Doors Open Denver - Baker sites among city-wide architecture tours

each year the free Doors Open Denver event invites citizens to visit buildings or parts of buildings they might not otherwise see; all sites have at least a volunteer guide, some require reservations in advance; several of this year's sites are in or adjacent to Baker, including

  • a behind-the-scenes at the historic Mayan Theatre on Broadway (Sat & Sun at 9:30 a.m., reservation required)
Date: 
18 Apr 2009 - 10:00am - 19 Apr 2009 - 4:00pm

we'll come back to this one

1. we'll come back to this one ...

we will come back - there is much of value here, and it's also addictive

2. we'll come back to this one ...

more on this later, because it deserves a longer write-up

the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Home Improvement Outlet

Breckenridge Brewery: Beers, Barbecue, Smiles

I've never really liked the Breckenridge Brewery beers. I'm pretty specific about what makes a good beer and most of their beers lacked a certain punch.

Then I visited this restaurant/bar at 471 Kalamath and was introduced to some of their beers that never seemed to make it into stores: Small batch brews that pack a punch like the 471 India Pale Ale, the Vanilla Porter, and 471 ESB. Especially the 471 IPA suits me quite well.

Couple that with some solid barbecue and you've got a neighborhood business worth supporting.

Artwork on the wall - Sweet Action Ice Cream

Some nice artwork on the wall at Sweet Action Ice Cream.

Tile Entry Way at The Webber Theater (formerly Kitty's)

Note a new tag on this post, "redevelopment opportunity" for anyone looking to open a new business, here are some potential locations to consider...

Awesome Bikes

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Mona's Broadway Mural of Mona Lisa

Sketch Wine Bar

This is the beginning of a new round of businesses in the 1st Avenue Hotel space. Latin restaurant to follow soon. I'm excited.

Sweet Action Ice Cream - A Denver Institution Since This Month

A more detailed post is due soon, but we need to do more "research" first. Preliminary research:

  • Malts are delicious
  • The space is delightful
  • Ice cream sandwiches with real cookies
  • The list of flavors available is amazing, but the actual flavors in the ice cream are often subtle. Don't always expect the flavors to be bursting forth.

the monthly punk garage sale at 3 Kings Tavern

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3 Kings Tavern is an interesting venue in its own right, source of some of the rowdier early-morning spillover into my block of residential Baker, but its singular highlight for me is the punk garage sale held every second Saturday (noon to 4 p.m.); it features hand-made, re-made and just-plain-used stuff of all sorts: clothing, art, music, skateboards ... some of the merchandise just works the stereotypes — you know, skulls and other dour stuff — but a lot of it is quite artful, clever, useful and/or worth buying

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