By Basha Cohen
This year, Little Man Ice Cream’s Santa Factory and the West Colfax Business Improvement District (BID) debuted a clever competition to determine the coolest yule wreath of the season on Historic Route 40, or West Colfax Avenue.
Eight participating businesses vied for a chance to win the grand prize for the crowning wreath of the holiday season. Creativity oozed out of the merry wreaths. Media professionals throughout the city including The Denver North Star, Westword, Denverite, The Denver Post, and Colorado Expression Magazine gathered at the launch of Little Man Ice Cream’s “Santa’s Factory” to judge the wanna-bes in this reemerging business district.
The winning wreath had to best symbolize the business that it represents. Odell Brewing, 1625 Perry St., won first place; The Viking bar, 4888 W. Colfax Ave., second; and a special mention went to Cheba Hut, 4245 W. Colfax Ave., as the bluntly hilarious “Miss Congeniality.”
Other contributing businesses included Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4255 W. Colfax Ave.; Whole Sōl Blend Bar, 1611 Raleigh St.; Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W. Colfax Ave.; Little Man Ice Cream Factory, 4411 W. Colfax Ave.; and Duality, 4635 W. Colfax Ave.
Take some time during your holiday shopping spree to imbibe the creativity that these West Colfax businesses have imagined. Make a day of it with a movie, a meal, a drink, a workout, or photos with Santa, bingo with Mrs. Claus, and fa-la-la-live music every week through Christmas at Little Man’s glittery, over-the-top Santa Factory.
On Dec. 17, West Colfax merchants will host a day of specials dedicated to financial donations for families in need at Colfax Elementary School, and they will contribute gear to the nonprofit Dry Bones for unhoused teens and youth. Bring warm gear to the Little Man Factory throughout the month to honor the true meaning of the giving season.