Lenka Juchelkova and Mike Huggins, the wife and husband team behind the Arvada Tavern and The Glo Carwash, are recipients of the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce for contributing “mightily to the culture, innovation and resilient spirit of Olde Town Arvada and the community at large” and being the model for sidewalk patios and the street closures of Olde Town.
In addition to the Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Chamber also announced that the 2021 recipient of Business of the Year was Barber-Nichols, which engineers and manufactures innovative turbomachinery systems used to explore the universe and enable sustainable energy.
Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado, which integrates teams of professional therapists and their therapy animals to facilitate the counseling process, received the Non-Profit of the Year award.
The Arvada Tavern is a storied watering hole in Olde Towne. It was granted the city’s first tavern license in 1933. Since 2012, Juchelkova and Huggins have stayed true to, or in touch with, those iconic roots and serve up pre-Prohibition and traditionally-styled cocktails along with a succinct menu.
Huggins appreciates the nod from the Chamber, but is emphatic in mentioning their failed bid to revive the former DNote space as Klines Beer Hall on Grandview Ave, which closed its doors a year into the pandemic.
“Klines was a learning experience. Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’re always getting it right,” Huggins said. “We are very successful, but not always.”
Huggins said he’s optimistic that they can resurrect Klines in the vacant space next to the Tavern and former home of The Cereal Box — which also closed in 2020.
While the couple has opened up other bars in Denver, Arvada is where they opened their first business — The Glo Carwash.
“Arvada is a great town with great politics. The Chamber is amazing and I learned that first from our carwash,” Huggins said. “I am grateful every day I am here.”
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