December 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.

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

Fox Restaurant Concepts

Two new Fox Restaurant Concepts opened in early November in Denver’s 9+CO development, a new multi-use development that borders the Congress Park and Hale neighborhoods near East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

The two new restaurants are Blanco Cocina + Cantina, 4177 E. Ninth Ave., and Culinary Dropout; 4141 E. Ninth Ave.

Blanco Cocina + Cantina is a Mexican restaurant specializing in Sonoran-style cuisine and a variety of house margaritas, and features a weekday happy hour. To learn more about Blanco Cocina + Cantina, visit www.blancococinacantina.com.

Culinary Dropout serves classic meals such as house-made pretzels and fried chicken, and offers a variety of craft cocktails. The venue will also host free yard games and live local music. To learn more about Culinary Dropout, visit www.culinarydropout.com.

Fox Restaurant Concepts got its start by Sam Fox in Tucson, Arizona. Today, there are more than 50 Fox Restaurant Concepts eateries across the U.S., including Flower Child and North Italia in Denver’s Cherry Creek.

To learn more about Fox Restaurant Concepts, visit www.foxrc.com.

Western States College of Construction

A new trade-school college to serve people in the metro area who are interested in construction industry professions officially launched on Nov. 8.

Called the Western States College of Construction (WSCC), the school has 10 campuses located in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Its administrative campus is located at 1391 Speer Blvd., Suite 450, in Denver’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, just west of the Speer neighborhood.

WSCC offers its students an apprenticeship model, allowing students to simultaneously earn an education and salary, while practicing learned skill sets on-the-job. “WSCC creates a program for workforce education that pairs apprenticeship programs and partners in higher education in a way that more directly acknowledges the work completed as part of the apprentice training,” states a news release.

Students graduate with a certificate in a skilled trade in the construction industry, including electrical, HVAC/R service, pipefitting, plumbing and sheet metal. WSCC will soon be offering two-year degrees.

WSCC is powered by the MEP Alliance and supported by Rocky Mountain MCA as a founding member.

To learn more about WSCC, visit www.westernstatescollege.org.

Milestones

Tula

Tula, a local, app-based personal assistant service launched by two south Denver residents, celebrated its one-year anniversary this fall.

Megan Trask and Cody Galloway had a soft opening for Tula in October 2020, and fully launched their business in December that year. The small business picked up traction and in early spring this year, expanded to serve Boulder. In July, Tula launched in Austin, Texas.

Tula offers people assistance with a task by deploying a vetted personal assistant. Tula’s clients can choose from a variety of customizable services — meal planning and prep, including writing a grocery list; re-decorating; gift shopping; help with research for a project; home and business organizing and scheduling, including those for home repairs; and running day-to-day errands such as picking up mail and deliveries at the post office.

“We want to help busy parents and professionals bring some balance back to their lives,” Trask said in a previous interview. “We want people to be able to prioritize with purpose.”

To learn more about Tula, visit www.tulabalanced.com.

Miscellaneous

Queen City Collective Coffee/iDE

Queen City Collective Coffee has partnered with iDE, a Denver-based international nonprofit, to support individual Honduran coffee farmers by using technology called blockchain, states a news release.

According to the news release, the blockchain serves as a data trail that “guarantees local coffee drinkers get an authentic Central American cup of joe, while the farmers get paid extra for supplying the real thing.”

Increased value of the Honduran coffee is generated through “the transparency and traceability of the product along the blockchain,” states a news release. “Key steps of the (coffe’s) journey were tokenized in ‘blocks’ and stored across a secure, transparent peer-to-peer computer network, guaranteeing its authenticity.”

“Consumers appreciate the connection to their coffee’s source and want to learn more,” said Gordon Lau, iDE’s information systems director, in a news release. “We want to capture, and then transfer, some of that value back to the farmer. At the end of the day, improving the lives of people in the developing world is what iDE is all about.”

Queen City coffee has a location in Five Points at 30th and Welton Streets; and inside Novel Strand Brewing Co., 309 W. First Ave. in Denver’s Baker neighborhood, through a collaborative coffee shop/brewery partnership.

To learn more about Queen City coffee, visit https://queencitycollectivecoffee.com. To learn more about iDE, visit www.ideglobal.org.

The Bookies Bookstore/BookBar

Northwest Denver’s BookBar, an independent bookstore and wine bar located at 4280 Tennyson St. in the Berkeley neighborhood, has purchased The Bookies Bookstore, also an independent bookstore, located at 4315 E. Mississippi Ave. in Glendale.

The Bookies got its start about 50 years ago in the late Sue Lubeck’s basement before eventually moving to its current location. However, Lubeck’s family put the bookstore up for sale earlier this year after Lubeck passed away in July, with hopes that a buyer would be able to continue Lubeck’s vision and legacy.

In a current news release posted on the BookBar’s website, BookBar owner Nicole Sullivan stated that she does not intend to change The Bookies into another BookBar location. Plans for The Bookies, however, does include reincorporating both stores to a Public Benefit Corporation, and integrating The Bookies with BookGive, a book donation nonprofit that Sullivan launched in 2019. BookGive is located at 4890 Lowell Blvd. in the Regis neighborhood, but redistributes gently-used used books to those in need throughout the Denver-metro area.

To learn more about The Bookies, visit https://thebookies.com. To learn more about BookBar, visit www.bookbardenver.com. To learn more about BookGive, visit https://bookgivedenver.org.

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