urban-pantry-exterior-denver-2008It came as no surprise to me that Alex had to close her retail store that she’d opened a year ago on South Broadway. Before she moved here, she did a lot of research and concluded that Denver could support a gourmet food store like Urban Pantry, but six months after she opened, the economy tanked. Lunch traffic slowed down and then disappeared. People stopped buying “Chocolate Boyfriends” and “Chocolate Girlfriends.”

Here’s her email:

It has been a busy few weeks at the Urban Pantry.  Lots of cookies have been baked and eaten, decisions debated and decisions made.  I have decided after much thought and spreadsheets to close the retail side of Urban Pantry. I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know all of you over the past year.  And I hope that you have enjoyed the store.

The good news for you is that EVERYTHING in the store is 25% off.  Come in and buy!!!!

But, Alex, what will become of you?  Don’t fear,  I have a plan… Urban Pantry wholesale cookies launched about a month ago.  I will still be in the same space just doing something different.  I will also start offering cooking classes and the retail space will be available for private events or possibly a new retailer…

Remember HIGH quality items + REDUCED prices = fast sales

Hope to see you very soon!


Everybody wants cookies, right? They taste good, and they don’t break the bank. I wish her luck with her new venture.
I hope I don’t have to write many more of these “Good-bye” posts, that’s for sure.

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  1. BernardL April 3, 2009 at 8:35 am - Reply

    That is a very attractive store front. I hope her alternative plan works.

  2. Beth Partin April 3, 2009 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Me too. Lots of people are in the same boat these days.

    Beth Partin’s last blog post..Crazy About Denver: The Rocky Is Back?

  3. Tracie April 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I hope that you don’t have to write many more of these as well. I am sad to see that she is closing her store! But I am impressed that she already has new plans. I would love to take a cooking class so that opens the door for new possibilities. Sad times for the city.

    Tracie’s last blog post..Vegas Baby!!!!

  4. Beth Partin April 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I’d like to take a cooking class too–specifically, a bread-baking class. Right now I’m contenting myself with books.

    Beth Partin’s last blog post..Crazy About Denver: Good-bye, Urban Pantry

  5. Denveater April 6, 2009 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Heartbreaker. Alex is such a nice person, too. Did you go stock up what with the 25% off offer?

    Denveater’s last blog post..Open love letter to David Nevins (Osetra Sono, South Norwalk, CT)

  6. Beth Partin April 6, 2009 at 8:41 am - Reply

    No, I haven’t been back there since March 21. Is the sale still going on? Or has she closed already? It’s kind of a long way for me, but I’ll probably be in Denver this week sometime.

    Beth Partin’s last blog post..MonHaibun: Openings