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 shop featuring everything from clothing to jewelry to home décor. Specifically designed for a personalized shopping experience, the shop hosts private shopping parties.
But Cobbler’s Corner isn’t just for retail. Cheese + Provisions is a cheese shop that provides everything from cheese classes to catering, and is now one of Denver’s premier cheese shops. Unlike anything in nearby Sunnyside, C+P is the kind of local shop that the neighborhood had been missing.
Probably one of the most unique features of Cobbler’s Corner is the courtyard located behind the retail spaces. Home to Bacon House Social, a spunky brunch place with quality Bloody Mary’s and gluten-free pancakes, the courtyard adds contemporary construction to the older building.
Because Sunnyside is a neighborhood in transition, Cobbler’s Corner is indicative of the type of redevelopment that the area is likely to see: walkable, local retail and restaurants, all housed in redeveloped older buildings. As Denver continues to grow, these types of developments give neighborhoods a community feel and foster the new identities of changing neighborhoods.