Author: Kait McNamee

Cobbler’s Corner

With all the new construction in Denver, it can sometimes be difficult to remember that some developments are older buildings being given new purposes. Such is the case with Cobbler’s Corner in the Sunnyside neighborhood. For more than three decades, the building was home to Thomas and Catherine Pottle’s shoe shop; it later became a creamery and a bakery. Eventually, the building transitioned to the Germinal Stage Theater, a place for an amateur theater company. When it was purchased and redeveloped by Generator Development, the corner lot was given a much-needed breath of fresh air. Cobbler’s Corner was opened up to become a community space, with shops, working spaces, and restaurants that infused the neighborhood with new life. Instead of razing the corner and the 100-year-old structure, Generator Development went along with a new trend in Denver: repurposing an older space for new, independent shops. Much like the revival of old structures in RiNo, Cobbler’s Corner is a space for locals to buy local and support small business. One such business is Intrigue Boutique, a …

Green Seed Market: So Much More Than Salad

Two days after Central Market’s official opening, Stephen Julia and Katsumi Ruiz are still figuring out where to shelve incoming produce deliveries at Green Seed Market. Boxes of broccoli and lettuce are stacked up in the shop’s corner, waiting for a home. Two lonely bottles of fresh juice sit in the refrigerated display; the rest have sold out faster than expected. At the salad bar, customers order veggie bowls even at the odd 3-5 hours between lunch and dinner. The shop has all the feel of a New York bodega—small, bustling, and just chaotic enough to feel authentic. But the journey that led to Green Seed Market’s opening wasn’t an easy one. With Central Market’s opening delayed multiple times for various reasons, even locals wondered if the gourmet community marketplace would ever open at all. But in late September, when Central Market opened its doors, the 13 vendors inside were met with enthusiasm that surprised them all. Green Seed was no different, and the small produce shop was overwhelmed with orders. Green Seed is a …

Central Market: A Guide to the Spaces & Places

In September of 2016, Denver’s newest community marketplace, Central Market, opened its doors in RiNo. While predecessors The Source and Avanti pioneered a la cart communal dining in Denver, Central Market’s development focused around something different: to create a space where shops and owners could rely on one another for resources, making everything hyper-local and small-business-focused. But the best part of Central Market isn’t the concept—it’s the atmosphere. As Denver continues to expand and neighborhoods continue to become more and more exclusive, Central Market can be a welcoming point for insiders and outsiders alike. While Central Market is located in the heart of RiNo, there is a whole new community inside its brick walls. Whether you’re a neighborhood local buying produce, a Denverite looking for fancy chocolates, or a tourist looking for a place to get a coffee, Central Market’s focus is on you and your needs. If you’re looking for a full meal, salad, pizza, meat and sandwiches all happily coexist under Central Market’s roof. But if you’re not looking for a full meal …

Silver Spork Social: An Underground Supper Club

Silver Spork, an underground supper club, is one of Denver’s best-kept secrets and hardest to find events. Depending completely on word-of-mouth for marketing, the multi-course dinners and custom-designed cocktails from local talents are as fantastic as they are secret. The event, which can appear anywhere from empty warehouses to public gardens to unique houses, is about mystery and adventure—you won’t know where you’re going, what you’re eating or who you’ll see when you commit. Of course, you can sign up for Silver Spork’s email list, but you still won’t know where the events are until right before they happen. Created by Colorado-native Paul Laurie, Silver Spork is a concept that the Mile High City was lacking before Paul developed it in 2013. Thinking of Denver as still a wild west and a new frontier, Paul aimed to bring a new element to the Denver dining scene. Paul conceptualized Silver Spork to showcase industry talents in Denver while also creating an event that he himself would enjoy attending. Featuring local chefs and bartenders, many from Denver’s …

River North Workshop Brings Paint, Creativity and Local Retail to RiNo

Great things can be born out of necessity, and if Alicia Hendricks has anything to do with it, these great things will be painted with gorgeous chalk paint. As the owner and creative director of the River North Workshop, Alicia helped bring an entire block to RiNo as she searched for a creative space to paint furniture and host workshops. River North Workshop began as a workshop concept out of Alicia’s home. Worried about insurance and space issues, Alicia worked with partner Fiona Arnold of River North Investment Co, to find a space that would work for hosting workshops, painting furniture and featuring local makers. Fiona found the space that would become Backyard on Blake, and with her company, developed the warehouse into a series of storefronts to create a micro-community in RiNo. River North Workshop is quite literally the cornerstone of this micro-community, and it embodies the locally focused, collaborative space that Backyard on Blake is all about. Alicia and her team source locally made goods and go to extraordinary lengths to do so. …

The Best Happy Hour in Denver, from Champagne to Burritos

Finding a happy hour in Denver isn’t hard. Finding one that’s actually enjoyable, well that’s another story. Many Denverites will settle for a place near their office, but sometimes, you just want something special. Our list has been curated to help you hit the spots that have great deals and unique offerings. We also took atmosphere, crowd-size and service into account so you can really have the happiest hour (or two). Corridor 44 You might wind up walking past Corridor 44 in Larimer Square, since it blends in a little with other local restaurants, but if you love champagne, this is the best happy hour in Denver for you. From 3-6 pm, M-F, Corridor 44 offers $4 champagne cocktails. And we’re not talking the cheap stuff, either. With classics like the Kir Royale and modern twists like Grape Bubble Yum, Corridor 44 really has a champagne cocktail for everyone. The décor is a bit posh, but not overly so, and you’ll always be able to find a seat for happy hour. Hapa Sushi Hapa is …

A Quick Guide To Business Networking in Denver

While Denver might be known for a lot of things—being a physically fit city with 300 days of sunshine—the friendly nature of its inhabitants is an oft overlooked perk of living in the Mile High City. For those coming from more harried locales, the friendliness of Denverites can be off-putting at first. Especially in more competitive environments, like business. Navigating the business world of Denver isn’t that different from other major cities, but Denverites may seem a little more relaxed, often choosing their Northface fleece over a sport jacket, or their sneakers over dress shoes. Here’s our quick guide to networking in the Mile High—it’s not so different from anywhere else, but you might want a few tips before someone surprises you with a hug instead of a handshake. Hugs Not Handshakes This doesn’t apply to all industries or people, but a lot of folks in Denver will be prone to hugging instead of shaking your hand. Consider this a warning that within your first year of living in Denver, you will be hugged more …

Where the Locals Go: 4 Day Trips From Denver

If you live in Denver and work in Denver, there’s a pretty big chance that you don’t really leave the city during the week. Sometimes the urge to get out of town can be strong, and outside of ski season, it can be tough to come up with fun day trips from Denver. Our list of suggestions includes travel time—so no matter how many hours you want to spend out of town, you can get a little bit of your wanderlust satisfied. 2 Hours: Golden or Red Rocks If you want the feel of the mountains but you don’t want to actually head into the mountains, take the 25 minute drive to Golden for a short excursion. Golden is full of quaint shops, short hiking trips and it is the home of the Coors Brewery. Take the 30-minute brewery tour (including free beer at the end!) or just roam around town looking at the shops and restaurants. If you’re into hiking, Mount Galbraith is full of short hikes and Table Mountain has a short, but …

3 Things to Consider Before Renting In Denver

In a city where the rent is a mile high, finding the perfect apartment isn’t just a challenge—it’s almost impossible. Limited housing might make you feel like you can’t be picky, but that doesn’t mean you should wind up in a place that doesn’t suit your needs. Before jumping into the nearest $1,600 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, consider these three things. Commute & Transportation Denverites with cars can pretty much commute anywhere they need to, but if you are a car owner, you need to think of vital things like commute time and parking. As more and more people move to Denver, highways and interstates become more congested, increasing commute times. If you live in the heart of Denver and own a car, you’ll also need to consider parking. Street parking is common, but consider things like street sweeping (a $50 ticket!) and the potential for hit-and-runs (common in the winter). If you’ve got a vehicle you adore, you can probably find a place with off-street parking, but it definitely comes with a price, usually …

Best Coffee Shops in Denver for Work & Meetings

Denver is not only one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, it’s also one of the hippest and youngest. With plenty of millennials working in the Mile High City, it’s impossible to grab a coffee during the day and not see a shop filled with working twenty-somethings. With side hustles and work-from-home jobs growing in popularity, many people are seeking new ways to get their jobs done. When home doesn’t cut it, the coffee shop usually does. Some are better than others, and we’ve got the inside scoop on the best coffee shops in Denver for getting work done. Rooster & Moon Great for: downtown meetings, late night work, local pastries Rooster & Moon is one of those spaces that feels off-the-beaten-track but it’s actually nestled in the crook of Bannock and Speer, just below downtown. The location makes the shop good for meetings, but the local pastries, late hours and outdoor patio make it good for everything else. Crema Great for: meetings, work, sweet potato waffles Crema is loud, the windows are always …