First West Colfax landed a brewery. Now, in fitting Denver form, here comes coffee and kombucha.
Brew Culture plans to open in June in 1,500 square feet at 3610 W. Colfax Ave., according to Troy Reynolds, who will own the café with his wife Jennifer.
“Brew” refers to the coffee side of things, and “Culture” refers to the bacteria-and-yeast combination used in making kombucha, Reynolds said. The shop plans to have eight kinds on tap.
He said a centerpiece of the shop, which will use beans from Lakewood-based Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters, will be an actual bar where customers can sit.
“We’re realizing as a society that we need to slow down,” he said. “It’s nice to interact with a barista.”
The coffee shop will occupy the front portion of a 5,000-square-foot building built in 1928. The remainder of the space is still available. Both units are adjacent to a building that houses Seedstock Brewery, which opened in November 2016.
The buildings were used by various auto shops until 2013, when Wald LLC purchased them for $550,000. Win King, owner of Denver-based King Commercial Real Estate, said the LLC consists of himself and longtime friends Ken Garner and Tom Malone, as well as one silent partner.
The owners have branded the complex as 3610 West.
King said his brokerage work in the West Colfax neighborhood — he helped Alamo Drafthouse land its Sloan’s Lake location — prompted him to conclude that “the perception of the area hasn’t changed as quickly as the demographic.”
He said he and his partners purchased 3610 West with the goal of bringing in businesses that would appeal to the neighborhood’s newcomers.
Reynolds, 49, said he’s a Colorado native who grew to love coffee culture while living in Sweden for five years starting in the late 1980s.
Upon returning stateside, Reynolds said, he thought about opening a coffee shop, but ultimately focused on another passion: dogs. He and his wife own Lincoln Park boarding facility Daily Wag.
Reynolds said Daily Wag is in the hands of a general manager, and he wanted to realize a longtime dream while transitioning to a less physical job.
He said he wanted to locate on the south side of Colfax to catch commuters on the drive in. He also wanted to be near a Starbucks — there’s one five blocks away — because he believes the chain’s customers can be won over.
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It will be a great community spot for the neighborhood!