All posts tagged: Things to Do

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 …

Exploring Denver’s Cider Scene

It used to be that if you didn’t like beer, you were left with minimal options to consume an alcoholic beverage save a few malt beverages or cider options (assuming, of course, wine and hard alcohol weren’t appealing). However, as multiple cider mills have opened up across the country, including here in Colorado, hard cider has become a viable drink option in its own right. And while it might not be as easy to do a “cider crawl” through Denver as it would be for checking out local beer taprooms, Denver is increasing its presence in the cider scene with a number of cider mills, bars and tasting rooms that are making a name for themselves at both local and national levels. Stem Ciders Located off of 28th and Walnut, Stem Ciders offers a rotating selection of both popular and seasonal ciders on tap and take home in bottles or growlers. They offer a wide selection of ciders from standard apple and crab apple to those made with apricots or coffee. Throughout the week, the …

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 …

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, …

Best Drives From Denver to Enjoy Fall Colors

With the abundance of aspen trees, Colorado provides a number of opportunities to see beautiful fall colors. However, Colorado weather is notoriously unpredictable, especially in between seasons, which makes it difficult to determine the optimal time to see colors. The higher the altitude, the earlier the colors change. While in other parts of the country, the most beautiful color changes happen in October, most of Colorado’s high country, especially the aspen trees, tend to change color in September. There are a number of places in the Denver metro area and foothills that people can go to experience autumn foliage, many of which make a nice drive from Denver or are located nearby at local parks and paths. Trail Ridge Road A drive unto itself regardless of the season, Trail Ridge Road is one of the best drives in Colorado regardless of when you drive it. The highway connects Estes Park to Grand Lake, and 11 of the 48 miles are above tree line. But before and after the crest of the drive, motorists will be …

Beyond the Theater: Fun Date Nights in Denver

If you’ve been dating for awhile all dates can start to look the same. And while dinner and a movie or dinner and a show can be fun, these options don’t create a lot of opportunity to spend quality time together. However, as Denver grows, the number of creative options for date nights has grown too. From active adventures to craftier pursuits, dating in Denver has never been better. Top Golf A fairly new addition to the Denver metro area, Top Golf is a year-round driving range where players hit golf balls containing microchips towards targets. Players can track how far they hit their balls, and points are awarded based on the achieved distance and whether or not a player hits the target. The rates vary throughout the day, and the bays are cheapest to rent in the hours before noon. Each bay is climate controlled, meaning that regardless of how hot or how cold it is outside, it will be a pleasant experience. Couples will enjoy lighthearted competition against each other in a fun …

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 …