It's a Thursday night, and the parking lot at the new Stanley Marketplace in Aurora is full.

Business owners inside the urban market say the opening months of what used to be an abandoned manufacturing building -- have exceeded their expectations.

They wouldn't have predicted it two years ago.

When Stephanie Shearer, owner of the Pandora on the Hill gift card shop in Denver, was invited to open a business in what used to be an old manufacturing site in Aurora, she had one reaction: Heck no.

Read more, and see the photos, at the Denver Business Journal: