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.

Localworks Golf Tournament and Fundraiser 2024

Localworks Golf Tournament and Fundraiser 2024

Mark your calendars for September 19th, 2024, because we’re teeing off for a day of community and fundraising at Localworks’ second-annual golf tournament!

The scramble kicks off at 7:30am at Applewood Golf Course, located at 14001 W 32nd Ave, Golden, CO, 80401.

This tournament is not just any ordinary golf outing. This event is all about supporting Localworks’ mission of advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable place to live and work. Localworks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with the City of Wheat Ridge, our local businesses and residents to make this all possible. You’ve seen us in action at Ridgefest, Mid-century and Modern Home Tours, or visited our newly renovated Clear Creek Makerspace. 

The proceeds raised during this event will be put directly back into Localworks to keep our programs free and accessible to all of Wheat Ridge. Specifically, funds will be used to support our TLC program including: dumpster grants and clean up days, block party grants, and ten year-long membership scholarships to Clear Creek Makerspace.

This tournament would not be possible without the support of our community and sponsors! Thank you!

Register to Participate!

Early bird catches the worm, or in this case, the discounted tickets! Snag yours before July 1st and save some bucks. And hey, even if you’re not the next Tiger Woods, fear not! We’ve got plenty of fun lined up for you, from drinks to lunch to some special surprises along the way. Plus, every swing you take helps us get closer to our $26,000 goal!

  • Early Bird ticket prices (ends July 1) 
    • Single player: $100
    • Four players: $350
  • Regular ticket prices
    • Single player: $120
    • Four players: $400

Info for Registered Players

Each registered player will receive TWO drink tickets. Players can purchase more drink tickets throughout the tournament. In addition to drinks, lunch will be served at the conclusion of play. 

Players can also purchase mulligans for $5 each, or 6 for $25. Localworks will also sell 3 feet of string to allow a putt to go in on par or birdie for $10. You can even purchase a celebrity shot from our mystery celebrity guest!

Help us reach our $26,000 goal!

Can’t make it to this year’s tournament, but want to help us reach our goal of $26,000? Support Localworks with a gift today! 

Your generous contributions support community programs and events to connect individuals and business owners through volunteering, engagement opportunities and creating together!

Players in the tournament can support Localworks by: 

  • Purchasing mulligans – $5 each/6 for $25
  • Purchasing string – 3 feet for $10
  • Purchasing a celebrity putt

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.

LocalChampions: Localworks’ Monthly Donors Club

Localworks is excited to introduce a program to give back to those who give to us: LocalChampions, our monthly donors club.

Localworks is continuing to grow and develop here in Wheat Ridge and it is all thanks to those who continue to support us whether it be through donations, volunteer time, or just attending our events throughout the year! Thank you for being a part of our community!

Our monthly donors club, LocalChampions, will provide an easy way for community members to support our mission to make Wheat Ridge a more vibrant and sustainable place to live and work. 100% of monthly donations will go directly into our programming, including community favorites like our Live Local event series, Block Party grants, and our summer Dumpster Days. Your donation directly impacts these programs, and in return, directly benefits you and your community. Our monthly donors club will begin on March 1st and continue through the year.

What is a monthly donors club?

A monthly donors club consists of members of our community who fiscally support our organization with a scheduled donation that goes directly into our programs once a month. Our programming is made possible by your support, and Localworks will continue to graciously accept donations of any amount throughout the year. When you schedule a monthly donation, you allow us to provide more generous support to our local businesses, offer more incredible community events, and further develop our programming to better serve Wheat Ridge businesses and residents. As a monthly donor, you are a crucial investor in the stability of our future, making Wheat Ridge a more vibrant and sustainable community.


“Localworks is a community-first organization, through and through. I give to Localworks because, beyond programming, they’re investing in every aspect of life for businesses and residents to make Wheat Ridge the best place it can be.”
– Mark De La Torre, Wheat Ridge resident

Why become a LocalChampion?

To show our appreciation for your impact, we want to give you something in return!

We have created three different donor levels to allow for a range of giving opportunities depending on what works best for our community members. Beginning with our Crimson Club Members who give $5 a month, then our Gold Club Members with a gift of $10 a month and, finally, our Royal Club Members who donate $20 a month. Each level comes with varying perks in return.

Together, you are LocalChampions!

Crimson Club Member – $5/month

What can your $5 a month do? Believe it or not, $5/month will have a significant impact on our mission of making Wheat Ridge a vibrant and sustainable place to live and work! Your $5 a month equates to $60 a year, which allows us to fund THREE Live Local events for a Wheat Ridge community member. Live Local events aren’t your thing? That same $60 a year can cover the cost to dispose of 25 cubic yards of trash at one of our Dumpster Days! To put that in perspective, one cubic yard of soil typically weighs around 2100 lbs. That would mean your $5 a month could cover over 50,000 lbs of dry, loose trash per year. Talk about helping your home be a cleaner and more sustainable community! 

Crimson Club Perks:

  • One extra drink token at every Live Local event
  • One-time $5 gift card to Stylus and Crate

Gold Club Member – $10/month

If $5 a month can do all of that, just imagine what $10 a month can do. This $10 a month donation will double your impact to $120 per year, which equates to SIX Live Local events for a Wheat Ridge community member or a whopping 100,000+ lbs of trash disposed of at our Dumpster Days. No matter what club level, your monthly donation will go into the same pool for Localworks programs; how big of a splash will YOU make?

Gold Club Perks:

  • One extra drink token at each Live Local event
  • One-time $10 gift card to a Wheat Ridge business (rotating)
  • Shout out in our monthly newsletter

Royal Club Member – $20/month

For $20 a month (or $240 per year), you can directly support ALL TWELVE Live Local events for a community member and significantly impact our TLC Dumpster Day program to help us keep Wheat Ridge neighborhoods clean! Royal Club Members make the biggest impact on our programs, allowing us to dream bigger and build better. 

Royal Club Perks:

  • One extra drink token at each Live Local event
  • One-time $20 gift card to ANY Wheat Ridge business of your choice
  • Shout out in our monthly newsletter
  • Invitation to be first in line at our TLC Dumpster Day events
    • We will designate a time and reserve space for Royal LocalChampions rather than moving cars out of the way for traffic control reasons. Although we do not expect it to, this incentive may be subject to change depending on our ability to keep our TLC Neighborhood Clean-up Days running smoothly.

*Some donor benefits may evolve and change as we continue to learn how best to accommodate our community members. If a reward needs to be changed, we will communicate as soon as possible on how best to reimburse you or provide you with a different incentive.

Ready to become a LocalChampion? Click here to schedule your monthly donation today!

We would like to reiterate that Live Local events are always free and open to all residents of Wheat Ridge. These donor benefits are simply to thank those who choose to fiscally support our organization, not to block or hinder those who either do not want to or are unable to donate. We truly appreciate any kind of support that our community is able to give. 

TLC Wheat Ridge is a joint effort of Localworks and the Wheat Ridge Police Department. The goal of this program is to bring neighbors together to strengthen the community and keep our city clean and safe. To accomplish this work, we offer Clean Up Days, Dumpster Day Grants and Block Party Grants. Your donation directly impacts this programming by allowing for more debris to be collected in Wheat Ridge as we strive towards our daily mission of making Wheat Ridge a more vibrant and sustainable place to live and work.

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

CCM Community Mural

Community Paint-by-Numbers Mural

Localworks invites you to bring a vibrant touch to our Clear Creek Makerspace’s building exterior through a community paint-by-numbers mural campaign. We will host two community paint events in July, where you can paint a section of the mural. Below is the mural design that you will help bring to life:

How do you get involved?

As Clear Creek Makerspace will foster a culture of inclusion and breaking down barriers to access, the mural is a major step towards creating this culture. To get involved all you have to do is come to a paint event and be ready to lend a hand! 

There are opportunities for greater involvement that Localworks encourages if you’re able. Our programs – such as launching the Clear Creek Makerspace, the organization’s largest project since its inception in 2005 – depend on contributions from community members like you. You have a unique opportunity to support the mural project in a big way through our giving levels which are shown below. 

To help support both the creation of the mural and 5 sponsored memberships for Clear Creek Makerspace upon opening, we aim to raise $10,000 throughout this project between both paint by numbers events. 

Choose your donor level when you register for a paint event below!

If you have questions about any of the donor levels below, please contact Localworks Executive Director, Paige, at ppiper@wearelocalworks.org. If you are ready to commit to a donor level, you can select your donor level during your event registration process, more information is available below. If you are not interested in attending a paint by numbers event but would like to make a contribution, please click here to make your contribution.

More information about sponsored memberships:

Clear Creek Makerspace will offer a scholarship program, through our educational programming arm, Growing U. Scholarships are available for anyone to apply for. The goal of the scholarship program is to break down barriers many underserved populations experience, enabling individuals to enhance their vocational and trade skills, paving the way for a more promising career path in the future.

Paint with a Commissioner!

At every mural painting event you can expect to paint with a commissioner! A representative from the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission will be present at all of our community mural events to answer questions you may have, or to just chat about their organization! 

More information about paint by numbers events:

Community members are invited to join us for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, leaving your legacy in Wheat Ridge and on Clear Creek Makerspace, at our paint by numbers mural events. During the event you will have the opportunity to paint a small section of the mural on the building. Please be aware of the following limitations:

  • Community members will not be permitted to paint any part of the mural that requires a ladder. 
  • All paint and supplies will be provided by Localworks. Community members will not be permitted to use their own paint or paint supplies. 
  • Unless you have been permitted to reserve a paint time through a donor level, painting will take place on a first come first serve basis. 

Weather Disclaimer:

The CCM mural and the work that our community puts into it is SO important! We want to make sure this mural is around for years to come – you are leaving a legacy after all! 

In order for the paint to dry/stick properly we have to follow specific temperature requirements. We all know how unpredictable Colorado winters can be! Localworks staff will closely monitor the local weather reports leading up to each event. If temperatures below the appropriate threshold are predicted, we will let you know the event is postponed via email and social media. Our website will also be updated. Thank you for your understanding and happy painting!

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 www.3rdshotpickleball.com 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 reception@wearelocalworks.org.

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 reception@wearelocalworks.org

  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 reception@wearelocalworks.org.


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