The Sun Valley neighborhood is about to get Denver's largest building wrap.
The wrap, created by Ink Monstr
, will transform a blank concrete wall into four historic-looking storefronts, adding character to the company's headquarters in the Sun Valley neighborhood southwest of downtown.
Ink Monstr, which produces large-scale vinyl graphics and wraps, relocated to Sun Valley from Brighton Boulevard in RiNo just over a year ago and founder Reed Silberman has been actively involved in the community ever since.
"It's a really great up-and-coming neighborhood that has some future potential," says Silberman, who serves on the Sun Valley Community Coalition and has been working with the Denver Housing Authority on its community planning process. "I plan on really growing with Sun Valley and being part of the community."
Ink Monstr got some funding through Denver's Office of Economic Development for the jobs he's created in the area. The housing authority also has subsidized some of the company's trainees through its youth employment program.
"Our first trainee went from intern to junior production person," Silberman says. "Now he's a full-time salaried employee with benefits."
Silberman started the company in 2004 while he was living in his van in Aspen trying to make it as a professional snowboarder.
"I was in search of the ultimate dream of if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life," Silberman says. "I got paid to snowboard, but it didn't pay a lot of money, so I started doing these print and wrap projects on the side to make some extra money."
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