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.


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.


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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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Business Spotlight: Out of Step Clay

Out of Step Clay has become a beloved business on the Ridge at 38 corridor. Learn more about their story from owner, Josh Margolis. 

I started Out of Step Clay in April 2022 after 18 years of ceramic education in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal with Out of Step Clay was to offer a space to build a community bases around creativity in clay. Our teaching model focuses on foundational skill building, allowing the artist to emerge over time. But our real goal as a mission based studio is to activate our community to have a positive impact on our greater Colorado community.

Another way is by choosing a yearly initiative to support. Our first year was making work with 100% of the proceeds going to the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action. And this year we are focused on supporting women’s reproductive rights. 

We offer wheel and handbuilding clay classes for adults 6 days a week, and afterschool kids handbuilding classes Tuesdays – Thursdays. For more information go to or send your questions to


Business Spotlight: Vantage Salon

Welcome to Vantage Salon, where our team of hairstylists have come together to create a space of beauty, artistry, sustainability, and community, right on the corner of 44th Ave and Lamar in Wheat Ridge!

Our personalized approach to haircare starts with understanding not just your hair, but you as an individual. We firmly believe that your lifestyle, personality, and unique vision play a vital role in crafting the look that truly reflects who you are. 

“I deeply appreciate the skills and distinctive qualities each team member brings to our salon. We all share a passion for our craft and a commitment to creating customized services that help our guests express what makes them unique.” -Salon owner Lisa Conway

We are also firm believers in minimizing our environmental impact and partnering with brands that share our sustainability values. We even achieved carbon neutrality in 2022! Feel free to ask us about our eco-friendly practices and how we design our services with client and stylist safety and wellness in mind.  

Collectively, we are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those around us. We are proud to be a part of the vibrant Wheat Ridge community and continue to be actively involved in collaborations with other local businesses and causes that uplift our neighborhood and its residents.

If you’re looking for an experience beyond standard hair salon practices, we’d love to welcome you into our space, and we look forward to meeting you!

The Vantage Team,

Lisa, Sydney, Lex, & Heidi

Business Spotlight: OM Therapy Massage

We are pleased to feature OM Therapy Massage for Localworks August 2023 e-newsletter business spotlight. Read the story from owner and founder, Jen Oderaka.

My husband, John and I started OM Therapy in 2016. We both went to Colorado School of Healing Arts in Lakewood.  I am very passionate about massage and alternative treatments for not only relaxation or injury recovery but for everyday life. The day to day effects of life and family and jobs and whatever we have going on can really drag us down. It is so important to give yourself that extra space to nurture you and what you need. You can’t give to everyone without filling up your own cup now and again.

I specialize in chronic pain relief autoimmune disorders releasing pain from trauma or disease. I help with recovery from surgery or injury with lymphatic drainage massage. Pre-natal and post- natal care as well as infant/ child massage. for I also help release trauma and pain through sound healing and trauma touch therapy. OM Therapy Massage is located on 38th in Wheat Ridge.  We have been at this location for about a year and a half.  We really love being a part of the Wheat Ridge community and having a small business here. I feel very supported by the Wheat Ridge Chamber and the Wheat Ridge Business Association.   

OM Massage Therapy is located at 6656 W. 38th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

You can contact them calling (720) 354-8998 or emailing