- Jan 8:
- U.S. Ambassador to Japan visits Denver while Boeing fights 787 problem
- Jan 4:
- Brighton experimenta una recuperación económica
- Jan 2:
- Colorado industries with momentum going into 2013
- Jan 1:
- Raise takes effect for Colorado minimum-wage workers
- Dec 21:
- Vuelo facilitaría comercio entre México y Colorado
- Colorado businesses looking to expand partnerships in Mexico
- Dec 20:
- Colorado was the 7th fastest growing state from July 2011 to July 2012
- Dec 11:
- Colorado offers $13 million to three companies for 1,500 jobs
- Strong job market in Denver metro area expected in 1st quarter of 2013
- Dec 6:
- Colorado and 9th anchor likely to be branded a King Soopers store
- Kaiser opening new IT campus in Greenwood Village, hiring 500
- Nov 20:
- Cambiaría las reglas para los pequeños negocios emergentes en Colorado
- Nov 16:
- End of Hostess means closure for Denver bakery
- Sep 24:
- Report: Denver has nation's highest ATM, overdraft fees
- Alpacas aid small farms in western Colorado
- Sep 18:
- Denver Patent Office targets opening date in fall of 2013, to hire 125
- Sep 14:
- Colorado approves $7.3 million incentive to lure 1,000 Woodward jobs
- Sep 12:
- Trader Joe's confirms a Denver location for 2013
- Sep 11:
- Wolf Camera parent Ritz to liquidate, fate of stores unclear
- Aug 27:
- H&M will open Cherry Creek store on Sept. 13
- Jul 15:
- Denver's Metro State opening 150-room hotel as student training lab
- Jul 13:
- Colorado cantaloupes return; growers push safety
- Tom's Urban 24 Diner will open this fall in Denver's Larimer Square
- Jun 16:
- Mercados latinos medianos enfrentan la competencia de grandes cadenas
- Jun 14:
- Denver's mid-size Latino grocers feel squeeze from bigger chains
- Jun 6:
- Colorado overpays jobless benefits by $128 million, pursues recipients
- Jun 4:
- Dish Network to hire 100 customer service reps in Littleton
- May 29:
- Xerox opens new call center in Greeley, generates 700 new jobs
- May 25:
- Colorado restaurants to add 10,800 jobs this summer, report says
- Apr 30:
- Auto and truck sales surge in Colorado in 2012
- Denver-based Einstein Bros. introduces new menu
- Durango-based Rocky Mountain Chocolate to enter Japan, Asia
- Apr 24:
- Blockbuster relocating headquarters to Dish's campus in Colorado
- Apr 17:
- Cinco nuevos Walmart y 400 nuevos trabajos llegan al área de Denver
- Denver metro area to see five new Walmarts and 400 new jobs
- Apr 10:
- Reporte: Area metropolitana de Denver lidera el país en nuevos trabajos de construcción
- Waiters toting tablets, wine lists via Wi-Fi
- Denver-area businesses add fees, raise prices to offset fuel costs
- Mar 27:
- Colorado a haven for makers of winter sports gear
- Mar 22:
- Southwest, Frontier vying to be part of new routes to Reagan airport in D.C.
- Mar 18:
- Colorado North Fork Valley residents, businesses fighting prospect of fuel leases
- Mar 14:
- Potential business tax cut heads toward governor
- Mar 13:
- Colorado unemployment decreases to 7.8 percent
- Employment forecast in Denver metro area 5th best in the nation
- Mar 8:
- Tres compañías crearán cientos de nuevos trabajos en Commerce City
- Mar 1:
- 7 more Dunkin' Donuts planned in southeast Denver area
- Feb 16:
- Spirit Airlines to start DIA service
- Feb 10:
- A JumpStart to clear business hurdles in Denver
- Ed Moss appointed president and CEO of The Denver Post
- Feb 9:
- Elitch's to host job fair for 1,500 summer hires
- Feb 8:
- Dunkin' Donuts to open 11 Denver stores
- Feb 5:
- Innovation in style and technology put men's undergarment on industry radar
- Jan 30:
- HealthSouth plans new hospital in Denver area
- Jan 24:
- Pinnacol Assurance, beset with criticism, suspends ads for privatization
- Jan 22:
- Colorado's future in renewable energy dims after years of growth
- Jan 18:
- Trader Joe's coming to Colorado, state records show
- Jan 15:
- Net in-migration to Colorado from other states growing
- Jan 12:
- Home Depot hiring 1,600 seasonal workers in Colorado
- Jan 11:
- Twinkies maker Hostess seeks bankruptcy protection
- Jan 4:
- Cable, satellite companies raising rates again for Colorado consumers
- Jan 1:
- Colorado's minimum wage gets a raise to $7.64 an hour
- Dec 29:
- Two Kmarts and one Sears store in Colorado to be closed under Sears cutback
- Dec 28:
- Businesses, consumer advocates and seniors opposing Xcel bid for rate increase
- Dec 27:
- Steamboat businesses report strong Christmas sales
- Dec 21:
- Struggling Quiznos sandwich chain working with creditors on debt restructuring
- Dec 16:
- Tim Tebow's nice-guy style could herald change in business management
- Dec 15:
- Xcel wants $142 million rate hike in Colorado, but where would the money go?
- Dec 13:
- Tapped-out Santas wrapping up shopping earlier this year as money tight, U.S. survey finds
- Dec 5:
- US orders review of student work visa program
- May 5:
- Money for lunch
- Dinero para el almuerzo
Brighton's downtown area is picking up steam, thanks to a sudden uptick in newly opened businesses.
Nearly a dozen specialty stores, eateries and boutiques have recently opened in the historic downtown district, once the city's bustling core. Officials have been working for years to revitalize the area, which suffered from low occupancy, aging infrastructure and insufficient parking.
Some business owners say those revitalization efforts are beginning to pay off.
"I'd say we're on the cusp of discovery, but not quite there yet," said Richard McCutcheon, owner of A Novel's Story Bookshop and Fine Tea Empourium, 17 N. Main St. "A lot of people have come back and they're surprised to see the turnaround."
The city's urban renewal agency began targeting the area about five years ago, when occupancy rates flatlined at about 50 percent, said Gary Montoya, downtown initiative director for Brighton. A facade improvement program was launched to help property owners cover the costs of sprucing up their downtown buildings, many of which date to the late 1800s.
The program was designed to allow property owners a chance to restore the old brick surfaces and hardwood floors at an affordable rate. The city covered 90 percent of the cost of the project, Montoya said.
"That's really what began to bring in more investment into the district," he said.
Joni Fields, owner of Joonbugz Kid's Boutique, credits the city's program for the downtown renaissance.
Her store, at 121 N. Main St., formerly housed the city's lone adult club, Western Topless Nightclub, before it was renovated and restored to its original appearance.
"It's been amazing," Fields said. "All of our buildings have been improved and that's brought more business here."
Since opening in 2011, Joonbugz has become a linchpin for the downtown area. The upscale consignment store was awarded "2012 Small Business of the Year" by the Brighton Chamber of Commerce and became one of the city's success stories.
"Business is doing really great," Fields said. "I can't complain at all."
Downtown shops also joined together in a marketing campaign to help steer shoppers to other nearby stores and restaurants in the area.
"It's beautiful how often they refer each other to the businesses next door," said Kami Welch, executive director of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. "It's been fantastic to see that type of support."
Sandy Jenkins, owner of Milagro's Soap Company, 39 N. Main St., moved her shop to downtown Brighton nearly three years ago. She admitted she was "apprehensive" about her chances, but feels things are headed in the right direction.
"People are getting more excited about this area," Jenkins said.