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TENNYSON LOCAL MAINTENANCE DISTRICT (LMD) was founded in 2012 and assumes maintenance responsibility for Tennyson Streetscape improvements on Tennyson; its boundaries are 38th – to 39th. And 41st all the way up to the north side of Parisi’s and Tenn St Coffee. Responsibilities include emptying trash receptacles, weeding/pruning of all planter beds, maintenance/pruning of all street trees, pedestrian lights, irrigation and all furnishings: benches, bike racks, etc. It does not include snow removal. LMD Board members are Heather Noyes (StudioCPG), Nicole Sullivan (Bookbar), Tracy Frickey (Property Owner – 43rd/Tenn) and Mike Opatowski (Property Owner: 38th/Tenn), and Brendan Kelly (City/County of Denver, Dept of Public Works).

THE TENNYSON STREET II (TENNYSON TERRACE) MAINTENANCE DISTRICT assumes maintenance responsibility for Tennyson streetscape between 39th and 41st. Maintenance responsibilities are similar to above. Board members currently include Mark Berzins (Little Pub Co.), Gilbert “Don” Maes (Local Property Owner)  & Brendan Kelly, Leah Watson (contact person) (Hops and Pie).

For more info please contact HEATHER NOYES



Contact BRENDAN KELLY | 720-913-4503


If the truck is OVER 22 FEET in length it is considered an "oversized" vehicle and is not allowed on the street.  This truck must have a permit, as well.

If the truck is UNDER 22 FEET in length, there is no need for a permit, but they must move at least 100 feet from original location within 2 hours or will be cited.

The city suggested that if you see a truck and feel that it is impending on your brick and mortar businesses, regardless as to parking time restrictions, to contact them at the above number.  The Right of Way Enforcement officers work until 3:00 in the morning, so are available to inspect these trucks and encouraged to do so. 



Attached is a copy of the entrance requirements as well as the temporary sign application.  If you are a part of a Business Improvement District (BID), you will have to obtain the approval from the BID first, and include that approval with your application.  

Please review the entrance requirements, and fill out the application thoroughly, and include a site plan. Email me your completed application for processing. This is an annual permit.  The initial permit fee and renewal fee is $55 and the permit expires at the end of the calendar year.

Once I receive your application, I will process it.  The Right-of-Way and Neighborhood inspectors have to conduct their inspections.  If they approve, I will complete the process and send an invoice.  This is a lengthy process, and can take multiple weeks.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.
Best Regards,

DeVindra Williams | Permit Review Technician I
PW Permit Operations | City and County of Denver
m: (303) 446-3759| p: (303) 446-3758







(The CRA is the Colorado Restaurant Assoc.) Chad Michael George is associated with the Way Back here on Tenn. Street and is the Board President of EatDenver. :


The CRA is still threatening legal action. We'll see what happens. It sounds like there are some grounds for legal action and restaurant associations in other cities have won such cases. The EatDenver board voted to sign their letter as well. Here's a copy/paste of the email we sent out to our members:

Dear EatDenver members,

Yesterday the EatDenver board voted unanimously (with the exception of one member who is out of town) to sign on to a letter the Colorado Restaurant Association is sending to the City of Denver today. The letter asks the City to hold off on its recently proposed minimum wage increases (beyond the $0.90 increase already planned for January 1, 2020) until 2021. Along with the CRA and EatDenver, the National Restaurant Association, Restaurant Law Center, and the Tavern League have all signed on to the letter.

As you know, EatDenver is not focused on lobbying, but we feel that this issue is a significant threat to our membership and the future of Denver’s continuously progressing dining scene. 

The letter cites three main reasons for this ask: 
The New Minimum Wage Law (House Bill 19-1210) that passed in spring 2019 does not go into effect until January 1, 2020, therefore it is illegal to pass a citywide minimum wage ordinance before then. 

The City is required to and did not conduct a thorough stakeholder engagement process, despite “businesses that employ tipped workers” being cited in The New Minimum Wage Law as stakeholders with whom Denver must consult. 

The Proposed Minimum Wage Ordinance, which would mean a 24% increase in minimum wage from 2019 to 2020, threatens our industry, whose health is critical to our City’s workforce, culture, and economics. 

Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech, along with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, have proposed a citywide minimum wage ordinance raising the minimum wage to $13.80 per hour ($10.78 per hour tipped wage) on January 1, 2020 (or by 24%) and to $15.87 per hour ($12.85 per hour tipped wage) on January 1, 2021 (or by 15 percent). This ordinance is a direct response to Colorado’s New Minimum Wage Law, which allows municipalities in Colorado to increase their own minimum wages so long as there is a public review process.

The state law requires that no matter what a municipality’s minimum wage is set to, the tip credit must be exactly $3.02 (or the tipped minimum wage must be exactly $3.02 less than the full minimum wage). 

EatDenver and several of our members have met with both the Mayor’s Office and City Council President Jolon Clark, and we've heard from many members who have attended the City’s open forums on this subject. EatDenver has had thorough discussions as a membership (in-person on August 14 at Vine Street Pub and through the EatDenver email group), board of directors, and with outside organizations. Based on these conversations and a great deal of thought and valuable input, we believe that, if passed, The Proposed Minimum Wage Ordinance would greatly—and we think gravely—affect Denver’s vibrant and beloved restaurant industry. 

To be clear, EatDenver is in favor of fair and livable wages, and the vast majority of member restaurants already pay (or their tipped employees already earn) well above minimum wage. However, we feel that this blanket increase is too much, too fast, especially with a fixed tip credit of $3.02, for an industry already operating on slim margins. If the tip credit was more flexible (which is now in the State Constitution and will likely be challenged in 2020), we would not oppose this New Minimum Wage Proposal. 

We took this opportunity today to stand up for the vast majority of EatDenver members and realize that we will not have 100% support on this decision. We feel the potential ramifications to our restaurant community are too damaging to not make a concerted effort to delay additional wage increases. 

Please reach out to with questions or comments. 

With hope for continued progress of our dining scene,  

Katie Lazor, Executive Director of EatDenver 
Chad Michael George, Board President of EatDenver


Berkeley Business Guide- An idea that we have been throwing around to highlight the business district instead of specific businesses. Aimed at tourists (think in Airbnbs) Would have a “About Berkeley” and possible sections (Tennyson St, 44th & Lowell, 44th & Yates)

Coupon codes for Uber & Lyft that people can come inside a business for code for $5 off their ride home

Video marketing, having a video filmed about the neighborhood that people can check out.


Instagram ads….if you offer a deal to other businesses or are hosting an event please submit everything on the

A FRAMES and SIGN ISSUES with the city

Many of us got correction orders or fined from the city of Denver in these past few weeks for having signs outside without a permit. We would love to get figures of who got a correction order and who got fined (how much?)  These figures we would like to bring to contact Amanda Sandoval and hopefully get help. This issue with signs are really hurting the small businesses in our area.


25 businesses from 38th-46th & Tennyson are offering deals or freebies for the 6th Annual Small Business Holiday Passport Crawl, customers who get 5 or more stamps can return their passport by Dec. 7th to be entered to win a gift basket from the participating businesses (call out for participation has closed)


5th Annual Tree Lighting at Brazen, tree gets lit at 5:30 sharp. We will have Santa there for pictures as well as hot chocolate & cookie decorating by Green Door Living. If your business would like to set up a booth, let us know!



Kat from XO Gift Co has stepped down from the TBBA Board and is no longer vice president or treasurer of the board.


Niya will be stepping down in early 2020, as President. The board is now looking for someone who can oversee the board as the president, Niya will make it a very easy and organized transition….so please let us know if you are interested!


Swanky Pickins will be opening Winey’s…a wine/beer area at their store, they hope to be open by April 2020


Inspyre will be offering 25% off the whole store on Black Friday and is gearing up for the holiday season


Empourium Brewing are still doing their First Friday beer collaborations teaming up with other businesses to make fun items like hot sauce! Empourium will also be a Toys for Tots drop off location and teaming up with the local food bank, so if you want to donate new toys or non-perishable food items this holiday season feel free to drop everything off at Empourium!


Future Drawn will be offering 10% all art of Small Business Saturday and will be really pushing First Fridays in the next year.


Brazen is doing fun wine pairing dinners and we be hosting the Tree Lighting


FERAL has changed their First Fridays and are now doing “Feral as Folk” events with local bands (if you know of any bands, send them Jimmy’s way) Hosting the Feral Flea artisan market on Small Business Saturday


Mouthfuls got a new owner this past May…stop in any say hello to Kaiti


Blush and the other Stewart St. Shops will be having an open house on Dec. 12th and the two Wednesdays before Christmas they will be opening at 8am for shoppers and will be offering seasonal treats and gift wrapping!



For any of you who need commercial snow removal services this coming winter (fast approaching!), I recommend Stone Wolf Gardens.

Sandy and her entire crew at Stone Wolf Gardens are dependable and professional – see info about pricing and contact info below.

They have been providing professional maintenance services for all the plant material along the street and just assumed maintenance responsibilities for entire irrigation system.

For businesses new to the street: this is a reminder that you are responsible for the timely removal of snow and accumulated ice on the sidewalks in front of and accessing your building/business.

The city will issue tickets for uncleared walks, and it is really helpful to all business owners along Tennyson Street and in the District when all the sidewalks along the street are clear and accessible.


Snow Season is Upon Us

As you may already know, Montana declared a Winter Storm Emergency this past weekend, and the Rocky Mountains got their first dustings, which means you should starting thinking about snow removal and winterization.


Why Should I Start Planning Already?

According to the 2019-2020 Farmer's Almanac, Denver is scheduled to get hit by A LOT of snow this season. We've included the dates below for easy reference:

  • October 16-19 (that's in just over 2 weeks!?)

  • November 1-3, 12-15, 16-19, and 28-30

  • December 8-11, 12-15, 20-23, and 28-31

  • January 4-7, and 20-23

  • February 4-7, 16-19, and 20-23

What Should I Do Now?

If you know you’ll be out of town any of the listed dates, line up snow removal folks now to shovel, shake heavy snow off precious tree branches and bushes, and lay down ice melt if needed (so your mail delivery person or pet sitter doesn’t slip and fall!). 

We highly recommend you make sure whomever you hire to remove snow:

  • Has skilled, efficient and insured crews

  • Arranges for your property to be cleared anytime there’s two inches or more 

  • Checks for ice and snow build-up on trees and bushes

  • Keeps snow treated with ice melt away from your plant material

  • Uses pet-friendly ice melt products

If you prefer, we’ll be glad to take care of your snow days while you’re gone – or during the full winter season. Our skilled, efficient and insured crews provide hand shoveling (starting at $55/laborer per labor hour, with a 1-hour minimum) and snow plowing (starting at $90/hour), for homes, businesses, community HOAs and more. 

Call me (303-808-7706) or email me ( this week or next and we’ll customize your snow removal plan for you at no charge so you can enjoy a stress free snow season!







Britni Jenson, newest board member will be tackling the rest of 2019 TBBA events with Niya.

Fall Fest/ Trick or Treat Street will be Sat Oct 26th, Details TBD.

Small Business Saturday/Tree Lighting Event Nov. 30th, details TBD.

Please contact if you are interested in helping the planning committee!


First Fridays are generally top days as reported for those in attendance and Real Baby shares that staying open late was a great decision!


More info here.


Regis Ranger program is live and the marketing material looks awesome! Jeff is aiming to drop off the books and stickers to participants asap. If you missed this awesome, free opportunity, reach out to Jeff.


Looking for new board members to join us and help kick iff 2020 with fresh blood and lots of energy! Reach out to if interested. You do not need to be a property owner, just a business owner and supporting TBBA member in the district, all are welcome to inquire! Hoping to keep the heath and energy going forward next year after Kat Furr andf Niya Gingerich step down from the board. (We do need to have an acting President and VP to replace them in order to fulfill the Bylaws of the Not for Profit)


Discussed exclusive member email list versus all inclusive (members and non members), meeting attendees favored the member only list and perks. Non-members are always welcome to join our momentum but wont be listed on official marketing material.


Discussed how to get more businesses to join- Talk to your neighbors! Currently we have 65 paid members.




  1. If you detect an irrigation leak, TAKE A PHOTO and email photo to me asap; the irrigation contractor will not respond without a photo of the leak and an address. This will save the district a lot of time and money.

  2. Under no circumstances is any maintenance contractor working for the Tennyson Local Maintenance District permitted to dump trash bags from Tennyson trash receptacles into your dumpsters in the alley or neighborhood. All trash from the street is to be disposed of off site either at the dump or in the contractor’s own dumpsters. The trash from the street is our responsibility not yours. If someone tells you they are dumping district trash for the district or have the district’s permission to use your – or any - dumpster, they do not.

  3. We are having all trees pruned on Tennyson between 38th and 39th, as well as trees on 39th back to alley. This should have been done in June along w/ the other trees on other blocks. I heard today there is an inspector from the city out on the street. If they approach you, tell them you are in a district.

  4. We are currently negotiating w/ a maintenance contractor to have all trash emptied Monday mornings, midweek and early Saturday mornings. This should alleviate problems with accumulated trash on Saturday mornings after 1st Fridays.

  5. As always, let us know of any problems or issues.


JUNE 19th, 2019 MEETING



Berkeley Yoga Fest happening this Friday! 42nd-44th on Tennyson will be closed off, so plan accordingly. There will be 3 yoga classes taking place throughout  the day in a ticketed space. The vendor village and beer garden will be open to the public. The Empourium Brewing Co. will be the featured beer vendor and The Family Jones Spirit House will be the featured spirits vendor. The beer garden proceeds are a fundraiser for the TBBA so spread the word! They are estimating this event will bring about 1500 attendees and 500 yoga participators.


We are thinking it might be a great idea to create a list of businesses in the area and to see if Airbnb hosts would like to highlight the list in their rentals.

Regis University is also creating a coupon book to highlight local businesses that offer deals/discounts to Regis students. Jeff from Regis sent out an email this morning so please make sure to fill out the form and to participate, as it is a great marketing opportunity.


We know that October is 4 months away still but we are already thinking about the Tennyson Fall Fest! This year we are looking for someone to take over the Fall Fest planning. Niya would like to pass the baton to someone who could dedicate a bit more time to planning this event. Planning would include calling out to vendors, coordination of vendors and setting up/running the TBBA tent the day of at the park. This year’s event will take place on Oct. 26th. Please let us know if you are interested in taking the lead for this event!


First Fridays have been going well, if you need a FF poster or postcards Jolly Goods has some that you can pick up. Also, if anyone is wanting balloons to set outside (like the ones we offered in May) Jolly Goods has them…you can take them to Safeway to have them filled. FYI-Due to the world helium shortage they are close to $2 per balloon to fill though.

We are expecting July’s FF to be a bit slower due to it taking place the day after the 4th, but most businesses will remain open with extended hours. Real Baby has noticed an increased amount of traffic in their store when they stayed open until at least 8pm.


Next month we are not having a meeting, but having a TBBA Member Social at The Empourium Brewing Co located at 4365 42nd (corner of 42nd & Tennyson.) A FREE drink will be provided by the TBBA. The social will take place July 17th from 6-8pm. All business owners and staff are invited.



MAY 15th, 2019 MEETING


Milo from BRUN
Looking to set up a working Task Force with the Business community. Talk about development, zoning issues, construction concerns and the future of our neighborhood. If interested please email Meetings are 2nd Tues at 6pm at the ReMax office.

Jeff Lawhead from Denver Foundation/Regis
Looking to activate Regis Square. Interested in connecting with TBBA members to work towards future of STRONG small business community. Jeff Lawhead:

Alyssa from Ohana and Berkeley Yoga Fest!
Update on Event. Looking for a way to get involved and maximize your visibility to thousands of folks on June 21 st ? Reach out to She is generously allowing TBBA to run the beer garden space and have all profits from alcohol sales go directly to the TBBA!


Business Updates - Street Updates
Smiley Branch to close for renovations for a couple months. Toy Library looking for new space possibly.


MARCH 20th, 2019 MEETING


Membership Details/

Paid members as one of the benefits of being a paid member you get a "Premier Listing" on the Explore Tennyson website. This includes your logo, a blurb about your business as well as address, phone and link to your website. If you need to update or change anything please see the welcome email after you paid for the password.


Please upload your events! Having a sale, doing something for First Friday's, let us know! This website is looked at by consumers and community members and tourists and so the more populated with events on the calendar the better!


Do you offer deals to local community members or other local business owners, let us know that as well!


Any questions or updated pictures can be sent to

Street Maintenance & Construction:

Lights on trees- will be up for at least the next three years, all year around. 


There will be A LOT more construction going on on Tennyson for at least the next three years. The buildings of the former Mammoth Tattoo, Spruce (old building not current) and Second Start to the Right will all be demolished in the next few months.....more housing. The 42nd & 43rd blocks of Tennyson are seeing lots of construction and this will effect the streets and parking around there until at least August. The ReMax building at 39th will also be demolished in the next year and condos with office spaces on the ground floor will be built, this will effect 39th St. and alleys. There are also a few larger properties near 43rd and 46th up for sale that we are not sure what will happen to.


If you are seeing anything else that needs maintenance please contact Leah (39th-41st blocks) or Heather (42nd-44th blocks) for anything related to: trash removal, maintenance of planter beds, ground litter, bulbs of the tree lights out/not working as well as loose cords from the lights. They know the appropriate contractors in which to contact.   |

Easter Egg Hunt at Berkeley Park:

Saturday, April 20th

There will be time slots based on ages of the kids with the first at 10am sharp!

The TBBA will be putting together 250 goodie bags to give to adults at the event. If you would like supply coupons or other goodies for the bags please drop off everything to Jolly Goods by Wednesday April 17th.

First Fridays:

This is the 21st year of Tennyson Cultural District!

The TBBA has came together and decided to do a branded relaunch of the Culture Walk on First Fridays! New branded posters, postcards and social media posts coming soon! The First Friday relaunch kickoff will be for May's First Friday and we will really be pushing First Fridays from May-October. We chose these months to promote due to weather being (usually) nicer and more people tend to participate.

  1. Have an artist, set up music., have a trunk show...or just set up chalk out front if you can!  The more people who participate in some way the better! Feral usually has films that they show, Lapis Gallery has an artist out front doing live demonstrations, Jolly Goods will have a face painter.  And worse case just 
    BE OPEN! We cannot stress this enough. We ask everyone to try to stay open later than normal business hours for First Fridays. As a whole I think a lot of us are missing out on potential sales especially from the after dinner crowd! We have heard from several businesses that they tend to see a lull between 7-8 and then get super busy. 
    In the past First Fridays are usually the best  sales day of the month for a business on Tennyson St.

TBBA Facebook Group:

All business meeting and socials will be posted through the Closed TBBA Facebook Group, if you are not a member yet please request to join

Berkeley Yoga Fest:

Friday, June 21st

The street 42nd-44th on Tennyson will be closed down for the festival.

Beer Garden: will be set up at 43nd/Tennyson by Atomic Cowboy, if you are a bar or brewery interested in helping sponsor the Beer Garden with the TBBA, let us know!

Vendor Village: For a nominal fee you could set up a booth. A tent, tables ect.. will all be provided. You would need to just bring your merch/displays. More details coming soon about price.

Business Updates:

Inspyre Boutique - First Friday April 5th, Billabong  $40 Swimsuit Sale, with drinks and a food truck!


Feral - Now buying and selling used outdoor gear. Will be showing the film The Mountain Life for their May First Friday Film Series.


Local 46 -  Some fun summer plans in store! The event space out back is available for private and public events and they would love to partner with local fitness businesses to do events like Yoga & for more info


Koelbel Homes - would love to partner with businesses. They are looking for businesses to set up a table at. They will provide Susan at 850-777-7455 for more details.


Future Drawn/ Tennyson Art Galleries Group - They are a group of Tennyson St artists and Gallery owners who meet every Wednesday after First Fridays. They are a great source for finding artists for First Fridays. 


Walk Denver demonstration taking place April 6th from noon-4pm at 50th & Federal  in efforts to make the Federal corridor safer for pedestrians. Currently it is one of the most dangerous areas for pedestrians as far as street traffic.


Empourium Brewing - will be opening Friday March 29th with a soft open the 27th & 28th. Their  Grand Opening event will happen in April.


Drive Train Fitness - New signs are coming! 

They are no longer participating in Class Pass as it did not fit their business, but they do still offer a 20% discount to all teachers. They will be doing demo's on their techniques on First Fridays.

No meeting in April, but the TBBA Social will be held instead on Wednesday, April 17th from 6-8pm at Barbed Wire Reef First drink and appetizers will be provided. We hope to see everyone there!

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