Business Spotlight: Swiss Flower & Gift

Heidi Haas Sheard, owner of Swiss and Flower Gift shop refers to this business that has been in the community for over 55 years as her “happy place”. Localworks is honored to feature some of her story for this month’s business spotlight!

When my parents moved from Wisconsin in 1969, we lived in the tiny house located on the property.  Growing up in a family business is such a blessing.  Having two amazing parents to instill in me great work ethics and providing me with the creative and business skills that has allowed me to grow the original Swiss Flower Shoppe into the “Urban Chalet” that truly showcases my love for what I get to do everyday for the past 35 years…. I’m living a dream. 

Fun Facts:

* In September it will be 6 years that we will have been in the new “Urban Chalet” I designed and built right next to the original shop.    * Fun video to watch on the development of the new building.

* We are so much more than a Flower shop!  If it makes me happy, it is something you can find in what has evolved into an amazing curated gift and home decor destination. 

* I go hunting for the freshest and unique flowers available on almost a daily basis ensuring only the most exquisite flowers get to be shared with you.

* Every day we get to meet new customers as they comment,  “I’ve driven by here for years, and have always wanted to stop in.”     So, have you wondered and wanted to stop???   We thought we would test this theory and do a give away to our Localworks community who have read this newsletter.     All you have to do is turn the wheel and visit this Wheat Ridge gem and mention this email.  We will be doing a drawing for a $100 floral/gift on August 1st.  

We are fortunate to have so many loyal customers who visit on a regular basis to stroll through our wonderful selection of curated gifts and home decor, order flowers or just to visit and say hi to Scruffy.

We are all excited to share “Our Happy Place” with you. 


* Swiss Flower was named by my mother who is from Switzerland, and I  was given the perfect name for what has become my identity. 

Swiss Flower & Gift and is located at  9890 W 44th, 1 block east of Kipling on 44th.


Business Spotlight: Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli

Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli started as a bagel and ice cream store in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. “Heidi’s Bagels and Ice Cream,” later named “Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli,” opened on September 9, 1994.

By 1997, with a lot of hard work and a little luck, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli grew and serves over 35 of the best sandwiches around (all on FRESH BREAD BAKED DAILY IN-HOUSE), salads, soups, wraps, smoothies, desserts, breakfast and handmade bagels. In May of 1999, the second Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli opened in Northglenn. The first franchise location opened in March of 2005 south of Denver in Lone Tree, Colorado. Still family-owned today, with 13 locations, the Heidi’s team is happy to be back on the west side, opening in Gold’s Marketplace at 26th and Kipling.

Back in 2011, Heidi’s chose to pursue the highest-quality, natural products available starting with the proteins and cheeses they source. The products are nitrate and nitrite free, hormone and antibiotic free, grass fed, humanely raised, and non-GMO whenever possible. They have partnered with Perdue/Harvestland Poultry, Old World Provisions, Fra’Mani Meats,and Rumiano Cheese Company to name a few. 

Heidi Bendiksen Naples is grateful and proud that her daughters Jenee Massey and Juliana Naples, are the leaders and owners of multiple locations, and along with wonderful staff, are carrying on the legacy and work hard everyday to create a memorable experience, offering the highest-quality products and neighborly service to their patrons. They are proud to be ‘Born in Brooklyn and Raised in Colorado. We are grateful for the support of the community! 

Business Spotlight: Rolling Smoke BBQ

Rolling Smoke BBQ is here!

Rolling Smoke BBQ prides itself on serving slow cooked, all hardwood smoked BBQ, the way it was meant to be prepared. This commitment to the highest quality smoked meats and sides made fresh daily makes Rolling Smoke stand out among its competitors. Combining our delicious food with the hospitality and customer service our guests have come to know and expect, we offer the best BBQ experience in Colorado.

Rolling Smoke BBQ started as a food truck in Denver in 2014. After being laid off from 2 corporate jobs in 7 years, founder and owner Terry Walsh decided to take a different path in life. The severance he got from his 2nd layoff resulted in the food truck being built and the birth of Rolling Smoke BBQ. After 3 successful years on the streets of Denver, the first brick and mortar was opened in Stanley Marketplace. Another location followed in February of 2018 in Centennial, which also opened the door for Rolling Smoke to become a vendor at the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. After making it through COVID a 3rd store opened at The Golden Mill in the spring of 2021. 

After many delays in the remodel and construction of the new patio in Wheat Ridge, we have finally opened our doors and we are ready to immerse ourselves in this wonderful community. It’s been a great start since opening on April 1st. We’ve been very fortunate to have great support from the City of Wheat Ridge and our new neighbors. We can’t wait to see where things go with this incredible space. 

Joining Walsh as operating partners in the venture are Andrew Clapp and Wade Williams, with management support from Jason “Kook” Kuykendall and Ed Kammerer.

Business Spotlight: DilSe I.T.

“With Love”

DilSe.IT is a local Denver based I.T. company founded by CTO and visionary, Paresh Rana. After 20 years in a CTO capacity for several global corporations, Paresh wanted to take everything he knew and assist small to medium size businesses with their technology infrastructure. His thought was that “everyone” should have access to the world-class technology as well as the expertise to leverage it for their businesses. Paresh named hiscompany Dil Se which means “with love” in the Hindi language. DilSe.IT’s mission is to be MORE than just a network infrastructure and I.T. services company and their mission is always to take care of the customer and to form a strong bond of trust.

This is evidenced by DilSe.IT being open to their many retail and restaurant clients 7 days each week. DilSe.IT is constantly striving to leave a positive impact on its clients and in everything they do. Called the “Dil Se Difference,” it’s the small things that make an impact with the client. DilSe.IT’s CEO Andy Carlson has helped work the cash registers on some of the Ace Hardware store grand openings DilSe.IT has supported over the past year.

Another managing partner, Justin Campo did a 6 week internship with Ace Hardware so he could better understand the innerworkings of one of DilSe.IT’s largest clients. With another client, Rush Bowls – Justin used some of his business development skills to help generate the acai start-up some additional revenue in their first month of being open.

Andy developed an I.T. budgeting tool that has proved tremendously useful for new starts-ups to budget their I.T. over a 3 year period based on Andy’s 17 years as an Ace Hardware store owner. With a strong team of 9 in place, it is DilSe.IT’s sincere hope to find more great clientsand grow this special brand of I.T. within the Colorado community.

Explore44: Rad Retro Run & Block Party

Rad Retro Run Banner

Localworks looks forward to continuing the excitement around the launch and creation of Explore44, 44th Avenue’s new corridor identity! To celebrate and continue the excitement of the creation and launch of Explore44, 44th Avenue’s new corridor identity, Localworks is excited to announce the first Explore44 fun one mile run! This fun run is not only to celebrate the launch and creation of Explore44, but also to provide Wheat Ridge residents and guests with more opportunities to interact with the corridor and the beloved businesses it’s home to.

Localworks is pleased to present Rad Retro Run: Journey Back to the 80s 

Join us at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 19th at Hopper Hollow Park (6351 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033) for a one mile fun run and block party celebration that will allow you to adventure with Explore44. Running isn’t for you? No problem! This is a FUN run, meaning you can walk, jog, trot, traipse OR just come to the fun after party beginning at 9:30 a.m.

As this is a fun run event, we encourage you to lean into the event theme and dress the part– the more 80’s the better. A costume contest will take place during the run (we’ll have judges checking out your outfits as you participate in the race) and the winner will be announced at 10:30 a.m. at the Block Party following the event. The winner will take home a $250 cash prize. 


Rad Retro Run: Journey Back to the 80’s Event Information:

Saturday, October, 19th, 2024 

9:00-9:45 a.m. 

Race cost: 

  • $15/adult
  • $5/child
    • Children 5 and under are FREE
  • $25 Dynamic 80’s duo rate (two adults)

Parking: Newland Church of Wheat Ridge (4490 Newland St. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033)

Race logistics: This is an untimed event! The goal is for you to have fun. You can walk, jog, trot, traipse, skip, whatever your heart desires. Your furry friends are encouraged to join us.


Get Involved

Rad Retro Block Party: Journey Back to the 80's
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hopper Hollow Park
6351 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

To mark the debut of the Explore44 corridor identity, a community block party will kick off immediately after the Rad Retro Run festivities. The block party will include a business resource fair, food, drinks, kids’ activities and an 80s band! This Block Party event is FREE, no registration required.  

Throughout the block party event you will have the opportunity to be entered to win incredible raffle prizes and sample some of our favorite local food and drinks, many from our very own 44th Ave. Corridor!

This portion of the event does not require registration

Business Spotlight: Third Shot Pickleball

Wheat Ridge has become Pickleball Central

Colorado’s largest indoor pickleball club, 3rd Shot Pickleball in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, is officially open and getting terrific feedback from our customers!  Located in the former Lucky’s Market building at 3545 Wadsworth Blvd.  3rd Shot Pickleball Club has 13 indoor courts with professionally installed “outdoor court type surfaces”, a full bar and lounge, light food, a fully-stocked pickleball equipment pro shop, a dog friendly patio, high ceilings and great lighting.

Co-owners, Adam Kahn (also the 19-year owner of Meadow Creek Tennis Club in Lakewood, CO) and Max Ireland (the general manager at 3rd Shot), are both long-time Colorado residents and avid pickleball players. They are incredibly excited to be part of the Wheat Ridge community and provide a top-notch experience to their customers.  “The city of Wheat Ridge has been very helpful and cooperative and we also love the location and the community. We could not have found a more perfect place to build our dream business”, said the owners. 

Attention to detail, cleanliness, a world class facility and high-quality customer service are some of their highest priorities. “We want our customers to feel welcome, appreciated and that 3rd Shot Pickleball Club is their home away from home. We want 3rd Shot to be a comfortable place where people can bring their families and friends, spend time relaxing and enjoy all the fun and health benefits that pickleball has to offer”. Customers are already raving about the facility and our attention to high-quality customer service.3rd Shot Pickleball Club is open to the public and also offers a membership option for avid pickleball players. We are offering lots of organized programs such as leagues, open/drop in play, private and group lessons for players of all ages and ability levels, as well as free beginner clinics to help people learn the incredibly fun and fast-growing sport of pickleball. If you are interested, please register on our website where you can create a free guest membership to see our schedule of programs, sign up or reserve a court to play with your friends or give us a call at 303-731-3008. Although the club is already open to the public, the official grand opening is scheduled for January 18th with lots of free pickleball food and beverages and a ribbon cutting at 10am by the Mayor of Wheat Ridge.  Please join us for some fun pickleball!

Amy’s Scholarship


Amy’s scholarship is a culmination of community support and effort for the love of the arts and promoting the love of arts to the next generation of citizens. Rosenquist, whose formal name was Amy Davis, created varied artworks that were exhibited internationally over her nearly 50-year career.  Not long after moving to Colorado in 2015 to be closer to her grandchildren, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away in early 2021. More than 80 works, both framed and unframed, remained in her studio. Her husband and daughter, Dennis and Joyzelle Davis, Janet Hultberg and Sweet Ridge Studios owner Melinda Valentini pulled together the community celebration to help the works find new, forever homes and celebrate Amy’s artistry. These funds were then used to establish Amy’s scholarship. This scholarship fund was established to give the opportunity to future artists, creators and innovators to continue their education in the arts. There will be two scholarships awarded in the 2023-2024 calendar year. Each scholarship is $1500.


To eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Colorado resident
  • Must be 16-years of age or older
  • Must be pursuing continued education in an art form. Eligible art forms include painting, sculpture, architecture, poetry, music, literature, dance, cinema and other digital arts.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or certified program in the arts from eligible forms above. If the applicant is not planning to attend a community college or four-year program, continued education must be through a certified program. Continued education can mean pursuing a new certification, degree, taking a certified workshop and/or an art residency. If you have questions about whether a program you are considering is eligible, please reach out to

How to apply:

You can apply for Amy’s Art Scholarship by submitting your resume, your portfolio and an essay or voice recording that addresses the following questions. If you choose to submit the voice recording answering these questions, please only submit a voice recording. No videos will be accepted. 

To submit a complete application, all of these materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 1st. Please email all application requirements to

  1. Tell us who you are as a person and an artist. Who inspired you to get into art? What hobbies do you have outside of art? What was the last book you read? (these are leading question examples, please do not limit your response to just these leading questions, take the time to tell us all the things that make you who you are).
  2. Who are artists that you look up to and why? If you could change one thing about their work, what would it be?
  3. What are your future goals in the arts? How do you plan to accomplish these? (please share steps, strategies and even a glimpse into a five-year plan).

Please include a link to your portfolio or images of your work. If you do not have a formal portfolio, that is okay! Put something simple together that shows us your work. 
To submit a complete application, an essay or voice recording answering the questions above, a resume and portfolio must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 1st, 2024. Please email all application requirements to


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