Washington Park Profile: June 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 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.

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Openings

Voodoo Doughnuts

Voodoo Doughnuts may not have an official opening date for its new South Broadway location, but the company is inching closer to being ready. Last month, the Oregon-based doughnut shop held a job fair for its location at 98 S. Broadway.

Sara Heise, the marketing manager at Voodoo, said the company is looking to hire about 50 employees for the new location.

Voodoo will be replacing Famous Pizza, which was located on South Broadway for 44 years. It closed in August last year.

Kisbee on the Roof

Kisbee on the Roof, a new rooftop bar, opened at the Jacquard Hotel and Rooftop in Cherry Creek in mid-May. The Jacquard is at 222 Milwaukee St. Cocktails are $15. A selection of beer and wine is also available.

The rooftop at the Jacquard also has a pool and 180-degree views. The bar will also have a small plate menu.

Free-Loaders

A new bar-hopping service will be launching this month in south Denver. Free-Loaders shuttles are a free service that will have a designated route to four participating locations: Candlelight Tavern, The Kentucky Inn, Pub on Pearl and The Dive Inn.

The shuttles will operate on Friday, from 3 p.m. to midnight. On Saturdays, Free-Loaders runs from 11 a.m. to midnight and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shuttles have six seats.

Kadyluxe

Kadyluxe, a dance clothing brand, is the latest shop to go from online sales to brick-and-mortar locations. The store will open at 222 S. Broadway.

Kadyluxe, which has designers based in Denver and China, was founded by a former ballerina and dancer with the National Basketball Association, according to its website. The company is headquarted in Denver.

Prestige Fitness

Prestige Fitness will be taking over the former Safeway space in the Washington Virginia Vale neighborhood. The gym will open at Leetsdale Drive this summer. It will be the fifth location for the gym and the first in Denver.

The gym offers personal training sessions as well as group fitness classes. A basic membership at Prestige includes cardio, as well as access to the weights and machines, according to the gym’s website. Premium memberships also include classes and guest access.

Closings

Crepes `n Crepes

Crepes `n Crepes closed two of its three restaurants last month, one in the Lower Highlands and the other near the 16th Street Mall downtown. The restaurant’s third location at Cherry Creek at 2816 E. Third Ave. remains open.

The restaurant first opened as a food cart in 2002. The Cherry Creek location followed two years later. The downtown location opened in 2006 and the Lower Highlands location in 2017.

Changes

The Corner Beet

The vegetarian cafe will open a second location in Cherry Creek later this year. The Corner Beat first opened in Capitol Hill in 2014 at 1401 N. Ogden St.

The new location will be at 165 Saint Paul St. It will feature many of the same menu items as the original location.

In Bloom Saturdays

On Saturdays in May, the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District launched a new art project: In Bloom. Chalk artists created temporary drawings throughout the 16-block shopping area, according to a news release from the district. Artists from Denver Chalk Art participated.

“We want the community to rediscover their favorite walkable Denver neighborhood while it’s blooming in springtime,” said interim CEO Jenny Starkey in the release. “Live art demonstrations in new and surprising locations are the perfect way for us to welcome the changing seasons while highlighting the new additions and the local favorites in the area.”

Deviation Distilling

The Baker distillery is adding a taproom to its lineup at 900 W. First Ave. Deviation Distilling began producing liquor there in 2017. The taproom is set to open this month and will focus on the distiller’s line of gins.

Deviation Distilling began selling its gin in January of this year in liquor stores around Colorado.

High Point Creamery

High Point Creamery, a gourmet ice cream shop, celebrated its fifth anniversary last month. The first location opened in the Hilltop neighborhood at 215 S. Holly St.

The ice cream shop also announced in an email newsletter that High Point is now selling ice cream pints in all 19 Colorado Whole Foods locations.

“It was a dream of ours from the beginning, and to actually see our pints in Whole Foods’ freezers is a huge thrill,” the email said.

High Point also has a location in the Denver Central Market food hall in the River North neighborhood, as well as a location in the Berkeley neighborhood.

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