November 2021 News Shorts

BookBar Buys The Bookies Bookstore

If you’re down in Glendale and looking for a bookstore, you may see a familiar friendly face from North Denver. Nicole Sullivan, owner of BookBar on Tennyson St, announced they’ve purchased The Bookies after the passing of the store’s founder and owner, Sue Lubeck.

“We weren’t seeking to purchase another bookstore or even contemplating a second BookBar location, but I couldn’t bear the possibility of Denver losing such an iconic bookstore,” said Sullivan. “This will not be a second BookBar and, sorry, but we will not be adding a bar. The Bookies will remain The Bookies. Our intention is to continue, the best we can, to carry on with Sue’s vision and honor her legacy.” 

The Bookies is known for its extensive children’s book selection and programing, and Sullivan said the stores have a lot to learn from each other.

While the BookBar team isn’t making many changes to The Bookies, both stores are reincorporating as Public Benefit Corporations and The Bookies will be joining BookBar in supporting BookGive, the North Denver based nonprofit organization that has collected and redistributed more than 70,000 books since March of 2020.

The Bookies is located at 4315 E Mississippi Ave in Glendale.

Denver Animal Shelter Full of Furry Friends

Buttercup is looking for a forever home

The Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) has an unusually high number of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, and turtles in addition to dogs and cats. Currently, they have almost three times as many small animals as they had at this time in 2019. 

This is where the community comes in,” says Denver Animal Protection (DAP) Director Alice Nightengale. DAP oversees the shelter. “Before you buy a small animal from a pet store, please check with an animal shelter first because there is a lot of need there,” she says. “Prices are often more affordable too, and you’ll help a pet in need.” The cost of small animals starts at $15.

Before fully adopting a small animal, DAS recommends spending some time with them, both to make sure it’s a good fit and because people often cite allergies they discover as a reason to return a small animal. If you did purchase a small animal at a store, check with that store about their return policy before surrendering it to the shelter as well.

The shelter also has more cats and dogs than usual too – about 20% and 50% more than 2019, respectively. 

If you’re not ready to commit to an animal in your life, you can foster an animal at your home until it’s adopted. Maybe you’ll want to keep it, or would enjoy having an animal stay for a few weeks without the long term obligations. The shelter is actively looking for foster homes and for volunteers to help onsite. 

Shelter staff said that they aren’t alone in being overcrowded and many area shelters have the same situation.

To see a gallery of adorable animals looking for a home, visit You can also get more information by calling 311.

North Denver Cannabis Entrepreneur Announces for CU Regent 

Wanda James

Wanda James is probably best known as the first African American licensed to run a cannabis dispensary. No stranger to politics from working with candidates and cannabis legislation, she’s now entering the ring herself, seeking a seat on the CU Board of Regents, the governing board for the University of Colorado system. 1st Congressional District Regent Jack Kroll is not seeking another term on the board, creating an open seat.

“It’s time to restore balance to the CU Regents, not only in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion but also in the board’s priorities,” said James. “I am running to take back the power for students, staff and faculty, who for too long have taken a backseat to political deliberations and decisions. I intend to be a force for CU and deliver on the promises of higher education.”

James and her husband Scott Durrah own Simply Pure Dispensary in the Highland neighborhood. James is a 1986 graduate of the University of Colorado; afterward she served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy.

James announced her campaign on November 8th with a list of initial endorsements including Congressman Joe Neguse, the first African American to represent Colorado in congress; Former Mayor Wellington Webb; several state legislators; Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca; and several former regents.

James is the 4th Democrat to enter the race, joining Scott Mangino, Johnnie Nguyen, and Benjamin Pope, who all announced earlier this year. No Republican or other candidates have filed yet. The Denver North Star will be profiling all candidates in detail next year.


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