February Business Matters

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Business Matters is a monthly column featuring business news in the Life on Capitol Hill and Washington Park Profile coverage areas, which is roughly central and central-south Denver.

On Jan. 4, Denver moved from Level Red to Level Orange on Colorado’s COVID-19 dial. This allowed for increased capacity limits at many businesses, and indoor dining at restaurants.

Indoor dining at restaurants: 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer, with on-premises last call at 10 p.m. Bars that do not serve food or have a food service partner, such as a food truck for example, remain closed at Level Orange.

Retail businesses: 50% capacity remains.

Gyms and fitness businesses, and personal services such as salons: 25% capacity or 25 people.

Offices: 25% capacity.

Indoor seated and unseated events, such as museums: 25% capacity or 50 people.

Even with moving to Level Orange, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on local businesses. Colorado Community Media urges you to reach out to your favorite local businesses to find out their reopening status, or to check if they are operating differently upon reopening.

If you are a local business that would like to announce any updates to your operations, email Christy Steadman at csteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

New openings

Danger Zone Calzones

A local food truck opened its first brick-and-mortar location at 32 N. Broadway just prior to dine-in service resuming at restaurants on Jan. 4.

Danger Zone Calzones got its start as a fighter jet/aircraft carrier themed food truck in 2008.

Along with its namesake of calzones, the restaurant offers meatballs and bread sticks.

To learn more, visit www.dangerzone calzones.com

Pandia Health

Pandia Health, a birth control delivery service, launched in Denver in December.

The company serves the entire state of Colorado, but does not have a local brick-and-mortar. Rather, Pandia Health provides its services remotely via telehealth/telemedicine, online and delivery.

Pandia Health can serve those who already have a prescription, and those in need of one through its online doctor review, which costs $20. Pandia Health works with partner pharmacies to fulfill the medication - birth control is $0 copay with most insurances or as low as $15 per pill pack without insurance, according to Pandia Health’s website. Delivery is free.

Co-founded by Dr. Sophia Yen who serves as the company’s CEO, Pandia Health is female-founded, female-led and doctor-led.

To learn more, www.pandiahealth.com.

Scout Dry Goods and Trade

Scout Dry Goods & Trade, a clothing resale store, opened in early January at 51 N. Broadway in the space formerly occupied by the Buffalo Exchange.

Scout buys modern-and-vintage men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from customers to offer “a large, constantly rotating stock of great, unique and affordable clothes and accessories” in store, according to Scout’s website. All items are “pre-screened for quality and timeliness,” states the website.

The store also emphasizes its commitment to the “environment by reusing and reducing materials whenever possible,” requesting that shoppers bring their own bags for purchased items and asking if customers “if they need a receipt before automatically printing one out,” the website states.

Owner Kelly Valentine opened the first Scout store in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2008. The Denver location is Valentine’s second Scout store.

To learn more about selling items to Scout or the shopping experience, visit https://ilovescout.com/.

The Urban Cookie

The Urban Cookie, 2260 E. Colfax Ave., opened mid-January.

According to the Colfax Ave Business Improvement District newsletter, “the shop bakes traditional cookies, paying respect to each variety’s unique qualities and textures as well as over-the-top flavors celebrating the more rebellious, nontraditional side to cookie construction. Sounds like they’ll fit in perfectly on Colfax.”

To learn more about The Urban Cookie, visit https://theurbancookie.com.

Closings

Denver Diner

On Jan. 17, Westword reported that the Denver Diner, 740 W. Colfax Ave. in the Golden Triangle, decided not to re-open following its closure on March 17 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The building itself has served as a diner since the 1960s, when it was a White Spot. George Skordos bought the building in 1990, first opening it as the Colorado Cafe, then re-naming it to the Denver Diner a year later, according to the Westword article. It remained a family-owned-and-operated business.

The Westword article states that the Denver Diner expects to reopen in a new location at some point.

Milestones

The CBD Suite

The CBD Suite, 1078 S. Gaylord St. in Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood, celebrated its one-year anniversary in January.

The store is a boutique-style shop that carries a variety of CBD products for health, beauty and wellness, co-founded by Samantha Bowers and Jessica Kiley.

Bowers continues to serve The CBD Suite as its director and owner. In the fall, Kiley opened Skin Polish, a skin care suite located on the second floor of the building. Skin Polish offers skin care, IV therapy, vitamin B12 and D shots, aesthetics injectables and more.

High-caliber CBD products will always be the root of The CBD Suite, Bowers said, but added that she additionally plans to offer more apothecary products and expand into energy-driven healing services in the future. She has already begun to work with like-minded professionals to offer Energy Healing Nights, guided meditation, hypnosis, sound healing and more, Bowers said.

“The CBD Suite is constantly evolving and blossoming,” Bowers said. “My big picture goal for this shop has always been to morph into a health-and-wellness space for our community.”

Though the COVID-19 pandemic brought on “many unforeseen trials and tribulations” during The CBD Suite’s first year in business, Bowers said the neighboring businesses on South Gaylord Street are likewise resilient, and she is grateful for the relationships that have been built with the greater community in the past year.

“The daily conversations about life, health, prosperity and silver linings have become the highlights of my days,” Bowers said. “I think the pandemic has reminded everyone that we need each other to survive - especially the small, locally owned and operated businesses.”

To learn more about The CBD Suite, visit www.thecbdsuitedenver.com. To learn more about Skin Polish, visit www.skinpolishdenver.com.

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