at the end of January. At the end of February, Megan Lumpkins, co-owner and chief operating office of Vape and Play sent out an email that Vape and Play was closing.

“Vape and Play is temporarily closed and is now for sale. We look forward to Vape and Play opening again to the public soon,” she wrote.

Vape and Play  was located at 1753 S. Broadway.

Departure Restaurant + Lounge

Departure Restaurant + Lounge, a modern Asian restaurant in Cherry Creek, closed its doors last month. The restaurant was located inside the Halcyon Hotel, 245 Columbine St.

Departure was operated by the Sage Restaurant Group, which also owns a location in Portland, Oregon. The Denver location opened in 2016.


BoardLife, a skateshop at 1775 S. Broadway, announced that it would be closing at the end of the month. The business has been in that location for the last eight years. BoardLife announced the closure as well as a 50 percent off sale in February.

“Sadly, we are closing up shop and rolling on to new adventures,” a post said on Facebook.

The same message has been posted on the store’s website. BoardLife is not doing online orders for its final sale.

In addition to selling skateboards and gear, the shop made custom skateboards, and had someone on staff to tune up skis and snowboards.


MiddleState Coffee

Formerly located in Baker at 17 E. Fourth Ave., MiddleState Coffee is moving to a larger facility on Santa Fe. The Santa Fe location, 212 Santa Fe Drive, will have space for coffee bean roasting as well as a cafe. The larger location allowed the coffee company to sell wholesale coffee as well.

MiddleState sells coffee online by individual sales such as a bag of coffee, a sampler box, or instant coffee boxes. The company also offers a coffee subscription. People can choose to have one or two bags sent to them every two weeks or per month.

MiddleState’s website says they are building out the cafe, which should be open in early 2019. People can come to the location to buy coffee beans Monday through Wednesday.

FM Broadway

Formerly the Fancy Tiger Clothing, the shop has rebranded to FM Broadway. The shop is located at the same store, 55 N. Broadway. The store held a launch party for the new brand in March.

Spur Coffee

After opening a second location in Denver off of Lincoln Street in August, Spur Coffee is back down to one location. The coffee company closed its original cafe in Littleton in February. The Littleton location first opened in 2012. The Denver location is at 95 Lincoln St.


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