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Business Award Nominations Needed by Aug. 7

Nominations for Business of the Year and Reinvestment awards are wanted by Monday, Aug. 7, to be presented at the City of Wheat Ridge’s 14th Annual Business Appreciation Awards, Sept. 26, 7:30 a.m., at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center Ballroom.

The Business of the Year award recognizes a business that exemplifies the “Best in Business” that represents the values of the community.

The Reinvestment Award recognizes a business that has made a significant investment in its property, improved the overall appearance of the site, maintained property at the highest standards, or updated their building in a manner to make it more marketable.

Nominations – one per form – should be sent to City of Wheat Ridge, attention Steve Art, 7500 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, or scanned and emailed to sart@ci.wheatridge.co.us.

For more information, contact Steve Art, Economic Development Manager at 303-235-2806 or sart@ci.wheatridge.co.us.

JCMH Offers Two-Day Class on Adult Mental Health

Jeffco Family Health Services/JeffersonCenter for Mental Health will offer a free, two-day class on Adult Mental Health First Aid on Aug. 22 and 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees must go to both sessions to receive their certification. The class will be at the Jeffco Mental Health Center, 7495 W. 29th St.

For more information, contact Canice Rupp 303-432-5137 or visit www.jcmh.org/mhfa.

Jeffco Business Resource Expo

The third Annual Jeffco Business Resource Expo, which will be on Sept. 18, will be bigger and better than ever! Meet business owners from all over the county while connecting with and learning about numerous resource organizations, dedicated to helping you succeed. The Expo starts runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Avenue Frontage Road in Golden. It is free for all Jeffco Business owners, who register in advance.

Call 303-996-8976 for more information.

September Pizza in the Park

The Wheat Ridge Business Association will hold a networking-focused luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event, which take will take place at Anderson Park at the Pavilion (4355 Field St.), goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 for WRBA members and $18 for nonmembers. The speaker will be Penny Brenden, who will cover Session Two of “Wheat-in Go.” Attendees will have an opportunity to create and deliver a short attention-getting business introduction.

Interested in attending? RSVP at www.wheatridgebiz.com/wrba-events/#sep

Brewing Up Community: Celebrating Three Years of Joyride

Edgewater’s Joyride Brewing Company celebrated three years of doing business with a street party along West 25th Avenue on Saturday, July 15. Live music was provided by seven bands while three food trucks provided delicious food pairings. Joyride collaborated with Elk Mountain Brewing, Little Machine Beer and Hogshead Brewery on anniversary beers for the event. Proceeds from the beer sales went to Edgewater Collective’s work with the local schools.

Check Out Reimagined Table’s Podcast on Joyride

Three years ago the doors opened at Joyride Brewing, bringing our city of Edgewater together through creative craft brews. Despite not knowing if a single person would show up when they launched in 2014, our city and surrounding neighborhoods have kept them busy with more growth in the first year than the founders Dave Bergen, Grant Babb and Brent Smith anticipated would happen in five.

But, what is the story behind this business that started with tasty brewed experiments in an Edgewater basement? Lee Stiffler-Meyer and myself sat down with Grant and Dave on the Reimagined Table podcast to ask about their history, creativity, and their passion for our community, including why they are growing their pub in our city and not through beer distribution. They also share why Colorado is such a hotspot for beer – it isn’t simply because a cold brew is so delightful in front of a Sloan’s Lake sunset after a day of hiking. Speaking of sunsets, we find out if that promised rooftop is actually coming our way!

You can listen to the Reimagined Table podcast by visiting https://reimaginedtable.podbean.com/ –Lilly Steirer

Billy Sims BBQ Opens

Billy Sims BBQ opened its first Denver area restaurant on July 13 at 2001 Sheridan Boulevard in Edgewater. Restaurant founder and legendary football player Billy Sims was on hand to meet guests and sign autographs. He also met with the Jefferson Junior/Senior High School football team and shared his story.

Billy Sims BBQ’s extensive menu includes nine meats, including favorites such as ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey and even bologna! All meats are smoked daily over pecan wood in the restaurants. Completing the lineup are traditional sides with a twist, such as baked potato salad and a mustard-based potato salad, freshly smoked corn, coleslaw, baked beans with pulled pork, green beans with bacon, and entrée-size salads with fresh vegetables.