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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 …

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 …

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 …