In Denver This Week September 23 – 30, 2016

Denver this week September 23 - 30, 2016: Great American Beer Festival

Photo © Brewers Association

What’s worth knowing in Denver this week September  23 – 30, 2016? More marketplace news, a life-size walk-symbol guy wanders the city streets, and a marriage of beer and weed at the Great American Beer Festival.

I know, I know…I’m feeling a little guilty about the fact that I’ve only managed to crank out one measly weekly post these last two weeks. But, it’s for good reason…I’ve been working on a couple of other locally focused projects that I’m excited to share with you soon, so stay with me, people! In the meantime, here’s a round-up of local tidbits you’ll want to know…

Will you be joining the droves at Central Market’s grand opening Sunday? I can’t wait to check it out! It seems all of Denver is pretty excited…Westword offered a first look into Central Market and 303 Magazine tells you everything you need to know about visiting Central Market.

Speaking of marketplace openings we’re eagerly anticipating…Stanley Beer Hall, the star of Stanley Marketplace, should be opening late September or early October.

It’s time to say goodbye to a few more Denver institutions this week. But you still have time to get in at least one more last call. Celtic Tavern and sister bar Delaney’s are closing their doors after this weekend after a 16-year run. I can’t say I’ve been there in years, but for a period in my late 20s, it was our target evening destination. Perhaps even more surprising…Bonnie Brae’s 40-year-old Campus Lounge will close its doors on Monday. The new owner is the vegetarian restaurateur behind City O’ City. No word yet on what the new spot will be.

Didn’t score tickets for the Great American Beer Festival? You can still feel like one of the crowd by celebrating just slightly off-stage from the main event. Here’s where you can find Great American Beer Festival-ish events beyond the Convention Center. But, if you are at the main attraction, try to check out Colorado’s own General Washington’s Secret Stash, “the first federally approved, cannabis-infused craft beer.

Every October 5280 Magazine releases its much-anticipated Best Restaurants issue. Eater spilled the beans on four of 5280’s best restaurant picks here. But you’ll have to wait for the issue to hit the stands for the other twenty-one.

If you’re into local food (and, really, who isn’t?), get your tickets for Harvest Week events now.

Did you happen to see a life-size, walk-sign guy roaming the streets? Yeah, that would be Fred Estrian.

What are you up to this weekend? Besides exploring Central Market, I mean. Here are a few other things worth checking out…Oktoberfest Denver (starts today!), Sweet William Market, Handmade in Colorado Expo, and Renegade Craft Fair. Plus more September events and what to do with your kids this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend!

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In Denver This Week September 16 – 22, 2016

Denver this week September 16 - 22, 2016 Celebrate fall

Image courtesy of Colorado Tourism Office. Matt Inden/Miles.

What’s going on in Denver this week September 16 – 22, 2016? Get ready to start rolling around in your leaves, and a few more ways to celebrate fall. Plus foodie news, boozy news, and more Denver tidbits…

I love that Denver has become the place to go for food halls, and I can’t wait for the grand opening of Central Market next weekend! Until then I’ll have to settle for Denver Eater’s sneak peek into Central Market. Also opening, or rather re-opening, next week…the newly renovated McNichols Civic Center building.

Did you know there are seven (yep, seven) wineries right here within the Denver city limits? That’s right…there’s no need to board a plane to Napa, or even take a road trip to the Western Slope, to do a little winery hopping. Let Westword be your guide on a Denver urban winery tour.

On the subject of wine…I’ve never been that good at selecting wine. I tend to scan the little labels on the shelf that tell me if it’s a good buy (90 points? I have no idea what that means, but I’ll take it!) Alternatively, and probably even more embarrassing, I’ve been known to choose wine by the label art. (Did you know you can find at least a dozen bottles of wine featuring a chicken?) It’s not that big of a deal when I pop into our wonderful little neighborhood shop as they have a pretty well-curated $10 and under room (thanks, Small Batch Liquors!). But take me to Argonaut and it’s not the most efficient visit…I’ll be bookmarking this guide to the Best Wines Under $21 at Argonaut from 303 Magazine.

Of course, maybe you’re not feeling wine right now because the annual Bavarian beer-drinking tradition is just around the corner. Here’s where to celebrate Oktoberfest in and around Denver.

That also means it’s time to get your fall on…or at least start planning for it. The Denver Ear rounds up more than 20 autumn-themed festivals around the state.

Which Denver restaurant made Open Table’s 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies list? Denver favorite Fruition joins two other Colorado restaurants on the list. I’m not surprised to see Fruition make the list, but where are all our other amazing restaurants?

Denver is making headlines for a couple more good reasons this week…a new study ranks our city high for sustainability. And, British newspaper Telegraph ponders the question, “Is Denver becoming America’s coolest city?” Well, yeah.

What are you up to this weekend? A few fun options to check out…Cherry Arts Festival at Stanley Marketplace, Adventurefest, and Downtown Boulder Fall Festival. Plus a few more September events, and what to do with your kids this weekend in and around Denver.

Enjoy the weekend!

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In Denver This Week September 9th – 15th, 2016

Aspens in Denver this week September 9th - 15th, 2016

Image courtesy of Colorado Tourism Office. Matt Inden/Miles.

What’s worth knowing in Denver this week September 9th – 15th, 2016? Where to peep some leaves and saying goodbye to some favorite local businesses.

The afternoons are hot, but you can detect a crispness in the air. Fall is certainly on its way, and it’s time to start thinking about your annual trek to peep at the changing aspens. You may think it’s a bit soon, but Denverite lets you in on where you can already see leaves changing colors. Plus the Denver Post lays out 5 drives for seeing Colorado’s fall colors.

It always comes as a shock when a beloved local business closes its doors. Sadly this has happened to two Denver favorites, Z Cuisine and Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub. My husband first introduced me to Z Cuisine in our dating days. We enjoyed some amazing meals in the main restaurant. But perhaps even more fun was grabbing drinks and a cheese plate in the adjacent bar in the late evening as old French movies played on the wall. But there is a bright lining…Jamille Cucci, younger sister of Justin Cucci and restaurateur in her own right, has purchased Z Cuisine. Rumor has it she and her French chef fiance are inclined to preserve the French charm and offer a similar menu. Sadly the Rooster & Moon farewell looks permanent.

And, only 5 days left to grab a quick beer at the pop-up Skyline Beer Garden.

One business closes, another one opens. And so it goes. Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger, sister restaurant of the popular Highlands Tap and Burger, opened this week. And, Avanti announced a new addition…Chow Morso, will be opening in the food hall this October.

If you’re looking for a fun charity event, but black tie fundraisers aren’t your style (or in your budget), check out this year’s After Party on the Bridge on September 16. Held in the middle of the Historic 19th Street Bridge overlooking the Platte River, the After Party is comes the day after the more exclusive Gala on The Bridge. It features the requisite drinks and live music, but the best part just might be the silent disco later in the night…to meet the city’s noise ordinance, attendees are given headphones so they can keep the party going! All ticket levels under $100 are already sold out, so buy ’em now if you don’t want to miss out.

While you have to be born here to be a Colorado native, apparently you can still become a true Denverite by eating and drinking you way through this list. (How many have you sampled?) That’s good news for the many Denver transplants who discovered that Denver’s a great place to raise a family. As if we didn’t already know that, this recent study confirmed it.

What are you up to this weekend? A few options that caught my eye… it’s still Denver Food & Wine Week (through Sunday!), The Colorado Fall Home Show, Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest, Tour de Fat, and Adult Swim takes over Commerce City’s 88 Drive-In. Plus, here are more September events, and a few more things to do with your kids’ this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend!

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4 Time Savers for Back-to-School Season

Denver time savers for dinner and groceries

Why I won’t be grocery shopping this month, and three more time savers that will help us get through the back-to-school transition.

Why is it that back-to-school time feels so stressful? For our family, this month marks a lot of transition…our oldest starts at the neighborhood elementary school tomorrow (yikes!) after more than four years at the same child care provider. And, next week our youngest starts daycare. And since he already cries like I’ve died every time I leave the room and refuses to take a bottle, I’m feeling pretty anxious about it. Plus, I’ve got some exciting but challenging new projects on the horizon. So, at least until we find our new groove, I need some help simplifying our lives, and I’m trying to outsource whichever tasks I can.

Here are a few time savers (and the awesome local services that provide them) that I’m using to help keep me afloat this month…at least until the new routine becomes, well, routine.

1. Let someone else plan dinner. Some days at 5pm I just can’t make another decision, not even something seemingly as simple as what’s for dinner. But, if someone else makes a strategy, and especially if they can deliver the food, I’m happy to execute a dinner plan. I’ve blogged before about how helpful it was to use local meal delivery service Green Chef. I found it a huge help to have someone else plan and prep dinner, so this will be one of my tricks this month. The weekly service didn’t always work well with our schedules, but Green Chef now offers a monthly plan, too.

2. Let someone else cook dinner. On the days that I don’t have the time or energy to cook even a pre-measured, pre-chopped dinner, I call on Supper Bell. Or rather, I go online and place our order. This Frank Bonnano brainchild is a life saver when you need to fake a healthy, home-cooked meal. The rotating weekly menu is chef-created, and even includes kid-friendly options. Just be sure to order by 3pm, or you’re out of luck. (Psst…if you sign up for their email, you can get 20% off right now.

3. Let someone else grocery shop. Are you detecting a theme? Like making dinner, grocery shopping was once a task I enjoyed. But, it’s a lot less pleasant with a 4- and 1-year-old in tow. But Instacart lets me shop online and will deliver the groceries within an hour. Sure, you can choose from the usual grocery chains, but you can also select local favorite, Marczyk Fine Foods.

4. Let someone else read to my kids. Okay, I haven’t actually tried this yet, but did you know you can phone-a-story for free through the Denver Public Library? You can choose from stories appropriate for preschoolers up to 5th graders in both English and Spanish. It’s one way to not feel quite so guilty about handing over your phone to your kid because you need to buy yourself a little time.

Do you have a favorite Denver service that keeps you functioning? What time savers do you use to keep organized?

In Denver This Week September 2nd – 8th, 2016

In Denver This Week September 2nd - 8th, 2016What’s worth knowing in Denver this week September 2nd – 8th, 2016? New Denver bike lanes pop up, local shops relocate and expand, and soooo much to do over Labor Day weekend.

It’s the last weekend of summer, and Denver has all kinds of plans to celebrate it with food, football, music, literary debauchery (yes, you read that right), and more. But first, a few other things worth noting this week…

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you… that really is a picture of a rhino riding a bike painted on Blake Street. The whimsical marking is popping up in RiNo bike lanes to show how fun and bike-friendly the district is. Not to be left behind, South Broadway is also now sporting a two-way bike study lane.

Until September 5, you can check out the ModCloth pop-up shop at Cherry Creek. Normally only available online, the temporary pop-up spot also features items from local makers including Fancy Tiger Crafts, Coloradical, and Tin Lizzie Apothecary.

Don’t let them hear you calling it yogurt…Rush Bowls, the Boulder-based yogurt company is opening its first Denver-area shop in LoHi this week. But, they really don’t want you to think of them as just yogurt.

Local shops are on the move…SOL recently relocated to its new space and Birdsall & Co., the garden supply shop serving Denver for nearly 3 decades, is moving further south on Broadway.

It’s not an easy decision to decide which school is best for your kiddo. Another option is opening soon to make that decision easier for some. (Or perhaps more difficult depending on how you look at it.) It was recently announced that Denver’s third Goddard School will be opening in the Berkeley neighborhood.

My kids are far too young and I am far too old to know anything at all about Demi Lovato, but how cute is this video of her posing as a Lyft driver in Denver and picking up unsuspecting passengers?

What are you up to this Labor Day weekend? So many fun options…Lit Crawl Denver, A Taste of Colorado (with some old-school musical guests), The Big Wonderful Blues & Brews FestivalRocky Mountain Showdown, Riot Fest & Rodeo, and FISE World Series.

Plus, the best events for foodies and what to do with your kids this weekend. And, don’t forget to mark these September events on your calendar.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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Denver Cooking Class: Date Night at Cook Street

Denver cooking class Cook Street

Looking for a fun Denver cooking class? Or maybe just something different to do for date night? Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is your answer.

Date nights out are fewer and farther between since our youngest was born. Usually they consist of dinner and drinks out…fun but not terribly original. For the husband’s birthday, I wanted to find something a little different. Something that reminded us a bit of our earlier days. You know, before the kids had us exhausted and saying things like, “We can’t start a movie now. It’s almost 9pm.”

Good food has always been our shared pleasure. When we were still dating we would spend hours together cooking dinner over a bottle or two of wine. These days dinner preparation is more efficient than leisurely. Lingering is just not in our best interest.

But maybe if there weren’t a couple of kids pulling on us, I thought, maybe cooking together again would be fun. So, I searched for a Denver cooking class, and was reminded that a friend had raved about Cook Street School of Culinary Arts years before.

Cook Street’s menu of classes is diverse…sushi-making, traditional French cooking, ethnic food, pastries. They even have specific “date night” classes. But the street food series caught my eye immediately. Perfect for a guy who loved sampling ethnic street food long before it was the cool thing to do.

After spending nearly a year traveling through Asia about a decade ago, my husband returned with a newfound love of Asian food. In our early dating days he wooed me by cooking fragrant curries, by taking me out for steaming bowls of pho or bao buns and soup dumplings. So when I saw the dim sum class in the street food series, I signed us up.

Denver cooking class Cook Street 2

I’d never taken a cooking class before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I definitely wasn’t anticipating the charcuterie spread upon arrival. It was the first sign that, in addition to being a learning experience, tonight was designed to be fun. There’s a practical reason for this too, of course, since each participant gets two complementary glasses of wine. Better to have a little something in our stomachs.

We were excited to read the evening’s menu  — so many of our favorites! But it was also daunting: wonton soup, pork buns, shu mai, sticky rice. How could we possibly make shu mai? Or pork buns? So completely different from anything I was used to cooking, dim sum seemed almost mysterious.

The class was about a dozen or so of us, mostly couples but also friends and other family pairings. Our collective cooking experience ran the gamut, from the woman who expertly folded dough while the rest of us admired her skill to the guy who was surely a cousin to Seth Rogen, and proudly proclaimed, “This is my first time cooking.” (Pause.) “Ever.”

We were first given an introduction to the selected wine, and a quick lesson in properly appreciating it. And, then we were turned over to our two chefs for the evening. Friendly and approachable, Chef Peter and Chef Nivale seemed to have fun, too, as they guided us through our ingredients and offered us tips in the art of Chinese cooking.

Denver cooking class Cook Street 5

Chef Peter provided a little insight into the origins of dim sum, and immediately removed a bit of the mystery by explaining that our wontons, shu mai, and pork buns all begin with the same basic ingredients: a mixture of ground pork, vegetables and seasonings. The fun part came in trying to assemble the wontons and buns into the shapes we found in our favorite restaurants. Working in informal groups, we wrapped and steamed and fried and taste-tested for the next couple hours.

Denver cooking class Cook Street 3

And, then, in what seemed no time at all, we were eyeing delicious-looking, steaming plates as they were lined up on the counter. I was amazed…our dim sum really did taste as good as any I’d had before. I couldn’t help thinking that maybe it was secretly replaced with something actually prepared by professionals in the back. But a handful of poorly constructed pork buns gave away our novice handiwork.

Denver cooking class Cook Street

They weren’t all picture-perfect, but these pork bun fails still made for awesome leftovers.

And, really with so much of the prep work handled by the chefs in advance, there was little room for error on our part. Still our dinner tasted better for having earned it.

Denver cooking class Cook Street

We left with some awesome leftovers, a handy packet of recipes,  and a surely over-inflated confidence in our abilities to recreate our dim sum experience. Should we use our newly acquired skills to throw a party to celebrate the next Chinese New Year?

Don’t go looking for your invitation just yet. After the initial headiness wore off, we realized we probably weren’t quite ready for that. But, we will definitely be back for another class, and soon.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts (1937 Market Street, Denver) offers classes for the home cook of all levels as well as private events in addition to their culinary arts programs. See their full list of class offerings on their website.

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Things to Do in Denver in September

things to do in Denver in September

Photo courtesy of Colorado Tourism Office, Matt Inden/Miles.

What are the best things to do in Denver in September? Re-live your teenage years with A Taste of Colorado’s musical headliners, and browse other people’s awkward family portraits at History Colorado Center. And, that’s just to start. 

Is it really nearly September? This feels like the fastest summer I’ve ever had. And, it’s been a significant one for us, too. The youngest turned 1 and our oldest starts Pre-K at the neighborhood elementary school (gulp) in about a week and a half. Which means there’s still time to squeeze in a little last bit of summer.

In Denver there’s no better way to close out the summer than A Taste of Colorado at Civic Center Park. And, maybe it’s just my ’90s teenage self talking, but they are really bringing it this year. If you’re in town for Labor Day weekend, and of the same vintage as I am, then you will not want to miss this year’s headliners, Boyz II Men (Saturday) and Blues Traveler (Sunday).

And, if you’ve ever found yourself alternating between grimacing uncomfortably and laughing uncontrollably as you browse Awkward Family Photos, you’ll be thrilled to know that the creators behind this website have turned it into an actual traveling museum installation. The Awkward Family Photos installation is currently on display at the History Colorado Center. Because to truly appreciate the portraits of poorly chosen yet coordinated outfits, weird hairdos, and overly affectionate poses, you really need to see them in person. (I’m a little behind as the exhibit’s been open since mid-June, but I couldn’t let another month pass without mentioning it.)

Here are a few more fun things to do in Denver in September…

August 26 – September 5: Colorado State Fair, Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo

September 2: First Friday Art Walks: Art District on Santa Fe, RiNo Art District, South Pearl Street, and Tennyson Street Art Walk (Tennyson Street venues will be collecting non-perishable food items for Bienvenidos Food Bank, so bring your canned goods!)

September 2: Lit Crawl Denver, Tennyson Street, Berkeley, and 2nd Annual Fu*%ing Fabulous Fiction Fest After-Party, Oriental Theater

September 2: Rocky Mountain Showdown (i.e., Colorado vs CSU football), Mile High Stadium

September 2 – 5: A Taste of Colorado, Civic Center Park

September 3: Playgue Round Day (MetroDemic), Writer Square

September 3 – 5: FISE World Series, Sculpture Park

September 7: Rooftop Farm to Table Dinner, Backyard on Blake

September 8: Urban Market, Skyline Park

September 9 – 11, Colorado Fall Home Show, Colorado Convention Center

September 10: Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest, 1089 Bannock Street, Denver

September 10: Tour de Fat, City Park

September 10: Adult Swim at 88 Drive-In, Commerce City

September 10 – 11: Festival Italiano, Belmar

September 10 – 25: Day Out with Thomas, Colorado Railroad Museum

September 14: Ping Pong on the Plaza, Wynkoop Plaza

September 16 – 18: Cherry Arts Festival at Stanley, Stanley Marketplace, Aurora

September 17: Adventure Fest, Sculpture Park

September 23 – October 2: Oktoberfest Denver, Ballpark neighborhood

September 29: Urban Market, Skyline Park

September 30 – October 8: Denver Beer Fest, various locations throughout metro Denver

Enjoy the weekend!

7 Denver Shoe Stores to Build Your Shoe Collection

Denver shoe stores Dardanos

From high-end, comfort shoes to fun shoes for a bargain price, these seven Denver shoe stores will help you complete your shoe collection. (Dardano’s pictured above.)

As I’ve written before, after spending too many nights with uncomfortable, trendy shoes in my 20s, I’ve come to value what I like to think of as investment shoes…high-quality, comfortable shoes that will last. Like many women, I’ve also realized that shoe shopping can be more fun than clothes shopping because your shoe size tends to be so much more consistent. And, even if you do end up going up a shoe size (I swear I did after one pregnancy), with shoes, you don’t ever feel bad if you suddenly find yourself needing the next size up.

But, I’ve also found that, more than any other accessory or clothing item, good shoes can really enhance or detract from your life experiences. I’m still thrilled about a pair of Dansko sandals I picked up just two days before we left for Merida, Mexico, a trip where we spent hours traipsing through the hot city center.  Traditional wisdom says you never pack a brand new pair of shoes for a trip, but I knew it would be an investment in my travel experience, and it’s still the pair I bring for all sunny travels.

Here are seven of my favorite Denver shoe stores where you can collect shoes for your own life experiences…

Dardano’s, 1550 S. Colorado Boulevard

A Denver institution, Dardano’s has long been one of my go-to places for shoes, and I’m never disappointed…though it is sometimes hard to walk out with only one pair. They carry such an extensive selection of attractive, comfortable shoes (Dansko and Naot are two of my favorites!) that I always start daydreaming about long walking tours through Europe…wearing my newly purchased shoes, of course. Plus, they repair shoes too, so you can hold on to your favorite pairs even longer.

What to buy: High quality, long-lasting everyday shoes and boots for men and women. You won’t find a stiletto here, but you can find some cute heels that won’t leave you wincing in pain later.

Denver shoe stores Little Feet

Little Feet, 201 University Boulevard (Cherry Creek)

I tend to think of Little Feet as a Dardano’s for kids. With brands like Merrell, Saucony, Stride Rite, Keen, and See Kai Run, they carry quality, durable shoes that protect and cushion little growing feet. And, though we still live in the land of Velcro shoes, one day I plan to sign my kiddo up for their free shoe-tying class.

What to buy: Great everyday shoes for your kiddos up to size 6 for girls and size 7 for boys, including crib shoes.

Scarpaletto, 1436 Larimer Street (LoDo)

Scarpaletto is another long-time local shop, serving Denver for nearly 30 years. The family-owned business carries men’s and women’s shoes and boots from brands like Donald J. Pliner, Frye, and Sorel. They also carry the largest selection of Old Gringo boots in Colorado.

What to buy: Shop here for your everyday “power” shoes…the ones you want to wear to work meetings for both comfort and attractiveness.

Denver shoe stores Two Sole Sisters

Two Sole Sisters, 1078 S. Gaylord (Wash Park) and 1703 Pearl Street, Boulder

The sisters behind the Boulder shop opened a Denver location in the Wash Park neighborhood a year ago. At Two Sole Sisters, you can expect to find high-end, quality women’s shoes and boots as well as purses, and a few other fun accessories. You’ll also get extremely attentive service, and frequently by one of the sisters. Brands include AGL, Cordani, Fly London as well as these others.

What to buy: Invest in a high quality pair of women’s leather boots like these, these, or this pair that I’m coveting, and you won’t regret it.

Strut, 3611 W. 32nd Avenue (Highland Square)

A cute little neighborhood boutique, Strut carries a carefully selected line of women’s shoes as well as women’s clothing and accessories. The price point is on the higher end, but with brands like Frye, Free People and Toms, so is the quality. And, they frequently have a sales rack as they rotate new shoes into stock, so you can still find a steal of a deal.

What to buy: Women’s sandals and boots (you’ll find both on sale now) plus a cute shirt to go with it.

Denver shoe stores True Love

True Love, 42 S. Broadway (SoBo)

When I think of True Love, I think of fun shoes…bright colors, current trends, maybe something a little edgier than you’ll find elsewhere. And, you won’t believe the prices. All of the women’s shoes are $38 or under, and all of the men’s shoes are $48 and under. This is where you might find a pair of shoes to go perfectly with that one outfit, but only that outfit…but with prices like these, you won’t mind.

What to buy: Trendy shoes for men and women at a great deal.

32nd west

32nd West, 3631 W. 32nd Avenue (Highland Square)

Not exactly a shoe store, 32nd West basically carries everything for an outdoor lifestyle…but that includes shoes! This sister store to Evergreen’s Boone Mountain Sports has been open since 2011. The store is mostly geared toward men and women, but it does have a nice selection of kids’ shoes.

What to buy: Hiking and running shoes for men and women. Everyday play shoes and boots for kids.

Where’s your favorite Denver shoe store?

In Denver This Week August 19th – 25th, 2016

In Denver this week August 19th - 25th, 2016 Adults only eventsWhat’s worth knowing in Denver this week August 19th – 25th, 2016? Some really good old-school reasons to put down your phones and stop chasing Pokemon Go…board games, books, tailgating, and drive-in movies. And some of this fun is definitely adults-only.

(Apparently Ashley, in the photo above, is a local maker who creates embroidered sass. I found her at the Horseshoe Market, but you can find her online here.)

Board Game Republic invites you to unplug over a game of…well, almost anything. The newly opened restaurant and bar in the Golden Triangle (900 W. 1st Avenue) has over 600 board games on hand for you to play. The grand opening celebration is Saturday.

The Big Wonderful kicks it up a notch tomorrow with Wondergate, its own Mile High tailgating event.

The first annual Lit Crawl Denver will take place on September 2 (in conjunction with First Friday). More than 20 Denver area writers will gather at venues along Berkeley’s Tennyson Street, where they promise an evening of “literary debauchery.” And if you don’t think book geeks can deliver on this, the after-party at The Oriental is scheduled to include a burlesque show, circus acts, and perhaps the best nerdy drinking game ever…an adult drinking spelling bee.

Adult Swim, the popular cable network, will be taking over Commerce City’s 88 Drive-In on September 10 for a free night of sneak peeks into the network’s pilots as well as some unaired episodes.

A lot of effort has recently been going into making Colfax Avenue a more pleasant place to walk. Last week I mentioned that volunteers had painted on-street murals in an effort to slow speeding cars. Now WalkDenver and Colfax Business Improvement District have completed a walking audit of East Colfax, and they are asking for your input to improve the Colfax Avenue pedestrian experience further.

Who doesn’t love The Source and Avanti here in Denver? But I am curious to see what Denver’s newest food and market halls have to offer. Also makes me wonder if my kids will hang out at food halls the way we hung out at mall food courts. (And, how they will laugh at what we once thought was cool.)

So many of Denver’s urban neighborhoods are designed to promote interaction with our neighbors. I love the higher density living and front yard congregating we have in Berkeley. But many are starting to take it one step further…Denver Life Magazine explains why cohousing is on the rise in Denver. (And, why it’s probably not what you think.)

Osaka Ramen in Cherry Creek is closing, but the RiNo location will stay open. And, a new distillery will be opening just down the street in RiNo early next year.

What are you up to this weekend? A few interesting options…Urban Market in Skyline Park, Skyline Park Beer Garden (opens today!), Polish Food Festival, Aurora Global Fest, and the Incredible, Edible Gluten-Free Food Fair. Plus, The Denver Ear shares this round-up of what to do with kids this weekend. And, here are a few more can’t-miss August events in Denver.

Enjoy the weekend!

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6 Upscale Denver Thrift Stores for the Discerning

Yet Budget-Minded Fashionista

Denver thrift stores RagsAugust  17th is National Thrift Shop Day. Check out these 6 Denver thrift stores that are more curated clothing boutique than secondhand shop. Plus the Denver children’s clothing reseller where moms-in-the-know find the best used kids’ clothes.

Back in college there was a certain cachet to shopping in thrift stores. Anyone could go into a Gap or a Banana Republic and buy something off the perfectly styled racks and mannequins. But you had to have a keen eye and refined fashion sense to dig through the dingy piles of clothes at a dusty thrift shop and come up with a stylish score.

Resale clothing shops are nothing like that today. These Denver thrift stores are an entirely different experience. Light, airy spaces where well-curated designer clothes are displayed just as attractively as you would find in any upscale retail store. These stores aren’t just for hipsters…they’re for budget-conscious and even environmentally conscious shoppers who want to find a great deal on cute clothes…not to mention a pleasant shopping experience.

Here are 6 Denver thrift stores that feel more boutique than resale shop…

Clotheshorse, 4232 Tennyson (Berkeley Tennyson)

Just around the corner from my house, this little shop has been my go-to since it opened. Over the years I’ve purchased a Coach purse, a high-end designer leather laptop tote, and pristine white denim capris from Clotheshorse…all for a steal. They also have a rather extensive jewelry collection. Hours: Mon to Fri, 10am to 6pm; Sat, 10am to 5pm.

Denver thrift stores Clotheshorse

Denver thrift stores Deja Blue

Deja Blue, 303 University Boulevard (Cherry Creek)

With clothes and accessories carefully color-coordinated and arranged, the shop fits right in with Cherry Creek’s other retail stores. Unlike the other shops featured here, Deja Blue also carries men’s clothes, accessories, and shoes, in addition to women’s. And, imagine my surprise when the sales person handed me my exciting find (a great pair of denim capris for $6!) in a Goodwill bag. That’s right…DeJa Blue is actually an upscale Goodwill store with clothing “handpicked for the fashion and community conscience.  Hours: Mon to Sat, 10am to 6pm; Sun, 11am to 5pm

Denver thrift stores Plum

Plum Consignment, 2373 Central Park Boulevard (Stapleton)

Another resale shop you’d swear was a just another cute clothing boutique, Plum Consignment carries second-hand women’s clothing and shoes in mint condition, as well as new, unsold overstock from other clothing boutiques. They even have an online store so you can browse and order late night. Hours: Tue to Sat, 10am to 6pm; Sun, 12-5pm

Rags Consignment, 201 University Boulevard (Cherry Creek) or 3129 28th Street (Boulder)

After you stop at Deja Blue, pop on over to Rags Consignment, just a two-minute walk away. (There’s also a Boulder location.) They carry an extensive selection of women’s clothing and accessories, all stylishly displayed on easy-to-search through racks. Hours: Mon to Sat, 10am to 6pm; Sun, 11am to 5pm

SecondLove, 3440 W. 32nd Avenue (Highland Square)

I’m not surprised that SecondLove gets so much reviewer love. This little resale boutique is so artfully laid out with clothes beautifully displayed. I was immediately drawn to the rack of lovely white and cream shirts pictured below…and how often do you want to buy white from a secondhand shop? Hours: Mon to Sat, 10am to 6pm; Sun: 11am to 5pm

Denver thrift stores SecondLove

Wardrobe Works, 126 W. 12th Avenue (Golden Triangle)

Owner and wardrobe consultant Robyn Wackerli has curated a shop filled with high-end designers. At Wardrobe Works, you will find Prada, Chanel, Gucci, and the like…at very non-designer prices. Hours: Wed to Sat, 12 to 5pm; also by appointment

Plus, the best-kept secret of Denver’s savviest shopping mamas…

Back on the Rack Children’s Consignment Boutique, 600 S. Holly Street (Virginia Vail)

Why invest a lot of money in a wardrobe for kiddos only to have them outgrow their clothes in no time? Back on the Rack Children’s Consignment Boutique is the Denver spot to find brand-name, gently used kids’ clothing and shoes. Hours: Mon to Fri, 10am to 5pm; Sat: 10am to 4pm.

Looking for more local favorites for Denver shopping? Check out the Denver Dweller Shop Local Guide & Directory.