The Eureka Street Popcorn Company celebrated its opening in the historic Teller Law Office building, 115 Eureka Street, in Central City during an open house at 10 a.m. on May 14, 2022. According to Eric Miller, who painted the building: “The old Teller Law Office got a face-lift. The interior has been completely remodeled and now features a commercial kitchen, bathroom and storefront to accommodate the new Eureka Street Popcorn Co.”
The building is the second oldest in Central City. The renovated building is next to the Washington Street Gallery and tourist information office and across the street from the Teller House.
Co-owner Jonathan Hays said he got the idea for the business in October 2020 and contacted co- owner Brian Cook They have been working on restoring the building since November 10, 2021.
By about 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, folks were gathering across the street from the new building in a pocket park near the Teller House, while the Arvada West Marching Band warmed up in the Teller House parking lot.
Eureka Street Popcorn set up a tent in the park with all varieties of popcorn on the menu which included white cheddar, yellow cheddar, El Dorado, caramel, dill pickle, chocolate malt, cinnamon toast and movie. Jennifer DeDominicis manned the booth and at 10 a.m., she made the first official sale for Eureka Street Popcorn Co.
At about 10:15 a.m., the Arvada West Marching Band marched down Eureka Street. The street had been blocked to traffic. The Band stopped in front of the building and played a couple of numbers featuring drum and brass solos. Band members then scattered across the street.
Co-owners Jonathan Hays and Brian Cook then announced the grand opening of the Eureka Street Popcorn Company. Cook said the band is here because he has had a 15-year relationship with the school.
He thanked the architects and contractors, the Central City Opera and Central City. He said Mayor Jeremy Fey has provided unflagging support. He also thanked Safeguard Solutions and Eric Miller with Independent Painting.
Cook said that Henry Teller first built the office in 1861. Originally on the other side of the street, the building went through two moves. In 1949, the cast house moved to its current location, so the building was moved back across the street.
It was used as a box office for the Central City Opera but then sat empty. Jonathan Hays came from New York but spent summers in Central City. He sent Cook a text and said, “I have an idea. What is happening with that old Teller building.” That started the whole process.
Hays thanked his parents who have invested in the company. He said, “We are grateful in our hearts.”
Following the remarks, folks were invited to buy popcorn in the new building or across the street, and people started streaming into the building.
The Eureka Street Popcorn Company is located at 115 Eureka Street, in Central City. During the month of May Eureka Street Popcorn will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information go to their website at eurekastreetpopcorn.com.
Sponsored by Gilpin County Commissioners, with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.