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Healthy local businesses are roots for neighborhood residents

West Denver is an area with a high concentration of culturally rich small businesses that represent the equally diverse communities surrounding them. 83% of west Denver is at risk of gentrification, making the preservation of these cultural BIPOC-owned businesses critical to maintaining west Denver’s sense of place, preserving community resources, and preventing involuntary displacement.

The connection between community members and locally-owned businesses is strong. Purchasing a Gift Card fosters social cohesion and promotes economic opportunities for residents by helping them to stay in their original neighborhoods. A Gift Card also unlocks a new way for recipients to experience this part of town and all it has to offer. Win-win!

A WORLD OF EXPERIENCES AWAITS YOU

West Denver Marketplaces showcases a wide variety of dining, shopping, service, and entertainment offerings. Thanks for supporting local, independently owned and operated businesses!

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Local Ownership Spotlight

Over 95% of the businesses in the West Denver Marketplaces directory are locally owned and operated with inspiring stories to share. Every month a new owner story is told, meet the friends and faces in West Denver.

Artesanias Mi Mexico

My husband and I are from the municipality of Acajete Puebla, Mexico; we love our culture and traditions and are a country of many customs. Now that we are in the month of November and with the celebration of the Day of the Dead, I remember when I was a child my parents took us to our town’s cemetery, to visit my baptism godparents. My mother filled a basket with bread and fruit to take them as an ofrenda(offerings) and we decorated their graves with flowers of cempazuchitl (marigold) and as we stood there, we remembered the times we had them in our lives and the opportunities we had to hug them when they were alive.

(720) 338-1411

912 S Sheridan Blvd.

Tues  11AM – 7PM
Wed   12:30PM – 7PM
Thur-Fri  11AM – 7PM
Sat. 11AM – 6:30PM
Sun-Mon    Closed

Vibrant businesses and neighborhoods rely on your support!

From West Colfax to Florida Avenue and Sheridan to Santa Fe Drive, a diverse range of locally owned and operated businesses make up these vibrant communities. The Gift Card can be used on-site when you check out at any of the participating storefront businesses. For a full list of participating businesses, see the directory.

  • Athmar Park
  • Barnum West
  • Mar Lee
  • West Colfax
  • Westwood
  • Valverde
  • Sun Valley
  • Villa Park

The partnership behind the Gift Card initiative

The West Denver Marketplaces Gift Card initiative is funded by a Neighborhood Activation grant from Denver Economic Opportunity and Development (DEDO). The Denver Housing Authority (DHA), in partnership with BuCu West and West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC), initiated the grant as a responsive solution to community needs in West Denver. District 3 Councilwoman Jaime Torres and Sun Valley Kitchen are also supportive stakeholders in the initiative.

This collaborative project will elevate economic activity by increasing awareness of culturally unique and BIPOC-owned businesses and encouraging demand for the food, products, and services of small businesses throughout west Denver.

The Neighborhood Activation grant was approved in October 2022, providing funding to cover admin costs, promotional events, and communications and marketing efforts around this Gift Card.

Partners and Collaborators of the Gift Card Program include:

A Great Gift (Card)

Support your West Denver businesses by purchasing a Gift Card. This unique card can be redeemed at numerous businesses in the area.

West Denver Marketplaces Gift Card is issued by Pathward®, N.A., Member FDIC. Funds do not expire, Non-reloadable and no cash access. For Cardholder Agreement or Customer Service: www.getmybalance.com or 1-833-558-1088.

A Great Gift (Card)

Support your West Denver businesses by purchasing a Gift Card. This unique card can be redeemed at numerous businesses in the area.

West Denver Marketplaces Gift Card is issued by Pathward, N.A., Member FDIC. Funds do not expire, Non-reloadable and no cash access. For Cardholder Agreement or Customer Service: www.getmybalance.com or 1-833-558-1088.

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Meet Linh and Hoai, the owners of Vita Cane!

Vita Cane specializes in sugarcane juice drinks, which are a staple in Vietnamese culture.

The owners, who are Vietnamese American themselves, grew up here in Colorado but always missed having a place to get authentic sugarcane juice.

That’s where the inspiration behind Vita Cane came from. Linh noticed that there weren’t any brick & mortar locations around to find sugar cane drinks in Denver.

West Denver has a very rich and vibrant AAPI community which made it the perfect place to establish Vita Cane. So, if you have a craving for something sweet, natural, and authentic; be sure to swing by Vita Cane where they offer a variety of flavors using authentic imported sugar canes straight from Vietnam!

If you’re not quite sure what to get, the staff are ready to help you find the best drink for your liking or, you can try Linh’s Favorite drink - sugar cane with kumquat!

Denver Housing Authority @westcolfaxbid Councilwoman Jamie Torres Far East Center BuCu West Development Association, Sun Valley Kitchen + Community Center, Newsed Community Development Corporation, and Mi Casa Resource Center
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Meet Linh and Hoai, the owners of Vita Cane!  

Vita Cane specializes in sugarcane juice drinks, which are a staple in Vietnamese culture.  

The owners, who are Vietnamese American themselves, grew up here in Colorado but always missed having a place to get authentic sugarcane juice. 

That’s where the inspiration behind Vita Cane came from. Linh noticed that there weren’t any brick & mortar locations around to find sugar cane drinks in Denver.

West Denver has a very rich and vibrant AAPI community which made it the perfect place to establish Vita Cane. So, if you have a craving for something sweet, natural, and authentic; be sure to swing by Vita Cane where they offer a variety of flavors using authentic imported sugar canes straight from Vietnam! 

If you’re not quite sure what to get, the staff are ready to help you find the best drink for your liking or, you can try Linh’s Favorite drink - sugar cane with kumquat!

Denver Housing Authority @westcolfaxbid Councilwoman Jamie Torres Far East Center BuCu West Development Association, Sun Valley Kitchen + Community Center, Newsed Community Development Corporation, and Mi Casa Resource Center

Nature can be so sweet!

Vita Cane is serving up seriously delicious sugarcane drinks and their vibrant Acai bowls are the perfect summer fuel! ☀️

Their sugarcane drinks are all-natural and locally sourced, so you can feel good about indulging in a sweet treat. Plus, they have tons of flavor options to choose from!

@denverhousingauthority @westcolfaxbid @councilwomantorres @fareastcenter @bucuwest, @sunvalleykitchen, @NEWSED, and @MiCasaResourceCenter
... See MoreSee Less

Nature can be so sweet!  

Vita Cane is serving up seriously delicious sugarcane drinks and their vibrant Acai bowls are the perfect summer fuel! ☀️

Their sugarcane drinks are all-natural and locally sourced, so you can feel good about indulging in a sweet treat. Plus, they have tons of flavor options to choose from!

@denverhousingauthority @westcolfaxbid @councilwomantorres @fareastcenter @bucuwest, @sunvalleykitchen, @NEWSED, and @MiCasaResourceCenter
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