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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 …

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 …

Best Neighborhoods to Window Shop

While Denver offers its share of malls and shopping centers, it also has plenty of neighborhoods and streets that showcase smaller boutiques, restaurants and bars, all of which make an ideal way to spend an afternoon. And it’s these neighborhoods that we consider to be the best places to shop in Denver. South Pearl Street Located just south of Denver near the very popular Washington Park, South Pearl Street is a popular destination for diners and shoppers alike. South Pearl is home to a number of iconic Denver restaurants, including Sushi Den, which is recognized as one of the best Sushi restaurants in Denver, the Duffeyroll cafe, which offers some of the best cinnamon rolls and breakfast sandwiches in the Denver area, and Stellas, a wonderful coffeehouse frequented by students and professionals alike. The street offers a number of other dining and drinking options, offering everything from tasty burgers to upscale Japanese fair, as well as a beer tasting room and a wine bar. Shoppers enjoy the boutique shops and art galleries offering gifts, clothing, …

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 …

Popular Denver Farmers’ Markets

Summer is a vibrant place in colorful Colorado, but nothing is more full of life than the local farmers’ markets in Denver. Ranging from small and simple to sprawling, you can’t spend a weekend in Denver without passing a market, and why would you want to? With treats like local honey, salsas and vegetables, Denver farmers’ markets have plenty of choices for every kind of eater. Check out each of the following markets on different weekends or all at once if you don’t mind filling up on free samples. Old South Pearl St Farmers’ Market May – November, Sundays 9-1 Old South Pearl isn’t your typical hipster market. The neighborhood of Platte Park provides a small-town atmosphere and the local shops that line the street give the pleasant air of a European market. Operating on Sundays from 9-1, from May through November, the Old South Pearl Farmers’ Market is small but packed with sophistication and local treats including green chilies and palisade peaches. The City Park Esplanade Fresh Market June – October, Sundays 9-1 Wedged …

Dogs in Denver: What You Should Know Before You Bring Your Dog with You

Denver is a friendly city: bike friendly, weed friendly and definitely dog friendly. As you head out around town, you’ll see people with their pooches in all sorts of places, from King Soopers to the bike shop to the pharmacy. But before you bring your furry friends anywhere, you might want to read up on what’s allowed and what isn’t. The Basics Denver has a few dog-related rules that can result in citations if not followed. Dogs are required to be on a leash anywhere in Denver, except at the dog park. Authorities are particularly aggressive with ticketing dog owners at parks like Cheesman or Washington Park, so don’t just let your dog roam, as much as you want to. Additionally, all dogs in Denver are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. The Denver Animal Shelter provides low-cost rabies clinics as well as licensing. Stores Dogs are allowed on a storeowner-specified basis unless the store serves food. Food, while usually not a debatable item, now includes beer as many brewery owners found out …

Best Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill

Denver’s Capitol Hill is a bustling hub of restaurants, rentals and hip condos built in former mansions. Located adjacent to Denver’s downtown, the neighborhood is one of Denver’s most accessible via walking, biking and public transportation. With colorful roots—the neighborhood used to be both a resting point for the Beat generation and a sanctuary for the gay community—and even more colorful boundaries—the State Capitol, Colfax Ave and Broadway—Cap Hill is known for its mix of hipsters, young urban professionals, and Denver natives with deep roots in the neighborhood. With one of the highest rental rates in Denver at 78%, Cap Hill’s transient, always-evolving culture leads it to have an artistic, boho vibe without too much pretense. Locally owned shops, including the famous Wax Trax record store and the first ever Quizno’s, make the area quirky and fun for Denver-newbies. Just the Facts Median home listing price: $327,497 Average age: 32 Median household income: $50-75k Walkability score: 4.5 out of 5 Food & Entertainment Cap Hill is a neighborhood full of delightful holes-in-the-wall and less-than-fancy dining …

Staying Cool This Summer

Let’s be honest: Denver is hot. And we mean literally. Summers in the Mile High have temperatures well above 90 pretty often. And with our semi-arid environment, the dry air just makes it feel hotter. For those that moved here from coastal areas or the north, the weather can be quite a shock. There are a few ways to deal with the heat in Denver. While some of these are logical—drink tons of water!—there are still some that aren’t necessarily popular in places that many people have moved from. Here’s our local’s guide to beating the heat. In-House Cooling Okay, so we’ve all heard of air conditioning. But there is another way to cool your house, and if you’re from a humid area, you’ve probably never heard of it. The swamp cooler. A swamp cooler literally pumps humid air into your house and cools it down. From areas with high humidity, it sounds crazy to want things to be humid, but we swear, these actually work. They use a fraction of the electricity that AC’s …

Biking in Denver: Rules, Roads & Shops

Even though Denver is one of the most bike-friendly cities you’ll come by these days, being a bike commuter or casual cyclist in the Mile High can sometimes be difficult. This comes from a variety of issues, including driver animosity and just finding the right route. Before you hop on your fixie, or before you go Google “fixie” if you’re not from a bike-centric city, consider the following things to help you get around Denver. Know the Rules There are rules. Even thought you’ll see these broken regularly, for your own safety and to avoid a citation, you’ll want to keep them in mind. These rules include stopping fully at red lights and stop signs, and riding on the same side of the street as a vehicle would. For a full list, check out bikedenver.org. As you begin riding more regularly, you might start to think, “but I can just slow down at this red light then continue going if no cars are coming.” The Denver Police regularly patrol areas in which this happens and …

The Mile High’s 5 Quietest Neighborhoods

Some of us like the noise that comes with urban living. Others like to sleep solidly through the night. If you fall into the latter category, we’re here to help you find a place to live where you can actually get some peaceful rest. Here’s our guide to Denver’s quietest neighborhoods. 5. Skyland/City Park Skyland, north of City Park, is a sweet little neighborhood full of families and well-maintained properties. With no fire stations or highways, the neighborhood is perfect for a relaxing stroll in the evening and a good night of sleep. Unfortunately, with the installation of the A-line, the neighborhood has experienced an uptick in train noise, despite being quietly ensconced between City Park and Martin Luther King Blvd. 4. Berkeley Despite often being lumped into the general Highlands neighborhood, Berkeley is a sweet little corner of Northwest Denver with quaint shops and a peaceful atmosphere. Unlike the Highlands, which stretches across busy Federal Blvd and other bustling neighborhoods, Berkeley is composed of mostly homes and families. Avoid areas along I-70 if you …