20K Square Foot Dog Park/Pub Coming to Denver

By Maia Luem, BusinessDen

Skiptown, according to its website, opens next summer. Courtesy of BusinessDen

Call it a pup crawl.

The warehouse site that has gradually become more retail-focused is gaining a dog park and taproom. Skiptown, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, will open at 3833 N. Steele St. next year. 

According to its website, the York Street Yards location will include an indoor and outdoor dog park, an all-day coffee bar, and beer and cocktails in the evening. It won’t serve any food. 

Skiptown, founded by Meggie Williams in 2016, confirmed the opening but declined to comment. According to its website, Skiptown will open next summer. 

The space is 21,000 square feet, according to permit filings, 4,000 of which will be the dog park and taproom. The remaining space is for other services like grooming, boarding, dog walking, training and day care.

Pet parents need to download the Skiptown app, register their dog and upload vet records to use any of the services. The business also offers tiered memberships. A bar membership, which includes unlimited access to the dog park and taproom, is $300 a year for one dog and another $65 per dog, according to its website. 

Portland-based ScanlanKemperBard Cos. and Harbert Management Corp. bought the majority of York Street Yards, including Skiptown’s space, in 2020 for $76.6 million. Its former owners Ken Wolf and Ari Stutz still own a minority stake. 

According to Form Ds filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Skiptown has raised over $28 million since inception, $27 million of which was raised in December. Williams previously told other media outlets the money will go towards expanding to other states. 

Skiptown has one location in Charlotte and lists Denver and Atlanta as “coming soon” on its website. The website also lists Dallas, Nashville, Houston, Columbus and Washington, D.C. as locations, but those cities don’t have a site yet. 

Other dog-friendly establishments in Denver include Happy Dog Park & Taproom, which recently broke ground in LoHi and plans to open later this year. The Watering Bowl opened in Glendale in 2013, but closed earlier this year. 

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