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By Vicky Dorvee

Cottonwood Square Shopping Center news


January 31, 2019

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Fly Away Home Décor owners, Linda Vehrenkamp and Kathy Trauner are hoping to find partners to share their space in Cottonwood Square Shopping Center.

Cottonwood Square Shopping Center under new ownership, same management

Bridge Commercial Partners Fund III LLC has sold Cottonwood Square Shopping Center to MAC Management Cottonwood, LLC. MAC is owned by mother and son partners Maria Biernat and Alex Chlebek.

Bridge Commercial Partners, owner of the shopping center since 2005, is comprised of a group of investors represented by Managing Partner Harris Faberman. Faberman was very active in the Niwot community, most recently as a member of the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee, and the Niwot Future League.

Biernat and Chlebek, who emigrated from Poland to Chicago, named MAC after their initials Maria-Alex-Chlebek. Biernat and Chlebek moved to Colorado from Illinois 25 years ago to complete the development of a large townhome complex that had been stalled by bankruptcy. They recently sold that development in Thornton and chose Cottonwood Square as one their next investment ventures.

Chlebek said, “It seems like a nice pleasant area to walk through, an almost park-like setting and we’d like to keep it that way.” He also said he’d explore ways to become involved with the area as time goes by.

MAC has retained Tom Newman of WW Reynolds Companies, who for the last nine years has been the center’s leasing agent, and WW Reynolds will continue to manage all aspects of the property. All tenants of the center were notified of the change in ownership.

“It really will be business as usual for the tenants,” Newman said of the change in ownership.

There are some empty spaces in the center looking for new tenants. Integral Health and Fitness will be vacating a 2,600 square-foot space and relocating within the center. The former ground level office of Santelli Healing Center (850 square feet) and two professional office spaces on the second floor of 6800 79th Street are also for lease.

For more information on available spaces at Cottonwood Square Shopping Center, call Tom Newman at WW Reynolds, 303-442-8687.

Fly Away Home Decor looking for partnering businesses

Partners, Linda Vehrenkamp and Kathy Trauner are thrilled with the flight of their business, Fly Away Home Décor. In operation for just seven months, customer feedback and sales have been auspicious.

“The fact that we’re seeing new faces all the time is amazing. Some people are just driving by, but other people are coming in for specific things because they’ve seen or heard of items we carry,” Trauner said.

It’s been a learning experience for the comrades. After starting out as a pop-up business offering their goods at street fairs or sharing space within other businesses, they now have proof of concept for their business. The response they’re getting is that their unique and approachable inventory is hitting on all the right notes for shoppers.

In December they leased a corner space in Cottonwood Square Shopping Center. They were expecting to be there just through holidays, but they’re still going strong.

“We really want to stay,” Trauner said. ”We love this space. It’s been very kind to us.”

But it’s hard to do it alone they said, so they are letting it be known that there’s room in their space for a complimentary business or businesses to join them. They’re hoping there’s a good t fit with someone offering art, jewelry, body care products, handmade items, or any seller who will attract a similar customer demographic.

“We want to partner and grow and stake a claim in Niwot,” Vehrenkamp said.

“The idea isn’t just to diffuse the rent,” Trauner said, “it’s to make the store more of a destination for everyone.”

Small businesses and artisans who are ready to commit to a little space should contact them to explore possibilities. The hopes are that whoever partners with them would also be present in the store at times to help customers.

For more information, contact Fly Away Home Décor at FlyAwayHomeInfo@gmail.com or call Kathy Trauner at 303-887-8064 or Linda Vehrenkamp at 303-709-7004.

Painted Primrose moves to South Longmont

Sabia Magurn took over the reins of Painted Primrose in Cottonwood Square Shopping Center two years ago. Since that time, Magurn has significantly grown the wedding flower portion of her business and a year ago, decided to close the retail segment of her enterprise.

As of January 2019, Magrun relocated her shop to a warehouse in South Longmont where she has more square footage, a walk-in cooler, and a garage door that makes it easier to accept large deliveries.

For more information, visit http://www.paintedprimrose.com or call 720-280-8409.

Integral Health and Fitness moving to new space

Integral Health and Fitness (formerly Integral Crossfit) and owner Jim Pascucci’s Rolfing practice are moving to Painted Primrose’s space on the west side of Cottonwood Square Shopping Center in February. Pascucci is right-sizing his business’s space to match the evolution of the fitness center.

Clients wanting to improve their health and fitness are assessed for their present levels, attainable goals are set with a personal trainer, and then an individual fitness design (IFD) is developed. The IFD is delivered to the client’s phone allowing them to access it at any time and to work out in whatever facility or space they prefer. Coaches guide and monitor each client to be sure they reach their goals.

Integral Health and Fitness will continue to offer group classes in the new space and clients can also use the facility’s in-house equipment.

Started in Gunbarrel in 2011, Integral moved to Niwot in 2015. Pascucci has been a structural integration practitioner and certified Rolfer for more than 20 years.

Clients can sign up for 12 classes or unlimited coached classes each month. Personal training is offered by the half or full hour.

For more information, visit http://www.integralhf.com and http://www.JimTheRolfer.com.

Summit Commercial Brokers moves to center

Summit Commercial Brokers and agents James Ditzel, John Belanger, and Tim Conarro, recently moved from 2nd Avenue to Cottonwood Square’s building at 6800 79th Street, Suite 103.


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