Downtown Littleton begins to reopen

Some businesses require masks; others still closed

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/11/20

Open signs blinked back on and cash registers began ringing again in downtown Littleton on May 9, as Tri-County Health Department's extended stay-at-home order came to an end, allowing many …

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Downtown Littleton begins to reopen

Some businesses require masks; others still closed

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Open signs blinked back on and cash registers began ringing again in downtown Littleton on May 9, as Tri-County Health Department's extended stay-at-home order came to an end, allowing many businesses to reopen for the first time since March.

On Alamo Street, a steady stream of customers perused Vandel Antiques, happily greeted by owners Tim and Sandy Vandel.

“It's just refreshing,” Tim said of reopening. “People are still a little shy, but so far, so good.”

Tim sits on Littleton RISE, the city's economic recovery committee, and said he's thankful for a chance to play a part in restoring Littleton's vibrant business community.

Businesses still face a patchwork of regulations and guidelines for reopening. Restaurants must remain takeout-only until further notice. Many downtown businesses remained closed on May 9.

Though numbers were not immediately available, the Littleton Business Chamber estimated a third or more of Littleton businesses had to close entirely for the duration of the stay-at-home order that began in March.

Though Tri-County Health has not made face masks mandatory in Arapahoe County, many businesses required customers to wear them.

At Willow + Tulaire Artisans Market on Main Street, owner Helen Rice said most customers don't mind her mask rule, and the few that do mind have been polite about leaving.

“Really, it's just good to see our friends again,” Rice said. “I'm especially glad we were able to open a day before Mother's Day. Lots of people are getting gifts for Mom.”

At Indulgence Salon on Main Street, Teresa Caldaro was grateful to get her hair done for the first time in a while.

“I'm super excited,” Caldaro said as stylist Jen Ambrose styled her hair. “I want to look nice and feel good again.”

Ambrose said she's glad to be back at work, though state regulations on salons means she'll spend much more time disinfecting the store and far less time working with clients.

“We'll be working twice as hard for half the money,” Ambrose said. “But it beats not working at all.”

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