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Faces of Downtown

Jenni Hlawatsch
Owner of The Singing Cook

Around this time 8 years ago Jenni was embarking on the risky endeavor of opening a retail shop just as the country was emerging from the Great Recession. Crazy? Her parents thought so at the time, but after almost 8 years The Singing Cook is still going strong and has become a beloved downtown shop, and so far the best part of her journey has been the joy of owning a shop in the hometown where she was born and raised.

Almost every day since opening she is asked “so does the cook sing?” The answer is, why yes, she does. Though she began as a vocal music major, primarily in opera, at the University of Colorado, Jenni’s true love is Broadway and she made the switch to earn a BFA in Musical Theatre. If you catch her on a “good voice” day, she will sing you a tune from the Broadway show of your choice (only been stumped once so far).

Her second love is cooking and when she found herself needing a new career path, a kitchen shop seemed the perfect fit, and it is her musical background that inspired her to call her shop The Singing Cook. As a foodie and self-taught home cook with an ever expanding collection of cookbooks and on-again, off-again addiction to cooking shows, she often found herself running around town searching for that elusive ingredient or cool new tool for that new recipe, not always successfully, and would say to herself, “if I had a kitchen store, I’d have that.” Big or small, kitchen shops also seem to draw you in, and though her shop is small she strives to make it a friendly place where customers can say, “Oh, The Singing Cook has that!” Pop in and say hello soon!

Historic Preservation Building

This month in conjunction with the Historic Preservation Commission, we are featuring:

The Black Family House
725 Lincoln St.

The house at 725 Lincoln was owned by various families over the years, including the Swanbergers, Bibers, Korbels, Blacks, Forbis’ and Soleks. Lydia and Fred Swanberger built the house between 1900 and 1904. William and Mary Korbel owned the Louisville Drug Co. at Main and Spruce streets.

Martin Black was a miner and union organizer during the coal mine wars of 1910-1914. He lobbied Washington at the time of the Ludlow Massacre and other violent clashes. He was also active in the Louisville community as a member of the baseball team and the town council. Lizzie Thirlaway Black was a member of one of Louisville’s first families. She attended a dance of Louisville’s Bachelor Maids club in 1908 and apparently met Martin there!

The current owner is Betty Solek, who is active in community interests.

For more information about Louisville’s Historic Preservation Program contact Felicity Selvoski, 303-335-4594,

RSVP to the Annual DBA Member Breakfast!
The annual DBA Member Breakfast and Meeting is on March 10th at 8:00 am at the new Louisville Underground at 640 Main St. ‒ next to Tilt. Verde is catering breakfast, so don’t miss this great opportunity to get together, catch up, network, chat, meet the board, and find out what the DBA has planned for 2020. Your invite should have hit your inbox already! See you there!

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As DBA members you have the opportunity to have information or events included in this very newsletter! If you are not receiving an email every month asking for any information you’d like to include, please contact Jenni at to get on our email list. Also, Jenni is an admin on the DBA Facebook page, so please send her any events you’d like us to post, or ask her to share your post. We want to make sure we are doing as much for your business as we can and the DD and FB page are two ways we can help spread the word about all the great happenings downtown!

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Happy March!

Spring is on its way and it looks like March will come in Colorado style, a little weather to keep us on our toes. But make sure to take advantage of the clear and sunny days and take a trip downtown and help rescue the services, shops and restaurants from the winter doldrums!

March Art Walk

It’s that time again and hopefully the weather will cooperate for this month’s Art Walk! Grab your jacket, family, friends, partner, dog, or take yourself out and stroll the downtown streets to visit all the galleries, shops and cafes. Enjoy food, drinks, featured artists and live music. It’s the perfect way to beat the winter blues!

Creative Framing Art Gallery
2020 Art Show Kick-Off
March 6th
6:00 ‒ 9:00 pm
916 Main St.

We are delighted to present returning artists Anthony Grant and Karen Poulson to kick-off the season and lead the way for artists Millicent Kang and Jane Braley on their first showing in the gallery! Enjoy the tantalizing sounds of international favorites, Emma Shubin with Mat Fuller presenting their unique combination of flute and guitar!

My Saving Grace
Featuring June Muse
March 6th
6:00 ‒ 8:30 pm
909 Main St.

If you feel like the winter cold and snow will never end.......June Muse will be blooming at My Saving Grace during First Friday Art Walk on March 6th from 6:00 ‒ 8:30 pm. Meet the artist and enjoy light snacks, refreshments and shopping! See you this month!

Art Walk at the Museum
Women in Politics
March 6th
6:00 ‒ 8:00 pm
Historical Museum
1001 Main St.

Colorado women were among the first to get the right to vote in 1893 and the first to be elected to a state legislature in 1895. They haven’t looked back since. Stop by the Museum during the First Friday Art Walk to learn about the influence of local women in politics, past and present.

Art Walk at the Library
Youth Spring Art Show
March 6th
5:30 ‒ 7:30 pm
Louisville Library
951 Spruce St.

Join us for artist demonstrations, music and refreshments while enjoying the artwork displayed by many of our young artists.

NEW Business ‒ Welcome to the Louisville Underground!

The Louisville Underground
A hidden speakeasy located on the lower level next to Tilt at The Corner.
640 Main St.

Silent Disco by Big Little Sound
March 7th
5:00 ‒ 7:00 pm: Family Disco
(4 Tickets for $30 or $10 per ticket/ $15 Door)
8:00 ‒ 11:00 pm: Adult Disco
($20 advance/ $25 Door)

Big Little Sound hosts WINTER FEST, our first silent discos at The Louisville Underground. We’ll be hosting two discos on the 7th. A family session and an adult session. Our themes are SURF -SKI -SHRED. Why not dress beach style or ski style to win a prize for the best dressed?!

Stand-Up Comedy Show ‒ FEMPIRE
March 13th
8:00 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm

Get your laugh on with Stand Up Comedy from FEMPIRE feat. Zoe Rogers and guests ($10) Tickets by Eventbrite.

Chain Station
March 14th
8:00 ‒ 11:00 pm

Get toe tappin’ and feet stompin’ with the bluegrass sounds of Chain Station! Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ’em out on the dance floor string band born high in the mountains but based in Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots with great vocal harmonies. They’ve become known for winning over crowds with creative, fun original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music! It’s obvious these guys love what they do, engaging their growing fan base with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out. ($12 Advance/ Door $15)

Latin Vibes from Los Bohemios
March 21st
8:00 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm

Los Bohemios is an acoustic ensemble composed of some of the best musicians in Colorado. They play traditional Cuban Son, Salsa, Cumbia and Boleros, as well as Latin Rock and Latin Jazz. Los Bohemios features Ricardo Peña on vocals, guitar, requinto and piano, Amy Biondo on vocals and hand percussion, Ed Edwards on guitar and tres and vocals, Mark Diamond on upright bass, and a killer percussion section with Jose Espino and Dean Kielian on congas, bongos and timbales. A major feature of the band is their beautiful three part harmonies mostly in Español. If you love Buena Vista Social Club or Gloria Estefan, and the romantic ballads in the style of Los Panchos, you’ll be in for a treat! Their high energy performance and diverse repertoire move audiences in concerts, clubs, or wherever they perform. Timeless, fun and beautiful music for you to enjoy!

8-BIT Stand-up Comedy
March 27th
8:00 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm

Our resident 8-BIT STAND UP COMEDY produced by Jo Kimbrell and guests. ($10 advance/ $15 door) Tickets by Eventbrite.

Louisville Realty Associates

Rockies Baseball Ticket Giveaway
Thru March 21st
815 Walnut St. #A

In an effort to support the Monarch High School Baseball program, LRA has purchased 2 excellent tickets to help with the school’s annual fundraiser. Why do you care? We are giving them away and you could win 2 great seats to the Rox vs. Giants on July 31st! What’s the “catch”? It is as easy as a pop fly! Just “hit us” with an email to and include the name of the Rockies player who will hit the first home run of the season! Send us your reply with your email and your name, and if you are correct, you will win! If there is more than one correct guess, we’ll batter up and we will have a random drawing! Be sure to submit your guess to us by March 21st!

Old Friends

T-Shirt Contest
Submissions accepted until March 30th
706 Front St.

Calling all Artists! Show your love for Louisville by submitting a design for a t-shirt. The winning entry will receive a $150 cash prize and the design will be printed on a t-shirt and sold at exclusively at Old Friends! For more information and an entry flier stop by our shop, call 303-665-8886, or email Wendy Wassom at

The Singing Cook

Knife Sharpening ‒ POSTPONED
728 Main St.
For all of you anxious to get your knives sharpened, due to a medical issue, Tom has had to postpone his services. He will be back April 11th for all your sharpening needs. We wish Tom a speedy recovery and the new schedule is posted on our website.

Pica’s Taqueria

Pica’s School Project
Mondays in March
901 Front St.

This month Pica’s is giving back to Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette. Eat a meal at Pica’s any Monday in March and 15% of sales will benefit Sanchez. Have a delicious meal, support a school, it’s a win win! Thank you for supporting local schools.

Crystal Spring Brewing

Spring Fling
March 21st
1:00 – 10:00 pm
Old Towne Taproom & Beer Garden
604 Main St.

Celebrate Spring with Crystal Springs! Pack up your sweaters and bust out your favorite floral patterns! Join us for beer, fun and games!

Zucca Italian Ristorante

Join us for Easter Brunch at Zucca!
April 12th
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
808 Main St.

A delicious and Italian inspired Easter Brunch. $35 per person, $20 kids 11 and under.

Yoga Junction

Elements of Backbending with Jessica Fawcett
March 8th
1:00 – 3:00 pm
927 Main St.

Backbends offer a variety of benefits from a strengthened spine, open heart and released tension in the shoulders, to a sense of freedom from the stress and emotion we carry throughout our nervous system. However, properly practicing and executing a quality backbend can be tricky. We often rely on the innate flexibility of our lumbar spine, without much attention to using the muscles of our upper back, arms and legs for support. This can result in pain in the lower back directly following a backbend, a sense of exhaustion, and even injury.

If you are looking to deepen your understanding of the mechanics of backbending, and want to refine your backbending practice, join us for this 2 hour workshop. We will discuss the different types of backbends, the essential components to backbending safely, and different ways of supporting or modifying backbends in your regular yoga practice. $30

Louisville Cultural Council Events

Skean Dubh: Modern and Traditional Celtic Music
March 18th
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Louisville Center for the Arts
801 Grant Ave.

Skean Dubh is one of the most highly sought after acoustic Celtic bands in the Rocky Mountain region. Unforgettable vocals, hauntingly beautiful piping, sophisticated fiddle, and engaging rhythms give the group its distinct voice in modern and traditional Celtic music. This free concert is presented by the Louisville Cultural Council. Seating is limited. Free tickets may be reserved at

Opera Colorado Presents: Arias and Ensembles
March 20th
7:30 – 8:15 pm
Louisville Center for the Arts
801 Grant Ave.

A concert–style experience not to be missed! Performed by Opera Colorado’s Artists in Residence, this delightful program features highlights from operatic and musical theater repertoire. Selections are performed as they would be on stage, but without the use of sets and costumes, creating an intimate and engaging experience. Presented by the Louisville Cultural Council. Tickets $10, available at

Louisville Public Library Offerings

For all scheduled library programs visit

Aliens by Marriage: Louisville Women’s Loss of Citizenship
Brown Bag Presentation
March 5th
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Library Meeting Room
951 Spruce St.

Join Museum Coordinator Bridget Bacon to find out about how American women, including a number from Louisville, lost their citizenship between 1907 and 1922 due to the fact that they married foreigners.

Business Book Talk – The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success
March 16th
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Rocky Mountain Fire Station 5 Meeting Room
2701 Indiana St., Superior CO

Join the Louisville Public Library and the Superior Chamber for a Business Book Talk with Edgar Papke, author of The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success. Registration Required.

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