Parker’s Sense of Place
While Main Streets across America strive to create a unique downtown experience that draws patrons out of the suburbs and beyond, it seems that downtown Parker has had that from the start. And nowhere is that “je ne sais quoi” more evident than at 20 Mile Central – the three commercial buildings on Mainstreet that extend from Vines Wine Bar down to Las Delicias Restaurant.
Named “20 Mile” in 1864 for the train stop’s proximity to Denver, 20 Mile Central today is a destination in its own rite, a bustling commercial space filled with businesses that represent both the heritage of the community and the businesses of the future.
Purchased in 2014 by Shelli and Tony Mango and a handful of investment partners, 20 Mile Central is a place where sole proprietorships both old and new are thriving. The common thread: locally owned.
“We don’t have Starbucks, we have Fika. We don’t have Walmart, we have Mainstreet General Store. We don’t have Kay’s Jewelers, we have Victoria Marie,” says owner, Shelli Mango. In addition to the coffee house, general store and jeweler, current retailers at 20 Mile include an art and framing shop, a wine bar & bistro, a flower shop, a hair salon, a women’s clothing boutique, decorative home décor and a Mexican restaurant. Service offerings range from travel services, insurance agencies, mortgage companies, and CPAs to attorneys, family therapists, staffing services and financial planners.
“Our goal is to make the 20 Mile Central buildings brighter, more visually appealing and pedestrian friendly,” says Mango. Those improvements include the all-new LED lighting that’s been installed throughout the exterior of the buildings, improved sidewalks, and new gutters that have helped with ice and drainage. “We’ve also added a new pedestrian sidewalk that connects the Parker Station parking lot to ours,” says Mango, who adds that the Town of Parker has begun placing “way-finding” signs around town – guiding pedestrians, bikers and drivers to key destinations.
When asked about the types of new businesses she sees coming in to Downtown Parker 20 Mile? It’s all about adding value to the already robust beehive of commerce, says Mango. “We would love to see a spice shop, a shoe store, a men’s clothing store, a toy store, a deli, a pet store perhaps.
“And in the spirit of what we already have – all locally owned, of course.”
Previously known as Fruits of Our Spirit, Meadowlark is under new ownership by Cathy Schulze, who’s brought in an eclectic mix of rustic and contemporary gifts and home decor.
Beautiful Art Picture Framing
-end custom framing and handcrafted frames. Kelly’s more unique framing projects range from a 100-year-old wedding dress to a Monopoly board.
Locally owned for 11 years, Parker Panache offers loyal customers a mix of cutting edge designers, along with individualized service and honest opinions.
Fika Coffee House
If 20 Mile Central is the heart of Parker, then Fika is the heartbeat. Stop in virtually any time of day and you’ll bump into someone you know.
Victoria Marie Jewelers
Parker’s hometown jeweler: designer jewelry, jewelry design, repair, and jewelry trunk shows.
MAINSTREET FLOWER MARKET
Karen Shain and her team are passionate about flowers and about the art of floral design. Stop in for unique “designer favorites” arrangements.
VINES WINE BAR & BISTRO
A local gathering place for good wine and great conversation, with owners/sommeliers Teresa Engel and Tom Wasilchin.