Golden has quite a bit of new businesses sprouting up around the city.
“Golden’s a very positive place to do business right now,” Greater Golden Chamber of Commerce CEO Gary Wink said.
Wink attributed new business growth to a more stable business environment with few stores closing or moving in recent years, and a strong local economy that improves during the spring and summer months.
“It’s a very vibrant community right now,” Wink said.
Golden had 72 new business sales and use tax licenses filed so far this year. That number includes temporary contractors, new owners, changed locations, home businesses, and existing businesses that have belatedly registered.
All businesses are required to obtain a tax license. Free monthly workshops on the city tax license are available for present or future business owners.
One of the most visible additions to the local business scene is Golden Goods, 1201 Washington Ave. The toy and candy store opened on April 27, replacing the clothing store Chelsea’s of London that had closed a month earlier.
“For being open only three weeks we can’t complain. Opening up at the start of the season was great for us,” owner Deanne Aichholz said last weekend, while a good crowd milled around the store.
More new business activity can also be spotted on the north and south ends of the city. In the Canyon Point shopping center in north Golden, 2013 has seen two new businesses open their doors, the full-service salon Shabby Sheek, and Rise Above Cycles.
Sisters Lisa Glivar and Audra VanDyke fulfilled their dream of opening up their own salon this spring. The pair said the location was perfect for their clientele, and that strong community support helped them open when they did.
Rise Above owner Andy Cicero said his store, specializing in road and triathlon bikes, officially opened mid-February. He said the north Golden location was chosen over spots in Boulder or Lakewood.
“Golden’s a great cycling community. You can walk out the door and see riders headed up Golden Gate (Canyon) or heading up the trail to the top of North Table Mountain,” Cicero said.
Wink said a couple new businesses were also opening along South Golden Road.
“And Tequilas (which was closed by fire last year) is rebuilding and say they will be re-opening real soon,” Wink added.
Then there’s Golden’s current beer boom.
In January, Cannonball Brewery opened up in North Golden. Memorial Day weekend Mountain Toad Brewing (900 Washington Ave.) will also open.
And there is Barrels and Bottles Brewery, a new brewpub on 12th Street, which will offers in-house brewed beer, wine and food.
“We should be open by the end of July,” Barrels and Bottles Brewery co-owner Abby George said.