July Business Matters


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.

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


Carmine’s Italian Restaurants

A second Carmine’s Italian Restaurants has opened in Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood.

Called Carmine’s on McGregor Square, it is located at 1951 Wazee St. This location is open for dinner from 5-10 p.m. Lunch service, which is new to this location, is expected to begin later this year.

Carmine’s Italian Restaurants’ first location, Carmine’s on Penn, which is located at 92 S. Pennsylvania St. in Denver’s Speer neighborhood, opened in 1994. Both Carmine’s restaurants’ concepts of family-style portions trace back to Italian immigrants of the late 1800s, states a news release.

To learn more about Carmine’s Italian Restaurants, visit www.carminescolorado.com.

Coeur Cabinet+Curated Interiors

A new custom cabinetry and interior design studio has opened at 1059 S. Gaylord St. in Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood.

Called Coeur Cabinet+Curated Interiors, the studio offers custom cabinetry, curated home furnishings and personalized interior design services.

In a partnership with Plato Woodwork, the new studio was found and is led by Denver interior designer, Emily Lindemann.

According to a news release, Lindemann “is known for creating beautiful spaces that are a curation of classic silhouettes and rich textures, resulting in balance and joy.”

“This space is meant to inspire other designers and builders, as well as welcome homeowners to explore ideas and concepts as seen in our showroom and through personalized design services,” Lindemann said in a news release. “Everything seen in our living, kitchen, dining and bedroom vignettes will be available for purchase, but are also meant to be a jumping off point to create timeless, beautiful homes for our clients.”

To learn more about Coeur, visit www.coeurinteriors.com.

Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital

While animals have been being treated in the Denver Zoo’s new Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital since last October, the facility is now open to the general public.

The viewing area — called the Schlessman Family Foundation Visitor and Education Center — boasts an elevated viewing platform with a lobby of viewing windows which allows all zoo visitors to watch the zoo’s veterinarians care for the animals in real time.

The Denver Zoo has been treating animals on-site since 1982 and after about four decades, the facility was in need of upgrades. Funded largely by the Elevate Denver Bond Program, which Denver voters passed in 2017, and donors — including the hospital’s namesakes Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation and Schlessman Family Foundation — ground broke on the new 22,000-square-foot facility in 2018.

Today, the zoo’s animal hospital boasts two treatment rooms, critical care units, a high-performance diagnostic laboratory, indoor-and-outdoor animal wards and a cutting-edge surgical suite. The spaces are equipped with the most advanced technology in the industry, including being one of the few zoos in the country to be able to perform zoo animal computerized tomography (CT) scans.

The facility is open to guests from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. When the treatment rooms are not in use, zoo visitors can experience animal care through interactive video displays, and staff facilitators will educate guests on the many procedures, treatments and surgeries performed at the zoo.

To learn more about the Denver Zoo or to plan a visit, visit https://denverzoo.org.


A new fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge has taken over the space at 2844 Welton St. in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood.

The new venue is called MBP, which stands for Moods. Beats. Portions. It features a contemporary bar, expanded dining room and urban patio; and additionally boasts an outdoor satellite bar, a late-night menu and weekend deejays.

The restaurant is run by Pure Hospitality, with Ryan Cobbins serving as president of operations. Chef Corey Smith leads the culinary program weaving his New Orleans upbringing and global adventures into MBP’s dishes.

“Our approach to host pop-ups in the space last fall helped us develop our cocktail and culinary programs before opening with a new concept,” Cobbins said in a news release. “Now that we’re at this critical juncture after being shut down, our hope is to provide our guests with a collection of experiences housed in one place that satisfies their yearning to dress up and be entertained.”

MBP is currently open for dinner service from 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. To learn more about the restaurant, visit www.mbpdenver.com.

Off the Bottle Refill Shop

A new small business owned and operated by Denver natives has opened in Capitol Hill.

Co-owners of Off The Bottle Refill Shop, 220 E. 13th Ave., are David Rouse and Daniel Landes. The shop carries a selection of eco-friendly and sustainable household products, and reusable household supplies. The shop also boasts a refill station where consumers can bring their own containers and refill them with household essentials such as laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners and face and body care.

Off the Bottle Refill Shop is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

To learn more, visit https://offthebottlerefills.com/.


Annie’s Café and Bar

Annie’s Café and Bar, 3100 E. Colfax Ave., celebrated its 40th anniversary with an open house event in June.

The family-owned restaurant specializes in comfort food and has a robust breakfast menu that is served all day.

To view the restaurant’s menus, visit https://annies-cafe.com.


Cherry Creek Insurance Group and Project Angel Heart

Cherry Creek Insurance Group recently gave a $10,000 donation to Project Angel Heart.

Project Angel Heart, which is located at 4950 Washington St. in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood, is a nonprofit that cooks and prepares medically-tailored meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses.

Cherry Creek Insurance Group’s donation started out as $5,000, thanks to a submission process with Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance and their 2021 Make More Happen Awards. Cherry Creek Insurance Group was given the opportunity to raise an additional $5,000 by conducting a local awareness campaign for Project Angel Heart. The community helped Cherry Creek Insurance Group meet the $5,000 goal, bringing the donation’s total to $10,000.

The $10,000 donation will allow Project Angel Heart to provide about 1,200 meals.

To learn more about the Make More Happen Awards and Cherry Creek Insurance Group’s efforts, visit www.agentgiving.com/CCIG. To learn more about Project Angel Heart, visit www.projectangelheart.org.


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