Street View: Olde Wadsworth Blvd.

Check out Arvada's town center.

Authored by Sarah Ji-Mei Lofgren

Illustration by Chris Dent

1. Flying Pig Burger Company
5777 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
“Burger” recently replaced “Bacon” in the name of this locally-owned, family-operated restaurant. But if bacon is your obsession, try the bacon-wrapped Bloody Mary. In the summer, enjoy the neat courtyard tucked away from the busy street.

2. Ethan’s Gallery & Studio
5771 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Among the restaurants and shops along Olde Wadsworth, this recently opened gallery stands out. Sixteen artists share space, and not only is there art to see and buy, the gallery holds painting classes and accepts commissions (even for portraits of pets).

3. Rheinländer Bakery
5721 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Nothing like the smell of baked goods to draw you inside! This little piece of Germany offers an expansive variety of baked goods: pastries, cakes, kuchen, strudels, and cookies. And, yes, there are plenty of gluten-free options.

Courtesy Crystal Joys

4. Crystal Joys
5655 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Crystal Joys spreads positivity through the power of gem-stones. You can find beautiful jewelry and gemstones here as well as unique pieces “hand-made with love” made by people with intellectual disabilities.

5. Sock
5625 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Want socks with an avocado pattern? Unicorns? Sports teams? Movie characters? What-ever you can name, this store has a sock of it. If you’re crazy for socks, this place is for you. Everything is themed around socks: Even the store counter is a washer and dryer!

6. Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters
5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Sip coffee all day and enjoy free wi-fi at this cozy coffee shop. The first Friday of the month also features live music. With coffee shipped from a variety of places, there’s definitely something to please the coffee lover.

7. Urban Beets
5616 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Vegan food has never tasted better! Urban Beets only serves plant-based foods, but they’re innovative and tasty, even to non-vegans. And with the up-beat music, this place is a fun place to take friends and dates.

8. Ramah Flower Company
5642 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Tastefully decorated according to each season and holiday, this silk flower shop offers hand-made arrangements and home decor options. It’s also a great place to find gifts for holidays or special occasions. (303) 422-7758.

9. School House Kitchen & Libations
5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
School is no longer in session at the School House. This historic establishment features one of the largest whiskey collections in the country—more than 1,400 whiskeys. From American, to Canadian, to Irish, to Japanese whiskeys, there’s no shortage of variety here.