If your head is spinning with all the changes, disruptions, cancellations and uncertainty to our daily lives, you aren’t alone. We at Mile High On The Cheap feel it, too. In fact, we’re working even harder to stay on top of what’s happening in the Denver-Boulder area and keep you informed in a timely manner. Though we post about things we think you’ll find of interest, sometimes we learn of something newsworthy that may not be worth a stand-alone post. But, we want to share.
We’re going to publish (and republish as needed) this post, with information that may have escaped your attention we’ve learned about from our sources and news releases. Some of it is good news, some not-so-good.
Still, knowledge is power and the more you know, the better you’ll be able to weather the days ahead. Keep checking back as we’ll continue to update as more news flows across our desk.
No appointment required at three Colorado Covid vaccination sites
There are now three mass vaccination sites offering COVID vaccines you can visit without making an appointment:
- Ball Arena in Denver: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Colorado State Fair Grounds in Pueblo: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.
You can walk up or drive up to be vaccinated. The sites will also continue to accept appointments online or by calling 720-263-5737. Same-day appointments are also available at the other two mass vaccination sites at Dick’s Sporting Goods Arena in Commerce City and Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
Brisket, blintzes & matzoh balls are back when Zaidy’s Deli reopens in new locale
We heard this rumor a few weeks ago, but wanted to wait for confirmation. The shuttered Cherry Creek icon Zaidy’s Deli will soon be dishing up brisket, blintzes, matzoh ball soup and more. The new digs are the former home of Ambli Mexico on Leetsdale at Holly (that’s the center just behind Morning Story cafe and next to Dollar Tree).
Planned opening is the end of June, with operating hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to start. Dinner hours may be next on the menu.
Englewood Fourth of July Festival & Fireworks Is A Go!
Here’s the first of what we hope will be similar announcements. The tradition of the Englewood Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks Show will return this year on Saturday, July 3. In March, the Englewood City Council approved the event which is held in Englewood, but costs and staffing are shared by local partners. Englewood budgets about $47,000 for this event, with another $28,000 contributed by Littleton, Sheridan, Arapahoe County, and South Suburban Parks and Recreation.
Finally heard about your “free” Dhavni face mask…there’s a pricey catch
Just over one year ago at the start of the pandemic, Dhavani made a huge offer to the American public. The company promised to send every American (all 6 billion) a totally free face mask. The media (including MHOTC) jumped on it, millions signed up and waited…and waited..and finally gave up.
So imagine our surprise when this week, we received an email telling us our free face mask awaited. Can you say, “too late to the party?” Still, we decided to check it out. What we found did not make us happy.
If you click on the link in your Dhavani email, yes you can use a promo code for one free face mask. However, at checkout you are socked with a $6.77 shipping charge to ship you the freebie. In the MHOTC world, we call that “bait-and-switch” and other words we can’t print in public.
Bottom line: If you signed up a year ago for a free face mask and receive an email saying it’s ready, junk it.
Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery shutters for good
After 50 years, arts cooperative Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery on the Pearl Street Mall is closing. Everything is on sale and there are long lines to enter, but if you are in the market for local, handmade art, this is the spot. Here’s the sale schedule: March 17 to 21, 40% off; March 24 to 28, 60% off; March 31 to Apr 4, 80% off. All sales are final. 1421 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-443-3683.
Denver to start slowly reopening recreation centers in May
It won’t happen all at once, but at least some of Denver’s recreation centers will reopen in May. Some pools will open to swimmers in June. Three centers: Carla Madison, Eisenhower and Green Valley Ranch will begin taking hour-long reservations for weight and cardio rooms (free to $2) on April 26, one week before the three open on May 3.
In-person programs will also begin on May 3 at Cook Park, Hiawatha Davis Jr., Highland and Platt Park centers.
Beginning June 7, weight and cardio rooms will be open by reservation at Athmar, Montclair and Rude recreation centers.
Outdoor pools will open on June 7. Reservations (free to $2) can be made starting May 31 for 90-minute swim blocks. This includes lap swim, open swim and aqua fitness. Pools include Berkeley Park, Barnum Park, Cook Park, Globeville, Green Valley Ranch, Harvard Gulch, Harvey Park and Mestizo/Curtis Park outdoor pools.
Some indoor pools will open on August 16, as well as additional recreation centers including Central Park, Glenarm, Montbello and Scheitler.
Indoor gyms and sport courts will remain closed until further notice.
Bookmark March 9: Denver Public Library reopens nine branches for in-person services
Woo hoo! The Denver Public Library will reopen nine branches to the public (yes, you can go inside) on Tuesday, March 9. They include: Bear Valley Branch Library, Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, Hampden Branch Library, Sam Gary Branch Library, Ross-University Hills Branch Library, Valdez-Perry Branch Library, and Westwood Branch Library.
These branches, with the exception of the Westwood, will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Westwood Branch Library will be open Tuesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Curbside service will continue at these locations during normal curbside hours which can be found at denverlibrary.org/curbside-holds. The library expects to open additional locations in early April.
Alfalfa’s says bye-bye to Boulder
Alfalfa’s will close its flagship store in Boulder after almost 38 years as a downtown presence, as reported by the Boulder Daily Camera. The market (1651 Broadway) begins a sale today and will close next week, depending on how long the store shelves have merchandise. The store’s cafe and prepared-foods department have been shuttered since the start of the pandemic. The Longmont and Louisville locations remain open for now.
Thornton Sears store to close
Another 18 Sears stores around the country have been announced to close. One addition is in Colorado. The Thornton location at 16395 Washington St. will close by mid-April if not sooner and is holding a liquidation sale.
Denver Mart shutters on March 31
The 54-year-old Denver Mart, which we often visited for holiday craft shows, antique & vintage sales, model railroad enthusiast gatherings, special events and the Denver Mart drive-in theater, closes its doors for good on March 31. Retail tenants and show producers are now scrambling to find new homes. The Mart is located off 58th Avenue and I-25. Let’s hope the free and cheap events that often called the facility home, find other venues to operate. No word yet, on what will happen to the space, though likely it will be torn down.
Half-price Hallmark greeting cards at Barnes & Noble
This is one of those deals we discovered while out and about. The Barnes & Noble store at Aurora City Center has all of its Hallmark greeting cards on sale for 50% off. After a few phone calls, we found that this deal is running at other Barnes & Noble locations, but you may want to call your nearest store to confirm.
We found a wide variety of cards for all occasions including birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and thinking of you. No word on how long the sale will run, but you should find a good selection, as the sale has not been widely advertised.
Safeway’s Monopoly game will be back…but with changes
In case you’ve been anxiously awaiting Safeway’s Monopoly game, you need to hang in a bit longer. The game doesn’t begin until March 3 this year, with online pre-registration beginning around February 17. There’s a total of $230 million up for grabs this year, down from the $250 million offered last year.
According to Safeway’s parent company Albertsons, the 2021 version of Monopoly will be VERY different from 2020. What that means is anyone’s guess. We’ll keep you updated on the details when we receive them. Stay tuned…
Starbucks to shutter four more area locations by June
As reported by Business Den, Starbucks has permanently closed two more Denver locations: one on Federal & Speer in the Highlands neighborhood and the other at Writer’s Square in downtown. By the end of May, two more locations will close. These are on E. 6th in Cap Hill and E. Evans in the University neighborhood. The closures are in addition to those already shuttered on the 16th Street Mall and W. Colfax Ave.
RTD customers can use 2020 10-Ride and Access-a-Ride ticket books through 2021
Don’t toss those 2020 RTD passes! The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is extending the use and exchange period for 2020 10-Ride and Access-a-Ride ticket books through the end of 2021.
The agency made the decision because many RTD customers did not have an opportunity to use or exchange pre-purchased 2020 10-Ride and Access-a-Ride tickets before they expired, due to safety concerns, service reduction or limited vehicle capacity.
Exchanges can still be made in person at RTD-operated sales outlets or by mail if a customer chooses. Note: Free Ride Coupons and monthly passes that expired on Dec. 31 are not included in the exchange and cannot be used as valid fare in 2021.
WOW! Children’s Museum reopens on limited basis
WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette will begin a phased reopening to the public starting Wednesday, February 3. Capacity will be limited to 50 visitors per time slot and open only from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Saturday.
All visitors (including members) must reserve tickets in advance. Tickets are for a selected two-hour time slot only. If you are unable to purchase tickets online, please call 303-604-2424 to make a reservation.
Besides the timed ticketing, the museum will adopt strict safety protocols including rigorous cleaning of exhibits and common spaces and reducing the number of hand-held toys. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed and the museum will use contactless check-in. You’ll find more info here.
Hobby Lobby ends weekly 40% off coupon
Hobby Lobby customers will soon lose their famous weekly 40% off coupons. The arts and crafts retailer announced that its weekly “40% off one item at regular price” coupon will be permanently discontinued as of February 28.
“By making this decision, we are intensifying our efforts to discount thousands of items every day. This will offer a better value instead of providing a discount on only one item with the coupon,” the company said in a press release.
Some customers are voicing their displeasure over the move on Hobby Lobby’s Facebook page. Whether the move means prices will be lowered across the board or Hobby Lobby loses business is anyone’s guess. Stay tuned…
Not-so-sweet news. Godiva closes Colorado stores
Luxury chocolatier Godiva is closing all of its U.S. locations including those in Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Park Meadows Mall. Stores are expected to remain open until Valentine’s Day, unless the location sells all its product sooner.
According to MHOTC reader Lyn, everything in the stores is currently 20% off. That includes gift boxes, chocolate truffles, chocolate-covered pretzels and more. Godiva chocolates aren’t disappearing completely. You can still get them online as well as at grocery and other stores.
Costco closes all of its in-store photo centers
As of Sunday, February 14, the photo department at all Costco locations will close. The following services will also no longer be available: ink refills, passport photos, photo restoration and YesVideo home movie transfer.
Costco will continue to offer photo prints, greeting cards, photo books, calendars, business printing and other services through the Costco Photo Center website.
Retailer Christopher & Banks files for bankruptcy and shutters stores
Christopher & Banks, a specialty women’s apparel retailer, filed for bankruptcy today and plans to close most, if not all, of its stores across the country. Stores have started liquidation sales as they try to clear out inventory. Christopher & Banks has six locations in the metro area including Colorado Mills, Denver Premium Outlet, Arapahoe Crossing, Aspen Grove, Marketplace at Northglenn and the Outlets at Castle Rock.
Broomfield 5-Star businesses can increase capacity starting Monday
Broomfield’s 5 Star businesses will be allowed to operate under Level Yellow restrictions starting Monday. The 5 Star program allows businesses to operate at one level better than their current level. In Broomfield, that is currently Level Orange. On Monday, certified Broomfield restaurants and gyms can operate at 50% capacity (up to 50 to 100 people depending on space). Last call moves to 11 p.m. from 10 p.m.
Children’s Museum is back in business
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus will reopen its doors to the public on Thursday, January 7. The Museum will be open by reservation only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for four, 90-minute play sessions each day. Reservation opportunities for January 7 to 9 and January 14 to 16 are now available, and reservations can be made on their website.
In addition to Water, Joy Park and The Art Studio, guests can now explore sudsy science secrets in Bubbles, take care of the neighborhood pets in Ready Vet Go, learn about the Laws of Motion in Kinetics, launch a rocket in 3 2 1 Blast Off, and save the town in Fire Station No. 1.
Guests can expect some changes; capacity is limited, exhibits have been modified to eliminate high touch points, one way flow and social distancing is encouraged throughout the Museum with clearly marked signage, and toys and props will be available in exhibits for personal use and sanitized thoroughly after each use. The Gift Shop and Café will also be open.
Denver residents can register cars in person starting Tuesday. New fees effective February 1
Denver Motor Vehicle Title and Registration (DMV) will resume in-person services at all branch locations on Tuesday, January 5, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Masks will be required for all customers and social distancing will be enforced.
DMV staff will serve customers in the order in which they arrive, except for seniors and people living with disabilities who will receive priority service. Customers will receive a number upon arrival and notified when it is safe to enter the lobby.
The following are examples of transactions that require an in-person visit:
- Assigned VIN Processes
- Suspense Title Transactions
- Tiny Home Title Establishment
- Trust Title Establishment
- Most Title Transfers
As the DMV reopens to in-person transactions, extremely high customer volumes are anticipated. Most title and registration transactions can be completed online at denvergov.org/dmv or by mail. Customers who can utilize online, mail, and drop box options are strongly encouraged to do so.
For customers using online, mail, and drop box service, new tags or stickers will be mailed in approximately 3-4 business days after processing.
IMPORTANT! Beginning February 1, customers paying by credit/debit card and e-check via online, in-person, or by phone will now incur a transaction fee. Credit/debit card transactions will incur a 2.25% plus 75¢ fee, while e-check transactions will incur a flat $1 fee.
The city is reinstating credit/debit card and e-check transaction fees as part of 2021 budget reductions. The city began covering credit/debit/e-check transaction fees in 2015. No fees are applied to cash or mail-in check payments.
Denver Police will not be enforcing expired tags in Denver through January 31. As a reminder, all drivers are provided a 30-day grace period from the date of expiration of their vehicle registration/tags.
Denver Motor Vehicle provides title and registration services and is only available for Denver residents. Residents of other counties must use the motor vehicle offices located in their home county.
Indoor dining resumes at most restaurants starting Monday
Governor Polis caught a lot of people off-guard when he announced that all counties at Level Red will move down a notch to Level Orange starting Monday, January 4. That means restaurants can open for indoor dining at 25% capacity.
You may have heard about Colorado’s new 5 Star State Certification program that allows businesses who meet certain extra health and safety standards to operate at one level below a county’s level on the state’s Covid-19 dial. So if a county was at Level Red, a 5 Star certified restaurant could operate at Level Orange restrictions and if the county was Orange, the restaurant could operate at Yellow and so on.
However, because counties are moving due to the Governor’s order and not because they meet all metrics for Level Orange, restaurants that are certified under the 5-Star program will not be allowed to move to Level Yellow (50% capacity) until their county meets the metrics for that level and sustains them for at least 14 days.
Bottom line: Your favorite restaurant, with or without extra certification, will be able to operate at 25% capacity with a maximum capacity of 50. Gym capacity also increases to 25% or 25 people indoors per room. We’ll take it, but like most are still very confused.
Bed Bath & Beyond Park Meadows starts liquidation with 20% off everything
As we reported on December 7, Bed Bath & Beyond will be closing three more stores on the Front Range. We shopped the Park Meadows location today and found that everything in the store is 20% off (including items already marked for clearance). Beyond+ members get an additional 20% off their entire purchase.
Shelves were well stocked, though some departments were starting to clear a bit and its apparent some merchandise (such as Papyrus greeting cards) has been removed and sent to other stores. As the liquidation continues, the discount will rise, though we haven’t been able to get a schedule.
Store hours vary over the holidays. We can confirm, it will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 26 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 27.
Winter Park pass holders now need to reserve a spot to access the mountain
Starting Saturday, December 19, Winter Park Resort pass holders will need a reservation to access the mountain. Pass holders may start reserving days beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.
Earlier this Fall, Winter Park restricted sales of individual lift tickets to manage the anticipated number of visitors. The resort will continue to tightly manage individual lift tickets along with implementing a reservation system for pass holders.
For individual lift ticket holders, their ticket is dated and serves as their reservation, so they do not need to access the system and make a reservation.
Ikon Pass and Winter Park Pass holders can access the system and make reservations through their pass account. Weekends and holidays will continue to be in high demand throughout the season, so guests are encouraged to book mid-weekdays whenever possible.
Pass holders can book up to 10 days at a time and can make additional reservations as they use their bank of 10 reserved days. Pass holders should logon to their account and visit this page to learn more.
Francesca’s closes more stores in Colorado
Apparel chain Francesca’s is pulling the plug on 97 more stores. Colorado locations that will be shuttering include Aspen Grove, Colorado Mills, Flatiron crossing and Pueblo Mall. The company has filed for bankruptcy. Stores will launch liquidation sales soon.
Goodbye Bed Bath & Beyond at Park Meadows
Bed Bath & Beyond at Park Meadows will shutter its doors by mid-February, according to a store source. Employees were notified a week ago about the closing and are devastated as the location is in a prime location with strong sales. (We shopped there all the time — the clearance section is awesome — and the store is always busy.)
No word on how liquidation will operate, but we are told to expect some sort of closing sale to begin on or about December 22. We have also learned that the Boulder and one Colorado Springs BB&B locations are set to close as well.
The Park Meadows location was one of only five locations to offer a health and beauty products section. Now your choices will be cut to four: Glendale, Golden (Denver West), Littleton and Westminster.
Bed Bath & Beyond has been closing stores across the country, but Park Meadows was not on the list of closures.
As soon as we receive more details, we’ll let you know.
Up to 15 counties get new restrictions starting Friday, but it’s not a total stay-at-home order
Governor Jared Polis announced today that a number of 15 counties, including Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas and Jefferson, will move to stricter restrictions (red level – “severe risk”) to try and slow the growth of coronavirus starting Friday, November 20.
The state added a new level — purple or “extreme risk” — to its COVID-19 dial. Previously red was the highest level. Now purple indicates the need for total stay-at-home/lockdown conditions. The new dial and restrictions goes into effect Friday, November 20.
Here’s what you need to know: In counties that move to red level, all restaurants will have to temporarily close to indoor dining, but takeout and delivery is still an option. Outdoor seating is also okay, but is limited to a single family seating, not groups.
Bars will remain closed and last call at restaurants serving alcohol will be at 8 p.m.
Gyms will be able to remain open, but are limited to 10% capacity or 10 people per room. Reservations required.
Personal services, non-critical medical offices and retail stores remain at their current levels of operation. Same for places of worship.
Childcare will remain open. Indoor events are entertainment will close.
Offices are encouraged to switch to remote work, if possible, or have only 10% capacity in the building.
In-person learning, especially for students K to 5, is still recommended even for those counties who move to the new red level. “We encourage preschools through fifth grade students to continue learning in-person or to restart if the districts have taken a hiatus,” said Polis.
Colorado lawmakers will convene for a special session to pass COVID-19 relief legislation that will boost small businesses, increase access to child care, help Coloradans pay their rent or mortgage and improve broadband options for students in rural communities.
Clothing retailer Justice closes stores
Tween clothing brand Justice will shutter all locations by early 2021. Exact closing dates have not yet been announced. The company says stores and online operations will remain open through the holiday season. Just one location, at Park Meadows, remains open on the Front Range.
Free COVID-19 testing site opening Monday, November 2 in Centennial
A new FREE COVID community testing site at Centennial Center Park (13050 East Peakview Ave. in Centennial) will open on Monday, November 2 and will offer drive-up screenings seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Testing at the Centennial site is open to anyone and you will NOT be charged anything. No ID, health insurance or appointments are required. Visitors are encouraged to reduce wait times by pre-registering at tinyurl.com/co-15238 before going to the site. Results from the tests will be available within four days.
State moves Denver and Adams County back to Level 3 restrictions
At a critical moment in this pandemic, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has moved the City and County of Denver, as well as Adams County, to the more restrictive Safer at Home Dial Level 3. Restrictions take effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28.
Level 3 restrictions include:
- Restaurants: 25% capacity or 50 people / 6 feet between parties outdoors
- Places of Worship: 25% capacity or 50 people / 6 feet between parties outdoors
- Offices: 25% capacity
- Bars: Closed
- Gyms/Fitness Studios: 25% capacity or 25 people
- Group Sports: outdoors in groups less than 10
- Retail: 25% capacity
- Personal Services: 25% capacity or 25 people
- Indoor Events: 25 person cap
- Outdoor Events: 75 person cap
- Senior Facilities: Closed except for compassionate visitation
- Outdoor recreation: 25% capacity or 10 people
IMPORTANT!! The new restrictions will not affect Denver’s voting centers. People who vote in person will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. If you plan to vote in person, you can still do so and should.
The change to Level 3 does not impact site-specific variances including: the Botanic Gardens, Denver Zoo, and Cherry Creek Mall. Those can continue to operate according to the allowances and conditions of the original variance approvals.
If the city reduces its new cases, positivity and hospitalizations for Level 2 during this more restrictive phase, the city would need to maintain those metrics for two weeks and complete a request process to be moved back to Level 2.
State moves Arapahoe County to Level 2 restrictions
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is ordering Arapahoe County to move from Safer at Home Level 1 to Level 2, as a result of rising COVID case counts and positivity rates over the past several weeks.
CDPHE’s changes will go into effect Wednesday, October 28 at 5 p.m.
The main differences between Safer at Home Level 1 and Level 2 (some restrictions may vary depending upon the industry or location):
- Maximum attendees at indoor worship services are reduced from 175 to 50
- Maximum attendees at gyms are reduced from 75 to 50 (from 175 to 50 for Arapahoe County gyms because of the variance the County received in June)
- Maximum attendees at restaurants decreases from 175 to 50 (or up to 100 if the space has adequate social distancing) • Maximum participants for group sports are reduced from 50 to 25 per activity
- Maximum attendees for indoor events are reduced from 175 to 100, and from 250 to 175 for outdoor events
Macy’s closes in-store shopping at Southwest Plaza…and it’s not because of Covid-19
As first reported in BusinessDen, shoppers can no longer browse the racks at Macy’s at Southwest Plaza in Littleton. The store is now one of two in the country converted to a fulfillment center. While you can still pick up online orders or return an item at the location, the store is closed to in-person shopping. All other Macy’s in the area are open to shoppers. No word on what will become of the Southwest Plaza location after the holiday season.
Aurora reopens free Covid-19 testing site
The COVID-19 community testing site that was operating this summer at the Aurora Sports Park, 19300 E. Colfax Ave., is reopening on October 26. The drive-through site will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (On Friday, October 30 open from 8 a.m. to noon.)
The Sports Park site will operate through November 5. Then, it will relocate to the parking lot of the Aurora Center for Active Adults (30 Del Mar Cir., near 6th Ave. and I-225). That site will open on November 9 and operate until further notice from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays).
Free testing for COVID-19 will be provided to anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No appointment is necessary. No doctor referral, no health insurance and no proof of identification are required.
To register in advance and shorten wait times, visit tinyurl.com/aurora-co-12594. Pre-registration is not required. Test results from MAKO Medical will be available in four days or less.
What’s in a name? Pepsi Center now Ball Arena
It’s going to take time to get used to, but Pepsi Center is no more. It’s been re-dubbed Ball Arena, thanks to a partnership between venue owner Kronke Sports & Entertainment and Ball Corporation. Ball Arena will be the “new” home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth.
Rocky Mountain National Park and some state and city lands close temporarily
Rocky Mountain National Park is now totally closed (as in off-limits, do NOT go there) due to wildfires on the west side of the Continental Divide, a spokesperson for the park announced today. Air quality in the park is hazardous and Trail Ridge Road is impassable on the west side due to downed trees on the road.
High fire danger has also prompted the closure of the National Forest Service lands in Clear Creek County and Denver Parks and Recreation closed all Denver Mountain Parks properties located in Clear Creek.
This closure includes Echo Lake, Summit Lake, Hicks Mountain, Pence Mountain, Mt. Judge, Snyder Mountain, Forsberg Park, and the Beaver Brook Trail at Genesee Park in Jefferson County.
Parks will remain closed until conditions improve and they are safe for visitors to enter and use.
Denver Public Libraries remain closed for foreseeable future
This isn’t the kind of news we like to hear (or share) but as reported by Denverite, Denver Public Libraries were just about to announce the reopening of a handful of branches in a couple of weeks. However, with the rising number of Covid-19 cases across Denver, DPL has shelved those plans for now. There is no new target date for reopening. Library officials say they will closely watch the data. All 26 DPL locations have been closed since March 16.
Olde Town Arvada will keep streets closed so restaurants can stay open this winter
Street closures in Olde Town Arvada have been extended through March 31, 2021. Street closures in Olde Town Arvada went into effect June 12. Establishments within the street closures are now serving additional patrons with expanded patio seating and retail outlets are using additional space in front of their stores for art demonstrations, sidewalk sales and more. An open container executive order has also been extended until March 31, 2021, so visitors to Olde Town Arvada can walk the streets and enjoy social distancing while sipping libations.
The current Olde Town Arvada closure plan includes Grandview Avenue from Webster Street to Olde Wadsworth Boulevard and sections of Olde Wadsworth Boulevard between Grandview Avenue and Grant Place, maintaining essential access for businesses along the street. The block between 57th Ave and Grant Place will open up by November 3, 2020, due to road construction changes on Ralston Road.
Denver Recreation Centers to remain shuttered until April 2021
That isn’t a typo. We’re sorry to report that according to The Denver Post, Denver’s 30 recreation centers, which closed in March, will not reopen until April 2021 at the earliest. The Parks and Recreation Department says there is no way to keep the center’s safe for public use, because each has it’s own layout, staffing and facilities. They do hope to continue with some online and outdoor programming.
In addition, several of the sites will continue to serve as meal sites for children and families. And, some will serve as voting centers in the upcoming election.
Lululemon Outlet Store comes to Castle Rock
This should make budget-minded fitness fans happy. A Lululemon pop-up outlet store is opening at Outlets at Castle Rock on Friday, October 2. The new store will be the only lululemon outlet in Colorado and will feature merchandise from their full-priced stores. It’s located near The North Face and Puma.
Winter Park Express Train derailed for this ski season
Amtrak and Winter Park Resort have decided not to operate the popular Winter Park Express train during the 2020-21 season. Amtrak and the resort evaluated seating options on the Winter Park Express and agreed that, with social distancing requirements, it was not possible to operate the train successfully this year. The train will return in for 2021/2022.
Whole Foods Cap Hill to reopen as Ideal Market on October 7
Capitol Hill lost its Whole Foods Market in 2017 when corporate bigwigs decided locals could just as easily go to the new Whole Foods at union Station…uh, nope. Apparently seeing the error of their ways, the company has renovated the Cap Hill space and will open it on October 7 as Ideal Market. Details are still under wraps (why is anyone’s guess), but if we learn more we’ll let you know.
Two Colorado Bed Bath & Beyond stores to close by year’s end
Bed Bath & Beyond has released its initial list of stores that will permanently close. There are two locations in Colorado: one at 23901 E. Orchard Rd., in Aurora and the other in Greeley. No word on any closing sales, though we’ll keep checking. Because other metro stores will continue to operate, BB&B may simply transfer product to other locations.
The company plans to close 200 stores by the end of 2021. Today’s list contained 63 locations. BB&B blames closures on the effects of the pandemic and hopes it can streamline operations.
In-N-Out Burger eyes more Colorado locations
California-based burger chain In-N-Out has its eye on at least six locations in the metro Denver area. Constructions is underway at Town Center at Aurora and near Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree (both planning to open by the end of 2020). The company has also submitted proposals for locations at Outlets at Castle Rock, in Denver (in the Central Park neighborhood), Lakewood (at Wadsworth & Alameda) and just south of Denver Premium Outlets in Thornton.
Other locations are planned for Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Looks like Coloradans will soon be chowing down on Double-Double Burgers and fries with the company’s famous spread soon.
National Western Stock Show canceled for 2021
We’ll have to wait until 2022 to cheer on courageous bronco busters and bull riders (or smell that special livestock aroma that permeates the air around Denver). National Western Stock Show organizers announced today that they are canceling the 2021 event. Stock Show management made the early decision due to the intense planning and expenses that go into the NWSS.
“We needed to make sure we announced early enough so all the livestock producers, contestants, competitors, and exhibitors do not incur time and cost they can’t recover,” said NWSS President and CEO Paul Andrews, “and as an indoor event in the heart of winter, we had to consider the virus could be spread more easily indoors, potentially compromising the safety and health of thousands of people. The responsible decision was to postpone the show.”
Every January, the NWSS hosts the super bowl of livestock shows along with professional rodeo competition and horse shows. The Stock Show draws over 700,000 attendees during the 16 days in January with record days seeing over 65,000 guests on site.
Never fear, the Stock Show will be back. Mark your calendars for January 8 to 23, 2022.
Winter Park and Steamboat to limit daily lift tickets
Alterra Mountain Company, owner of Steamboat and Winter Park ski areas, said today it will prioritize pass holder access and suspend selling daily (day-of) lift tickets for the time being. Any daily lift tickets will be available by advanced purchase only and walk-up window sales will be eliminated. This is all to more closely manage lift access during peak times to minimize potential overcrowding.
Arapahoe Libraries open for in-person visits by appointment
Arapahoe Libraries is now open for visits by appointment. Reservations are preferred and walk-ins are welcome. Reservations can be made on the same day or up to seven days in advance. You can reserve one 90-minute library appointment per day. To make an appointment, please call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279) or visit the system website.
If you do plan to visit, make note that masks must be worn and no food or drink will be allowed in the library. Also, libraries will maintain a capacity of no more than 50%. Once you arrive at the library, please check in at the welcome desk near the library’s entrance. Hand sanitizer will be available, as well as disposable masks for those who need one.
Restrooms will be available for patron use. Meeting and study rooms will not be available. Computers and printing services will be available on a first come, first served basis for your use during your time in the library. Please see a staff member to use a computer.
No more free rides on C-470 Express Lanes
Tolls will begin on Tuesday, August 18 on the C-470 Express Lanes between Wadsworth Blvd. and I-25. Tolls will range from 65¢ to $3.60 per toll point with an ExpressToll pass, depending on the time of day. The tolls have been waived since mid-June when the Express Lanes opened for testing.
Once tolling begins, drivers will have the choice of taking the Express Lanes, which will be available 24 hours a day, for a faster, more reliable travel time in exchange for a toll. Motorcycles will be able to use the lanes for free. All travelers can take the general purpose lanes for free. To save money on tolls, drivers are encouraged to get an ExpressToll pass. Note that the Switchable HOV Transponder will not provide an HOV discount on the C-470 Express Lanes, even when positioned in the “HOV” mode.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is now available in Colorado
Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, provides food-purchasing assistance to families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program. This benefit is being distributed because students missed essential meals while schools were closed due to the pandemic this spring. Families can receive up to $279 per eligible child to supplement their food budget, regardless of immigration status.
Households that were receiving SNAP in March, April, and May may not need to take any action; their P-EBT benefits may have automatically been loaded onto their existing EBT card. Families with eligible children who did not receive SNAP during those months, or who did not receive the automatic payment, need to apply online to receive this benefit.
Visit coloradopeak.force.com/PEBT to learn more and apply for P-EBT.
Stein Mart files for bankruptcy and will close all stores
Updated…We told you that Stein Mart at University Hills was shuttering to make way for a new Target. Now it appears that was just a prelude. This morning, Stein Mart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, will close all of its brick-and-mortar stores and has launched a store closing and liquidation process.
Stein Mart operates 279 stores in 30 states. It sells clothing, accessories, home decor, and shoes at discounted prices. Besides the Colorado Blvd. location, Stein Mart has stores in Centennial (Quebec Village), Aurora (S. Parker Rd.), Thornton and Colorado Springs. Even though new merchandise continues to arrive in stores, going-out-of-business sales have begun.
New York & Company stores launch liquidation sales
Liquidation sales are now underway at all New York & Company stores and are expected to last eight to 10 weeks depending on location or “until all merchandise is sold,” according to a news release. Discounts are up to 60%. All sales are final. The retailer has locations in The Shops at Northfield and Southlands.
Rialto Cafe in downtown Denver to shutter
After 23 years, the 16th Street Mall’s Rialto Cafe has announced it will close permanently on August 16. “We have been so lucky to have so many loyal patrons throughout the years,” owner Kevin Brown wrote in a Facebook post, “but the majority of our business is also depended heavily on visitors brought to us nightly by the Colorado Convention Center and Denver Center for Performing Arts, and the many downtown hotels.” Those closings and cancellations just made it unrealistic for the restaurant to stay open. The restaurant opened in 1997.
Kaufman’s Tall and Big Shop going out of business sale
As reported by BusinessDen, Kaufman’s Tall and Big Shop in Englewood (3395 S. Broadway) is closing after 62 years. The shop sells a variety of large sizes of name-brand casual and dress suits, shirts, shoes, socks, tuxedos, swim trunks and ski jackets. The owner has decided to retire and put the property up for sale. If you have a big man in your life, now’s the time to shop. Everything in the store is at least 50% off, with more discounts anticipated as the store nears its October closing.
Levitt Pavilion goes dark for 2020
The show at Levitt Pavilion Denver will go on, but not this year. After exhausting all avenues and possibilities for opening this summer, operators have decided to cancel the 2020 concert season and focus their energy on building an incredible comeback in 2021. You can still enjoy the Levitt In Your Living Room virtual concert series on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on their Facebook page.
Jos. A. Bank closes Aspen Grove store
The parent company of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank filed for bankruptcy over the weekend. While 100 stores will close, Colorado was spared for the most part. Only one Jos. A. Bank store (at Aspen Grove) is on the initial list of immediate closures. Other locations in the metro area will remain open.
And the winner is…
Stapleton neighborhood residents have chosen a new name — Central Park. There are still a few formal hoops to jump through including a petition with 100 signatures and a community vote to adopt the new name on August 31.
You can now reserve computer time at Arapahoe Libraries
Need access to a computer or printing services? Computers and printers are available for you to use at all Arapahoe Libraries locations. Reservations are required and can be made on the same day or up to seven days in advance. You can reserve one 45-minute computer appointment per day. To make a reservation, call 303-542-7279 or visit arapahoelibraries.org/computer.
Masks must be worn and no food or drink will be allowed. Once you arrive at the library, please wait outside the front door for a staff member to greet you and show you to your computer. Although computer reservations are for individuals, you are allowed a second person to assist you if needed. After each 45-minute appointment, each computer station will be cleaned and disinfected.
Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods to be closed on Thanksgiving
Two more retailers are following Walmart in announcing they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Today, Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods said they will not open on the holiday this year. In an effort to reduce crowds, stores will likely launch holiday deals earlier in the season both in-store and online.
Want to work out at Planet Fitness? You’ll need to wear a mask
Planet Fitness will require all members to wear masks in its gyms at all times — yep, even when running on a treadmill — starting Saturday, August 1, the chain announced today. Although many retail chains and restaurants already made mask-wearing mandatory, Planet Fitness is the first major fitness chain to require masks while working out.
Stapleton name change down to two finalists
The list of possible new names for the Stapleton neighborhood is now down to two: Central Park and Skyview. Residents will vote through 2 p.m. on July 30 and the winner will be announced on August 1. Stay tuned.
Ann Taylor & LOFT to close Outlet stores in Colorado
The parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant, Justice, Catherines and Cacique filed for bankruptcy today. Approximately 1,100 stores are set to shutter. According to a list released by the company, Colorado will lose Ann Taylor Factory at Colorado Mills, Denver Premium Outlets, Outlets at Loveland and Outlets at Silverthorne. LOFT Outlet will also close at Colorado Mills and Foothills Mall in Fort Collins.
Justice, Catherines and Lane Bryant stores to close, too
In addition to the Ann Taylor and LOFT closures, looks like Colorado will lose 10 Justice stores: Aurora, Broomfield (Flatiron Crossing), Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver (Northfield), Golden, Grand Junction, Littleton, Loveland and Westminster. Justice is transitioning to an online model.
All Catherines stores will close nationwide including those in Aurora, Lakewood and Westminster. Three Lane Bryant stores — Lakewood, Fort Collins and Grand Junction — are slated to close, as will the Lane Bryant Outlet in Castle Rock.
Catherines will hold liquidation sales, while other brands will have closing sales. These closing sales are likely to be short as most of the merchandise is expected to move quickly.
Air Care Colorado opens two more locations
If you live in Parker or Longmont, you can now get you vehicle emissions inspection right in town. Air Care Colorado has opened two additional locations this week. Testing volume is expected to be extremely high during the mornings at all stations as crews continue to work through the backlog of tests for March, April and May renewals. The Parker Test Center is at 10199 Park Glen Way. The Longmont Test Center is at 4040 Rogers Rd.
To help reduce wait times, motorists with Colorado registration renewals that are due in July are being urged to wait until August to get inspections. July registrations will not be late as there is a 30-day grace period following the last day of each renewal month. Check the Air Care Colorado website for details and procedures to get your emissions test.
You will not be spending Thanksgiving at Walmart
In what is likely to be the first of similar announcements, today Walmart said it has made the decision to close Walmart stores on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. Walmart typically opens its stores during regular hours on Thanksgiving and ropes off the parts devoted to Black Friday sales and merchandise until Doorbuster sales kick off in the evening. Information for store and club hours on Friday, November 27, will be shared at a later date.
Stapleton renaming down to final four
The Stapleton community’s renaming effort moves to round 2, with four options still in consideration. Voting for runs to July 24 at 2 p.m. Eligible voters must own or rent in Stapleton and be 18 or older. Voters will choose from: Central Park, Concourse, Mosley and Skyview. Stay tuned…
Take rides for free in Lafayette
There’s a new way to get around Lafayette. Ride Free Lafayette program is a free, on-demand, door-to-door bus service that connects people to places within the city. Residents and visitors can use the service to connect to transit stops, get to medical appointments, run errands, get to work, visit the community center and much more.
Riders can book by phone (call 833-456-3359), online or through an app. Once you book, the bus will arrive at the pick-up location at the designated time. No transfers are needed to get riders from their start and end destinations within the city. The service runs Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admit it…you need a good laugh
The Greenwood Village location for Denver’s Comedy Works will reopen with live stand-up shows on weekends starting July 25. In-person tickets start at $27.50 (higher for some comedians) and the venue is being super cautious with enhanced safety and sanitizing procedures. Those who want a laugh, but aren’t comfortable about an indoor show can stream performances live for $12.50. Comedians scheduled so far include Vinnie Montez, Dustin Nickerson, Brad Williams, Josh Blue and Norm MacDonald.
The Downtown Denver location will open August 13. Tickets for that venue start at about $25 and go up depending on the performer. You find all the details including schedules and tickets here.
Governor issues statewide mask mandate
Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide mask mandate on Thursday as the number of covid-19 cases are showing what he called a “significant uptick.” The executive order goes into effect on Friday, July 17, is in effect for at least 30 days and applies to everyone in the state who is age 10 and older whenever they’re anywhere indoors in public.
Exceptions to the mask mandate include: eating at a restaurant, exercising alone, receiving a service such as a facial or beard trimming where a mask would interfere, first responders (at their discretion), religious officiants, speaking to a televised audience and having to remove a mask for purposes of identification.
Other exemptions to the mandate include those who medically can not tolerate a face covering — whether they have breathing troubles, are unconscious or incapacitated, or unable to remove a face covering on their own — and those who are hearing-impaired or are communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired.
We have a list of “Made in Colorado” mask makers and manufacturers if you want to shop from and support local businesses.
King Soopers, Starbucks, Walmart and others to make require masks for entry
UPDATE: Add Walgreens, CVS, Costco, Whole Foods and Target to the list of retailers requiring masks.
If you want to enter some of your favorite retailers and cafes, you’re going to have to don a face covering, whether or not local rules call for one. Starbucks was one of the first large chains to announce all customers must wear a face covering starting today.
On Monday, July 20, Walmart and Sam’s Club will require customers to wear face coverings. Health Ambassadors will station near Walmart store entrances to remind those without a mask and find solutions for those who don’t have one. At Sam’s Club, free masks will be given to customers who need them or can be purchased in store.
Starting Wednesday, July 22, King Soopers (owner by Kroger) will require all customers to wear a mask no matter where the store is located. Kohl’s will require face coverings for customers starting Monday, July 20. Don’t be surprised if other businesses follow. MHOTC has a list of “Made in Colorado” mask makers and manufacturers.
Colorado Renaissance Festival cancels 2020 season
Organizers of the Colorado Renaissance Festival have canceled the 2020 season. Date for 2021 are June 12 through August 1.
No more change — for now — at King Soopers
Unless you have exact change, try to use a credit card at King Soopers. Otherwise, you could be telling cashiers to “keep the change.” For the foreseeable future, most stores will no longer get coins back due to a nationwide shortage. For now, customers paying with cash who should receive coins in change will have two options.
The amount can be added to your King Soopers loyalty card and applied to your next purchase. Or, you can “round up” the amount to donate to the Zero Hunger|Zero Waste Foundation, supporting the service of our local food bank. Walmart is experiencing a similar coin shortage, so you may find some self-check registers only accept credit or debit cards. Other retailers may follow.
The Federal Reserve said in a June 11 statement that our current situation “has significantly disrupted the supply chain and normal circulation patterns for U.S. coin. In the past few months, coin deposits from depository institutions to the Federal Reserve have declined significantly, and the U.S. Mint’s production of coin also decreased due to measures put in place to protect its employees.”
Racines closes earlier than expected
Popular eatery Racine’s has decided not to reopen again. The restaurant, started in 1983, was scheduled to shutter permanently in January 2021 when the property would be redeveloped. However, today, the co-owners announced they would not reopen at all.
You’ll need a reservation for backcountry camping at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Backcountry camping sites at Golden Gate Canyon State Park now require a reservation. You can make one by calling 1-800-244-5613 or online at www.cpwshop.com. The backcountry campsite fee is $18. A vehicle pass is also required in addition to the camping fee.
The park offers four backcountry shelters and 20 backcountry tent sites that in the past were on a first-come, first-served basis year-round. These are backpacking, hike-in only campsites, there is no vehicle access. Average hiking distance is 1.5 to 2 miles one way.
After experiencing issues of misuse such as people not paying park fees, going to the wrong sites, leaving waste behind and igniting illegal fires at the backcountry sites, the decision was made to implement reservations.
The four backcountry shelters are three-sided structures, with roofs and wood floors. Each hut can sleep up to six people without a tent. The 20 backcountry tent sites are open year-round. Each site is limited to a maximum of six people and equipped with bear boxes.
DCPA reschedules “Hamilton” for 2022
Previously scheduled for this August, Hamilton will now play The Buell Theatre from February 16 to March 27, 2022. A date for single ticket sales will be announced later next year. Until then, you can catch the original Broadway cast of Hamilton in a filmed version of the stage production on Disney+.
Fresh Fish Company closes after 40 years
Owners of the Fresh Fish Company announced a few days ago that the popular seafood restaurant located on Hampden Blvd. has closed permanently. The adjacent Proof Nightclub will also shutter. Karen Kristopeit -Parker and Tim Bell wrote on Facebook that the restaurant was financially devastated due to current restrictions. Many folks visited Fresh Fish on their birthday because they received a discount equivalent to their age.
RiNo Arts District restaurants and bars expand service into the streets
The RiNo Art District has been working with 25 restaurants and bars to expand their patios onto sidewalks and parking lots for the summer. This week, RiNo will try to give eateries even more room by closing block and half-block sections of the district streets.
Closures include: Larimer Street between 27th and 28th and between 29th and 30th, 25th Street between Larimer and Lawrence, and 35th Street between Wazee and Wynkoop.
Several of the bars and restaurants will create special environments within each space for three months. The walking and bike lanes on Larimer will transition to the center on the closed streets to keep those streets accessible to pedestrian and bike traffic. Closures will start later this week.
Tri-County Board of Health votes for mandatory mask order
The Tri-County Health Department’s Board of Health approved a mandatory requirement that people wear face coverings in certain settings, though all three counties (Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas) and 29 municipalities under the department’s jurisdiction have the option to opt-out. The order will expire on or before 90 days from when it is implemented, unless the TCHD executive director changes it.
Face coverings will be required for anyone over the age of 5 in public places and businesses where 6 feet of distance is not possible, according to the new mandate. Because of the opt-out mandate, officials say it will create a patchwork of places that do or do not require face coverings. No word on when the mandate will be officially implemented as the two sides hash this out. However, Englewood has a mask mandate that goes into effect July 9.
Aurora opens two city pools
Aurora opened the Del Mar Water Park and Meadow Hills Outdoor Pool today. But there are tight restrictions, including a maximum capacity of 50 people. City officials are recommending visitors make reservations for one of the 90-minute time blocks. Admission at both pools is $5 for ages 22 and older and $3 for those ages 2 to 21. Water slides will also be open at Del Mar. You’ll need to wear a mask when entering and exiting either facility. Click here for more information or make reservations.
Sur La Table liquidates Cherry Creek and Lakewood locations
Kitchenware retailer Sur La Table is closing both its Cherry Creek and Lakewood locations with liquidation sales starting this week. No word on what discounts are being offered. The stores in Boulder and Southglenn will remain open.
Arvada Center won’t stage theater productions until 2021
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities now plans to relaunch its theater season in February 2021. While the organization hoped to mount shows this fall, continued restrictions make it impossible to do so. Instead of a seven-show series, the company will stage four: “Small Mouth Sounds,” “Noel Coward’s Private Lives,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” and “They’re Playing Our Song.”
Target coming to University Hills Plaza
According to Councilwoman Kendra Black’s July newsletter, the U-Hills Plaza Stein Mart will be closing and replaced by a Target in 2021. No word on when Stein Mart will shuttle, though we will keep an eye out for any closing sales.
Bars and nightclubs to be closed again
The short-lived reopening of bars and nightclubs that don’t serve food has ended. Gov. Jared Polis announced today that he is ordering bars closed for in-person service. Bars may continue to sell takeout alcohol, and those that serve food can stay open if they function as restaurants and maintain social distancing.
Polis said that a slight uptick of cases among younger people shows these environments are not entirely safe and ready to reopen. “It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to have safe social distancing in bars and nightclubs,” Polis said. “We’ll figure out a way. There’s got to be a way. We have to make sure they are ready first.”
The order will remain in place for 30 days. Certain counties will be able to apply for a variance later next week that allows fewer restrictions and allows for bars to be open.
Levitt Pavilion hopes to host free summer concerts in August
Big questions of how to operate safely and profitably still remain for venues across the world but Levitt Pavilion Denver is tackling those issues and planning to open for a reduced season as soon as mid-August.
While the season of free music previously scheduled for this year cannot take place, the venue’s promoters are building a new season with reduced capacity and increased safety measures that will focus on local talent. Look out for show announcements soon.
Microsoft and Bose close all U.S. stores
Add these retailers to the long list of those planning to close all retail stores: Microsoft and Bose. Microsoft just announced it will not reopen any of its U.S. stores, most of which were in shopping malls. Bose, known for its headphone and speakers, is also closing all retail outlets. This is in addition to Wilsons Leather which is also shuttering all stores.
Arapahoe County can increase capacity in restaurants, indoor malls, churches and gyms
Arapahoe County received approval from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to increase capacity levels at gyms, restaurants, houses of worship and indoor malls. The county got most of what it asked for, with a few restrictions.
Gyms, restaurants and houses of worship can now have 50% of the posted occupancy not to exceed 175 people inside. Restaurants and houses of worship may work with their local authorities to determine how many people they may have in an outdoor space.
Malls can also have 175 people or fewer (up from 100). Retailers inside the mall need to follow current guidelines based on their square footage. Common spaces within the mall should be limited to 10 people or fewer and malls should “keep traffic flow moving.”
Denver Motor Vehicle sites reopen Monday; license fees go up July 1
Good news: You can get or renew your vehicle registration or license plates in person starting Monday when the Denver Motor Vehicles department reopens on Monday, June 29. Offices will operate normal hours. Bad news: Licensing fees go up on July 1. That means a driver’s license will cost you $30.87, an ID card is $12.67.
Lobby areas must remain at a safe capacity. Once clients check-in at the facility, DMV staff will use a text messaging system to alert clients when it is their time to enter the building. Please bring a cell phone or mobile device to enable text notifications.
Additionally, dropboxes have been installed at all DMV branch locations. Clients with completed paperwork who are paying by check can place their information into the dropbox and staff will process and send the updated registration within 3 to 4 business days.
You can also renew online, by mail or phone. Go here for details.
Douglas County gets permission to raise capacities and open up more
On Friday, Douglas County received a variance that will allow communities within the county to hold somewhat larger gatherings and events both indoors and out. Libraries and theaters (both movie and performance) may also expand capacity. Bottom line is that we may see more live performances, summer events and library access. Here are the details:
- Allow 175 people indoors and 250 people outdoors for gatherings, receptions, events and life rites, indoor and outdoor pools.
- Allow 50 players indoors and outdoors for recreational league sports and tournaments.
- Allow libraries and bowling alleys to expand to 50% capacity, not to exceed 175 people indoors
- Allow 175 people indoors at movie theaters, performance theaters, opera houses, concert and music halls.
Town Center at Aurora reopens for business
Town Center at Aurora (known to many of us old-timers as the Aurora Mall) reopened on Tuesday. Mall hours will be Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Planned reopening dates for individual tenants will vary, so guests are encouraged to check this list (click on each business and it will say if they are open) or follow along on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Kindness Yoga ceases all operations
The popular Kindness Yoga studio chain will now close all locations, as first reported by Business Den. This comes after yoga instructors posted negative comments to social media. Kindness Yoga was know for its pay-what-you-can classes and is now looking into filing for bankruptcy.
RTD restarts free 16th Street Mall shuttle
The free MallRide shuttle on the 16th Street Mall restarted today. The shuttle service runs from Civic Center to Union Station. RTD says shuttles will operate from 5:23 a.m. to 11:04 p.m. Between 8:20 a.m. and 7 p.m., the shuttles will run every 3 1/2 minutes, with longer wait times earlier and later in the day.
RTD says the shuttles will be cleaned daily and operators will wear face coverings. Passengers are asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing aboard the shuttles.
Denver Art Museum reopens next week
The Denver Art Museum will reopen its Hamilton Building to the general public on Friday, June 26. A maximum of 100 people will be allowed into the museum per hour, with no more than 350 people within the museum at one time. Initially, all tickets will be timed-entry and will need to be purchased in advance. Please note that tickets are on sale in two week blocks and will be released at 10 a.m. daily. Ticket prices will remain the same as before the closing.
Wings Over The Rockies opens both locations on Saturday, June 27
Wings Over The Rockies will reopen both its Air and Space Museum in Denver (at Lowry) and Exploration of Flight in Englewood, as of Saturday, June 27. Visitors will be allowed to explore the locations for a two-hour period and guest capacity will not be more than 200 people at a time at Air and Space and 100 at Exploration of Flight. Simulators will not be operating.
You can come back to Four Mile Historic Park…weekends only for now
Four Mile Historic Park & Museum will open to the public starting this Friday. It will be open three days a week (Friday to Sunday), with the exception of holidays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Higher risk individuals may visit on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.) You need to purchase tickets in advance. They will be using a timed ticketing system due to reduced capacity. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior/military and $3 for youth (7 to 17).
City of Denver gets green light to open up more with increased occupancy
Today, the City and County of Denver received permission to reopen museums, restaurants, gyms, recreation centers and more. This means we should hear places like Four Mile Historic Park, city-operated rec centers and indoor pools and shopping centers are soon back to business.
The approved variances for the City and County of Denver include:
- Museums may operate at 50% occupancy with up to 50 people per room and not to exceed 125 people in an outdoor space.
- Restaurants may operate at 50% occupancy with up to 50 people in a confined indoor space (as opposed to the Safer at Home statewide limitation of 50 people for the entire restaurant).
- Stores within the Cherry Creek Shopping Center may operate at 50% occupancy.
- Gyms, recreation centers and indoor pools may operate at 50% occupancy with up to 50 people in a confined space.
- Horse competitions at the National Western Complex can occur with activities limited to 50 people and no spectator shows.
Denver hit two other milestones today as the phased re-opening of the city continues. Some 85 food establishments have now been approved to participate in the Temporary Outdoor Patio Expansion Program.
The first street closures have also been approved for Larimer Street between 14th and 15th streets in Larimer Square and on Glenarm Place between 15th and 17th streets in the Denver Pavilions. The street closures will allow multiple restaurants to expand their outdoor service area into the streets.
You can now return those overdue books to Denver Public Libraries
Book drops at Denver Public Libraries are now open at all locations, except for Byers, Montbello and Smiley branches which are closed for renovation or construction. All due dates have been extended to July 20. Curbside service for holds made before library closures will begin Tuesday, July 7 by appointment only. New holds can be placed starting July 13. Also, the library is not accepting any donations of books at this time. No word as to to when library in-person services will resume.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center reopens
Add Cherry Creek Shopping Center to the list of malls opening to the public. The Center reopens on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with a limited number of stores. Retailers will open on various dates throughout the month and even into July in some cases. Go here for a list of stores and their opening dates.
Mall hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. And yes, parking fees are back as well. $2 for the the first 2 hours, and $2 for each additional hour.
In other shopping news, Broomfield’s Flatiron Crossing Mall opened today, while Colorado Mills and Southwest Plaza opened to the public last week.
Soon you’ll be able to get a facial, see a show or enjoy an outdoor concert
Today, Gov. Jared Polis announced a new slate of safer-at-home guidelines which should take effect by the end of the week. There’s a public comment period over the next few days, so we’ll publish a complete post when the guidelines are finalized. Here’s a peek at what you can expect.
You can get a facial, lip waxing or a beard trim (only the service provider will need to wear a mask). Bars will be able to restart indoor operations. Residential overnight summer camps will be able to open. Indoor venues like theaters, markets and concert halls can also begin to reopen with limited capacity. Outdoor events like small concerts, fairs, rodeos and receptions are also being allowed to reopen with similar restrictions.
Polis also announced a phase called “Protect our Neighbors” that some communities in Colorado can enter as long as they qualify. This specifics of this phase, which is still in the early stages of being drafted, would allow for reopenings of 50% capacity and up to 500 people or more, such as at county fairs. The hope is most communities will be able to enter this phase some time in July, so we can all enjoy more activities.
Pirates Cove gets everyone splashing again
Pirates Cove Water Park will open on Friday, June 19 by reservations only. There will be three two hour time slots: 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Only 150 people per time slot will be allowed. Reservations can be made by City of Englewood residents 72 hours in advance and non-residents 48 hours in advance. Reservations are limited to 8 people per household. The reservation link is available starting June 16 under “Tickets”.
Admission is $18/adults, $14/child 2-17 or senior 55+, $10/Englewood adult residents, $9/Englewood child/seniors residents. No free passes or discount coupons are accepted. Pirate Cove Water Park includes the lagoon including a dump bucket and zero depth entry, the lazy river that meanders through the pools, a 35-foot slide tower with three water slides. 1225 W. Belleview Ave., Englewood.
Doors open at most Loveland city facilities
Some of the City of Loveland’s most popular facilities are set to reopen today and tomorrow. Openings of parts of the Chilson Recreation Center, Loveland Public Library and the Loveland Museum will take place in stages. Lake Loveland Swim Beach opens Wednesday, June 17. Among the city facilities already open: splash parks, inline skate parks and sand volleyball courts at Loveland Sports Park, Loveland golf courses and city playgrounds. A full list and more details can be found here.
More gyms and rec centers prepping to reopen
Those who exercise in the “great indoors” will find more options in the coming weeks. Planet Fitness gyms in Colorado will open all but one Denver location on June 15. The Castle Rock, Loveland, Parker and Greeley locations are already welcoming back members. 24 Hour Fitness gyms are set to reopen on June 22.
The Englewood Rec Center and Malley Rec Center reopen on Monday, by reservation only, in workout blocks of one-hour. Arvada’s Apex Recreation District is opening it facilities in phases. The Tennis Center is already open for indoor play. The Secrest Recreation Center cardio room and swimming at the Fitzmorris Outdoor Pool are by reservation only starting on June 15.
North Boulder Recreation Center also plans to reopen using a reservation system on June 15.
Gyms and recreation centers operated by the cities of Denver and Lakewood remain closed until further notice. None seem unlikely to reopen before August, if even then. We’ll keep you apprised if and when things change.
Butterfly Pavilion reopens with timed ticket system
Fluttering creatures await you as Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion reopens on Saturday, June 13. The attraction has designed a brand new experience using timed, small group tours that not only maintains social distance and sanitation, but also provides exclusive access to live animals, invertebrate experts and the inspiration that comes from exploring the diversity of nature’s hidden heroes.
Tickets must be reserved online before arrival. Guests get in line at their scheduled entry time and everyone over the age of 3 must wear a mask. General admission remains $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, $9 for children and free for those under age 2. You can reserve tickets here.
Colorado Mills is back in business
This will make bargain hunters happy. Colorado Mills reopened its doors today. The website is a bit fuzzy as to which retailers and restaurants are open, but we can tell you that hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. As to be expected, there are a ton of safety protocols in place.
Waterton Canyon opens weekdays only June 15
Another Colorado recreation area will open to hikers and bikers. Waterton Canyon in Littleton will reopen to the public — on weekdays only — starting Monday, June 15. Because the area provides drinking water to 1.5 million residents, it operates under the authority of Denver Water (who knew?).
Waterton Canyon is home to many different types of wildlife, including the popular Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd. There are also mule deer, black bears, mountain lion(s), elk, lizards and snakes, including the prairie rattlesnake.
Denver Water says it will monitor daily use over the month before deciding to also open on weekends. The canyon will open 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset. Be sure to bring your own water as facilities may be limited or unavailable.
Three top Boulder dining spots don’t plan on reopening
Owners of Boulder restaurants The Med, Brasserie Ten Ten and Via Perla, will permanently close all three locations, according to a message posted Monday by Joe and Peggy Romano to the restaurants’ websites.
“With the new economic pressures that the hospitality industry is now facing, we simply cannot continue to run and operate our restaurants with the level of quality and service that we are committed to providing, and that our guests have rightly come to expect,” the post said.
However, there is a glimmer of hope. Joe Romano told BizWest, that he would reconsider reopening all three once restaurants are allowed to operate at near-full-capacity.
Punch Bowl Social won’t reopen Stapleton location…ever
As first reported by CBS Denver, the Stapleton location of Punch Bowl Social is closing the doors permanently. According to the company, the reason is a dispute with the landlord. Right now the Punch Bowl Social location on Broadway in Denver remains closed, but will reopen down the road when it can operate at greater customer capacity than is currently allowed under Colorado guidelines.
Farmers Market at Union Station opens this Saturday
Boulder County Farmers Markets is opening its Union Station market in Denver on Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. in a limited capacity. Because Union Station restaurants have been and are continuing to gain approval on extended outdoor seating onto the Wynkoop plaza, the Market will have limited space.
There will be 12 vendors for the first few weeks of operations, including mostly produce, meat, pantry staples and baked goods. Given the size of the market, guests are encouraged to limit their shopping trips to 10 to 15 minutes. Shoppers can reserve their time slot here. Walk-ups are not encouraged, but a few spots are available each week.
Rubio’s Coastal Grill closes all Colorado locations
One less fast casual Mexican chain to patronize. Rubio’s Coastal Grill is closing all six of its restaurants in Colorado. This includes locations in Denver, Lakewood, Littleton, Aurora, Highlands Ranch and Broomfield.
You can soon gamble again in Black Hawk and Central City
Casinos in Black Hawk and Central City plan to reopen at 8 a.m. on June 17. Only slot machines will be allowed to start, with the state health department to review the opening of table games three weeks later. Casinos will be limited to 50% capacity of 175 people in a confined space. Casino buses must also be thoroughly sanitized every day as well as between each transport.
Gates Tennis Center reopens for public play
The Gates Tennis Center is back open for tennis play. Courts are now available for booking in 15 minute intervals (this helps spread out participant flow). You are encouraged to book online when you can or call the Front Desk. Anyone can use the courts.
Fees range from $6 to $8 per court based on day and time. There’s a maximum of 4 participants in a court, with no spectators allowed. Players must each have their own set of tennis balls. Seniors and high-risk individuals get exclusive usage of the facility in the first hour of operations. These courts must be booked through the Front Desk by calling 303-355-4461.
JCPenney reopens all metro area stores
We took another look at the JCPenney website and saw that all metro Denver stores are now open for business. Only the Greeley and Fort Collins stores remain closed, though we can speculate they may be preparing for going-out-of-business sales as reported on June 4. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
South Suburban opens playgrounds, dog parks, rec centers and more
South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) opens several indoor and outdoor facilities and amenities this weekend. Outdoor amenities such as playgrounds, picnic shelters, Pickleball and basketball courts, and dog parks opened today. The Lone Tree Recreation Center is open. Buck, Goodson and Sheridan recreation centers will open Monday, June 8. All rec centers have limited hours and reservations are required.
Cook Creek Pool will open for lap swim and advanced registration programs on Monday, June 8. SSPR anticipates opening for leisure swim on June 15. Franklin, Harlow and Holly pools are anticipated to open July 1. Several athletics leagues will begin in June, including softball and t-ball. Summer camps are in full swing, including a variety of art, science and sports options. Go here for a complete list of facility and amenity openings.
Denver Parks & Rec opens outdoor athletic courts
Denver Parks and Recreation will open all outdoor athletic courts (basketball, tennis, pickleball, futsal) this weekend. The use of shared recreational equipment in parks will be allowed, and recreation activity must be conducted in groups of 10 or fewer, participants spaced at least six feet apart, face coverings worn if feasible, and appropriate sanitation and hygiene practices must be observed.
DPR is working on a phased reopening approach to allow other outdoor programming and activities (summer camps, permitted and organized sports, league play) and the reopening of recreational amenities, such as playgrounds and dog parks. All bike and skate parks opened last week. Stay tuned…
JCPenney to close 4 Colorado stores
Starting June 11, JCPenney will close 154 stores across the country. Colorado was mostly spared with only four locations — Fort Collins, Greeley, Montrose and Durango on the list. Closing sales will begin on the 11th.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife offices and visitor centers reopen on June 5
Beginning Friday, June 5, many Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices around the state will reopen to the public. Offices will limit public access to the front counter areas and only offer CPW products for sale (licenses, passes, registrations, etc.). Retail areas, displays and other areas will be restricted. Standard office hours may have changed for the location you’re planning to visit, so you should call ahead of arriving or see individual park pages to ensure your preferred location is open.
Rubio’s Coastal Grill permanently closes Colorado locations
As first reported in BusinessDen, Rubio’s Coastal Grill is permanently shuttering its six Colorado restaurants. The fast-casual Mexican Chain had locations in Denver, Lakewood, Littleton, Aurora, Highlands Ranch and Broomfield. Other Denver restaurants that have decided not to reopen are Sweet Tomatoes, Euclid Hall, The Market in Larimer Square, 20th Street Cafe, Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap, Biju’s Little Curry Shop, La Cour, the Denver location of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, 12@Madison and Tony Roma’s.
Sorry Brighton, no swim park this year
Faced with a shorter season and limited capacity rules, the Brighton City Council has voted to not open the Brighton Oasis Family Aquatic Park in the summer 2020. Still no decision on when or if the Eagle View Adult Center, Brighton Recreation Center and the Armory Performing Arts Center will reopen.
Sally Beauty Clearance Store reopens doors
It’s always a beautiful day when you hear the Sally Beauty Clearance Store (read more about the store and its super bargains here) has finally reopened. We were a bit worried, because this store stayed shuttered longer than the other Sally locations, but they are back in business Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who have shopped this store know it’s pretty tight quarters, with not a lot of extra space. Be prepared to wait your turn to enter, but the bargains are totally worth it.
You can now be “safer” at home in the great outdoors
Gov. Polis today modified his “Safer at Home” order to “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors” and extended it to July 1. Translation: While everyone, especially those over 65 or with underlying health conditions were required to stay home, unless absolutely necessary, this order changes it up…a bit. Now all of us are encouraged to enjoy Colorado’s parks, open space and federal lands at a safe social distance, in addition to staying home as much as possible. So, you don’t have to stick to the 10 mile circle around your home, but can drive to other outdoor spaces as long as you follow state and local rules.
Playgrounds and swimming pools can open at limited capacity
This was welcome news. As temperatures heat up, swimming pools and playgrounds can reopen as of today with limited capacity. The Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment is expected to release guidelines on how this will all work on Thursday. No word yet if city and county pools will reopen to the public or only private swim facilities. Stay tuned….
More Colorado rules are being revised
We are digging into the latest draft guidelines which cover houses of worship, outdoor recreation, personal recreation, and updates to the child care and personal services. Final guidelines will be released on Thursday. So we may see outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts, basketball and pickleball courts, and other playing fields in operation soon.
The future opening of rec centers and indoor gyms remains fuzzy in the latest guidelines. It appears that rules will keep occupancy at 10 people per room, so likely large gyms will need to apply for a variance from their local county health department to reopen.
Once thing to note is as of June 4, places that offer personal services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and esthetician services can have no more than 50 people at a time or a maximum of 50% occupancy, whichever is fewer. This is up from a maximum of 10 people total at one time.
A disappointment for runners: BOLDERBoulder canceled
Organizers for BOLDERBoulder have canceled this year’s race. The race had already been pushed back to Labor Day weekend from its usual Memorial Day running. Those who have already registered will be contacted with options. The event is now scheduled for May 31, 2021.
Target closes downtown store temporarily
Until further notice the Target located in downtown Denver on the 16th Street Mall is closed. This is one of 175 Target stores temporarily closed across the country because of looting and destruction of property by protesters. All but six stores have now reopened, but when we last checked, the downtown location was still shuttered, so check before you try to shop there.
Barnes & Noble now open across Colorado
By chance when we were out today, we discovered Barnes & Noble has reopened its Colorado stores to in-person shopping. The stores are being especially careful with large bottles of hand sanitizer, wipes and even gloves for those of us who can’t resist touching books before we buy them. Stores are operating with reduced hours, so it is best to call your local B&N for opening and closing times.
Bed Bath & Beyond reopens some locations for in-store shopping
Our favorite spot to find deals and use our coupons is finally open for in-store shopping. Bed, Bath & Beyond has reopened some stores (those with Health & Beauty sections) in the metro area. Locations include: Glendale, Golden (Denver West Village), Littleton, Park Meadows and Westminster.
Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An early shopping hour for those 60+ or have special health concerns are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
You can now break a sweat in Douglas County gyms
Douglas County is one of the first counties in Colorado to be granted a variance to reopen gyms. Chuze Fitness in Highlands Ranch is now open with new safety protocols. Planet Fitness plans to open locations in Parker and Castle Rock on June 1. LifeTime Fitness intends to to open its Parker location on June 3.
Walgreens discontinues printed ad inserts
As of June 7, you’ll no longer find Walgreens’ weekly printed ad inserts. The company hasn’t made it totally clear, if its weekly print ad will continue to be available in-store (exclusively) or if they’re going to stop printing ads completely and move forward with only a digital format. To see the store’s Deals of the Week, bookmark this page and check it weekly. Typically, the insert is posted each Friday for the following week. (This may be the trend for many other retailers, so don’t be surprised to find fewer printed ads in the future.)
For more information on finding weekly ads online from a variety of retailers, click here.
No Tiny Tim this Christmas
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has canceled its 2020/21 DCPA Theatre Company season including A Christmas Carol, Rattlesnake Kate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous and others.
According to Artistic Director Chris Coleman, “With no indication of when theatres will reopen, we reviewed many scenarios for our season all of which include tremendous financial risk. Ultimately, we have chosen to protect our resources now so that we can come back, resilient, in our 2021/22 season. We will reevaluate this decision at our October Board meeting and, if circumstances allow, make every effort to return to the stage this coming spring.”
Bluprint (Craftsy) shuts down
It’s a sad day for D-I-Yers. As first reported by BusinessDen, Bluprint — a.k.a. Craftsy — is shuttering its website. Bluprint was filled with hundreds of how-to videos on sewing, quilting, knitting and other crafts. The company says it is looking at various options to allow those of you who have purchased individual classes to receive a copy of your classes. Theye are also planning to issue prorated refunds for paid subscribers based on the last day our service will be available (TBD).
Olde Town Arvada closes streets. That’s a good thing
Olde Town Arvada plans to convert some streets to pedestrian only this summer so restaurants can expand their patio-seating and retailers can spread out their storefronts. This will also allow visitors to easily walk, ride their bikes, take the G Line or drive and park in the convenient parking garage while enjoying the town safely.
The current closure plan includes Grandview Ave. from Webster St. to Olde Wadsworth Blvd. and sections of Olde Wadsworth Blvd. between Grandview Ave. and Grant Pl., maintaining essential access for businesses along the street. While there’s no official start date, the closures are planned to last through Labor Day.
Tuesday Morning files for bankruptcy, but Denver stores aren’t on the initial hit list
Discount retailer Tuesday Morning filed for bankruptcy today and will close 230 of its 700 stores. The first phase of closures, taking place this summer, will close 132 stores. We checked and only one is in Colorado: Southern Cross Shopping Center, 1833 S. Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs. The list of 100 more to close will be released in the next few months. Bargain hunters may want to keep an eye out for extra savings at the remaining open stores.
Nordstrom Cherry Creek reopens on May 28
According to a press release, Nordstrom at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center will open to in-store shoppers on Thursday, May 28. No word on hours, but as Nordstrom Rack and the Nordstrom Park Meadows location are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday (shorter hours on Sunday) that’s our best guess. Curbside pickup for online orders will continue.
Restaurants and food trucks get go-ahead to open, but bars can not
Today, the Governor’s office said restaurants (who don’t already have a waiver) can open to in-person dining as of Wednesday, May 27. There’s a long list of new policies and procedures for doing so. We have a post publishing tomorrow that explains what you can expect. Also, food trucks are also allowed to operate starting on Wednesday.
Bars and similar establishments that do not have a license to serve food remain closed. The order will be reevaluated in June.
And what about breweries?
Breweries with large indoor and outdoor space that don’t serve food, but wish to change their business model to re-open may do so. They can partner with neighboring restaurants or food trucks to provide food.
Light snacks or food commercially prepared elsewhere and heated up on site in a microwave (like Hot Pockets or Pop Tarts) don’t make a brewery a restaurant. Breweries that do add a restaurant-like component must operate under the new guidelines.
Children’s day camps can open in June. Sleep-over camps remain on hold.
That sigh you hear is the collected relief from parents across the Front Range. Day camps for kids and youth sports camps can open on June 1. Outdoor day camps are restricted to 25 campers per group. Indoor day camps are held to 10 campers per room. Groups of campers must stick with the same group and not mix with other groups.
As to the fate of overnight “sleep-away” summer camp? Because they are tougher to keep kids apart and even tougher to disinfect between each camper’s use, the Governor’s office has decided to take a wait-and-see approach. Likely we’ll hear in mid-June if overnight camps can open for July or August.
Sweet free tours at Hammond’s Candies
Hammond’s Candies has restarted its free factory tours. This is a fun family-outing where you learn how all those delicious treats including lollipops are made. For now, tours are running Monday to Friday and limited to 10 people per tours. Reservations are required. Get all the details here.
Boulder’s free Park-To-Park shuttle running for the summer
Boulder’s popular free Park-to-Park Is back for summer weekends. The hiker shuttle between downtown Boulder’s parking garages and Chautauqua Park and its trailheads operates every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 7. Downtown garages are free on weekends, and the bus makes stops at the CU Regent lot and the New Vista High School lot.
New policies are in place to help keep riders safe. The service is using larger buses that normally seat 27, but only 10 riders are allowed on the bus at a time. All passengers will enter at the rear door. Face coverings are required for all passengers. Dogs, strollers and gear are still welcome.
Park Meadows gets green light to reopen
Park Meadows Mall has been given permission to reopen immediately for indoor shopping with very long list of new safety procedures. The Mall opens on Sunday at noon. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Until now, retailers with exterior entrances could operate, but customers could not access stores in the Mall’s interior.
We did take a look at the application the Mall sent to Colorado Dept. of Public Health and it indicates about 40% of the mall’s retailers indicated they want to open immediately. You will find a bunch of changes to Mall operations, including no tables in the Food Court, directional signage and likely lots of very nice people telling you to keep moving along.
Burlington reopens all Colorado stores
Another off-price chain reopened today. Now all Burlington Stores in Colorado have reopened, so you can bet on finding deals on clothing, accessories, home goods and, of course, coats. (Likely winter coats will be deeply discounted after being on store shelves during the eight-week closure). Depending on the store, you may have to wait in line for a short period of time to enter as occupancy requirements may vary. Hours appeal to be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but check your specific location for more details.
T.J. Maxx & HomeGoods reopen Colorado stores
Off-price retailer T.J. Maxx reopened its Colorado stores (except for the one on Orchard Way in Westminster) as of today. HomeGoods also reopened both its free-standing stores and those attached to T.J. Maxx. Currently, hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shoppers can expect to find big discounts (up to 75% off) in the first few days as merchandise has been sitting on shelves for nearly eight weeks and they want to get it all sold.
Marshalls is back in business
Not surprising as it is owned by the same company as T.J. Maxx, but Marshalls opened its doors to in-person shopping today. Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls will likely be deeply discounting merchandise that was in its stores before the March shutdown. Expect some wait times to enter the off-price retailer, but bargain hunters will find terrific deals.
Aurora to give out free food boxes every week
The city of Aurora plans to distribute 1,000 free boxes of food every week May 20 through August 26 at various locations throughout the city. This mobile food pantry program is part of the city’s continuous efforts to provide needed services to the community. You’ll find locations, dates and times here. Photo ID or other proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora households are eligible. At the first distribution all 1,000 boxes of food were gone in the first hour, so arrive early. Organizers hope to distribute 3,000 boxes at each future event.
Pier 1 files for bankruptcy, stores will liquidate once they reopen
Another retailer bites the dust. Pier 1, best known for its home decor and furniture, has filed for bankruptcy and announced that it will hold clearance sales once store locations can reopen. Stores will likely permanently shutter in early fall. There are four locations in the area: Denver, Lone Tree, Lakewood and Thornton.
2020 Arapahoe County Fair canceled
County officials have decided to cancel the 2020 Arapahoe County Fair that had been scheduled for July 23-26. The county is finalizing details of hosting a limited 4-H competition and a virtual junior livestock auction.
Some Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores to reopen in Colorado
Some Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores will reopen to customers for in-store shopping on Thursday, May 21. According to the Nordstrom website this list includes the full-line Nordstrom department store at Park Meadows and Nordstrom Rack locations Park Meadows, Twenty Ninth Street (Boulder), Cherry Creek, Belmar and The Orchard (Westminster) and Foothills Mall (Fort Collins).
The retailer says it will be making updates to stores to help keep customers and employees healthy. Some of those updates include providing face coverings for employees and customers, increasing cleaning and sanitization, modifying the fitting room experience, offering contactless curbside services and keeping tried on or returned merchandise off the sales floor for a period of time.
Free WiFi in Jefferson County Public Libraries parking lots
Free WiFi is now available in the parking lots of all Jefferson County Public Library locations, except Belmar and Conifer. No password is required. Bring your own device from home, select the open WiFi option and agree to the terms and conditions for access. Be sure your device is fully charged and you use the bathroom before coming as all library buildings remain closed to the public.
Kohl’s reopens Colorado stores for in-store shopping
Discounter Kohl’s has reopened all of its Colorado stores for in-person shopping, returns, store pickup and Kohl’s charge payments. Stores will operate limited hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Do note that dressing rooms are closed temporarily, so you’ll have to adjust accordingly. You’ll find a list of Colorado stores and their hours here.
Kohl’s also will offer dedicated shopping hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon for our customers who are age 60+, who are pregnant or who have underlying health conditions.
Sally Beauty Supply reopens all locations except the clearance store
Sally Beauty has reopened all of its Colorado stores as of this morning. Woo-hoo, now you can find your professional hair color and supplies to DIY. According to their store locator, the Sally Beauty Clearance Store remains closed…bummer.
You can now get your car emissions tested
AirCare Colorado has resumed emissions testing at 10 locations. But no need to rush over. If your registration is due in May or you have an extension letter, they ask you to wait until June to stop by. Right now wait times can be super long as the facilities have implemented precautions to keep everyone safe. Check here for all the details.
Hamilton postponed, but you can see the Broadway company on the cheap
Today, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts announced that the touring production of Hamilton scheduled for an August to October run has been postponed. No new date has been set, but our best guess is some time in late 2021 or 2022 (we hope we are wrong and Denver gets on the schedule sooner).
However, fans of the groundbreaking production will find some consolation in the fact that a filmed version of the show featuring the original Broadway cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda comes to Disney+ starting July 3. A Disney+ subscription costs $6.99 per month and you can cancel at any time. So, you might consider giving the streaming network a try and watch a rapping Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington again…and again…and again.
Colorado driver’s license offices are open again
You may want to get a haircut first (remember you have to live with that picture for 5 years), but you can now get or renew a driver’s license in person All state Driver License Offices (except Trinidad) have reopened. Note it’s by appointment only, no walk-ins allowed. Customers can schedule appointments online or by calling 720-295-2965; or 303-205-2335. In addition, all customers are required to wear masks and will be screened with a laser thermometer.
Nordstrom at FlatIron Crossing officially closes June 21, if not sooner
As we reported on May 9 (see our post below), the Nordstrom at FlatIron Crossing is one of 16 locations nationwide to shutter. We now know it will permanently close on June 21, if not sooner. Still no word on if there will be any clearance sales.
Denver’s plastic bag fees delayed until 2021
You have a lot more time to stockpile reusable bags. The Denver City Council voted to delay the start of a 10¢ fee for single-use plastic bags until July 1, 2021. Reused bags are considered less sterile, so many retailers have asked customers to stop using them temporarily, even though they are better for the environment. Read Bryan’s original post on what you need about know about the plastic bag fee…when it does go into effect.
Gordmans will open to hold a going-out-of-business sale
Stage Stores, Inc., the company that owns Gordmans department stores (locations in Littleton, Thornton and Colorado Springs) has filed for bankruptcy. However, Stage says it will reopen stores and hold liquidation sales at the same time it solicits bids from buyers to keep the company running. We’re not sure if Colorado stores will reopen on May 15, May 28 or June 4. You can check this website for updates.
Bottom line: when Gordmans does reopen, you can expect to find big deals and lower prices on brand-name apparel and home decor as it winds down operations. The company adds it expects to honor existing customer programs, including gift cards and returns, for the first 30 days after a store reopens.
Joann and Michaels stores reopen
Fabric and craft stores are starting to open their doors. On Sunday, Joann stores began allowing in-store shopping. Operating hours vary by location. Some are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., others from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. So be sure to check the Joann store locator for current hours before heading over. Likewise Michaels stores are also open for in-store shopping. Most locations are opening at 10 a.m., but customers should check here for the most up-to-date hours.
Habitat For Humanity ReStore welcomes back shoppers
Bargain hunters can find discount furniture, appliances, cabinets, flooring, tile, light fixtures and more at Habitat For Humanity ReStore. All four metro locations are open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Be sure to read the latest store policies here. Note: They are NOT accepting cash as payment until further notice.
arc Thrift Stores are open
arc Thrift stores and donation stations are now open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stores offer extended hours for those 65+ or with disabilities Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sweet Tomatoes won’t reopen its restaurants
On Thursday, May 7, the parent company of Sweet Tomatoes announced it is closing all of its restaurants permanently. Because the FDA has put out recommendations to health departments across the country that include discontinuing salad bars and buffets for the foreseeable future, the concept of an all-you-can-eat salad bar with multiple self-serve stations, was not going to work. There were four locations in the metro area.
Nordstrom closing FlatIron Crossing store
Nordstrom plans to permanently close its store inside FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield. This is one of 16 full-line stores across the country that close. While the store currently remains open for curbside pickup. expect it to shutter by August. No word on if there will be some sort of going-out-of-business sale, but as there are other six other Nordstrom locations in Colorado, it may be that merchandise is simply transferred to other stores or Nordstrom Rack.