May 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

Capitol Donuts

A new donut shop has opened in Uptown.

Capitol Donuts, 329 E. Colfax Ave., had a soft opening April 1 and a grand opening on April 20.

The shop offers a variety of house-made donuts and muffins, which can be ordered individually or by the half dozen or dozen.

All product is made fresh daily. The donut shop’s hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

To learn more about Capitol Donuts, visit capitol-donuts.business.site.

The Colfax Ave BID originally reported this story.

Grub Gremlin/Brutal Poodle

The Brutal Poodle, a heavy-metal inspired gastropub in Denver’s Overland neighborhood, launched its food truck, the Grub Gremlin, on April 15.

The Brutal Poodle is located at 1967 S. Broadway, and the Grub Gremlin travels across the metro area to a variety of venues including breweries and small-and-large concert venues.

The Grub Gremlin’s menu is not a replica of the brick-and-mortar — which features a varietal menu of bites, plates, burgers and deserts — though there are some similarities and shared items. Both the Brutal Poodle and Grub Gremlin offer some vegetarian and vegan options.

To learn more about the Brutal Poodle or to find the Grub Gremlin’s upcoming schedule, visit brutalpoodledenver.com.

Closings

Broadway Market

The Broadway Market, a food hall at 950 Broadway in the Golden Triangle/Capitol Hill area, has permanently closed.

The food hall originally opened in February 2019. On March 14, 2020, it closed its doors because of the pandemic’s shutdowns, but started offering takeout and delivery of the hall’s eateries on June 12 that year. Broadway Market resumed in-person dining on July 23, 2020, but that October, announced it would close for the winter months. It was expected that the food hall would reopen in 2021, but it never did.

Westword reported the permanent closure in early April.

Vert Kitchen

Vert Kitchen, a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 704 S. Pearl St. in West Washington Park, has closed. The restaurant served the community for 13 years.

According to Westword, the reason for the closure was to focus on the owners’ Overt Grab & Go. This concept started out being available only in Colorado eight years ago, and has grown to now be available in 10 states, according to Overt’s website.

To learn more about Overt Grab & Go, visit eatovert.com.

Milestones

Phoenix Tattoo Company

Phoenix Tattoo Company celebrated its one-year anniversary of opening shop on South Broadway in April.

Now located at 1872 S. Broadway in Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood, owner Jillian Johnson originally opened Phoenix Tattoo Company in west Denver in February 2019. In the past year since its move, Phoenix Tattoo Company has expanded its staff of experienced tattoo artists and piercers, and launched a new website.

The tattoo shop specializes in custom tattoo work and can cater to any style of art.

To learn more about Phoenix Tattoo Company, visit phoenixtattooco.com. Follow the shop on social media to learn about specials and deals.

The Table Urban Farm and The Table Public House

This April, The Table Urban Farm celebrated its 10-year anniversary and The Table Public House celebrated its one-year anniversary.

The Table Urban Farm, or more commonly known as simply The Table, was founded in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Craig Broek and Jeanine Kopaska Broek who currently co-direct the organization. It is a nonprofit that grows organic produce in the south Denver area to distribute in the community through local partners or The Table’s Veggie Bike, which has been in operation for about seven years. The Table partners with private homeowners who allow The Table to grow vegetables on their property. This year, The Table has 16 garden plots primarily located in the Platt Park and University Hills neighborhoods.

The Table Public House, located at 2190 S. Platte River Dr., opened on April 2, 2021. It specializes in coffee and features Colorado craft beer on tap. It also offers small plates and is expanding its menu through a growing food program. The venue hosts local musicians who perform live and other small events such as seed giveaways and bike diagnostics.

The Table Public House is also looking to launch a training program this summer or fall that will be led by former Metropolitan State University professor Jeff Koch. The program will provide an opportunity for people who need a little help getting back into the workforce, such as those with a criminal record, experiencing homelessness or need some life coaching as they recover from substance abuse, Broek said. The hands-on training will provide experience in both culinary and the front of the house operations.

It’s all about people and providing a place where people can gather and experience community, Broek said.

“Community is good for mental health and physical wellbeing,” Broek said. “So much more life is experienced when people do it together.”

To learn more about The Table Urban Farm, denvertable.org, and to learn more about The Table Public House, visit tablepublichouse.com.

Miscellaneous

Meritage Homes/Arbor Day Foundation

Meritage Homes, a U.S. public homebuilder, partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to distribute 58 trees at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver.

The event took place on April 23. The Denver event was one of 18 of Meritage Homes’ community planting and distribution campaigns taking place across the country. Combined, the 18 events will equal to the distribution of more than 1,300 trees nationwide.

“In Denver, Meritage Homes and the Arbor Day Foundation have teamed up with The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program to distribute trees in an effort to combat several environmental issues, such as air quality, flood mitigation and the emerald ash borer infestation,” states a news release.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation foundation that “through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees,” states the news release.

To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation, visit arborday.org. To learn more about Meritage Homes, visit meritagehomes.com.

Nonprofit news

Bayaud Enterprises

Bayaud Enterprises has launched a new dual mobile laundry-shower trailer that will help support adults and children experiencing homelessness in metro Denver.

The unveiling took place on April 28.

“This new dual mobile laundry-shower trailer will allow Bayaud to support more than 3,000 individuals annually experiencing homeless throughout the Denver metro area with critical services,” said Tammy Bellofatto, executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, in a news release. “In addition, we will continue growing our work as an innovator in the community for social enterprises and supported employment.”

The new mobile laundry-shower trailer is thanks to contributions from businesses and donors totaling more than $175,000.

Bayaud Enterprises is a Denver-based nonprofit that was founded in 1969. It exists to remove the “barriers to self-sufficiency for adults with disabilities, experiencing homelessness and other challenges to employment,” states a news release. Its offices are located at 333 W. Bayaud Ave. in Denver’s Baker neighborhood, but the organization serves the entire metro area.

To learn more about Bayaud Enterprises, visit bayaudenterprises.org.

Comeback Yoga

As a way to honor veterans this Memorial Day, the nonprofit Comeback Yoga would like the community to consider making a donation to its organization.

Comeback Yoga is a Denver-based nonprofit that provides free, trauma-informed yoga to veterans, active-duty military and their support networks. “Comeback Yoga’s classes are taught by specially trained instructors who are versed in military culture, PTS, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), trauma-informed yoga, accessible yoga and many other military specific topics,” states a news release.

Comeback Yoga’s classes are free and available to all members of the military community. Classes are also accessible to everyone regardless of age or physical ability. The organization offers more than 40 classes each week at military bases and offices in Colorado, Utah and Hawaii. Online virtual classes are also offered so that military personnel and vets anywhere can take a free class.

According to the news release, the need for Comeback Yoga’s services skyrocketed during the pandemic but funding has dramatically decreased. Comeback Yoga accepts donations year-round, but the Memorial Day ask is so that the organization can meet the demands for more in-person classes this summer. It is hoping to raise several thousand dollars to fulfill that goal.

Memorial Day falls on May 30 this year.

All gifts are tax-deductible. To learn more about Comeback Yoga, find a class schedule or donate to the organization, visit comebackyoga.org.

Local business, Denver, May Business Matters

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