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.
As businesses continue to weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.
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Denver Beer Co.
Denver Beer Co. opened its third taproom mid-March. It is located at 2425 South Downing St. in the Rosedale neighborhood.
The new location joins Denver Beer Co.’s Platte St. Taproom at 1695 Platte St. in Denver’s Highland neighborhood, and the Olde Town Arvada Taproom.
Denver Beer Co. purchased the South Downing Street property in January, and “conducted extensive renovations on the space to create a taproom, outdoor patio and garden” and brewhouse, states a news release. This location also boasts a counter-service restaurant called DBC Eats, overseen by Chef Jeffrey Webb. DBC Eats will offer lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. The new taproom also “features bike parking, fire pits, a large lawn space with yard games and communal beer garden tables,” states a news release.
Two buildings make up the location — the 2,563-square-foot building will house the taproom and DBC Eats. Nearly 10,000-square-feet of outdoor patio space is located in front of this building, allowing for appropriate social distancing. The adjacent 761-square-foot building will be home to an ice cream shop, also to be headed by Webb, which is expected to open this summer.
“After weathering COVID for 12 months, finally opening the doors on South Downing feels really meaningful,” said Denver Beer Co.’s co-founder Patrick Crawford in a news release. “I’m also very excited for the addition of DBC Eats. Chef Webb’s culinary art will allow us to provide a consistent and customized food experience to pair perfectly with our craft beers.”
To learn more about Denver Beer Co. and its new taproom, visit https://denverbeerco.com.
The NOW Massage-Cherry Creek
The NOW Massage, a luxury massage parlor, opened its first Colorado location in Cherry Creek on Feb. 27.
The Cherry Creek location, 291 Saint Paul St., is one of 50 new The NOW Massage locations expected to open in the near future across the United States.
“The NOW Massage Cherry Creek will offer a space to escape the daily pressures of life and recharge your energy and spirit through the healing benefits of massage therapy,” states its website.
To learn more, visit https://thenowmassage.com/cherry-creek/.
Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not, a new cocktail lounge, opened March 10 in Cherry Creek North at 227 Clayton St.
The bar — which takes its name and inspiration from the location’s former long-time tenants, a local flower shop — features hand-crafted cocktails and a menu of small plates and snacks.
Limited indoor seating is available with a reservation for parties of up to four for a 90-minute experience. To make a reservation for parties larger than four, contact Forget Me Not via firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Forget Me Not also offers socially distanced outdoor seating when weather permits.
To learn more or make a reservation, visit https://forgetmenotdenver.com.
The Corner Beet Cherry Creek
Westword reported that The Corner Beet’s Cherry Creek location at 165 St. Paul St. has closed. The location at 1401 N. Ogden St. in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood remains open.
The Corner Beet is a vegetarian restaurant that also offers cold-pressed juices. To learn more, visit https://cornerbeet.com/.
Streets Denver, a live music venue located at 1501 E. Colfax Ave., announced on its Facebook page on March 22 that it would be closing.
“As many of you know, or have surmised, Streets was running on borrowed time,” the Facebook post reads. “It is with heavy hearts we tell you that after this week, Streets will change ownership and no longer continue as we know it.”
The venue hosted many local acts, as well as national touring bands, primarily in the punk, hard rock and metal genres.
Westword reported on March 24 that John Elliott bought the venue — then called Streets of London Pub — in 2018. Elliott “died in November at age 51, during his second battle with COVID-19,” Westword reported.
Reasons for the closure is loss of revenue from COVID-19, and Elliott’s death exacerbated the situation, Westword reported.
According to Westword, Steven Alix, owner of X Bar, which is a nightclub that serves Denver’s LGBTQIA+ community and is located just a short distance away at 629 E. Colfax Ave., is expected to take over Streets Denver. It is unknown what kind of venue it will become following the changeover.
No information on the operations of 3 Guys Pies, a pizza place located inside Streets Denver but owned and managed separately, could be found by press time.
Phoenix Tattoo Company
Phoenix Tattoo Company has moved from its former location in west Denver to its new location at 1872 S. Broadway in Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood.
The tattoo shop opened its former location at 3680 Morrison Road in February 2019. It celebrated its grand opening at its new location on South Broadway on April 1, but the shop has occupied the space since March 15.
“It has been a dream of mine to have a shop on Broadway, and we are finally doing it,” said Phoenix Tattoo Company’s owner Jillian Johnson. She added that she grew up in the area, and currently has a number of friends who also own small businesses on Broadway.
Phoenix Tattoo Company boasts four experienced tattoo artists and two experienced piercers who love their job, and can cater to any style of art as well as do custom work, Johnson said. All of these artists have made the move with the shop, and there will also be new additions to the team, Johnson said.
“When you walk into our shop, you will feel at home with artists who want to listen to your ideas and make them happen,” Johnson said. “We are looking forward to working with our regular customers in the new space, and the opportunity to work with new clients. We are so excited to be part of South Broadway.”
To learn more about Phoenix Tattoo Company, visit https://phoenix-tattoo-company.business.site/ or its Facebook page, or give the shop a call at 720-616-7878.
In February, Urban Autocare acquired Comprehensive Car Care at 701 E. Evans Ave. in Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood.
The previous owners, Mark and Jacque Olson, have decided to retire.
Comprehensive Car Care has been a pillar in the community for about 44 years. It got its start by Jim Kelley, who hired Mark Olson to serve as the lead technician. When Kelley retired, he sold the business to Olson.
Urban Autocare values the history of the shop and how Comprehensive Car Care has served the community through the years, said Brian Sump, president and owner of Urban Autocare. Urban Autocare plans on continuing the legacy of the auto shop, and retaining the long-term relationships, he added.
Comprehensive Car Care specialized in Japanese imports, and Urban Autocare will expand services to include all Asian-made imports and domestic vehicles, Sump said.
Including the Platt Park location, Urban Autocare now has four locations in the metro area. The first Urban Autocare opened in June 2014. It is located at 1701 N. High St. in Denver’s City Park West neighborhood. The other locations are in Lakewood and Littleton, and the company also includes Avalon Motorsports in the Montclair neighborhood.
Urban Autocare is local-and-family-owned, all the mechanics are ASE certified technicians and the shop earned the 2018 BBB Torch Award for business ethics.
Many people are let down by auto shops for a variety of reasons, Sump said.
“An uplifting experience is the opposite of being let down,” he added. “Our mission is to provide an uplifting experience and help improve the reputation of an industry that isn’t always looked upon positively.”
Fox Run Café
Fox Run Café, 3350 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood, celebrated its one-year anniversary in March.
The restaurant is a concept of Lucien Reichert. It opened on March 18 last year with a limited menu takeout service. The restaurant is now open for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
The menu boasts a “fresh and simplistic approach to breakfast and lunch,” and all pastries and bread are baked in-house.
To learn more about Fox Run Café, visit https://foxruncafe.com/.
Mia Sorensen Esthetics
Mia Sorensen Esthetics celebrated its one-year anniversary for opening shop at 1885 S. Pearl St. in Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood.
The skincare studio got its start in 2018 inside a yoga studio, and after the yoga studio relocated, Mia Sorensen, owner of Mia Sorensen Esthetics who is a licensed esthetician, opened shop at her current location in Platt Park.
Sorensen opened the studio for two weeks in March 2020, then had to close until June because of COVID-19.
Luckily, she already had a client base, Sorensen said, and she became what she described as the “Uber eats of skincare,” meaning she was conducting consultations virtually and delivering her clients’ skincare products to their home.
“I’m looking forward to additional opportunities that I can engage with the community as a small business owner as we emerge from the pandemic,” Sorensen said.
Mia Sorensen Esthetics is a client-centered business particularly known for Sorensen’s face massage service.
“I give them 100 percent,” Sorensen said of her clients. She added that she particularly enjoys seeing her clients’ progress and helping people relax through the experiential service of facials. “And building those relationships with my clients.”
To learn more about Mia Sorensen Esthetics or to book an appointment, which must be done in advance, visit www.mseskincare.com or call/text Sorensen directly at 303-802-6874.
Mizuna, the flagship and first restaurant of the Bonanno Concepts restaurants, celebrated its 20-year anniversary in March, Westword reported.
The chef and restaurateur behind Bonanno Concepts is Frank Bonanno, who is also a cookbook author and host of PBS’ “Chef Driven.”
Mizuna, 225 E. Seventh Ave., which is near Governor’s Park, is one of 10 Bonanno Concepts restaurants — all located in Denver.
To learn more about Bonanno Concepts, visit https://www.bonannoconcepts.com.
RoseBud Ice Cream
RoseBud Ice Cream has reached a milestone with its recent release of its 10th stock-keeping unit (SKU) — the Choco-Chill ice cream.
“When I started RoseBud, I had a vision of improving people’s days with our ice cream,” said RoseBud’s founder Sam Rose in a news release. “Choco-Chill may come in a small package, but it has a big impact.”
Like RoseBud’s other single-serve flavors, the Choco-Chill is dairy free. It comes in 5-ounce cups and is infused with 30 mg of CBD.
RoseBud Ice Cream launched in Denver in November 2019, and its products can now be found in a variety of local and chain retailers, and are available on DoorDash.
To learn more about RoseBud Ice Cream, visit https://rosebudicecream.com/.
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