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Denver Coffee Business Owners Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment

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Amethyst Coffee and Copper Door Coffee owners are joining together to host small business seminars that address sexual harassment in the workplace
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With the hope of combatting sexual harassment in their industry, two female coffee shop owners are hosting small business workshops for the Denver community. Hannah Ulbrich of Copper Door Coffee and Elle Taylor of Amethyst Coffee are putting on a human resources seminar on Wednesday, July 18, at 1245 Champa Street, 303 reports. They’re working with the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance to provide tools for coffee business owners, employees, and the larger service industry when facing sexual harassment. The women’s work comes on the heels of a larger restaurant industry #metoo movement and, more specifically, the #coffeetoo movement that evolved from it. In Denver’s coffee world, Ulbrich and Taylor’s female-only-owned businesses are a rarity. [303]

Restaurant turnover

After more than 60 years, the restaurant space at 3090 Downing Street may finally get new life as a housing development. GHC Housing Partners, under the name 3090 Downing Investors, has purchased the property for $2.95 million, Westword reports. Most recently, the space was home to the bar Denver Wrangler, but this former church’s restaurant life began with La Hacienda in the 1950s. Other restaurants and bars like Kiva, Club Dynasty, Blackberries Bar & Grill, 3090 Eden, Swallows, and Downing Street Grill have also called the spot home. Its new owners are affordable housing developers. [Westword]

Food activism

Slow Food Nations took over Larimer Square and pockets of downtown over the weekend, bringing with the big festival a bigger message about food waste and food justice. (Yes, there was more to the weekend than Massimo Bottura sightings.) Over at 5280, food editors have compiled some of the better quotes from talks on food waste and the danger of “local” and the future of eating. And from Bottura himself: “First of all, you don’t have to call it ‘waste’ anymore — it’s just an ingredient. You just have to know how to use it.” [5280]

Copper Door Coffee

932 Jersey St, Denver, CO 80220 (720) 432-1891 Visit Website

Amethyst Coffee

1111 Broadway, , CO 80203 Visit Website