FERAL TO RE­OPEN ON SATUR­DAY

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — John Meyer and The Know

Thanks to a swell of com­mu­nity sup­port in a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign that raised more than $100,000, Feral moun­tain gear owner Jimmy Funkhouser will un­veil the store’s new lo­ca­tion Satur­day morn­ing with a grand re­open­ing that will in­clude free pan­cakes.

“I don’t re­ally know ex­actly how I’m go­ing to feel, but I know it’s go­ing to be emo­tional, par­tic­u­larly be­cause this shop was built di­rectly by sup­port from the peo­ple who will be here Satur­day,” Funkhouser said.

Funkhouser opened Feral in a Ten­nyson Street bun­ga­low in 2016 but was forced out this year when his land­lord de­cided to re­de­velop the prop­erty in the rapidly gen­tri­fy­ing Berke­ley neigh­bor­hood. Land­lord John Hor­vat bought the build­ing for Feral’s new lo­ca­tion — a for­mer movie the­ater and mu­sic store that was built in 1908 — but Funkhouser had to come up with $95,000 to ren­o­vate the build­ing’s in­te­rior. The crowd­fund­ing cam­paign via Indiegogo ex­ceeded the goal.

The move not only al­lowed Funkhouser to re­main in busi­ness, but also a ma­jor ex­pan­sion. The old store was 700 square feet, and the new one is 4,400. The old store had seven em­ploy­ees; now Funkhouser em­ploys 10 with ex­pec­ta­tions of 12 to 15 next sum­mer.

The new store is at 3936 Ten­nyson St.

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