The Gateway to the Rockies Podcast

We started this podcast to share the stories of the rich diversity, culture & history of Aurora, Colorado.

Updated with original episodes every month, the Visit Aurora "Gateway To The Rockies Podcast" serves to amplify the voices of the influential people shaping the future of Aurora, Colorado, with a focus on business owners, community leaders, and those preserving history and moving culture forward. To be featured in an upcoming episode, please click here.

Scott Davenport, Heirlooms Antique Mall

In a world dominated by e-commerce & generic big box stores, Heirlooms Antique Mall is proving in-person shopping can be fascinating & experiential. This 14,000 sq ft. space on Havana Street is curated by 65+ vendors featuring oddities, curiosities, & valuable antiquities. Owner Scott Davenport gives us an inside perspective about why his shop is listed as one of the top things to do in Aurora.

Dr. Mordecai Brownlee, Community College Of Aurora

Community College of Aurora serves nearly 12,000 students a year, offering more than 40 degree & certificate programs at the most diverse college in the state. President Dr. Mordecai Brownlee discusses the vital student services that support the CCA student body, & its continuous cultural & academic evolution.

Chance Horiuchi, On Havana Street

Aurora is the most diverse city in Colorado, a strength brought to life On Havana Street. This special business improvement district is home to roughly 2100 businesses that represent dozens of global cultures bonded in one 4.3-mile community. Chance Horiuchi, the executive director of On Havana Street is its fiercest advocate and biggest fan. We get a glimpse at her story and insight into this dynamic, thriving cultural center.

Collen Warner, Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids midfielder Collen Warner began his soccer journey as a standout at Denver East High School. His career has taken him from sharing the pitch with English Premier League stars to playing abroad, & returning to his hometown MLS team. Warner opens up about the psychology behind the business of pro-sports & what it's like to be featured in one of the most popular video games in the world.

Heather Dearman, 720 Memorial Foundation

In the aftermath of the horrific Aurora theater shooting in 2012, The 720 Memorial Foundation was founded to carry out the fundraising, planning, and oversight of the construction of the permanent 7/20 memorial. Ten years later, CEO Heather Dearman, personally touched by the tragedy, reflects on the last decade & sheds light on the powerful events scheduled to commemorate the survivors, & those lost.

Ben King & Miguel Bencomo, Kingcomo's Quesadillas

From high school friends to business partners, Ben King & Miguel Bencomo launched Kingcomo's Quesadillas as a food cart in Boulder. Their endeavor has expanded to a ghost kitchen concept in the Towncenter at Aurora with delicious & modern flavors for this old-school comfort food.

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