west denver marketplaces
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!
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.
912 S Sheridan Blvd.
Tues 11AM – 7PM
Wed 12:30PM – 7PM
Thur-Fri 11AM – 7PM
Sat. 11AM – 6:30PM
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
- 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.