Boulder‘s Rayback Collective, Motion fitness center workforce up for joint RiNo enterprise

Two Boulder business are making moves to Denver‘s fast-growing RiNo neighborhood. Popular gym Movement Climbing + Fitness will co-locate with food truck venue Rayback Collective in a sprawling 50,000-square-foot former industrial building.

Movement will take the lion‘s share of the space — 40,000 square feet — at 3201 Walnut Street for a bouldering-only gym, the largest of the brand‘s three locations in Boulder and Denver. (Bouldering only means no rope climbing; the location will still offer yoga and fitness classes, childcare, and other amenities standard to Movement‘s gyms.)

RiNo was where Movement wanted to expand in Denver initially, co-founder Anne-Worley Moelter said; it was during the search for a space she and husband Mike came across the eventual home of their second location, 1155 W 5th Ave., which opened in December 2014.

The hunt for a home in RiNo took a bit longer. Mike Moelter found it in mid-2016, and the abundance of space plus an attached parking lot led him to seek a co-tenant.

“I was at Rayback during a cornhole tournament which Movement was sponsoring” when the idea came to him, Mike Moelter said. “I called them the next morning, and we went from there.”

It will be the first expansion for the food-and-drink venue, which has enjoyed tremendous success since opening at 2775 Valmont Road in Boulder in 2017. Rayback to include coffee and liquor, as well as housing Boulder kombucha brand Rowdy Mermaid.

Its Denver concept, called Improper City, will feature beer, cocktails, an event area and an indoor stage, and will take advantage of the vacant lot as well as a 12,000-square-foot outdoor patio.

“Improper City is inspired by RiNo‘s industrial heritage,” said Rayback co-owner Justin Riley, in a statement. “It‘s a place where you can grab local food truck fare or a microbrew after work or climbing. You can stop by in the morning for coffee and a bagel from a neighborhood baker. It‘s not a place to be proper.”

Construction began last month, and a soft opening is planned for summer 2018. Movement memberships will allow access to all three gyms.





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