For five decades, the EZE Mop building at the corner of 17th Avenue and Franklin actually sold mops, earning a Best of Denver award back in 2002. But a few years later, David Jurenka closed up shop and put the building on the market.
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It soon became one of the most coveted spots in town, as restaurateur after restaurateur toured the place, contemplating whether it could be turned into a hip watering hole. But in December, the new owner put the property back on the market -- and it's since been snapped up not by a restaurateur, but a trio of local entrepreneurs -- owners of Soul Haus, Pandora Jewelry and Babylon Floral -- who will bring much needed retail to the neighborhood, creating the EZE Mop Shopping District.
For more details, see my column in this week's Westword.