Ring In The Holidays Right Here

Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker

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The holiday season is right around the corner and I hope you are planning to spend some time shopping local the Saturday following Thanksgiving. That’s Small Business Saturday and Wheat Ridge has more to offer than ever! We have new retail stores, new coffee shops and breweries, new restaurants, and those who staunchly weathered the pandemic (thanks in large part to the support of our community) have come back stronger than ever to serve you, your family, neighbors and friends.

Did you know that for each dollar you spend locally, three and a half cents of the sales tax comes directly back to our city and is used to improve the community? By shopping Wheat Ridge this holiday, your sales tax dollars come back to you in city services, improved public safety, better parks and open space, and a healthy community. 

This is also the time of year those doing business in Wheat Ridge need to renew their business license. Whether your business is located in the City of Wheat Ridge or not, every individual or entity engaged in conducting business in the city must have a business license each year. Go online to https://www.ci.wheatridge.co.us/153/Licensing to learn more about applying for a new business license or renewing your existing license for the 2022 calendar year. A business license is $20 at the time of application and upon renewal each calendar year on Jan. 1. Once the license application is approved, the business is required to file a Sales and Use Tax Return, even if no tax is owed. Thanks for doing business in Wheat Ridge! 

Don’t forget to also join me for the annual Holiday Celebration and lighting of the lights at the Green on 38th. Localworks is again planning a festive event on Dec. 4 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Many of the most popular activities are back including the horse-drawn carriage rides and the live reindeer. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be there so you and your child can take a selfie with the man in red. Local businesses are also participating this year so check out the website – wearelocalworks.org – for all the details.

While we are all keeping a close eye on the current number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, with guidance from Jefferson County Public Health, I’m so grateful we can begin gathering again to enjoy one another and all that our beautiful city has to offer.

I hope to see you in December! 

Contact Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker at 303-235-2800 or bstarker@ci.wheatridge.co.us

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