Poppy’s Pizza & Grill Recognized As Estes Bright Spot For Its Brodie Wall

Owners Rob and Julie Pieper with artist, Michael Young.

The Estes Park in Bloom committee presented the first “Estes Bright Spot” award of 2019 to Poppy’s Pizza & Grill, 342 E. Elkhorn Ave., for its heritage preservation project, the Brodie Wall. The committee presented a traveling sign for the property, a window cling and a framed certificate of recognition to owners Julie and Rob Pieper.

Inside Poppy’s Pizza & Grill is the featured Brodie Wall, created in the aftermath of the 2013 flood. As the Piepers worked to remove everything that had been damaged by floodwater, the idea for the wall was born. They remembered that the plaza had been built on the site of the landmark Brodie’s Market. They began researching old photographs and reached out to local artist Michael Young, who was excited to take on the project thanks to his fond memories of the market. Young worked with the Estes Park Museum to create the artwork,

researching the original sign stored by the museum. The Piepers also display flowers in a produce crate from Brodie’s that belonged to Julie’s father. She added, “Members of the Brodie family have taken family portraits in front of our wall, laughing and remembering their years serving the community. The project was worth it, just for that.”

To learn more about Poppy’s Pizza & Grill, visit www.poppyspizzaandgrill.com.

The designation of an “Estes Bright Spot” recognizes a business, organization or private residence that places emphasis on beautifully maintained landscapes, floral displays, environmental efforts, heritage preservation, and arts and culture. To submit a nomination for an “Estes Bright Spot” award, contact Keri Kelly at 970-577-3782 or kkelly@estes.org.

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