February 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.

New openings

The Crypt

A new dive bar and restaurant opened in January in Denver’s City Park West neighborhood.

Located at 1618 E. 17th Ave., the Crypt offers a mostly-vegan menu, but also has options with meat. The drink menu offers an extensive beer list, including beer on tap.

Décor influences include punk; the book, “Death Scenes;” and the television show, “Tales From the Crypt,” according to Westword. A stage is also planned to host live music.

Westword reports that the Crypt is the brainchild of Priscilla Jerez, who spent decades running the former Tooey’s Off Colfax, which was a live music venue located nearby at 1521 N. Marion St.; Chris Maynard; and Dale Canino.

For more invormation, visit thecryptdenver.com.



Brightmarten, also known as Bright Bar & Kitchen, at 730 S. University Blvd. in Denver’s Bonnie Brae, has closed.

Westword reported Brightmarten closed following its brunch service on Jan. 16.

The neighborhood restaurant and bar opened in 2018, serving American-style food, offering robust brunch, lunch and dinner menus.


Full Afterburner Calzones

Full Afterburner Calzones celebrated the one-year anniversary of opening its brick-and-mortar location at 32 N. Broadway in Denver.

Full Afterburner Calzones got its start in 2008 as a fighter jet/aircraft carrier-themed food truck. Originally opening the Broadway dine-in location as Danger Zone Calzones, the restaurant changed its name to Full Afterburner Calzones and launched a new website in June last year, according to its Facebook posts.

The restaurant specializes in “Top Gun” and fighter jet-themed calzones, such as the Goose — pepperoni, marinara sauce, mozzarella and ricotta — and also has a vegan calzone and jet-shaped sugar cookies.

For more information, visit ­fullafterburnercalzones.com.

Lucas Acupuncture

Capitol Hill-based Lucas Acupuncture celebrated its 20th anniversary in January.

Dr. Martha Lucas opened her small business, which offers Chinese medicine and specializes in treating trauma patterns, just after the new year in 2002.

Today, the business has three arms — a private practice, teaching Chinese medicine and a natural skin care line called My Zen Skin Care.

Lucas’ patients include people who are not feeling well, and those who come for routine maintenance. She sees all her patients herself, but is looking to expand this year by adding another acupuncturist or Chinese medicine massage therapist.

“There is a big move to natural medicine now,” Lucas said, adding that she especially enjoys seeing people who have chronic illnesses that Western medicine can’t treat get better. “Your body wants to be well, and if someone can encourage your good health, your body will respond.”

To learn more about Lucas Acupuncture and its services, visit acupuncturewoman.com.

The Urban Cookie

The Urban Cookie celebrated its one-year anniversary mid-January.

The cookie bakery — which offers dine-in on an outdoor patio, take-out and catering — is located at 2260 E. Colfax Ave., which is in the upper east corner of the Cheesman Park neighborhood.

The Urban Cookie offers a variety of classic cookie flavors, such as Chocolate Chunk & Chip; vegan options, gluten-free cookies and mystery flavors that change weekly.

To learn more or to order, visit theurbancookie.com.


Moxy Cherry Creek

Mile High CRE, an online commercial development news publication, reported that BMC Investments has sold the Moxy Cherry Creek hotel to RLJ Lodging Trust for $51.3 million. The hotel will be managed by Denver-based Sage Hospitality Group.

BMC Investments is a Denver-based developer. RLJ Lodging Trust is a real estate investment trust based in Maryland. Moxy Hotels are a hotel brand of Marriott International Inc.

The Moxy Cherry Creek is located at 240 Josephine St. in Denver. It is one of five hotels located in the Cherry Creek North area, which consists of 16 walkable blocks of shopping, dining, lodging and residential. There are about 275 businesses in Cherry Creek North, and about 70% of them are locally owned.

The Moxy Cherry Creek opened in late 2017, and features 170 rooms, a bar, meeting rooms, outdoor event space, complimentary bike rentals and a state-of-the-art fitness center, states Mile High CRE.

To learn more about Moxy Hotels, visit moxy-hotels.marriott.com.

Nonprofit news

Dumb Friends League

The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur opened to the public on Feb. 1 in Denver’s Globeville-Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. It is a funder-and donor-subsidized clinic.

The Dumb Friends League has been offering funder-and donor-subsidized urgent veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries for owned and feral cats at its Veterinary Hospital at Yuma, 191 Yuma St. in the Valverde neighborhood, since 2018. These services will be expanded to the new Spur location.

The Spur location will also serve as an educational tool for students and the public, offering field placements for CSU veterinary students to gain hands-on experience, learning programs for the public and exposure to veterinary and STEM-related careers for young people.

“Providing accessible and affordable veterinary services for pets whose owners face financial challenges is critical to keeping those pets healthy and safe at home with their families,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO, in a news release. “The Dumb Friends League has been a leader in this work, and we are proud to support their responsive veterinary care and innovative veterinary education programs, both of which will help thousands of Denver-area pets now and in the future.”

To learn more about the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org.

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