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Littleton Economic Development

September, 2017 Newsletter

Welcome new Littleton businesses

From time to time we like to let you know about new businesses in the City of Littleton. Below are those new businesses from June-September 2017:

Sunset Wine & Spirits
Retail
26 E. Arapahoe Rd. Littleton, CO 80122
(720) 390-6126

Five Wellbeing Studio & Spa
Health – Wellness; Retail & Service
5602 S. Nevada Street Littleton, CO 80120
(720) 283-4025

ViewHouse Littleton
Restaurants – Food – Beverage
2680 W. Main Street Littleton, CO 80120
(720) 431-4390

Casa Bianca Bridal Boutique
Retail; Specialty – Boutique Retail
5654 S. Prince St. Unit C Littleton, CO 80120
(720) 979-5871

Behind Bars Braaap Shop
Automotive – Motorcycles
5788 S. Rapp St. Littleton, CO 80120
(720) 668-4306

Budget Wireless Retail
Retail; Telecom – Info Services
2690 W. Belleview Ave. Littleton, CO 80123
(314) 640-0500

Horizon Food and Gas
Automotive – Motorcycles; Retail; Retail & Service
1099 W. Littleton Blvd. Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 795-3020

Duet Design Group
Home Improvement – Commercial Services; Retail
5650 W. Windermere St. Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 783-9327

Home Remodeling Technology, Inc.
Construction – Equipment – Contractors
5837 S. Gallup St. Ste. 120 Littleton, CO 80120
(720) 981-8001

Westview Wine & Spirits
Retail
1621 W. Canal Cir. Unit 105 Littleton, CO 80120
(720) 299-5076


New Location for ArtSpark Creative Studio

ArtSpark Creative Studio celebrated its first birthday with a move to 5650 Curtice Street. A historic landmark, the expanded space includes a yard and garden for outdoor art activities and onsite parking behind the building. Upstairs, three artists in residence share their artistic process and products with students and customers. Offerings at the new site include art and sewing classes for adults and children, field trips, Saturday open studio, parties, and room rental. Owners and art teachers Andrea Rollins and Michele Hardesty have 42 years combined art teaching experience. Westword magazine named ArtSpark the ‘best place to make art with your kids’ in 2017 and Colorado Parent awarded the business ‘top five children’s art studio/craft center’ in 2017. Congratulations to ArtSpark on their new location and first anniversary!


Romano’s Restaurant Celebrates 50 Years in Littleton

  Local favorite and Littleton landmark Romano’s Restaurant has been at 5666 So. Windermere since husband and wife Neil and Ellie Romano opened the business in 1967.  Their children Sue, Nick and John now run the restaurant.   The spirit of family permeates the restaurant’s long history in everything from the menu based on the family’s authentic Italian recipes to a practice of hiring hundreds of teens for their first jobs to supporting Littleton community service organizations like the Littleton Police Dog program, Be a Santa to a Senior and Project Angel Heart.   Over the years, the restaurant has hosted a number of celebrities including country star Garth Brooks and actors Jimmy Smits and Kevin James.  Local author and former employee Tom Adair features Romano’s in his thriller “The Scent of Fear”.   Many attending last week’s Western Welcome Week parade will remember that Neil and Ellie Romano were Grand Marshals of the parade in 2007.  Congratulations to the Romano family for fifty successful years operating the restaurant Westword magazine calls “the real deal, where family, food and tradition come together.”

 


ACC partnering with Manufacturer’s Edge to offer the Lean Academy

Arapahoe Community College Workforce & Community Programs is partnering with Manufacturer’s Edge to offer the Lean Academy at the ACC Littleton Campus on Thursday evenings (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) this fall.

The Lean Academy, which runs from Sept. 28 – Dec. 14, will provide a digital badging opportunity for the manufacturing sector.  Foundational principles and tools of the Lean Manufacturing Yellow Belt Certification include: Lean Basics, 5S and Workplace, Standardized Work Basics, Process Mapping, Kaizen Basic, PDCA Problem Solving, Lean Communications and Lean Shop Math.  Digital badging, a new paradigm for industry-recognized credentials, is an electronic representation – and recognition – of an individual’s skills and expertise.  Badging increases employers’ efficiency in identifying qualified job candidates and is useful for hiring, training and managing talent pools.  For more information, or to register, please visit http://www.arapahoe.edu/lean or call 303.797.5722.


Tesla now in Littleton

Tesla, the innovative electric car manufacturer has recently opened a new location in Littleton at Broadway and Littleton Blvd. (formerly the Ralph Schomp site). Read more at the Littleton Independent website.


COSI awards $763K to ACC Foundation

The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative has awarded the Arapahoe Community College Foundation more than $763,000 to fund scholarships for students in Arapahoe County and Douglas County.

A grant of $634,196 was awarded on behalf of Arapahoe County, and the ACC Foundation is partnering with the Community College of Aurora (CCA) Foundation for nearly half ($300,000) of this campaign.  In addition, a $129,611 grant was awarded to the ACC Foundation on behalf of Douglas County.

COSI was developed in an effort to address college affordability and help close the “attainment gap” – the disparity between Coloradans who traditionally go to college and those who are historically less likely to do so.  COSI addresses this challenge in two ways: accessibility and affordability.  To increase accessibility, COSI funds will be designated to benefit programs that will help prepare students to pursue – and complete – their postsecondary education.  The goal of COSI is to increase post-secondary degree/certificate completion and the preparedness of Colorado students to earn a livable wage, graduate with less debt and positively contribute to the growth of our state’s economy.  To increase affordability, COSI’s 1:1 matching program will provide even greater support for community scholarships.

“The COSI initiative provides a platform upon which our community partners can work in partnership with the State to send more students to college,” said Courtney Loehfelm, Director of the ACC Foundation.  “These local scholarship programs were designed so that local philanthropists’ generosity would be matched dollar for dollar.  Our donors will have the opportunity to see the value of their gifts doubled in support of ACC students from Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.”

The ACC Foundation is a charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to developing friends, raising funds and providing broad-based community support for ACC’s students and programs.  For more information, or to make a gift to the ACC Foundation, please contact foundation@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5881


Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center Invites Entries for Mural Contest

 The Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center in Littleton is sponsoring a contest to create a new mural featured at the center near the Gap building. The first place winner will receive 500 dollars in cash, plus a $500 gift card to Blick Art Materials. For more information and to enter, please visit the Aspen Grove Facebook page. Hurry, entries due by September 12, 2017.


City Announcements

Downtown Wayfinding Signage
Merchants operating a retail store or restaurant facing Prince, Nevada, Curtice, or Rapp streets between Powers to the north and Church to the south are eligible for placement on city-sponsored side street signs. Eligible businesses can apply for placement on the signs, and applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All signs can list up to 6 businesses, with the business name featured on both side of the sign; below is listed the number of spaces available for a business on each sign.  If a sign is full, businesses will be waitlisted and applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis when there is a vacancy. Downtown Side Street Sign Application

Littleton Plans
Littleton has several community planning efforts getting underway this year. To encourage citizens and interested stakeholders to get involved in these community planning efforts, a new online tool, LittletonPlans.org  has been set up. This one-stop hub has detailed information regarding each project: associated documents, maps, upcoming events, and frequently-asked questions, together in one accessible online location to keep the community involved and informed.

Grants
The city has several grant opportunities available to the community, including: the Revitalization Incentive Grant, the Main Street Historic District Grant, and the Place-Making Grant.  For more information visit the Grants page on the Littleton website. 

Development Activity List
The Development Activity List has been made to track projects throughout the city.  Visit the Development Activity List to learn more.

Business Resources
Know anyone looking to open a business in Littleton, or who could utilize the business services offered by the city?  The City has a number of resources and can assist businesses in a variety of ways including: marketing and social media strategies, networking strategies, demographic information, and more. Visit the Economic Development webpage for more information.
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