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Common Signs You Need Dishwasher Repair in Wheat Ridge, COUnusual Cooking Times

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Clean Dishes Are Cool to Touch After Removing: For dishes to be clean and germ-free, you need hot, soapy water for washing. The FDA recommends using water around 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which is uncomfortable for handwashing but perfect for dishwashing machines. If you find that your dishes are cold and clammy instead of hot and steamy when you remove them, your dishwasher might need a new heating coil.

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Dishwasher Isn't Draining: You'll know quickly if your dishwasher isn't draining properly because there will be a pool of water under your machine. If you're dealing with drainage problems, it could be due to a clogged drainage system or non-functioning pump.

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Leaky Dishwasher: As one of our most requested appliance repairer services, we help customers deal with leaky dishwashers all the time. This common problem can be caused by a damaged door gasket, leaky dishwasher tub, loose valve, or another issue.

Common Signs You Need Refrigerator Repair in Wheat Ridge, CO

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Loud Humming and Vibrating Noises: Hearing vibrating and humming sounds from your fridge is not uncommon. In fact, these noises are a normal part of your refrigerator's operation. However, they shouldn't be very noisy at all. If you hear unusually loud knocking, humming, or vibrating, you could have a problem on your hands. Whether it's a faulty compressor or a blocked condenser fan, our team will diagnose the problem and get to work fixing your fridge.

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Spoiled Food: The whole point of putting your food in the refrigerator is so it doesn't spoil. So, if you notice your food spoiling prematurely, it's a good sign that you need appliance repair for your refrigerator. Because of the nature of these repairs, it's important to hire a licensed repair technician to find and correct the root cause of your problem.

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Water on Floor Underneath Fridge: If you spot standing water under your refrigerator, it's a big cause for concern. Not just for the health of your appliance, but for water leaking into your home. Usually, leaks are caused by trapped condensation due to clogged pipes or hoses. You'll need an experienced refrigerator repair tech to clear blockages and ultimately solve your leaking problem.

Common Signs You Need Oven or Stove Repair in Wheat Ridge, CO

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Unusual Cooking Times: Are your grandma's time-tested recipes being burnt or undercooked? Have you had to change cooking times for your family's favorite meals? Unusual differences in cooking times are a telltale sign that your oven needs to be repaired by a professional.

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Oven Won't CloseElectrical Problems: It might seem minor on the surface, but when your oven door doesn't close, you can't cook your food properly. Chances are you need a licensed oven repair technician to refit or replace the hinges on your oven door, so you can get back to cooking.

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Electrical Problems: If you have an electric oven and notice that it cuts off during cooking or won't turn on at all, you might need oven repair. Like gas, electrical problems are best remedied by professionals, like those you'll find at Wheat Ridge's Best Appliance Repair.

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Jefferson County Wants to Close These Sixteen Elementary Schools

At a special meeting on August 25, Jefferson County School District staff presented the board of education with a proposal for the closure of sixteen elementary schools, or about 10 percent of the district's total.The shutdowns, ...

At a special meeting on August 25, Jefferson County School District staff presented the board of education with a proposal for the closure of sixteen elementary schools, or about 10 percent of the district's total.

The shutdowns, teased at a mid-July session, would save the district as much as $12 million in the face of decreasing enrollment and troubling demographic trends that are impacting other districts across the metro area, too. But they would also bring seismic change to neighborhoods across one of Colorado's most populous counties.

The fact package delivered to the board lays out the rationale for the moves.

The second largest school district in Colorado, Jeffco Public Schools serves approximately 8 percent of all K-12 students statewide at 157 schools on 168 campuses. (This total includes charter schools; 142 of the facilities are district-managed.) But the presentation notes that the county lost more than 5,000 students during the 2019-2022 period.

Jeffco has seen significant population growth over the last twenty years, adding 55,854 residents from 2000 to 2020. But over the same period, the number of school-aged children, specified as ranging from five to nineteen, slid by 29,918. Given that 2020 recorded the lowest number of births over the previous decade and a half, the drop is expected to continue.

In Jefferson County, this has translated into more unoccupied chairs. Jeffco has the capacity to serve 96,000 students in what staffers define as "traditional district-managed schools," but only about 69,000 are current enrolled.

Two elementary schools have already been shuttered over recent years — Allendale and Fitzmorris. But those closures barely put a dent in the financial problem.

Not all of the elementary schools earmarked for closure are half-empty: Parr Elementary School in Pomona has a utilization estimate of 71 percent, while Kullerstrand Elementary School in Wheat Ridge notched 75 percent. But their enrollment is anemic: 172 and 179 students, respectively. Moreover, both have another elementary school (or schools) less than three-and-a-half miles away, with enough room for the pupils who would be displaced — among the main criteria for landing on the closure list.

According to the JPS staff, the shutdowns would reduce the number of elementary schools that have a student population of under 250 and/or a building utilization of 60 percent or less from 49 in 2021-2022 to 16 in 2023-2024. In addition, overall building under-utilization would shrink from 10,600 seats to 3,900.

The estimated cost savings are outlined in this chart:

The timeline for closure decisions calls for "school-based community engagement on transitions" to take place between September 6 and October 21; schedules for each school are included in the staff presentation. Public comment will take place from October 24-27, with the board expected to vote on November 10.

Here's the roster of sixteen elementary schools recommended for closure, complete with figures for current enrollment, capacity and building utilization.

Emory Elementary School in Alameda2022-23 Enrollment: 385 Capacity: 876 Utilization: 45 percent

Peck Elementary School in Arvada2022-23 Enrollment: 159 Capacity: 423 Utilization: 38 percent

Thomson Elementary School in Arvada2022-23 Enrollment: 193 Capacity: 500 Utilization: 39 percent

Campbell Elementary School in Arvada West2022-23 Enrollment: 195 Capacity: 364 Utilization: 62 percent

Peiffer Elementary School in Bear Creek2022-23 Enrollment: 200 Capacity: 428 Utilization: 50 percent

Colorow Elementary School in Dakota Ridge2022-23 Enrollment: 179 Capacity: 363 Utilization: 53 percent

Green Mountain Elementary School in Green Mountain2022-23 Enrollment: 209 Capacity: 351 Utilization: 61 percent

Bergen Meadow (K-2) in Evergreen2022-23 Enrollment: 193 Capacity: 567 Utilization: 44 percent

Molholm Elementary School in Jefferson2022-23 Enrollment: 205 Capacity: 468 Utilization: 51 percent

Glennon Heights Elementary School in Lakewood2022-23 Enrollment: 138 Capacity: 327 Utilization: 43 percent

Parr Elementary School in Pomona2022-23 Enrollment: 172 Capacity: 312 Utilization: 71 percent

Sheridan Green Elementary School in Standley Lake2022-23 Enrollment: 215 Capacity: 495 Utilization: 51 percent

Witt Elementary School in Standley Lake2022-23 Enrollment: 204 Capacity: 452 Utilization: 55 percent

Vivian Elementary School in Wheat Ridge2022-23 Enrollment: 129 Capacity: 291 Utilization: 56 percent

Wilmore Davis Elementary School in Wheat Ridge2022-23 Enrollment: 208 Capacity: 403 Utilization: 58 percent

Kullerstrand Elementary School in Wheat Ridge2022-23 Enrollment: 179 Capacity: 265 Utilization: 75 percent

Click to read the Jefferson County School District staff recommendations for elementary school closures, as presented on August 25.

The Ultimate Guide to Thrifting in Denver

The Local newsletter is your free, daily guide to life in Colorado. For locals, by locals. Sign up today!It’s out with the new and in with the old, as thrifting has become an increasingly popular mode of shopping in Denver—and around the country.While mainstay ...

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It’s out with the new and in with the old, as thrifting has become an increasingly popular mode of shopping in Denver—and around the country.

While mainstay vintage outposts on Broadway as well as secondhand shops occupying Colorado’s rural corners have long been repurposing wares, dozens of new shops and entrepreneurs selling pre-owned clothing and home furnishings have popped up around the Mile High City in recent years. Along with new brick-and-mortar stores, many local vintage enthusiasts are also now creating “shoppable” Instagram accounts, amassing thousands of followers and selling their thrifty finds via recurring weekly or monthly “drops.”

It’s easy to see why the outlets have grown so popular: Not only are these sellers sourcing one-of-a-kind items that are becoming trendy again (anything mid-century modern is hot right now, for example), but their gently used pieces are also significantly cheaper. And reuse is a sustainable alternative to constantly shopping for new goods that are often cheaply manufactured using practices and materials that are detrimental to the environment.

“[The thrifting lifestyle] is about sharing exposure to sustainability in whatever way [we can],” says Tristan Bego, who co-founded Capitol Hill secondhand shop the Common Collective, with her partner Jenny Nears, in 2021 after seeing overwhelming interest in her social media posts that showed how she was styling upcycled pieces. Bego hopes to teach Coloradans just how easy it is to shift their consumer habits to create a ripple effect. “If you take 10 people who you can influence—from Instagram or whatever—about sustainability, how many other people can they affect with the same [sustainable] mindset?”

To help you find your own thrifted treasures, we gathered some tips from Bego—and mined our own personal experiences—for how to best navigate Denver’s growing world of secondhand shops. Plus, we tell you where to find the best home goods and vintage threads along the Front Range for every budget and style.


Be consistent and patient. Bego says you’ll want to commit to shopping at secondhand stores as often as you’d shop at the mall—or, OK, online. You’re not going to find a gem every time you browse. It’ll be piece by piece, which can seem slow, but it’s the only way to start building a sustainable (and supercool) closet.

Follow local Instagram-based shops, and turn on notifications for when they post. The one-of-a-kind nature of thrifting can sometimes make snagging that iconic piece—or winning the occasional bidding war—feel like a competitive sport. Turning on story and post notifications for your favorite accounts will put you one step ahead of the competition when new items drop.

Be kind. For some sellers, scouting and delivering upcycled goods is their full-time job. For others, it’s just a passion project. Either way, thrifting is essentially running a small business—even if you’re just doing it part time—so respect each individual seller’s bidding rules, community guidelines, and time. (And be kind to your fellow thrifters, too!)

Share your favorite finds loud and proud. Post that killer new blazer or pair of oval shades on social media. There’s no need to gatekeep your sweet sustainable finds!

Don’t miss the large-scale pop-up markets happening around the metro area every month. The below list of shops encompasses just a mere fraction of the Coloradans selling unique thrifted wares, so hitting the racks at the city’s frequent line-up of collaborative thrift events is the easiest way to discover new finds. (More on this below.)

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Garage Sale Vintage Sustainable shopping becomes an entire experience at this vintage retail concept, where you can sip margaritas from the full-service bar (don’t miss happy hour, Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.) and play a game of Pac-Man, all while browsing the vinyl collection and buzzing around a sea of ’70s-patterned silk blouses, retro Nuggets jerseys, nostalgic enamel pins, and other statement jewelry from dozens of local vendors. Garage Sale, which opened its flagship in Larimer Square two years ago, has since expanded to Lakewood, Edgewater, and, recently, gone nationwide.

On Beat Vintage Founder Lydia Peacock only picks the finest fabrics for On Beat’s pop-up, which lives inside local jewelry brand Saro’s Boulder and Cherry Creek boutiques. Whether you gravitate toward perfectly weathered cowboy boots and a Western fringe leather jacket or a silk scarf with a tweed, Chanel-like blazer and a pair Prada kitten heels, Peacock stocks vintage threads that are guaranteed classics. More shopping and personalized style bundle options are available at

Show Pony Vintage Welcome to Y2K heaven. Stocked with all the kitschy hair clips and graphic tees of your favorite childhood cartoons that are all the rage right now, Show Pony is the thrift destination for stylish Gen Xers and millennials. The shop opened near the University of Denver in early 2022 and is home to a rotating community of secondhand vendors and their curated throwbacks from the ’80s, ’90s, and early aughts. Spin through Show Pony’s racks to cop your next band tee, Denver Broncos bomber jacket, Instagram-worthy neon matching set, and more.

The Common Collective This year-old Capitol Hill space, founded by Tristan Bego and Jenny Near, is your one-stop hub for Black-owned and women-owned small businesses selling everything from gender-neutral, sustainable clothing to hand-crafted candles, ceramics, and other artisan goods. Don’t miss TCC After Dark, a monthly after-hours event that happens on the third Saturday of each month, to get 20 percent off the whole store.

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Close that tab with the online CB2 cart you’ve been eyeing, and head to Nicole Balgley’s posh, shoppable Cap Hill showroom, where decorative disco balls and house plants galore provide inspiration for how to style the refurbished mid-century modern furniture and decor in your own space. Think: coveted Cesca chairs, Art Deco glassware and mirrors, and sleek antique brass etageres.

Resting Thrift Face Looking for more of a hippie-dippy, granola aesthetic? Shop upcycled Boho-style home goods for any down-to-earth abode by bidding on @restingthriftface_’s frequent Instagram sales, or by perusing in-person at Resting Thrift Face’s pop-up inside Hampden Street Antique Market, where artisan rugs, hand-woven macrame, and rattan chairs abound.

Thrifted Homestead Collect all the eclectic decor you want without any of the consumer guilt at Boulder-based Thrifted Homestead. Shop weekly story sales on its Instagram account, @thrifted_homestead, or via the website to find funky side tables, camp-y ceramics, pop-culture collectibles, and other retro tchotchkes that will make for conversation starters on any coffee table.

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Freckle & Fringe A one-woman show out of Wheat Ridge, Freckle & Fringe owner Maia Burke has amassed a cult following on Instagram during the pandemic for her vintage hauls—including stunning Neoclassical decor, ornate heirloom jewelry cases, and timeless clothing items (see: unisex button-ups, vintage denim, and gold chains). Browse Freckle & Fringe’s new website where fresh finds are added weekly, and don’t forget to turn on notifications for when Burke hosts the occasional story sale.

Thrift Cult From Gunne Sax dresses and cowhide clutches to marble tables and Wassily-style chairs, two-year-old Thrift Cult has a rotating stash of everything that’s oh-so hot right now. Shop the smart garb and sleek houseware—curated by founder Carlye Tomasello—inside RiNo design collective Modern Nomad from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Pop-Up Markets and Events

Intruders Flea This free Friday night marketplace takes over RiNo’s Infinite Monkey Theorem winery once a month (the next event is August 26, 5 to 9:30 p.m.) with DJs, local bites, and a rotating cast of resale vendors and Colorado artists creating paintings and other art on-site. Find info on upcoming events via @indtruders_flea on Instagram

Tags N Tats Shop markdowns on vintage wares and get a flash tat (a simple pre-drawn permanent tattoo design artists offer for walk-up clients at a flat rate ) from a local artist while you’re at it during this new “monthly market for spontaneous people.” Launched in spring 2022 by Sydney Swing of Manic Pixie Thrift, a local thrift shop and styling service, each pop-up party hosts two featured tattoo artists and more than a dozen clothing and accessory vendors, plus live tunes, drinks, food trucks, and other sweet treats. The next Tags event is August 28 at 3 p.m.; entry is free; follow @manicpixiethrift for info on upcoming events

ThriftCon Founded in Denver in 2019, this annual convention—which now has events in six other cities, including Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Los Angeles—draws hundreds of vendors to the National Western Complex each spring for a full day of vintage and thrifty hauls. The group also hosts recurring Thrift-Pop marketplaces outside of the Denver Central Market on the last Sunday of every month. Find updates on 2023 dates and upcoming Thrift-Pop events at and @thrift_con on Instagram

Closing day for Albums on the Hill brings mountain of music memories | Arts news

Comedy show on Friday in Boulder will raise funds for owner's expenses since surgeries BOULDER – You could call it a five-day marathon of 78 RPM love. Andy Schneidkraut called it “a living wake.” But in the final hours before closing Boulder’s iconic Albums on the Hill for good on Monday, Schneidkraut allowed himself a brief moment to idle in the sweaty, human traffic jam of friends and loyal customers who stopped by his beloved basement record store to pay their respects – and scoop up some sweet mer...

Comedy show on Friday in Boulder will raise funds for owner's expenses since surgeries

BOULDER – You could call it a five-day marathon of 78 RPM love. Andy Schneidkraut called it “a living wake.” But in the final hours before closing Boulder’s iconic Albums on the Hill for good on Monday, Schneidkraut allowed himself a brief moment to idle in the sweaty, human traffic jam of friends and loyal customers who stopped by his beloved basement record store to pay their respects – and scoop up some sweet merch for up to 80 percent off.

“It's a bit uncomfortable to discover after all this time that you meant so much to so many people, especially when you may not mean enough to yourself,” a visibly moved Schneidkraut said as Elvis Costello’s “My Aim is True” appropriately spun over the loudspeakers.

They came from across the street and across the country. Whether they had bought records or concert tickets there, or maybe caught a comedy set or jam session, they had to say goodbye to the man who lived in their music basement – whether they had ever met him or not.

“As far as I am concerned, he is the mayor of the Hill. He’s the anchor of this neighborhood,” said Tony Zotti, who was among dozens wearing T-Shirts that said, “I Know Andy Schneidkraut Personally.” “Andy has taught me enormous things, not just about music but about life.” Added his wife, Nicole: “He’s also opened up some great music to us as well,” citing Elephant Revival as one example. The couple were leaving with a goodie-bag full of albums by Frank Turner, Panic! at the Disco, Superchunk, Japandroids and many more.

“Look at me: I am an old punk rock guy – and Andy’s got me listening to hippie music,” Tony said with a laugh. “I tend toward rash and angry, and he has always been a calming influence.”

Schneidkraut was soon stopped by a customer carrying an Al Hibbler album, and Schneidkraut said he had a story for him about the popular R&B vocalist who sang with Duke Ellington's orchestra in the 1940s. “When Hibbler sang with Duke, they would literally nail the microphone stand to the stage so he would have something to hold onto without falling over because he was so drunk,” Schneidkraut said to laughs.

The record store actually closed back in April, when Schneidkraut, 69, began a harrowing medical odyssey that included a life-saving kidney transplant and a heart triple bypass. Schneidkraut had gone into unexplained kidney failure three years before and had exhausted nearly every option when, this past spring, a lifelong friend who had worked for him decades before at the Harvest House came back as a match. “Greg Estes is a hero to me, and I love him a great deal,” Schneidkraut said.

A few weeks later, facing a rejection infection, he had to undergo heart surgery as well. He’s on the slow road to recovery, he promises. But, as anyone who has had major surgery can tell you, running a record store when doctors won’t let you carry more than 10 pounds is all but impossible. This after an extended COVID store closure, his college student clientele going remote, and all of the other market factors that have been working against record stores for the two preceding decades combined to make the choice clear.

“We got hit by a lot of things that were beyond our control all at once,” Schneidkraut said. “Sometimes you are forced to make a decision that you should have made some time ago.”

That decision was to re-open for a five-day window to move stock – and then move on.

The surgeries, ironically, are not what forced Schneidkraut’s hand as much as the past five months of having only one revenue source – from online sales. It’s the everyday living expenses, more so than the medical expenses, that have put him in financial peril.

That’s why some of his best friends in the Boulder comedy community are banding together to host a comedy fundraiser on Friday headlined by Nancy Norton and John Novosad at the Dairy Arts Center.

“Andy has contributed much to the cultural well-being of Boulder,” Novosad said in announcing the show. “He has been generous with time and resources, supported many of our creative endeavors, and supplied a universe of elevation and inspiration. His recovery is long, and he could really use our help.”

The Zottis, for two, will be there. “This is a guy who deserves every little bit of help he can get,” Tony Zotti said. “I hate the idea that he could get ruined by this. Any of us could get ruined by something like this. So if I can help a little bit and laugh a little at the same time? It’s a win-win.”

Schneidkraut can’t even begin to guess how much stock he moved over the five-day reopening sale, but it was considerable. “Well, we were practically giving it away,” he said. The rest will be made available in bulk to other record-store owners or to buyers online.

When asked what album he might put on to process all of his feelings after he got home from his long last day, Schneidkraut said: “It will probably be something that brings tears to my eyes.” And tears, like tastes, can be eclectic: "Child's Song" from Tom Rush’s eponymous 1970 album, he suggested. Springsteen's "The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle.” Maybe a John Gorka record. Something from (jazz trumpeter) Lee Morgan.

“My parting message to anyone who has ever shopped here in the past 35 years is one of appreciation,” he said. “I appreciate your support. I appreciate that many people have allowed me to help them to discover new musical directions. And I appreciate everyone who ever turned me onto something.”

Nearby, helping a massive line of customers to process their orders (and yet still not wanting much to leave), was daughter Emma Schneidkraut, who flew out from Haverhill, Mass., to help her dad manage this final flurry. “This is hard because I grew up in this store, and it was my life,” she said. "But what’s important now is dad’s health.

“It’s time.”

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Wheat Ridge native Annaleigh Ashford, recently featured here as the subject of the CBS reality show “Secret Celebrity Renovation,” is returning to Broadway as the human-pie-making Mrs. Lovett opposite Josh Groban in the classic Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The revival opens March 26 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Ashford won the Tony Award for her performance in “You Can’t Take it With You” and also appeared in Broadway’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Kinky Boots,” “Hair,” “Legally Blonde” and “Wicked."

Summit High School graduate and choreographer to the stars Mandy Moore, sister of Thunder River Theatre Company Artistic Director Missy Moore, did not win an Emmy Award when the first half of this year’s winners were announced over the weekend,. But her two latest nominations for “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” brings the three-time winner’s overall total to 12 noms. And this was her first-ever nomination for producing.

I am promised that “some absolute legends in the Mini World” are here for the 41st annual “Fall Miniature Show,” hosted through Sunday by the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys at 7801 E. Orchard Road in Greenwood Village. That is … if you can find them! (Sorry, couldn’t resist). Legends like woodworker Gideon Wolf, silversmith Pete Acquisto and local artists Spirit Song Watercolors and Standing People Designs.

The death of author, activist and self-described myth-buster Barbara Ehrenreich this week was cause for a look back to 2003, when Denver’s Curious Theatre Company staged an adaptation of her book “Nickel and Dimed.” Ehrenreich committed to working undercover in minimum-wage jobs for a year. Her takeaway, after working as a maid, waitress, nursing-home attendant and Wal-Mart clerk? “There is this repetitive stress injury of the spirit that sets in when your entire life is work and getting ready to work,” she said. Here’s a link to our conversation.

Archtop guitars are electric guitars with hollow bodies and standard pickups, and if you are into them, you should also be into “The Blue Guitar Collection,” coming to Olde Town Arvada on Sunday (Sept. 11) via the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. This is the first time the entire collection of 22 guitars has ever been on display outside of the Smithsonian, and many of the original guitar-builders will be reunited with their guitars for the first time. It’s part of the Archtop Festival from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor, 7515 Grandview Ave. …

Illegal Pete’s Inks Lease at Revitalized Retail Community in Wheat Ridge

Gold’s Marketplace, a 59,000-square-foot revitalized retail community in Wheat Ridge, will be the newest location for Colorado’s popular fast-casual restaurant Illegal Pete’s. Projected to open at the end of 2022, the restaurant will occupy a 3,000-square-foot space alongside an exciting collect...

Gold’s Marketplace, a 59,000-square-foot revitalized retail community in Wheat Ridge, will be the newest location for Colorado’s popular fast-casual restaurant Illegal Pete’s. Projected to open at the end of 2022, the restaurant will occupy a 3,000-square-foot space alongside an exciting collection of locally-based small businesses.

“We are excited to join the Wheat Ridge community in addition to the micro-community of popular Colorado businesses within Gold’s Marketplace,” said Pete Turner, Illegal Pete’s founder. “This location will be a dynamic reflection of the area as each Illegal Pete’s restaurant is designed to be diverse and unique while still delivering on our promise of fast and healthy food.”

Located on the corner of Kipling Street and 26th Ave, Illegal Pete’s Wheat Ridge joins Berkeley Park Running Company, Cosmo’s Dog Biscuit Bakery, Em’s Ice Cream, Esters Neighborhood Pub, Gratitude Hair Studio, Little Brazil, Live Slow Brewing Co., Station Dental and Queen City Collective Coffee.

“When the opportunity came to bring this public center back to the City of Wheat Ridge and the surrounding Denver area, we knew we wanted it to consist of diverse, Colorado-owned, small businesses that provide a wide range of experiences,” said Bobby Ghiselli, partner at Quannah Partners, the group responsible for the upgrades to Gold’s Marketplace. “Illegal Pete’s is quintessential Colorado-style food and drink that will add even more energy to the mix of shops and restaurants on this busy corner.”

Gold’s Marketplace is currently open and a number of tenants are operating, with additional tenants projected to open throughout 2022. Built in 1960 and situated on 3.5 acres, Gold’s Marketplace is a vibrant destination for dining and entertainment that features modern, fun, and creative architectural design elements while embracing the rich history of the property and community. The renovated center delivers a “hip” urban experience in a friendly neighborhood setting, nestled between Sloan’s Lake, Edgewater and Applewood with convenient access to I-70, Colfax Ave., US-6, and daily traffic counts in excess of 58,000.

Gold’s Marketplace can accommodate tenants requiring 1,000-9,000 square feet and space is in high demand. JLL’s Sam Zaitz, Jeff Feldman and Lorenzo Harris are leasing the additional spaces to those interested in joining the Gold’s Marketplace community.

Wheat Ridge couple opening food truck lot to revive “dead space” in neighborhood

Emily Chaney and Chris Rasmussen got tired of staring at an empty 20,000-square-foot parking lot in their Wheat Ridge neighborhood.So, rather than wait for it to get redeveloped, the couple has decided to lease the lot and a 300-square-foot kiosk stand at 6875 W. 38th Ave. It was previously home to Bradley Petroleum, but has been vacant for two years.This summer Chaney, a Denver native, plans to open Strong Island with Rasmussen, who moved here 20 years ago, as executive chef.“Chris has been a chef in the city for ...

Emily Chaney and Chris Rasmussen got tired of staring at an empty 20,000-square-foot parking lot in their Wheat Ridge neighborhood.

So, rather than wait for it to get redeveloped, the couple has decided to lease the lot and a 300-square-foot kiosk stand at 6875 W. 38th Ave. It was previously home to Bradley Petroleum, but has been vacant for two years.

This summer Chaney, a Denver native, plans to open Strong Island with Rasmussen, who moved here 20 years ago, as executive chef.

“Chris has been a chef in the city for a long time and ended up losing his job during COVID,” Chaney said. “We kept him home because he’s diabetic, but then we were like ‘What are we going to do now?’ There’s a need for more outdoor space in Wheat Ridge, and this was a dead space in the neighborhood. So, we wanted to activate it again.”

Strong Island, named after Rasmussen’s hometown of Long Island, will be home to Rasmussen’s permanent food trailer called Bigg Chris’ Burgers. He will serve classic East Coast sandwiches with bacon, egg, cheese, salt, pepper and ketchup on a Kaiser roll in the morning, and hot dogs and burgers for lunch and dinner.

Rasmussen, 43, was previously executive chef of the Roxy on Broadway and worked for Juan Padro’s local Tap and Burger chain before that. Chaney, 46, will continue to work full-time as a realtor at BSW Real Estate, but has hired a bar manager to run the kiosk.

“I love burgers and how much you can do with them. You can go Italian or Asian using the same base, which is cost effective,” Rasmussen said.

There will also be room for three rotating food trucks, which the couple has not secured yet, plus bathrooms and a bar in the 300-square-foot former gas station kiosk, which will serve Long Island-themed cocktails, like Long Island iced tea and a Kool-Aid-based drink named after Long Island native LL Cool J.

“We’ve seen food truck parks in Portland and San Francisco,” Chaney said. “And Denver has things kind of like that downtown, like Improper City, but nothing that’s really based on liquor licensing for a food truck, which is what Wheat Ridge worked with us to do. Other liquor licenses exist where you can have a kitchen on-site, but this is the first where they’ve allowed us to liquor license a food trailer.”

The couple hopes to open Strong Island by June and will set up some picnic tables, fencing and a bocce ball court. They want to be open five days a week, most likely Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Eventually, Chaney and Rasmussen hope to find seasonal uses for the parking lot, such as selling pumpkins for Halloween and Christmas trees in the winter.

“Our theory is you put out picnic tables and food, and people will come, and it will grow from there organically,” Chaney said.

“Wheat Ridge has delicious food, but there’s not a whole lot of outdoor patios or new concepts,” Rasmussen said. “We’re going to bring food trucks from all over the state to offer more variety and outdoor options.”

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