Tucked behind Metropolis Coffee on South Broadway is a beacon of hope for any late-night cyclists who might find themselves in a bind. Totem Cyclery, owned and operated by Ryan Santoski since 2015, has the city’s only 24-hour bike part vending machine.
Restaurants always think of themselves as an integral part of a community, but few take this thinking to heart in the same way as Café 180. Café 180 keeps one single goal in mind: to pay it forward. This goal oftentimes materializes when community members who struggle to afford a meal offer their hard work in return for a hot dish.
G and Ry Roslie are the owners of the new boutique shop Slo Curio in the River North Art District. As they describe it, Slo Curio is a “‘slow makers’ space, a curio shop, art gallery and a quiet respite.” Not only are they business partners, they are also “partners in life and [are] in love with the process of creating.” We sat down with the couple to hear about the highs and lows of moving to a new city and starting a business in the ever evolving landscape of startups in Denver.
While YouthBiz is not itself a small business, the organization is developing Denver’s next generation of entrepreneurs, teaching youth the skills — and mindset — they need to one day run their own business. The organization is committed to a mission of, as Vice President Anna Leer describes it, “empowering young people to manage, create, and earn their own wealth.”
Jessica Baumgart, founder of the local startup Delicious Denver Food Tours, has been serving up great tours for over a year. Baumgart and her guides take tourists, international visitors, and locals on tours exploring the city’s unique and thriving food scene. Hungry guests who join the tours get a chance to get off the beaten path and try great local dishes while learning about Denver’s rich history and architecture. We sat down with Baumgart to hear about the challenges and rewards of starting a small business in Denver.