Reimagining Downtown Denver,
One Storefront at a Time
Denver Economic Development & Opportunity and the Downtown Denver Partnership have teamed up to activate storefronts on Denver’s most prominent commercial district: the 16th Street Mall. Based on Round 1 Pilot stage findings in 2022, the second program round expands on and enhances the original program design, including five (5) newly activated spaces in Upper Downtown and two application tracks:
Explorer Track - for experienced Colorado retail store owners (2 spaces) and bakery/café operators (1 space) who have not yet tested a downtown Denver location
Maker Track - for Colorado entrepreneurs who have developed a successful retail product and require additional technical assistance to develop their brand before moving into storefront operations
Maker Track products will be showcased in a shared retail space operated by an experienced retail collective operator selected earlier in the year through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. All Maker Track entrepreneurs will have access to customized financial literacy workshops through the retail collective sponsor, Wells Fargo.
To be considered for 2023 Round 2 Popup Denver placement, please submit your application by midnight on March 3, 2023: