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 two application tracks:
Maker Track products will be showcased in a shared retail space operated by an experienced retail collective operator. All Maker Track entrepreneurs will have access to customized financial literacy workshops through the retail collective sponsor, Wells Fargo.
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