Norwegian bakery opens as efforts proceed to revitalize Denver’s sixteenth Avenue Mall

Norwegian bakery opens as efforts proceed to revitalize Denver’s sixteenth Avenue Mall

Efforts proceed to revitalize downtown Denver amid ongoing development on sixteenth Avenue Mall, and because the pandemic and better crime charges worn out a lot of companies.

Within the final 12 months, a number of chain companies, like Nook Bakery, TJ Maxx, and Caribou Espresso, left the mall. However nonetheless new companies are opening their doorways.

“It is like slightly piece of Norway,” stated Norwegian bakery buyer Lise LeBlanc.

The style of Norway opening on Denver’s sixteenth Avenue Mall.

“The normal Norwegian pastry, it is known as a faculty roll and it is a candy cardamom dough with custard,” stated Ana Fanakra, proprietor of Ana’s Norwegian Bakeri.

After months of preparation, Ana’s Norwegian Bakeri opened between Curtis and Champa streets on Sunday.

Ana’s Norwegian Bakery


“It has been a protracted journey however very very value it. I am very grateful for the chance to be down right here,” stated Fanakra.

Loyal clients flocked to the bakery’s second location.

“We just like the buns and all of the baked items that she has, it remind us of residence,” stated LeBlanc.

It is one in every of eight companies which have opened within the development zone of the mall since spring of 2022. In that point, six others have left. Some enterprise house owners have beforehand informed CBS Colorado that crime, homelessness, and a scarcity of foot site visitors cause them to shut their doorways.

“I can see that there is likely to be some points with a few of these issues, nevertheless it’s not one thing that we personally have skilled right here. I really feel fairly protected on this location,” stated Fanakra.

The Downtown Denver Partnership says exercise downtown is now no less than 85% of what it was pre-pandemic.

“I have been down right here rather a lot within the final a number of months and it looks like there’s increasingly more individuals coming again down right here,” stated Fanakra.

The mall’s latest addition is optimistic about downtown’s future.

“If we are able to perform a little half in making individuals really feel like they’re linked to one thing and really feel supported and belong someplace, that is what I wanna do as a result of then that can trickle out,” stated Fanakra.


The bakery opened with the assistance of Popup Denver, a program that incentivizes and helps new companies to open downtown. We’ll know by the top of the 12 months whether or not this system will obtain funding for one more spherical of activations subsequent 12 months. If that’s the case, purposes will doubtless open in February. Entrepreneurs can enroll now on the FAQ web page of the web site to be notified if and when that occurs.

Popup Denver shared the next details about this spherical of activations and up to date closures on the mall:

The second spherical of Popup Denver expanded to incorporate three tracks which have benefited a complete of 30 retail entrepreneurs thus far: a Maker Observe, supporting 28 early-stage retail entrepreneurs by way of workshops with program sponsor Wells Fargo, and alternatives to promote merchandise at each Denver Startup week and vacation markets (Grand Illumination on 11/24 and the galleria on the Arts Advanced 12/2-12/19); an Explorer Observe, offering 2 native enterprise house owners with a lowered threat alternative to enter the downtown market (no less than six months of abated lease, plus assist with security/safety, digital advertising and marketing, design/allowing); and most not too long ago, a Traveler Observe, to incentivize retail lease signing (17 out of the 27 new companies downtown in 2023 have been non-retail makes use of like eating places and museums). We’ve acquired one utility thus far for the Traveler observe, which requires a signed lease for no less than three months. Extra particulars on all three tracks, and web sites for the 28 Maker entrepreneurs is accessible at

Storefront closures on sixteenth Avenue have been tracked with the beginning of development within the spring of 2022 as a baseline. Since that point, six companies have closed throughout the development zone and eight companies have opened. Emptiness for all of sixteenth Avenue has dropped since we began monitoring storefront activation in October, from 32% to 30%.

Companies misplaced from the development zone since 2022:
Caribou Espresso
Nook Bakery

Companies gained within the development zone since 2022:
Ana’s Norwegian Bakery
Tequilas Home
Dragonfly Noodle
Little Finch
Museum of Illusions
Museum for Black Ladies
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Trompeau Bakery

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