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As the revamping of Englewood's historic downtown continues apace, the local chamber of commerce threw its annual gathering to honor businesses throughout the community.
“I'm seeing lots of new businesses open,” said Lynette Nice, community manager for The Guild, a co-working space near Englewood Civic Center. It's “the sign of a healthy economy.”
Nice and dozens of others in the business community came together for the tailgate-themed 33rd annual business-awards gala, held at The Guild. The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce event March 27 honored businesses and brought them together over food and drinks.
Lisa Spatafore, from Community Banks of Colorado — located in the same building as the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce — took bartending duties at the event.
“We were just talking about how cute and unique this chamber is because it's a small community in the middle of the (larger metro area),” Spatafore said.
The business community and city feel “like a small town,” Spatafore said.
“You find that in Englewood, people don't leave,” Spatafore said. “They grow up here, they go to school here, they start businesses here.”
Brian Meadows, owner of the Duffer Haus bar — which held a soft opening March 31 at 3470 S. Broadway — attended the event, too. Meadows said he chose Englewood for his business partly because of the new apartments and businesses opening in that neck of town.
“It seemed like an up-and-coming area,” said Meadows, whose bar features interactive games, including a life-sized soccer-pool combination. “Local businesses have been extremely supportive.”
Two other nearby businesses — Samadhi Yoga and Peace Cellar, which features plants, jewelry, clothes and more — held openings in March, said Carrie Moore, owner of Peace Cellar. Moore's business relocated from a few blocks north on South Broadway. All three, including Duffer Haus, sit on the historic 3400 block of that street, and more businesses recently opened or plan to open in the area.
Tim Morgen, director of community relations at bgood, a new medical-marijuana dispensary in Englewood, said at the event that the location was ideal for him. There are other bgood stores in Northglenn and Denver.
“We're very excited to be here,” said Morgen, whose dispensary sits at 11 W. Hampden Ave., Suite 102. “The block we're on seems to be booming.”
Businesses honored at the event included Frame de Art for business of the year; Scott Danford, of Welcomemat Services, for chamber member of the year; Judy Browne Realty for emerging business; Englewood Schools for community organization of the year; and Swedish Medical Center for lifetime business achievement.
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