New in Town: Backyard on Blake

River North (RiNo) is undoubtedly one of the hottest neighborhoods in Denver right now. With a constant influx of new shops and restaurants, it’s no surprise that the area is quickly becoming a go-to for great food, great beer, and fun, multi-purpose spaces like Denver Central Market and The Source.

Enter Backyard on Blake, the newest addition to the neighborhood. At 3040 Blake Street, Backyard on Blake provides plenty of opportunities to work, eat, shop, and play, all in a relaxed space designed around the feeling of community. We stopped by their grand opening celebration earlier this month to see what it’s all about. Here are some of our favorites. 

Work @ The Workroom

Following the ever-popular shared workspace trend (think WeWork, Galvanize, Shift, and ModWorks), The Workroom offers “a space to think, work, innovate, and create.” Members pay a monthly membership fee to gain access to private offices, a permanent desk, or a floating desk. The space also features a lounge, café bar, high speed internet, printer/copier/scanner access, and a rentable conference room. 

Eat @ The Preservery

Since its opening last fall, The Preservery has garnered strong support from the community. As a combined restaurant, bakery, marketplace, and bar, their menu focuses on seasonal foods, meaning there’s always something new and fun to try. Stop by for their much-loved sandwiches, shared plates, or unique wagyu beef hot dog and enjoy some great live music while you’re at it. They recently started offering brunch and delivery, so you can now enjoy their delicious food in more ways than ever before.  

Caffeinate @ Blue Sparrow Coffee

With gorgeous tile work, standout blue booths, and great natural light, this charming coffee shop is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy your morning cup of joe.  

Create @ River North Workshop Co. 

The beauty of the River North Workshop is that it not only offers gorgeous, unique home goods, but it also gives you an opportunity to try your hand at making your own. Each month, they host a number of DIY workshops where you can make everything from mini terrariums to homemade soap to garden signs. Have furniture that needs updating? They can help with that too. Their “milk paint” workshops allow you to bring your own furniture and, with guidance from their team of skilled artisans, give it a fresh new look.  

Shop @ a fabulous myriad of boutique shops

Whether you’re looking for unique furniture, vintage clothing, or home goods, Backyard on Blake has it all. One of our favorites is Spinster Sisters Co., a great little shop that sells soaps, body butters, bath salts, and more, all made right here in Colorado. The store is rounded out with a collection of goods from local artisans that make great gifts. 

Visit the Backyard on Blake website for a full list of vendors and stop by to check it out for yourself. 



Erin Pulling,  President and CEO, Project Angel Heart 

My Favorite Block:  26th Street between Walnut and Blake (RiNo) 

This month, we caught up with an inspiring member of our community — one who spends her days improving the lives of neighbors in need. Erin Pulling has been part of the Project Angel Heart family for over 20 years, working in various roles to help deliver nutritious meals to those living with serious illness like cancer, kidney disease, and HIV/AIDS. Here’s Erin’s favorite spot in Denver:

“My favorite block is 26th St. between Walnut & Blake in RiNo. When I’m feeling ambitious, I often jog down in the dark of the early morning hours to run hill repeats up and down the steep block, which always reminds me that I need to return for a meal because I love the restaurants on this block. When I eat out, I like quick and easy, and I like unique. This block has it! And the alley art one block up makes it unlike any other place in Denver.”

Biju’s Little Curry Shop: Warm chapati  (flatbread), spiced lentils, chicken curry, served over cabbage instead of rice upon request. Something for everyone in the family at a great price. And any place that uses cans of coconut milk for décor has got to be a winner!

Osaka Ramen: irresistible ramen, the best green beans ever, and just when I thought I hated donuts – mochi donuts, fresh from the oven. Yum!

Park Burger: High-quality and delicious burgers. I skip the bun and order my burger over salad. Everyone in my family leaves happy and full.

Feeling inspired?  Give back through Project Angel Heart's Dining Out for Life event on April 27th. 

How does it work?  On Thursday, April 27th, over 250 restaurants and breweries all over Denver and Boulder are partnering with Project Angel Heart for their annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser. Funds from the event help support the organization’s home-delivered meals program, which provides nutritious meals at no cost to those coping with life-threatening illness. 

How can I help?  That’s the best part - all you have to do is dine out at one of the 250+ participating restaurants and breweries. Whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, 25% of your check will be donated to Project Angel Heart.

Doing good doesn’t get much easier than that! 

MY FAVORITE BLOCK: Daniel Armitage

Daniel Armitage — @danielarmitage

Co-owner of Armitage and McMillan and eCommerce Strategy & Performance Manager at Unis

My Favorite Block — Broadway and Ellsworth - South Broadway neighborhood

Welcome to MY FAVORITE BLOCK, Slifer — Denver’s interview series with locals, designers, and innovators making a positive dent in their communities. This month we are featuring an entrepreneur, previous operations manager and head buyer at UNIS in NYC and today he runs a men’s clothing and lifestyle store, Armitage and McMillan, meet Daniel Armitage.  A must stop in Denver, and as GQ states, “Denver’s best mens shop.”

I love the strip of South Broadway near Broadway and Ellsworth. I lived in a small studio apartment in a cool old building on the NE corner several years ago and I loved it. The building had tons of character, a cool old elevator, elaborate molding around every corner and doorway and it was full of even more interesting people. I could walk out the door and see people actually living in their neighborhood, meaning they hang out in the local shops and bookstores, they grab a slice at the pizza place and eat it as they walk around saying hi to the other locals. I think that was in 2007-2008 and, even though it has evolved a bit, it still has the same feel. And it still feels a little gritty, local and lived in, and I like that.

Steadbrook: This shop is a great compliment to the men’s clothing scene we’re all trying to cultivate in Denver. They have an amazing brand line-up, beautiful, clean aesthetic and have awesome coffee as well.

NOOCH Vegan Market: Not only is this place a blessing to all our animal friends but they have created a really nice space of and they support a lot of cool local food and beverage brands.

Hi-Dive: I’ve seen a ton of great music in that little space. And had some good sweet potato fries next door at their sister bar, Sputnik.

Hazel & Dewey: You can get a cast iron skillet, Kinfolk Magazine and hand made soap all in the same place, what’s not to love?

Fat Sully’s Pizza: A little further down the block, but it’s my favorite pizza by the slice on South Broadway.

Sweet Action Ice Cream: Open late, has ice cream sandwiches and Salted Butterscotch ice cream.


Five Questions, One Broker with Lindsay McBride

Lindsay McBride, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver

What do you love most about being a broker at SSF Denver?  I love working in the Riverfront Park community.   Being a part of a thriving neighborhood and watching it grow over the past 11 years has been really special.  Also, walking through the neighborhood and seeing so many familiar faces and wonderful people.  And lastly, I love that Slifer is a part of this neighborhood and are the experts in helping homeowners buy and sell real estate.

What does a day off look like for you? I enjoy spending time with my husband and family. We usually try to spend as much time as possible in the mountains at our cabin.  It’s the perfect escape from my busy real estate career even if it’s just for 24 hours. 

Who are you currently inspired by? My mom!  She is an amazing woman and always has such a positive outlook on life.  She is so generous, caring, and loving and I aspire to be more like her every day. She helps keep me grounded when everything gets crazy in my life.

What is something about downtown Denver that most people don’t know about? Denver is one of only three cities to have all four major sports teams in their metropolitan area.  It is the only city that you can walk from downtown to all the sports venues.  So for the sports enthusiasts, Denver is the best place in the nation to be a fan! It’s great to grab dinner and then go see a game.

Tell us about a recent adventure? I recently traveled to Charleston, SC with a few of my best friends for a mini college reunion.  We had the best time exploring the city and eating all the great food.  I had no idea the beaches were so nice!  It was a great trip and I would love to go back.

Lindsay McBride,, (303) 618-3622