On December 14, Urban Villages revealed its innovative design and partnership with world-renowned architecture firm – Studio Gang.Continue reading
Urban Villages, a Denver-based real estate firm that focuses on long-term value creation, in partnership with world-renowned architecture practice Studio Gang, revealed the design of a new 145,000-gross-square-foot, 13-story mixed-use building.Continue reading
The 13-story, mixed-use building that’s being planned on a triangular lot across from Civic Center Park won’t look anything like the rest of the historic buildings that surround the park.Continue reading
Larimer Square Is Trying to Lure Shoppers Away From Amazon With Unique Experiences
Booze, trap music, and a menu written in a language patrons must decode are all things you'll find at the retail district's new pop-ups.
Like so many of history’s brilliant thinkers, Josh Sampson has a difficult time explaining the genesis of his genius. “I just wake up with these things,” says the owner of Good Baby Management, a Denver real estate and brand development company that counts the Big Wonderful, a pop-up beer garden and festival, among its concepts. One of his latest thunderbolts: Garage Sale, a Larimer Square vintage clothing and vinyl shop that also serves cocktails and tacos. “No one has done it here,” Sampson says, adding that LoDo’s Dairy Block is “mainly a food hall.” Hair-splitting aside, Garage Sale’s conceit is distinctive—though uniqueness itself is becoming commonplace on Larimer as the district looks to novel ideas to reverse its pandemic plunge.
After being saved from demolition in the 1960s by preservationist Dana Crawford, Larimer Square has become one of the most sought-after shopping locations in the city. COVID-19 and its social-distancing requirements, however, hurt brick-and-mortar retail across the country, including in Denver. Sales here dropped 7.9 percent from July 2019 to July 2020, but restaurants (down 43.2 percent) and clothing stores (26.4 percent), Larimer Square’s lifeblood, were wounded more than other sectors. Grace Buttorff, owner of the Hailee Grace boutique on Larimer, says sales plummeted 75 percent in April. Urban Villages, the district’s property manager, restructured leases, according to Kyle Mason, director of property management. But by October, eight of Larimer’s tenants had left the square (only two departed due to the coronavirus, according to Urban Villages). Meanwhile, nonstore retail in Denver—mostly e-commerce—more than doubled over the same time period.
Denver Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Winners
Title: Chief development officer
Organization: Urban Villages
Alma mater: University of Colorado Boulder
Favorite neighborhood: LoDo
Favorite spot: Union Station
Secret talent: Writing — I’m the author of a fiction novel
Not-so-secret talent: Skiing
How talents are used in career: Formulating and sharing ideas through writing is critical in business.