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Louisville Downtown Business Association
Downtown Dialogue — What's Up Downtown
In this month's Downtown Dialogue:

Hooray for Fall!

Fall has officially arrived! The air has been less smoky with beautiful warm, sunny days and cooler nights. Perfect for taking a stroll downtown, visiting the shops and galleries, and enjoying a lovely lunch or dinner outside! Downtown has been seemingly bustling and it is because of your continued support that downtown is still vibrant and alive. We are so grateful for the amazing citizens of Louisville. Thank you for showing your downtown love!

Outdoor Dining

The Outdoor Dining on Main St. continues through October 31st, so be sure to take advantage of all the extra patio space while it lasts. We are not yet sure if there will be a new or modified set up come November, but the restaurants have greatly appreciated your support these past several months and will need it more than ever when the cold sets in. Since Colorado is known to have many beautiful and mild days in the winter, we are hopeful to find some creative solutions to still offer outdoor dining in come capacity. Of course, restaurants are all still offering take-out, curbside pick-up, and many have delivery options available. Again, thank you for your support, the restaurants are truly a vital and beloved part of our wonderful downtown and we need to make sure they can continue to survive.

Faces of Downtown


Tom Horst, owner of Crystal Springs Brewing Company

I have a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, and prior to moving to Colorado in 1987, I taught percussion at colleges and played in symphonies. At the time, I wasn’t sure I wanted to teach high school, but ended up loving it after I was offered the job of band director at Boulder High School and stayed for 28 years, retiring in 2015.

Not too long after starting my job at Boulder High I met my wife, Kristy. We married in 1995 and had twin girls, Kelsey and Jacey, in 1997. In 2015, the year they graduated, I retired from teaching and we knew we would need something to supplement our income in order to get the twins through college. It was Kristy’s idea to start a brewery, as I had been an avid home brewer for many years, and she didn’t need to do much to get me excited about the idea.  We opened Crystal Springs Brewing on May 13, 2010 in our garage as a home occupation.

By 2013, we had outgrown our garage and were looking for a building. Kristy found a space in the Colorado Tech Center, where the brewery is now located.  Since we kept our brewery licenses for our garage location, we were allowed to have a second taproom and while volunteering at the Street Faire, we became friends with Karen and Marty Achtermann.  When they discovered we were looking for another taproom location, they suggested we open it in their building at 604 Main Street.  So we did!

Through the years Kristy and I have come to love this city and its people. While we live in the mountains of Boulder County, we think of Louisville as home.  We have made many friends here and have been overwhelmed by the support and caring we received while dealing with Covid.

When we started Crystal Springs Brewing Company, we had no idea it would be what it is today, but we knew we wanted to create a place where people could come to meet with friends, relax, feel welcome and enjoy a good beer.  We like to think we’ve accomplished that.

Downtown Restaurant News

The Huckleberry

Chef’s Table Dinner - Farm Final Harvest
October 11th 6pm
700 Main St.
Our first dinner of the year will be a FINAL HARVEST and will feature the bounty that we’ve harvested from the farm this season. Your four-course meal will explore freshest seasonal, locally grown produce and offers a tasty opportunity to explore how the way the foods grown here in Colorado can be elevated to culinary delights. 
With limited availability, tables will be spaced far apart and each party will be seated separately, whether you have a party of 2, or a party of 8. All recommendations of the local health department and the CDC will be strictly followed and enforced to ensure the safety of both you, our guests, and our staff. Servers will be screened upon arrival for symptoms, will be masked, and will be required to wash hands frequently throughout your experience. The restaurant will be closed to the general public.

These dinners are perfect for those who are interested in exploring the culinary world and feel comfortable indulging in the creative, seasonal dishes made by our talented chefs. Although some dietary restrictions can be accommodated, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free, or other allergies, these dinners not suitable for individual customization.

Register online at

Zucca Italian Ristorante 

808 Main St.
Zucca is open for in-house dining and outdoor street and patio seating! Reservations are recommended.  Zucca’s a perfect spot for a relaxing Happy Hour! We’re also still doing Take Out orders with easy alley pickup. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 4 pm – 9pm. Closed Mondays.  303-666-6499

Three Leaf Catering

Cooking Class: All About Maize: Tamales and Tortillas
October 12th 6pm – 9pm
808 Main St.

Join us at our new Commercial Catering Kitchen behind our restaurant, Zucca, as we partner with Jenni of The Singing Cook to offer a series of hands-on cooking classes this winter! These fun and interactive classes will be held in safely socially distanced conditions with all the covid protocols in place to offer a safe and creative thing to do, either alone, or with a friend or partner. Our first class features MAIZE - or CORN and explores the many ways that this staple food is used in cuisines around the globe.

Maize, also known as Corn in English speaking countries, is one of the most beloved and versatile crops in the world, and has been embraced by cultures spanning the globe.  First domesticated by indigenous people in the Tehuacan Valley of southern Mexico over 10,000 years ago, cultivation of corn now surpasses that of both wheat and rice.  Not only is it raised for human consumption, but It’s also used for animal feed, corn starch, corn syrup, and corn ethanol.  In the Americas, corn is treated as a sacred plant, and has formed the staple in the foods of both native and new world cuisines.  Join us to explore some of the most popular ways that maize had been incorporated into traditional foods with some of the most delicious and popular. 

To register:

Crystal Springs Brewing

Celebrating the Great American Beer Festival!
604 Main St.
Come down to the Crystal Springs Brewing taproom to enjoy the remaining days of the Main St. closure! We'll have plenty of new beers on tap along with your usual favorites, including some special releases as we celebrate the Great American Beer Festival. Make sure to grab your digital GABF passport for a Buy One Get One Free offer on our special GABF releases, as well as offers from breweries across Colorado from October 1-18, and access to all the Virtual GABF panels on October 16-17. Head over to get your passport.

Our fall seasonal releases - Oktoberfest and Solano - are available now! Six-packs of both beers are available to take home, and you can enjoy a pour at the Old Towne Taproom. Our annual release of our wet-hopped beer, Cole's Wet Hop, is slated for October as well. This flavorful pale ale uses fresh Nugget and Cascade hops to pack your glass full of delicious hoppiness. For up-to-date info on all our releases and other happenings, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @crystalspringsbrewing

Downtown Retail News

Holiday Shopping

In light of the Covid situation many shops are encouraging their customers to begin their holiday shopping early this year. As you know, most of the shops downtown are fairly small and will be unable to accommodate the normal amount of holiday shoppers in their shops while still being able to respect the social distancing guidelines. Shops want to provide everyone with a safe and comfortable environment for in-person shopping, so please consider shopping on weekdays or during off-peak times. Also, many shops offer private shopping appointments or have phone and online ordering options for curbside pick-up – check with your favorite shops today! Thank you for supporting small, local retailers!

Creative Framing Art Gallery

Virtual Gallery Tour!
916 Main St.
Check out our gallery virtual tour. Click the link below to enter the gallery!
Explore Creative Framing & Art Gallery-Louisville in 3D
Navigate the Tour - It's Simple!  Start the Guided Tour described below. You can move from the guided tour to roam the gallery at any time! You will notice little white circles on the floor. Click on a circle to go to that position or click on the floor in front of you to move to the next available circle position. Once there you can either move your mouse around (laptops and desktops) or use your finger on the screen (pads and phones) to rotate around and view the surroundings. Use your mouse wheel (laptops and desktops) to zoom inward and outward or pull two fingers inward and outward (ipads and phones) to zoom. Once you enter, start the Automated Guided Tour of the gallery by clicking on the Start button in the lower left corner of the landing page.

My Saving Grace

New for Fall!
909 Main St.
Hello FALL!  We have so many great new items in the boutique for you to update your home wardrobe, as well as items you might need for the days when you decide to venture out.  We've also stocked the boutique with lots of great gift items for that special occasion, or for the upcoming holiday season.  Shop early for best selection as many of our vendors have limited supply.  We are continuing our support of local restaurants and offering a $20 gift card to @Por Wine House with the purchase of $100 or more in store.  After all, what's better than a glass of wine after Retail Therapy?!  We offer curbside pick and private shopping on Tuesdays.  Just shoot us an email if you would like to set something up -  Can't wait to see you soon!

The Singing Cook

Knife Sharpening
October 3rd & 17th 10-2pm 
728 Main St.
Tom has added extra dates for knife sharpening this fall! He will be here on Oct. 3 & 17 and Nov. 7 & 21, so you have multiple opportunities to bring your knives, scissors, and garden tools for a tune up or some end of season TLC. He sets up around 9:45am in the parking lot behind our shop and it’s first come, first served so we always recommend showing up early.
COOKING CLASSES! – We are excited to announce our partnership with Three Leaf Catering to offer cooking classes this fall and winter! The Singing Cook herself will be teaching some of these classes and students will also have an opportunity to purchase class kits or other pertinent kitchen items at a discount. For more information visit:
We are also still offering pick up on any purchases you’d like to make by phone. Please LIKE and look at our FB Page as we are posting items daily for you to browse. You can also purchase an eGift Card on our website, and please join our email list so you are in the loop on all things Singing Cook! 

West + Main

Retail Partnership with The Conscious Merchant
920 Main St.
Real estate experts, West + Main Homes continues its retail partnership with locally owned eco-conscious home goods store, the Conscious Merchant. The first of its kind retail partnership between West + Main and Conscious Merchant, the retail shop provides a bevy of carefully curated products with safer ingredients and sustainable initiatives. The collaboration also enables West + Main agents to introduce a healthier lifestyle to their clients.
Conscious Merchant Hours of Operation: Thurs 10-5, Fri & Sat 10-6, Sun by appointment &

Entertainment News

Tilt Pinball

640 Main St., Ste. B
The state has released guidance that allows arcades to open so we are excited to be open again after 6 months.  We have put some procedures in place to keep everyone safe like limiting our capacity, keeping groups small and far apart from each other and cleaning games between uses.  See our website for more details. Also note that we have an air handling system that is constantly bringing in FRESH AIR - the air is never recirculated.

The Louisville Underground

Comedy, Trivia & Music at The Underground
604 Main St.
The Louisville Underground is also putting on small dinner shows for Comedy, Trivia and Live Music! We adhere to all the Health Department’s restaurant guidelines so come check it out.  See our website for upcoming events.

Services News

Achtermann Chiropractic

Annual Stocking Drive
600 Main St.
Achtermann Chiropractic and Acupuncture is gearing up for our annual Stocking Drive! We will once again be collecting items as well as cash donations starting October 1st.  We will continue to take donations up until Thanksgiving.  The stockings support military families, wounded heroes, and deployed service members and veterans this holiday season through Soldiers’ Angels Holiday Community Partners. This year, more than ever, there is a great need for this amazing outreach program. This year our goal is to send 10 filled stockings overseas to deployed military and their families. The first year we sent 6 stockings and last year we sent 7. Soldiers Angels goal for 2020 is to collect 20,000 stockings. The stockings can be filled with socks, gloves, games, books, snacks, toothbrushes/toothpaste, Tic Tacs, many other amazing treats, and of course, lots of candy canes!  We also need 10 knit or fleece hats to place on top of each stocking.  We will have a box in the waiting room of the office and a donation jar if you’d like to donate cash for shipping costs or stocking supplies. We know that this little gesture will mean a lot to so many that are protecting our country!  We’re certain that this will make many people feel cared for this holiday season. Again, THANK YOU for helping make this one of the most rewarding community outreach projects we do! For a list of needed items visit:

Yoga Junction

Yoga for Tight Hips & Hamstrings
October 21st & 28th  5pm
927 Main St.
This is a Livestream Class. You will receive a zoom link upon registration. This 2-part online workshop explores a more mindful approach to improving flexibility in the hamstrings and hips, with the end goal of increasing stability and strength within the body. Whether you experience hip discomfort, lower back pain, tight hamstrings, or just want to learn more about hip anatomy (great for yoga teachers!), this workshop will provide in-depth knowledge about your own body's tight spots and muscular imbalances.
CLASS 1 - October 21: Learn about the major muscle groups that support the hips and lower back. Explore how to stretch those 5 muscle groups in different ways. Hint: One of the 5 muscle groups is your hamstrings.

CLASS 2 - October 28: After reviewing stretches for the major muscle groups associated with our hips, learn how to strengthen and stabilize your hips and hamstrings with yoga.

Attendance of both sessions is recommended, but not required. All attendees are encouraged to have 2 blocks and a strap for the workshop. Return students are welcome! This workshop can be taken multiple times due to the active time spent on the mat stretching and strengthening hips and hamstrings. Investment: $35 for both classes or $20 for one class.

Center Your Body Pilates

We are Open!
844 Main St., Ste.101
We are open and thriving! Fall is in the air and we continue to service our clients and open our arms to new members!  We are so excited to be back in the studio and thrilled to be working in person doing what we love to do most - sharing the gift of movement to all.
Since we re-opened for COVID, we have taken all precautions necessary with updates weekly!  We are ready for you whether you choose to work out in the comfort of your home with our LIVE Online Zoom classes or work out with us LIVE in the studio. Masks are required and equipment is spaced 6 feet apart for your health and well-being. We believe that Movement Matter and that Movement Heals!
We offer Private Sessions, Pilates Rehab Sessions, Group Reformer, Pilates Barre Fusion, Pilates Mat Fusion, Mobility + Flexibility Classes 6 days a week!  We have packages for Online and Live In-Studio Sessions. NO MEMBERSHIP FEES! Check out our website: Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all that is going on this fall and beyond. We always offer a FREE 30 minute session for you to explore & tray before you buy!  Experience for yourself how Pilates can change your body and your life! Pilates makes you better at all that you do in your life and impacts your body for a lifetime. Let us welcome you to the world of Pilates!

City News

From the Louisville Public Library 

The Library is open limited hours for in-person services and contactless Curbside Holds Pick-Up service. Read more about current services and find out about our hours of operation. View more information about Curbside Holds Pick-Up & Book Returns.  
Money Matters: Medicare Options                                                                    
October 6th 6-7:30pm 
New to Medicare, need a refresher, or are you learning for yourself or a loved one? Join us to learn about the four Medicare parts, Supplement insurance, and more.  Whatever your situation, this class will help you understand Medicare and your choices.  Taught by Robin Hastings of United Healthcare.
This class is part of the Money Matters series which is a partnership between Libraries and Credit Unions across the Front Range.   
Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Active Minds: Colorado Ballot 2020
October 8th 12-1:00pm
Join Active Minds for an objective review of the current initiatives and referenda on the Colorado statewide ballot this fall. We will review each proposal, presenting the arguments on both sides. We will also review the referendum and initiative process in Colorado, including its history, pros and cons, and significant legislation that has resulted from this process in the past. 
RSVP: Click here to register
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.
Crochet Take and Make for Teens and Adults
October 12th 3-3:30pm
The Makerspace may not be open, but we have put together some fun Teen & Adult Take and Make kits.
Register to claim a kit and then pick it up at our Curbside Pick-Up or in the Holds Pick- Up area when the library is open! Please pick-up supplies by Tuesday, October 14.
A Discussion with Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler of The Equity Project
October 13th 7-8:00pm
Join the Louisville Public Library for a discussion on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity with Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler of The Equity Project.
Read Dr. Mosby Tyler’s bio. You can also view Dr. Mosby Tyler’s TED Talk on leading the charge to end racism.
RSVP for this event.

Louisville Historical Museum Updates

Blue Parrot Stained-glass Sign Restoration
The Louisville Historical Museum and Louisville History Foundation were featured in a recent Daily Camera article about their efforts to restore the Blue Parrot. See the progress that conservator Cathy King has made so far and learn about why this sign is significant to Louisville's history.
"The Louisville Historical Museum is having one of the stained-glass windows of the now-closed Blue Parrot restaurant restored for preservation after the window was damaged during the building’s remodel to the Mexican restaurant Verde. As part of its collection, the museum plans to display the stained glass in the front window of its building once restoration is complete. Before permanently closing in January 2017, the Blue Parrot served not only as a well-known restaurant, but as an icon for the town of Louisville. In business for almost a century, the Italian restaurant attracted crowds of diners with homemade pasta and sauce."
Read the full article.
Museum Offers Free, Private Tours By Appointment
Starting on August 8, the Louisville Historical Museum will offer free, private tours of the three historic buildings on the Museum Campus. These tours will cover Louisville history from the coal mining days to today! Looking to get out of the house? This is a great activity for families and individuals, and we are taking all possible steps to lead tours in a safe way.

Museum staff members are very excited to welcome visitors back. For everyone’s safety, visitors must wear facial coverings and observe social distancing. A Museum staff member will sanitize after each tour. Appointments will be made online through the Museum website and are available Tuesday - Saturday at 10 AM and 1 PM for groups of six people or fewer. Please submit your request at least 24 hours in advance so the Museum can arrange for staff to lead your tour.

Sign up for your free, private tour today!
History at Home Initiatives
Streamlining your digital history experience
Our History at Home web page gathers all of our digital offerings into one convenient location. During these difficult times with COVID-19, the Museum wants to continue to serve residents of Louisville through history and educational resources. 

On the History at Home page, you will find hands-on activities, videos, and resources that you or the whole family can enjoy. Maybe this summer is the right time to start a family history project? Watch our Family History 1-2-3 videos to learn how to get started and how to add interactive fun to the research process. Want to learn more about Louisville history? We have compiled interesting topical videos on all things Louisville, including the Long Strike, Louisville Mines, and Louisville in the 1970s and 1980s.

City of Louisville

Request a Business Retention Visit
The Business Retention & Development Committee (BRaD) was established to provide guidance to the Louisville City Council on policies that foster a vibrant and thriving business community. One of the Committee's ongoing programs in support of that mission is conducting Business Retention Visits. 

Retention Visits are an opportunity for you to help us better understand your business and goals-- this can lead to improvements and suggestions of new ways for the City to support a vibrant business climate. The BRaD Committee is seeking requests for visits. Due to the pandemic, visits in the near-term will be scheduled virtually. 

Interested in scheduling a visit or learning more? Please contact Economic Vitality Director Megan Pierce: or 303-335-4531.

To learn more about the BRaD Committee, please visit the committee page on the City website


Historic Building

The Thirlaway House
533 Lincoln Avenue

Recently widowed, Elsie Thirlaway had this house built in 1935 on her property, which included 537 Lincoln. She ran 537 Lincoln as a boardinghouse during the Depression and lived next door at 533 Lincoln. Thomas O. Smith built the house at 537 Lincoln in 1898, and in 1902 sold the property to his nephew John Thirlaway. John was a member of the Thirlaway/Smith families that emigrated from County Durham, a coal-mining region in northern England. John operated the Thirlaway Meat Market at 749 Main, where the City Hall is now. He was an organizer and vice president for the First State Bank of Louisville in 1915. He transferred the Lincoln property to his wife Elsie in 1931, and died by suicide near Marshall in 1932. The property was subsequently owned by the Rowe, Wilkinson, Morrison, Christoff, Varra, Sheets, Davis, Boyer, and McDaniel families.

For more information about Louisville's Historic Preservation Program contact Rob Zuccaro, 303-335-4590,

DBA Website Gift Card Page! 

In a continued effort to further support our beloved downtown businesses please visit the new Gift Card page on our website! There you can find links to buy Gift Cards to individual downtown businesses who have uploaded their links to the website. This is a centralized place meant to make it simple and easy to support your favorite businesses.

Restaurant Offerings  

Below is a list of downtown restaurants that are offering Take-out, Curbside and Delivery Services or Dine-In. Click on each restaurant to be directed to their website. Also, check their FB pages for real time information!
12 Degree Brewing
740 Front
Bob’s Diner
Casa Alegre
Crystal Springs Brewing
Double Happy
Gravity Brewing/Gastronauts
Lucky Pie
Lulu’s BBQ
Moxie Bread Co.
Pica’s Taqueria
Precision Pours
Sweet Cow
Sushi Yoshi
 Want your event/info in this Newsletter?

As DBA members you have the opportunity to have information or events included in this very newsletter! If you are not receiving an email every month asking for any information you’d like to include, please contact Jenni at to get on our email list.

Also, Jenni is an admin on the DBA Facebook page, so please send her any events you’d like us to post, or ask her to share your post.

We want to make sure we are doing as much for your business as we can and the DD and FB page are two ways we can help spread the word about all the great happenings downtown!

Got News? e-mail Jenni Hlawatsch

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