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2020 Reflections from BBID

Dear Bluebird District Business and Property Owners,

We want to thank you, for continuing to show the Colfax grit and determination that you always have through a trying year. In our many interactions with business and property owners, the Bluebird Business Improvement District (BBID) board members and staff hear the strain and stress of closures, reduced capacity, reduced demand and new burdens to ensure you, your employees and customers are safe. We thank you for all you do to keep pushing on and making the BBID the unique place it is. Your business is a key part of our community and, no matter the size, is a big part of what makes us great.

Check out our 2020 Annual Letter for more on how BBID businesses showed great strength and resilience during a tough year, and how we worked to support them throughout the pandemic.

2021-01-05T14:20:42-07:00January 5th, 2021|

Over $400,000 in COVID Relief Awarded to District Businesses

Last month, we announced that BBID was awarded $500,000 to support our district businesses. We’re excited to report that we’ve given out $407,074 in COVID Relief Grants to district businesses (pictured with Milkroll Creamery), with more going out this month.

These grants are for lost revenue since the COVID-19 crisis and purchases for COVID mitigation measures like gas heat lamps, canopies as well as PPE.

We are happy to be able to financially support our businesses. You can continue to support and thank them for their strength and hard work by buying gift cards, shopping for holiday gifts, getting takeout and visiting our establishments (don’t forget your mask!).

2021-01-05T14:14:02-07:00December 5th, 2020|

COVID Relief Grants Now Available!

Our grants are now live! These are for in-district businesses and nonprofits focused on economic development.

Grants in round one will provide BBID businesses:

  1. Reimbursement for economic losses due to decreased revenues from Covid-19: up to $6000 based on revenue decline during Covid.
  2. Plus reimbursement for expenses to manage Covid-19. Examples include purchases of PPE, plastic shields, Covid-19 testing of employees, equipment for social distancing like tables and chairs, sun/rain shades, winterization of outdoor seating through tenting, propane heaters, etc.

The application is available here.  Note the first round deadline of September 22nd.

2021-01-05T14:14:50-07:00September 14th, 2020|

Care Packages for Bluebird Businesses

Over the weekend, we passed out care packages to our local Bluebird District businesses. Bags included gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer from IoVia. A small token of thanks for continuing to safely serve the community and providing a sense of normalcy during these uncertain times.

2020-04-22T20:28:49-06:00April 22nd, 2020|

Bluebird District Businesses – On-site Dining/Takeout/Delivery Options, Online Options, Closures

During these uncertain times, our local businesses need your support! We rounded up who’s offering takeout/delivery, who’s open, and who’s closed.

Last updated June 29th, 5:44pm. We’ll keep updating this list as more information becomes available. Business owners, email us at if you need to be added to the list or update your status below.

On-site Dining / Takeout / Delivery

As of May 27th, businesses can resume on-site dining at 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer. Businesses offering on-site dining are marked with an *asterisk. Many of our restaurants are equipped and ready to provide delicious meals via takeout and/or delivery. Order and tip the same amount that you would if you were dining in.

*Annie’s Cafe – takeout available Tuesday-Sunday between 8am-9pm, indoor and patio dining available
Asuka Ramen & Poke – takeout available
*Atomic Cowboy – on-site dining daily 8am-10pm; takeout and delivery
Bastien’s – takeout available from 1-8pm
*Cerebral Brewing – open for on-site consumption; pick-up available; order online
Chick-fil-a – pick-up and drive thru available
*Denver Biscuit Company – on-site dining, takeout and delivery available 8am-3pm
Enzo’s End Pizzeria – takeout and delivery available
*Fat Sully’s Pizza – on-site dining available; delivery and curbside pick-up 11am-8pm
*Fox Run Cafe – on-site dining and takeout available 8am-1pm Wednesday – Sunday
Good Times Burgers – takeout available
*Goosetown Tavern – onsite-dining and takeout available
GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique – curbside pick-up available; order online
*Hooked on Colfax – takeout available, patio seating available
Lula Rose General Store – takeout available 7am-12pm
*Machete – takeout and delivery available, patio open
*Mezcal – open daily 11am-8pm for onsite dining, also offering takeout/delivery
*Middleman – reservations encouraged; to-go cocktails available
Milkroll Creamery – open Thursday-Sunday
Misfits Snakbar (at Middleman) – takeout available from 5-9pm; call or text (201) 679-7079 to order
*Q House – on-site dining available – reservations encouraged; takeout and curbside pick-up available
*Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs – on-site dining, takeout and delivery available Mon-Fri 12-5pm, Sat 12-4pm
To the Wind Bistro – curbside pick-up available; menu posted daily
Tommy’s Thai – takeout and delivery available; 11am-3pm and 5-9pm (closed Sundays)
*Trattoria Stella – on-site dining available; takeout and delivery available; use code BLUEBIRD for 10% off when you order online!

Open / Online Shopping

These businesses are open for normal hours, by appointment, or have an online shop available. Don’t forget your face covering when visiting our businesses!

7-Eleven – open
Babooshka Salon – open for appointments
Bayon Liquors – open for normal business hours
Big Hairy Monster – open for appointments
Bishops – open for appointments
Certified Tattoo – open for appointments
Cherry Creek Automotive – operating by appointment only
Cindy’s Nails – open for normal business hours
City Park Dental Group – open for normal business hours
Coloradical – online shop open
Endorphin and Endorphin Ryders – limited classes and open gym available
Hollywood Nails – open for normal business hours
Kunicki Restoration – open for appointments
Lawrence and Larimer – store open – limited to five customers at a time; online shop also available
Monroe Discount Liquors – open for normal business hours
Petco Animal Supplies – open for normal business hours
Pleasures at the Park – open for normal business hours
Revolver Salon – open for appointments
Russ Salon – open for appointments
SloHi Bike City Park – operating by appointment only; for your caffeine needs, hours are – To-Go: Tu-Sa, 9am-2pm | Delivery: Tu-Sa, 2pm-4pm
SpiritWays – open 12-6pm Wednesday – Sunday
Sprouts Market – open for normal business hours
Tiger Kim’s Academy – classes resumed
Tough Mudder Bootcamp – open for workouts

Temporarily Closed

You can still help out our businesses who are temporarily closed. Leave them a review on Yelp, or give them a shout-out on social media.

Bluebird Theater – temporarily closed
Colfax Guitar Shop – temporarily closed
Cricket Wireless – temporarily closed
Lost Lake Lounge – temporarily closed
PS Lounge – temporarily closed
St. Paul’s Tavern – temporarily closed

2020-06-30T17:28:04-06:00March 24th, 2020|

COVID-19: Small Business Emergency Response Roundtable

Fri, Mar 20, 2020 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MDT

The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center have collaborated to provide our small business community the latest information in small business emergency response. Sponsored by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

We understand that as a small business, you may have already experienced economic injury. This panel will provide you with the latest resources and updates on small business support.

Panelists include:
– Jim Reid, Director of Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management
– Frances Padilla, District Director, Colorado Small Business Administration
– Steven White, Lead Lender Relations Specialist, Colorado Small Business Administration
– Karen Hoopes, Statewide Coordinator of Business Development/Rapid Response at the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
– Cory Arcarese, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, Lead Consultant, Disaster Relief Program

– Aikta Marcoulier, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center
– Traci Marques, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Workforce Center


2020-03-18T15:47:01-06:00March 18th, 2020|

How to Stay Safe and Support Bluebird District Businesses

The wellness of our community is extremely important to us here at the Bluebird District. We want you to know that we’re monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.

During this time of changes in events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small, independent businesses throughout our community and to continue supporting them even if you can’t visit them physically.

Here are a few ways you can support our local businesses – including many that don’t involve leaving your house!

  1. Order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in. 
  2. Help a neighbor + shop local. If your neighbors, friends, or family are in high-risk groups and need more isolation, offer to pick things up for them from local businesses rather than relying solely on online shopping from major corporations.
  3. Shop online or via phone. Many of our businesses have online shopping available; our local and independent shops will help you get what you need via phone, Facetime, or other methods, if necessary. 
  4. Buy gift cards. You’ll be able to enjoy them later while supporting small businesses now, when they need it most.
  5. Give your favorite biz a shout-out. It doesn’t cost a thing to give kudos to your favorite local businesses via social media, Yelp, or Google Reviews. It’s an incredibly difficult time for small business owners, and every bit of visibility and amplification helps.
  6. Let us know about businesses that can use some extra support. We’re here to amplify, encourage, and connect independent businesses in need to consumers who care.
  7. Share this post and information widely so others know how to help.

First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our health as a whole depends on working together, and our local businesses are the heartbeat of our community. We want to make sure they continue to thrive while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.

Questions? Concerns? Contact us at

Note: A version of these recommendations originated from Downtown Raleigh Alliance and are being shared through the International Downtown Association.

2020-03-27T14:46:26-06:00March 16th, 2020|

Bluebird Haiku Submissions Open March 1-21

Attention, Colfax poets! Ever wanted to see your art on Colfax? Your chance is coming in March.

We’re excited to be a sponsor of a Denver Arts & Venues PS You Are Here grant winner, Bluebird Haiku.

The project will collect poems from the public, selecting 20 in total based on creativity and how they capture the essence and history of Colfax Avenue. Then, students from East High School will cut the stencils and apply them to neighborhood sidewalks.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1-21 via Good luck!

2020-02-12T09:49:52-07:00February 12th, 2020|
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