Greeley Police Department, United Way work together to open downtown outreach police station

Greeley Police Department, United Way work together to open downtown outreach police station

Downtown Greeley will see an increased police presence this summer.

In an effort to better address homeless and transient issues in the area, the Greeley Police Department has dedicated three police officers to the area to patrol on foot and bicycle. The goal, according to a news release, is for the officers to engage in community policing and address issues that normally require an emergency response.

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Greeley distiller takes on a bit of city’s history with downtown purchase

Greeley distiller takes on a bit of city’s history with downtown purchase

Heather Bean doesn’t know exactly how old the building is, but it’s hers.

And today, she will treasure not only its history but its future.

Bean, co-owner of Syntax Spirits, Greeley’s only distillery, got her hands on the keys to the old Greeley Elevator Building, 700 6th St., complete with its century of Greeley commerce, worn and faded with time, to create a shiny new addition to the city’s core.

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New downtown Greeley hotel already booked much of opening month

New downtown Greeley hotel already booked much of opening month

Construction crews are still putting the finishing touches on the DoubleTree Hilton hotel and convention center in downtown Greeley. The parking lot hasn’t even been paved.

But this hotel — considered a gamble by some at the beginning — already is raking in the business.

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Greeley leaders break ground on city hall project

Greeley leaders break ground on city hall project

Residents and city leaders, braced with coffee and breakfast snacks, officially ushered in a new era for Greeley government Friday morning, breaking ground on a City Center project more than a year in the making.

The building, at the northwest corner of 11th Avenue and 11th Street, will house city council chambers, the Greeley Municipal Court, the city’s public access television station, the information technology department and the water and sewer department.

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Aunt Helen’s Coffee opens in downtown Greeley with signature breakfast, coffee and attitude

Aunt Helen’s Coffee opens in downtown Greeley with signature breakfast, coffee and attitude

When Aimee Hutson brought her aunt Helen to her new downtown Greeley coffee shop last week, the almost-105-year-old looked around and said the first thing that came to her mind.

“She was here for our opening and looked at me and said she thinks it’s going to do well, and that she was surprised,” Hutson said with a laugh. “You tend to look at her and say, ‘I think I’ll take that as a compliment.’”

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Richardson Alley — Greeley’s Richardson family now biggest property owner downtown

Richardson Alley — Greeley’s Richardson family now biggest property owner downtown

This past year, the Richardson family of Greeley pumped more than $5 million into Greeley’s 8th Avenue corridor in the span of eight months, presumably with big plans for redevelopment.

The family, headed by Arlo Richardson, has purchased several clusters of properties stretching seven blocks — as far north as the Gallery Furniture building, 1028 8th Ave., to as far south as the string of shops off 17th Street.

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Downtown Greeley changes keep coming to bring more life to corridor

Downtown Greeley changes keep coming to bring more life to corridor

For years, most had written off Greeley’s downtown as a viable place to do business and attract customers.

And the years have shown their wear, as buildings aged, storefronts faded and commerce went west.

But changes in the past three years have turned some heads. Business has returned to the city’s core amid an increased effort by city and downtown officials to turn the district into an experience with art, landscaping and fresh new businesses.

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Greeley’s growing entertainment offerings liven up downtown

Greeley’s growing entertainment offerings liven up downtown

Back in 2008, even Ron and Linde Thompson and champions of downtown Greeley like them acknowledged most people didn’t think of the area as a place to go to be entertained. But that’s partly why they opened The Kress Cinema & Lounge.

“The Ice Haus had opened; there were some restaurants and bars, but there wasn’t really anything to do,” Linde said.

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The city’s downtown hotel and conference center gets closer to finish line

The city’s downtown hotel and conference center gets closer to finish line

Walls are up and rooms are getting their definition in Greeley’s downtown hotel and conference center, but don’t get your bags ready to check-in quite yet.

Project Manager Jordan Kragor gave a tour of the future DoubleTree Hilton building on Thursday morning to the Greeley Tribune and Bob Ghent, investor of the project. Exposed walls and pipes proved the $33,600,000 project still has a bit of work to go, but Kragor and Ghent provided detailed descriptions of what was to be expected from each room and area of the hotel.

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Greeley massage school owner to open storefront soon for his chemical-free lotion

Greeley massage school owner to open storefront soon for his chemical-free lotion

James Mongan thought the brand-name lotions he used as a massage therapist in his early years were too toxic to be used daily — both to himself and his clients.

Mongan, who has more than 20 years of experience in the massage therapy business, opted to blend a lotion remedy of his own in 2010, containing all-natural ingredients with not one chemical in sight. Mongan even uses glass bottles to ensure no chemicals from toxins soak in.

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Website, app development agency in downtown Greeley hopes to get local business

Website, app development agency in downtown Greeley hopes to get local business

A website and app development agency that has worked for big-name companies like Survey Monkey and Apple News has a team of six that work in the heart of downtown Greeley.

Although a few residents have confused it for a bike shop several times, Project Ricochet, 922 8th Ave., offers a variety of web and app development services to businesses across the nation. Employees have backgrounds in building websites pages and can help create efficient smart phone apps. The Greeley office officially put up the agency’s logo last year.

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Greeley’s first boozy barbershop opens in downtown

Greeley’s first boozy barbershop opens in downtown

Several months ago, Miguel Quintana found himself bored in a barbershop, waiting for his turn to get his hair cut.

When he looked around, he noticed other customers gazing monotonously at their phones, scrolling through them almost habitually. He was guilty of doing the same. If only, he wondered, there was a way to change that, and make something as dull as getting a haircut more sociable and fun?…

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Academy of Natural Therapy approved for 7-year accreditation renewal

The Academy of Natural Therapy was granted a seven-year accreditation renewal by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation in November, and the school’s owners haven’t hesitated to brag about that.

The mom-and-pop massage therapy school, 625 8th Ave., opened in Eaton 28 years ago by Dorothy Mongan, but has been in its Greeley location for 10 years. Her son, James, now runs the show with his wife, Jennifer. They have about 50 teachers on staff…

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No desks, no walls, no problem for proposed Greeley school, the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation

No desks, no walls, no problem for proposed Greeley school, the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation

When David Edwards first began teaching in New Orleans, he noticed something was wrong.

His son was born around that time, and as he watched the way his son learned, he realized it didn’t match the way he tried to get his high school math students to learn — and it wasn’t just about the age difference.

“There was this big disconnect between that natural learning I was seeing at home, and this learning I was trying to get students to do in the classroom,” Edwards said.

His son was learning. His students weren’t…

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Downtown Greeley saw significant changes in 2016, and the work isn’t done

Downtown Greeley saw significant changes in 2016, and the work isn’t done

The past year has been a time of transition for downtown Greeley.

Anyone who’s been out of town a while will see some major differences, from the towering crane to flattened city blocks.

Years of hoping and planning paid off for city of Greeley and downtown leaders this year. Spring brought groundbreakings, legal agreements and large sums of money changing hands. Today, those plans continue to solidify…

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Weld County, business leaders hold open house in downtown Greeley to celebrate new Child Welfare Services office

About fifty people packed into the newly renovated lobby before shuffling back outside — somewhat uncomfortably — for a ribbon cutting.

Weld County paired up with the Downtown Development Authority and the Greeley Chamber of Commerce to hold an open house on Friday afternoon. Everyone braved the chilly afternoon and its blustery winds to see the new Child Welfare Services office in the Chase Building, 822 7th St… 

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Couple opens escape room in downtown Greeley

When puzzle-lovers or newcomers walk through the door of Kris Maloy and JolieBeth Boudreaux’s escape room in downtown Greeley, they can expect to step into an entirely different reality — like a patient checking into a creepy asylum during the 1930s, to be exact.

Random — or perhaps strategically placed — “blood” splatters the walls and white hospital curtains distinguish parts of the dark room. A flickered lamp in the corner provides the only source of light… 

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Downtown Greeley breakfast eatery, Yolk, is open

Downtown Greeley breakfast eatery, Yolk, is open

It’s been a martini bar, a grill and an Italian eatery and a lunch stop. Now, the corner spot at 9th Street and 8th Avenue in downtown Greeley will serve up a mean eggs Benedict and particularly gooey pecan cinnamon roll with a bend toward weekend crowds.

After a three-week renovation, Yolk is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 801 9th St. It’s the building with the fried eggs on the windows facing 8th Avenue… 

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Greeley residents ring in holiday season with lights parade, park lighting

Greeley residents ring in holiday season with lights parade, park lighting

Thousands of people lined the sidewalks in downtown Greeley to watch glittering floats, growling motorcycles and beaming candy dealers usher in the Christmas season.

The 21st annual Greeley Lights the Night parade marched along 9th Avenue on Saturday night. Friends, couples and families came out sporting hats and coats. Although the weather has been unusually warm this year, it got pretty chilly by the end of the hour-and-a-half-long event… 

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Travel Channel film crew makes pit stop at Colorado Model Railroad Museum for feature on new TV show next year

Travel Channel film crew makes pit stop at Colorado Model Railroad Museum for feature on new TV show next year

Erik Truchses loves taking his 3-year-old twins, Theo and Sopris, to gaze at the model trains at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum as often as he can. No matter how often they’ve seen the models, they let out a few “oohs” and ahhs” every time.

The Greeley family goes so often it has a membership there and is friendly with the staff. On Tuesday, the visit landed them a spot in a TV show on the Travel Channel… 

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Jerome Building renovation brings new office space to downtown Greeley

Jerome Building renovation brings new office space to downtown Greeley

Any good plan is flexible. Those are the words Jim Mokler is living by as he renovates the Jerome Building in downtown Greeley at the corner of 8th Street and 8th Avenue.

“This thing changes daily,” Mokler said about the project, which aims to breathe new life into the old downtown building, south of the Clarion Hotel…

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La Petite French Bakery Opens

La Petite French Bakery Opens

The scent of fresh bread and sweets wafts out from behind the small counter, backed by light pink walls at La Petite French Bakery.

Walking into the shop is kind of like being transported to Paris, which is the intent of the creators.

Chef Majd Chana, head chef at the bakery, loves baking and he loves French culture — that’s why he’s thrilled to be able to share both with the city of Greeley at the small bakery, 919 16th St…

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Greeley Breweries Put Town on Map

Greeley Breweries Put Town on Map

Did you guys see that line at WeldWerks Brewing on Wednesday? We at The Tribune sure took notice. 

Neil Fisher and Colin Jones, owners at the downtown brewery, said it even shocked them when they had more than 300 people show up before the doors opened at noon for the release of the Barrel-Aged Mexican Achromatic. Fisher estimated more than 500 visited throughout the day.

I was there, because any good business-reporter-turned-beer lover should be. Also, it’s across the street at 508 8th Ave…

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Fire Station 1 Ground Breaking

Fire Station 1 Ground Breaking

Greeley officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fire Station No. 1 on Thursday. The station, 1122 11th St., will feature the Greeley Fire Department’s administrative space, 10 dormitory bedrooms, a fitness area, a four-truck bay and a community conference room…

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Farmers Market Thrives in Downtown Greeley

Farmers Market Thrives in Downtown Greeley

From behind tables smothered by his vegetables, Dean McElroy yelled to passing customers to try one of his “tomatoes disguised as candies.”

The super sweet variety of cherry tomatoes are a crowd favorite at the Greeley Farmers’ Market.

“They rarely make it past the car ride home,” McElroy teased as he handed over the bag to a customer.

Despite his location at the edge of the market, McElroy and his tomatoes are a destination at the weekly Saturday morning farmers market at the Greeley Train Depot, 902 7th Ave…

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Downtown Greeley draws The Moss Rose bridal boutique

Downtown Greeley draws The Moss Rose bridal boutique

Jessica Brostron often helps Greeley brides find their perfect dresses in her Fort Collins store, but soon the brides won’t have to make the out-of-town trek.

Brostron opened The Moss Rose bridal boutique at 808 8th St. in downtown Greeley. The store, which opened Sept. 3, will complement her Fort Collins bridal dress shop, Encore Bridal, which has been open since 2008.

“There’s a huge need for a bridal store in Greeley,” Brostron said. “And I’ve just heard so many great things about Greeley, between the growth and the students and all the new businesses going into the downtown.”…

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Greeley officials rehab downtown parking situation

Greeley officials have made some significant changes to time limits and available parking in downtown Greeley.

Representatives of the Greeley Police Department, Downtown Development Authority, area businesses and others have met on several occasions over the past few months to help simplify, expand and offer greater flexibility in parking options for those working and visiting downtown, according to a news release.

The changes were prompted by the addition of new businesses, hotel and conference center construction, the addition of more employees to county offices, and the increasing number of shoppers, diners and attendees at downtown events such as the Friday Fest and Union Colony Civic Center performances, among others…

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8th Avenue construction helps connect UNC and downtown

8th Avenue construction helps connect UNC and downtown

Becky Safarik used to equate the city blocks between the University District and downtown Greeley to the Sahara Desert.

It was unwelcoming, it was desolate and it wasn’t pedestrian-friendly.

But now, Safarik, who is the assistant city manager for Greeley, said it’s changed amid a partnership with the Downtown Development Authority and the University District a few years ago to find the money to make improvements. The 8th Avenue Corridor Project, which took three years to complete, allowed the city to revitalize the 8th Avenue corridor from 10th Street to 16th Street. They focused on a few blocks each year…

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Longtime Greeley coffee shop, Margie's, is under new management

Downtown and college residents are about to witness a return to the past.

Margie’s, a longstanding Greeley java joint, is coming back.

The new operators, Glen Cook and Todd Doleshall, also own the Farmer’s Pantry, a locally sourced corner grocery store that shares the Margie’s building on 16th Street and 10th Avenue.

“The two businesses complement each other very well,” Cook said. “Making food for the coffee shop, if I need something, I can pick it up off the shelf of the store. It’s felt really nice having the space open and integrated.”…

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Greeley family snaps up downtown properties

A prominent Greeley family is slowly buying up several downtown properties straddling 8th Avenue, but there is no word yet on any intended uses.

Richmark Development Partners was listed as the buyer of five separate properties in May. All were sold within days of each other. Crews had even begun clearing out one property, surrounding it with a chain-linked fence, but work on the lot has been idle for weeks…

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Tribune Opinion: We're for safety, but we're not for train horns blaring in downtown Greeley

Tribune Opinion: We're for safety, but we're not for train horns blaring in downtown Greeley

As we write this sentence from the comforts of our office in the downtown area, we hear the blare of a train horn. Two long blasts. One short one. Two more long blasts. One more short one. Three more long ones. Another short one. Two long ones. A total of 12 blasts of the horn that are so loud they can be heard over the din of a newsroom working to produce the newspaper and website you are reading this morning…

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At Cranford Cove Tea Tavern, Would You Like Your Iced Tea Shaken or Stirred?

At Cranford Cove Tea Tavern, Would You Like Your Iced Tea Shaken or Stirred?

Tea has a long acquaintance with spirits, so it should come as no surprise to see tea’s surging popularity as the foundation of many craft martinis. That’s right, tea is not as innocently nonalcoholic as you might think.

From hot toddies to punch, tea has flavored American history ever since English pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower at Plymouth. The steeped beverage was more often consumed mixed with liquor than on its own, which may account for the ire created by the British government when it granted the British East India Company a monopoly on tea sales in the American colonies. The result was the Boston Tea Party, when 92,000 pounds of tea ended up steeping in Boston Harbor in 1773…

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Royal Nepal Indian restaurant expands Greeley's cultural cuisine

Royal Nepal Indian restaurant expands Greeley's cultural cuisine

Greeley’s newest restaurant, Royal Nepal — a Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan food restaurant — will be a natural fit in downtown, even if it seems odd among this meat-and-potatoes culture.

Owner Peter Sitaula is counting on the growing cultural acceptance beyond Greeley’s historical palate.

Sitaula is a Nepali native, and he has experience in cooking Indian cuisine. While Nepalese food and Indian food aren’t exactly the same, Sitaula said they’re very similar. Plus, he picked up a few tricks working in an Indian restaurant in Denver…

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$13 million housing project planned for downtown Greeley

With all of the recent growth in downtown Greeley, it’s really no surprise we’re hurting for housing space.

Renters are toughing out the 95 percent occupancy in Greeley, according to state figures, while more and more multi-family homes are submitted to the city for building…

Friday Fest line-up announced

Friday Fest line-up announced

The Downtown Development Authority will once again bring five months of live music and the innovative GoCup to Friday nights in downtown Greeley with Friday Fest.

The authority released the lineup earlier this week, and the fun starts this Friday with one of the biggest parties of the year, the MayPlay Festival. The festival features 28 bands, including The Burroughs, The Epilogues and Silver and Gold, on six stages on the 8th and 9th street plazas…

Groundbreaking ceremony starts Greeley's hotel and conference center project

Groundbreaking ceremony starts Greeley's hotel and conference center project

Tuesday afternoon the people behind the effort to build a hotel and conference center in downtown Greeley turned dirt using ceremonial shovels, kicking off the public-private project that will transform a city block at 919 Seventh St. at the edge of Lincoln Park.

Representatives of the city of Greeley, the city’s Downtown Development Authority, Greeley-based builder Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Denver-based hotel operator Providence Hospitality Partners, Denver-based architecture firm Johnson Nathan Strohe, Hilton Worldwide and members of an all-Greeley investment group either spoke or wielded a shovel during the event…