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May 9, 2017
BOARDLife thrives in new home
Amirite? 'boards influence fashion and music
Skateboarding is a sport like no other, influencing fashion and music. BOARDLife, originally established in Denver at 2000 30th Ave. and now happily expanded, along with manufacturing, at a great new site at 1775 S. Broadway, can boast a product as unique as each of its customers. Tailoring their beautifully crafted products to both beginners or seasoned skaters, BOARDLife invites their guests to choose wheels, trucks, risers and deck type options, and can customize the wood skate deck with a laser engraver onsite. So much more than a skate shop, BOARDLife works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and offers free lessons every Sunday at noon.
May 5, 2017
Where East meets West
Uniqlo thriving in Denver
Uniqlo, a trendy Japanese casual-fashion retailer, opened its first Colorado store last year at the Denver Pavilions. The global chain is also opening new stores in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle, and in McLean, VA. The Denver store is the largest of the three, at 22,000 sq ft. Having established a foothold in a number of key locations along the East and West Coasts, Uniqlo continues to expand its national presence in these new markets.
May 3, 2017
evo “Pole Plants” in Denver
Adding bricks to the clicks
Taking maximum advantage of a space previously occupied by a local bike repair shop, Seattle-based action sports and outdoor retailer 'evo' has planted roots and blossomed in Denver. A longtime online retailer and one of the latest to go from online to bricks and mortar, evo has transformed the space into a flagship location at 860 Broadway. The firm has retained most of the former tenant’s team members and enjoys a long-standing and loyal customer base from their web-only days. evo specializes in skis and snowboards in addition to mountain bikes.
Apr 21, 2017
Get your “Googie” on!
West Colfax signage blends old, new
“Googie” is a retro, mid-century motif that was popular on commercial corridors throughout America, most certainly including Denver’s legendary Colfax Avenue. The West Colfax Business Improvement District (BID) has created a cool set of wayfinding signs, shown here, that reflect the prevalence of "Googie" signage here. Together with bicycle signage also installed throughout the neighborhood as well as monument signs at the gateways to the district, these signs are designed to comprehensively connect pedestrians and bicyclists to neighborhood assets -- including light rail -- and a more healthy, dynamic and interactive community culture that will support local businesses.
Apr 18, 2017
New skyline icon ahead!
1144 Fifteenth Street underway
Hines, the international real estate firm, is well underway in construction of 1144 Fifteenth, a new 660,900 sq ft, Class A office tower in Denver. It's our first skyscraper of this magnitude added in nearly 30 years, and at 40 stories will be among Denver's top five tallest. The 27 floors of office space will be atop a 13-story podium, the latter including 6,000 sq ft of retail, restaurants, and a 5,000 sq ft fitness facility. Hines is building the tower as a 100% speculative project, which is a testament to the strength of the Denver market and the firm's confidence of our stellar economic status. Jones Lang LaSalle is heading the leasing assignment. Completion is set for January 2018.
Apr 17, 2017
Union Station market
Whole Foods plans 2017 store
Whole Foods Market is opening a flagship store in downtown Denver this year. The store will be located in a new 56,000 sq ft development at 17th and Wewatta Streets near Denver Union Station. The firm’s leadership team met extensively with residents, customers, civic and business leaders and local employees as they refined their goal to create a state-of-the-art store that truly represents the history, spirit and vibrancy of Denver’s urban core and to offer its guests an unparalleled experience of food, quality and customer service.
Mar 27, 2017
Make the Connection
DIA proximity boosts Montbello
Airport growth is driving strong retail sales in the Montbello area, particularly eating and drinking establishments as well as distribution networks. Major planned travel and transit-oriented developments along Peña Blvd and Tower Road are boosting demand for retail space, including the Denver Connection, a 400-acre mixed-use development east of Tower Road. Retailers already operating on 27 acres of Denver Connection land include Walgreens, Chase Bank, TCF Bank, Carl's Jr., McDonalds, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, and an inline building with frontage on 48th Avenue that includes an H&R Block, a Domino's Pizza, and medical offices.
Apr 13, 2015
Where pedestrians rule
Golden Triangle plan for versatile urban space
The Denver Office of Community Planning and Development has released their Golden Triangle Neighborhood Plan. The small but mighty Golden Triangle (bordered by Broadway, Colfax, and Speer) includes historic houses, commercial buildings, large apartment and condominium buildings and other structures with a diverse range of scale and design. The area’s unique mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented character blends public and private spaces, parking, Civic Center, the Cherry Creek Greenway, and the Acoma Greenway, all immediately adjacent to downtown. The plan places a strong value on pedestrian-active uses, such as retail, restaurants, and galleries at the ground level of any new development.
Mar 10, 2015
La Alma/Lincoln among “Great Places in America”
American Planning Association's 2014 honors
The American Planning Association recently named Denver’s La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood to its annual “Great Places in America” list. The honor describes exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth. Just southwest of downtown, La Alma/Lincoln Park is one of Denver’s oldest areas, dating back to the 1850s, with growing mixed-use today that includes diverse housing, transit, a strong job base, parks, and the Santa Fe Arts District. Its rise now embodies Denver’s goals to create places to walk, bike, and play, with fresh foods that are as accessible as jobs, health care and education.
Feb 5, 2015
New BID along the ‘FAX
FAX-Mayfair district gets thumbs-up vote
Along East Colfax, the Fax-Mayfair BID has been promoted by a committed group of business owners with assistance from The Fax Partnership, a nonprofit economic development organization, and the Denver Office of Economic Development. With owners voting overwhelmingly to grant taxing authority, the new BID’s seven-member board is supporting existing businesses and attracting new neighborhood services and amenities to revitalize Denver’s historic main street, overseeing an anticipated annual budget of about $118,000. The BID includes both sides of Colfax from Elm St. to Monaco, and includes the area known as the Mayfair Town Center area between Kearney and Leyden from Colfax south to 14th Ave.
Jan 2, 2015
Mayor’s 2014 Denver Design Awards
Winning places to live, work, play--and shop
Fifteen projects showcasing excellence in architecture, design and place-making were announced recently as the winners of the 2014 Denver Mayor's Design Awards. This year's winning projects (including the Fox-Tjaden residences, shown here) are phenomenal examples of what makes Denver a vibrant city to live, work, and play. Several of the 2015 winners have connections via funding and other support from the Office of Economic Development, including the retail-rich SOURCE in the RiNo district.
Dec 22, 2014
Historic Art District gets fresh boost
Santa Fe BID wins taxing authority vote
On Santa Fe Dr. between 6th to 13th Ave., in an area comprising more than 800,000 sq ft of commercial space, the Santa Fe Art District’s new BID received an enthusiastic reception from business owners’ vote in November. With an expected annual budget of $100,000, the new district will provide a framework for physical public improvements, more pedestrian-friendly features, increased safety, enhanced maintenance, improved water drainage and all forms of strategic economic development. A growing spirit of collaboration between area businesses, residents and stakeholders has made this milestone effort possible and will ultimately upgrade the gallery-rich corridor to an even more beautiful entry to downtown.
Nov 24, 2014
Bus shelters double as cool art
Local art boosts W. Colfax streetscape
Say hello to the new “Prismatics,” a set of bus shelters which have appeared along W. Colfax, thanks to a partnership between the West Colfax Business Improvement District, the Denver Office of Economic Development, and the Regional Transportation District (RTD). Funky and functional, the new structures feature inflated steel columns inspired by the airstream, come in seven colors of the spectrum reflecting the diversity of the area, and are Colfax's first artist-designed bus shelters—in this case, local artist Emmett Culligan.
Oct 20, 2014
More color and comfort
Southwest Airlines adds retail to DIA gates
21st century amenities in Southwest’s newest gate areas are designed to keep waiting passengers happy, comfortable and connected. With the completion of the $46 million, 39,000 sq ft extension of the C Concourse this fall, Gates C23-27 now features iPads built into custom high top tables, making it easy to order beverages and receive concierge service or simply to check e-mail, review flight status and catch up on the news. Added stores include eSavvy, a partnership with PeachMac featuring popular electronic accessories and devices from the top brands, including Apple; Say Si Bon Marketplace, offering gourmet snacks and news in an atmosphere that evokes a French market; the Coors Silver Bullet Sports Pub, where sports fans can gather to watch Denver’s top teams; a full menu of farm fresh offerings from Modmarket; and pop-up concepts such as Colorado’s own ink! Coffee, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and creative cocktails from Tapas Sky Bar.
Oct 15, 2014
Hot trend, cool night out
Paint-and-sip studios big here
The creative explosion of painting/wine tasting locations has happily spilled across the country, and Denver is now home to at least four: Pinot’s Palette in Highland; Bottles & Bottega near downtown; Canvas & Cocktails in Cherry Creek North, and SippingnPainting near Hampden & 1-25. Most are franchises and all are wonderful event/party venues, too.
Oct 1, 2014
Transit? The city plans it
New strategy analyzes 34 stations
Successful transit-oriented development is attractive, walkable and sustainable, and allows Denver residents to have fair housing, ample transportation choices and the ability to live convenient, affordable, enjoyable lives. Denver is focusing on TOD implementation through case-by-case analyses, investment and planning. Transit-Oriented Denver is the city’s new development strategic plan.
Sep 30, 2014
Bikes mean business on S Pearl
Merchants encouraging people to pedal
A single parking spot for a car provides room for 12 bikes to park, thanks to new “corrals” in place along S Pearl St. The South Pearl Street Merchants Association, City Councilman Chris Nevitt, and Denver Public Works celebrated the corrals’ installation recently as part of a pilot project to explore all the implications of our emerging multimodel city. More hourly revenue per parking space, better street visibility for businesses, and more total visitors to events, shops and restaurants overall are among the project goals.
Aug 1, 2014
Your keys to the city
Downtown sounds abound
Keys to the city are yours for the asking--piano keys, that is! The soundscape of the 16th Street Mall comes to life between May and September thanks to the outdoor installation of ten pianos available for the public to play at their leisure. Sponsored by the Downtown Denver Partnership, the outdoor pianos appear each summer to encourage residents, employees and visitors to interact with their public spaces in new and spontaneous ways—while contributing to the vibrancy within our urban core. All pianos are donated to the program and painted by Colorado artists.