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Colorado Gives Day 2023: Bar Stool Bingo

Cash for Connection

Join Localworks during the easiest day to give, Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 5th.

Localworks mission is to make Wheat Ridge a more vibrant and sustainable place to live and work. What does this really mean? It means connection. Localworks is the connection from residents to businesses in the community. Localworks is connection to cleaner and revitalized neighborhoods. Localworks is connection to neighbors. Localworks is connection to innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity through Clear Creek Makerspace (CCM). Launching in early 2024, CCM is a 7,500 sqft community workshop powered by Localworks. CCM offers a growing, comprehensive offering of tools, equipment, and resources. Woodworking, crafting, metalwork, advanced prototyping, and much more are all possible at CCM.   

Localworks’ mission allows residents and businesses to not just call Localworks a place to live and work. Localworks’ mission aims to allow everyone to call Wheat Ridge home. To learn more about the work we do in the community, check out this video below!

Cash for Connection, this year’s Colorado Gives Day campaign moves the Localworks mission farther. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to support connection. 

  • A donation of $25 supports clean neighborhoods and streets by allowing 50 more cubic yards of waste to be collected at each TLC Clean Up Day. Cleaner neighborhoods and streets are key to a more connected, sustainable neighborhood. 
  • A donation of $50 sponsors a one month membership to CCM. Giving access to innovation and creativity that may spark your next favorite local business in Wheat Ridge.
  •  A donation of $100 is a connection to civic engagement, sponsoring one community member (it may even be you!) for Wheat Ridge 101 or Wheat Ridge 102. 
  • A donation of $150 sponsors one block party grant for a neighborhood in Wheat Ridge.
  • A donation of $250 allows program management and growth of our neighborhood revitalization library, FREE to all Wheat Ridge residents. 
  • A donation of $500 covers all closing costs for a Building Up Business Loan. 

Your donation makes a difference in the lives of our local business owners, community and YOU as a resident. We challenge you this Colorado Gives Day to put your cash towards connection. Schedule your donation today. 

Bar Stool Bingo

The much-anticipated fundraising event of the year is back, the easiest way to give to Localworks is at Bar Stool Bingo on Tuesday, December 5th.

Localworks wants to make donating fun, by hosting a modified version of Bingo to raise funds in support of this year’s Cash for Connection campaign. As Wheat Ridge has a history in agriculture, Localworks is bringing back Bar Stool Bingo, our modified version of Chicken Bingo, a popular bar game played in Texas. Unlike a regular bingo game, each game is played like a sudden death round of Bingo, and a chicken decides your fate. All proceeds for bingo cards that are purchased go directly to Localworks’ Cash for Connection campaign. To learn more about this event and to register, please click the button below. 

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 www.outofstepclay.com or send your questions to Joshua@outofstepclay.com

 

Shop Wadsworth

Shop Local & Win!

Welcome to our ‘Shop Local & Win’ campaign! We’re excited to kick off this initiative, inviting neighbors like you to show your support for our local businesses along the lively Wadsworth Corridor. As construction continues, your support is invaluable to these businesses!

Every purchase you make is a direct investment in our community’s resilience. And the best part? Each purchase also enters you for a chance to win cash prizes! We’ve listened to your feedback from our recent survey and simplified our challenge to make it easier for you to participate while giving vital support to our local businesses.

Ready to dive in? Here’s how:

How to win:

Shop at any business along the Wadsworth Corridor and adjoining intersections within the Wheat Ridge city limits! Whether it’s your weekly groceries, a quick caffeine fix, financial advice, or anything in between, every purchase counts. Just save your receipt and email it to reception@wearelocalworks.org. We accept photos or scans! Each receipt you submit earns you an entry into our raffle to win one of ten $1000 cash prizes! Want to boost your chances? The more you spend, the more entries you get! Here’s the breakdown:

  • Under $25: 1 entry
  • $25-$150: 2 entries
  • $150 and up: 3 entries

How You're Supporting Local Businesses:

Every receipt submitted on behalf of a business also enters that business for a chance to win cash prizes! Each receipt from a business counts as an entry for that business in our competition. To ensure fairness, franchise businesses require three receipts for one entry. The top 5 businesses with the most receipts will earn cash prizes! So shop at your favorite local spots to give them a boost to win!

  • 1st Place: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,500
  • 4th Place: $1,000
  • 5th Place: $500 

This campaign runs from June 11th to July 31st 2024. Remember, receipts must be dated within these dates. We’ll announce the raffle winners in early August! If you have any questions about eligible businesses, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at reception@wearelocalworks.org.

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 jennoderakalmt@gmail.com.

2023 Wheat Ridge Mid-Century & Modern Home Tour Drive by Location: Saint James Episcopal Church

Written by Steve Lord

Architecture as a metaphor: a new “look” at the St James Episcopal Church
The year was 1951 and Wheat Ridge was still displaying her farming roots. The new city would not become incorporated for another 18 years, but already young families were leaving Denver proper for the cleaner, quieter countryside.

In October of that year a group of like-minded Episcopalians began meeting at the Grange Hall on West 38 th Ave and High Court. Within weeks there was talk of forming a new Mission. It was the Episcopal Bishop of Colorado Harold Brown who assigned the name of “St. James”. The new group cobbled their savings together and paid $17,000 to buy the two-acre lot at W 44 th Ave and Brentwood. A white- washed and weathered, six-room prairie home became their first place of worship.

By 1957, the first of two permanent church buildings opened. In 1967, it was joined to a new, roundish sanctuary built in the most modern of the post-war architectural styles. The new building satisfied the specific needs and wants of the burgeoning St James congregation. But, even then, consensus was hard to come by. What was then a unique and affordable design…functions just as well today (70 years later) by providing outstanding acoustics and seating for 350, on a smallish footprint.

More about the architect:

David Williams was a quiet, thoughtful man, born on November 20 th , 1927 in
Rutland Massachusetts. His family moved to Colorado when he and his siblings
were quite young. He attended and graduated from South High School. David was
always drawing; buildings, bridges and landscapes. So, it was no surprise to his
family that he decided to seek a degreed program from the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor. It is there in Michigan, (as a member of the local Episcopal
Church) that David would meet his future wife; Lura Cation. The two became
inseparable. Upon graduation, their courtship continued, though now in
Colorado, where they became members of St John’s Cathedral (1350 N
Washington St. Denver). It is at St John’s the couple would later wed…in June of
1960.

David practiced his drawing skills at a drafting table in the second bedroom of
their first apartment. Later…in the basement of their first central Denver home.
Families that attended St John’s Episcopal, knew that David was a licensed
architect. He joined the American Institute of Architects and earned “just enough”
from a series of small jobs…until one day, when he got his big break! It was 1963,
and the building committee of a newly-formed congregation (in the suburb of
Wheat Ridge), approached David with the idea of drawing up some plans for a new church building. It was to be erected on a two-acre piece of land they had
purchased back in 1952, and it would be called; St. James Episcopal Church.
One of the original members of the new Church, a man named Stephen Driftmier,
would later comment (in a 2001 interview) that he remembered David as being a
fine architect, easy to work with and on-hand (with the Contractor) every step of
the way…during construction from October 1966 until its completion in March
1967.

While David would go onto designing several residences throughout metro
Denver; St James would be his only iconic project. He and Lura remained at St
John’s and raised a family of three children. David developed Multiple Sclerosis
later in life and died in October 1999 at the age of 71. His Denver Post obituary is
available online. CLICK HERE if you would like to read the scope of the St James
project in David’s own words.

This story was compiled and written in May 2023 by Steve Lord; a member at
St James and admirer of Mid-Century architecture.

Business Spotlight: Cosmos Dog Bakery

Cosmo’s has been serving the Denver metro area since 1995. Since then, Cosmo’s has grown in both the bakery as well as a pet supplies store that caters to the quality and health of dogs and cats diets. 

The original goes that  Cosmo the cat shared his home with very likable dogs, but the chasing thing, and the slobbers on his head, were enough to make anyone see stars. To say the least, it was just a bit annoying for poor Cosmo. It was time to find a distraction for his dog pals. So, Cosmo persuaded his human companion, Laurin, to try making delicious, healthy treats as “decoys” for the dogs. IT WORKED!!!! Cosmos’s Dog Biscuit Bakery was founded in 1995 in a small shop in Denver – much to the delight of fellow felines and the canine community. Almost 30 years of making cats and dogs happy treat by treat.

Cosmo’s is owned and operated by a warm and spirited animal lover, along with a team of equally kind-hearted employees, all exhibiting the joy that our animals bring to us. We will always greet you and your furry pals with a smile and a treat. Cosmo’s Dog Biscuit Bakery is the first and possibly only dog biscuit bakery to have been founded by a CAT! To this day, Cosmo is with us in mind and spirit.We are known as the Birthday Hub of Colorado with our expansive line of birthday treats. Our personalized dog cakes are both creative and tasty!

Come in to check out our bakery in action while shopping for any essentials for dogs, cats, and now chickens!

Mid-Century and Modern in Wheat Ridge

Mid-Century and Modern Home Tours

August 19th 2023

Localworks is excited to host one of this year’s most anticipated community events! Join us and experience Wheat Ridge homes featuring a blend of vintage mid-century charm and modern contemporary style at the Mid-Century and Modern Home Tours. Discover these hidden gem homes in your community that embody the timeless elegance of the mid-century era while giving you a glimpse of how people live in them today. The fun doesn’t end there– the After Party will be held at Wolf and Wildflower, one of Wheat Ridge’s favorite NEW spots. There will be refreshments, themed decor and time for you to connect with your community! The After Party will begin at the conclusion of the tours at 4 pm and end at 7 pm. At Wolf and Wildflower (7190 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO).  Food will be provided. Whether you are seeking inspiration for your own home, just adore mid-mod decor, or are simply intrigued by these designs, you won’t want to miss out on this awesome event.

More Information

The 2023 Mid-Century and Modern Home Tours will be held on Saturday, August 19th between 10 am and 4 pm. The tour itself is self-paced and attendees can expect to see six different homes. If you have never been on a mid-mod home tour before, this is your perfect opportunity – come along with us! This self paced, fun event may be your perfect introduction to the buzz around mid-century and modern architecture. Participants in the tour go at their own pace and you can choose the route that best suits you! This year’s map will also include special drive-by locations and bonus information about many gorgeous mid-mod buildings throughout the Wheat Ridge community.

Ticket pricing is as follows: $30 for early bird tickets (available until July 15th), $35 for regular priced tickets and $40 VIP tickets. The VIP tickets include a drink token for the after party. All tickets include your admittance to the After Party at Wolf and Wildflower. 

Homes are announced the day of the event. You can pre-purchase tickets now by clicking the button above. The link to tickets can also be found on our Facebook page under the events tab, or on Instagram in our bio. Not a fan of buying tickets online? No problem! Tickets will be available for in-person purchase on the day of the event at Wheat Ridge Lutheran Church (8600 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033) beginning at 10 am. Those that pre-purchase tickets will still need to come to this location to receive the map, as well as other event elements happening here. Ticket purchases and map pick up will close at 2 pm on Saturday, August 19th.

This year we have a special edition to the event from our very own local business in Wheat Ridge, modmood. They are an official stop on the tour and are offering a Tiki Talk at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Are you interested in volunteering for the tour? Localworks is seeking volunteers who will receive a FREE ticket to the event. Volunteers can expect to help greet participants at the homes, help with wayfinding, assist with ticket pick up and more. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more, please email reception@wearelocalworks.org.

FAQs

Q: Where can I buy a ticket?

A: You can purchase tickets by clicking the button above, or visit one of our social media pages! On the Localworks Facebook page under events or in our Linktr.ee in our Instagram bio.

Q: How long will early bird prices be available?

A: You can purchase early bird tickets for $30 until July 15th 2023.

Q: Where does the tour begin?

A: The Mid-Century and Modern Home Tours will begin at Wheat Ridge Lutheran Church (8600 W 39th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033). Here you will receive a map of the homes to visit. There will also be more activities, including a car show, at this location. 

Q: Is there a specific tour route that we need to follow?

A: No! You can visit any of the homes between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in whichever order you like. We will also have special drive by locations included on the tour this year that we encourage you to check out to soak in all that is mid-mod in the Wheat Ridge community.

Q: What homes are on the tour?

A: For the safety of our participating homeowners, we will not release the homes until the day of the event. You can expect to see a total of six different homes on this tour.

Q: What is the difference between VIP and regular ticketing?

A: The VIP tickets include your first drink at the Wolf and Wildflower After Party. Every one with a ticket is invited to the After Party.