Eight questions with Scott Spears

Olde Town business owner, Arvada native

Posted 10/10/17

My family owns the properties and I own the businesses, but we all work together. I was born and raised in Arvada. I’ve always loved Arvada and Arvada needs something cool like a lot of the other areas around Colorado. Denver obviously has …

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Eight questions with Scott Spears

Olde Town business owner, Arvada native

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You own five businesses and three properties in Olde Town Arvada. Why you keep investing in this area?

My family owns the properties and I own the businesses, but we all work together. I was born and raised in Arvada. I’ve always loved Arvada and Arvada needs something cool like a lot of the other areas around Colorado. Denver obviously has tons of hip spots like The Highlands and The Baker District. Boulder has Pearl Street, it has The Hill. Arvada is just as cool — we need our own heart of the city and Olde Town has always been that. I just want to keep making it more and more fun. Have people come down here, enjoy it and take more pride in Arvada.

Scrumptious was your first business in the area. How it was born, why, and how it has changed over the years?

After graduating University of Colorado, I was working in restaurants and bars and then I went into residential real estate and it was the worst possible time to be in that field. So, I was looking for fix-and-flip properties around the Olde Town area. I was sitting at the bank with my mom and we looked across the street and saw a big yellow sign on the building. My family has always done investment properties, so we checked it out and decided to buy the building. I was searching on Craigslist one night and came across candy bins and thought “huh, a candy store would be sweet.” ... Then I figured out most candy stores have ice cream, so I found the guy who taught me how to make ice cream ... We opened the first day of summer 2010 and over the years it hasn’t changed except we’ve gotten busier. It’s just fun. We have a few best sellers: mint chip and butterscotch caramel sea salt. Right now we sell a ton of pumpkin cheesecake. At Christmas time we have one called Santa’s Breath and in March we have one called Leprechaun Poop.

Then came School House in 2015. What’s that story?

Coming from the restaurant and bar industry, it was an easy fit. It’s the original schoolhouse of Arvada. As soon as I heard the building was available, I knew we were going to call it School House. I love whiskey and we have over 1,350 now. It organically grew to what it is now. It seats 350 people. We’re one of the official watch parties for CU football now too.

This year you branched into retail opening Sock. and the toy store, Super Zoom Bang Bang. Why retail, why now and how are they going?

Scrumptious is part retail, part food. So we’ve always done novelties and little toys there. A lot of people down here were talking about how we need more retail ... I kept seeing some spaces go into first-floor office space, which is also good for the area, but doesn’t help the area move into a destination, a cool place where anyone can come and hang out, walk around and make it more of a Pearl Street feel, a Breckenridge Main Street feel. We are not a tourist town, but with the new hotel we do have some new people coming in.

With Sock., the space was available and the landlord was being picky with who to put in there ... We opened in March, as a branch of Scrumptious and it’s been way busier than I thought. It’s been great.

The toy store was another open space. It’s Super Zoom Bang Bang named for our two sons. Again, it’s another wing of Scrumptious. The more people we can get down here, the better for the area and, hopefully, everyone will make more money and keep investing it back into the area and make it cooler.

And you bought the old Ophelia’s building. Any plans for that space yet?

To be totally honest, we have some ideas, but I can’t share them yet ... I can tell you I’m 90 percent sure it will be food, and that’s all I know for sure.

You’re also vice president of the Business Improvement District and on the board of directors for Historic Olde Town Arvada. Tell us about your involvement there.

I want Olde Town to thrive and be awesome and we need as many people as possible to be involved down here ... If I can help big-scale marketing and events and place making, all those things that are good for Olde Town, it will help my businesses, but it will help everyone’s businesses.

What do you do for fun outside of work?

I work a lot, but I really do try to not work past a certain time of night, or I take two days off a week because my family is the most important thing and I always want to be with my family. I would not be where I am without my parents and my wife ... Other than playing with my wife and kids, which is the most important to me, I do CrossFit every morning. We go to the mountains a bunch, snowboard, get outside and do stuff. I am an extraordinarily big CU fan, so from the beginning of September to November, we watch CU football ... We love our Buffs.

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