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MY FAVORITE BLOCK: Kelly Perkins

Kelly Perkins,  Founder and Owner,  Spinster Sisters Co.

My Favorite Block: Washington Street between 9th and 13th (Golden) 

You may recognize Spinster Sisters Co. from the Denver Flea, West Elm, or any number of retailers throughout the city. With roots in Golden, the all-natural skin care company celebrated their fifth anniversary last month, just before the grand opening of Backyard on Blake, home to their RiNo storefront. We caught up with Founder and Owner Kelly Perkins to talk about where she likes to relax between all the excitement:

“My favorite block is actually in our own little burg - Golden. It is the strip of Washington St. from 9th through 13th. I love the old buildings, the history, the beautiful parks, the microbreweries, and the great restaurants. In the summer it’s crowded with visitors from within Colorado, as well as out-of-state tourists enjoying the myriad of festivals hosted in Golden, tubing on Clear Creek, listening to music, and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The hiking/biking trails around Golden make it a great day trip from anywhere in the Denver metro area.”

Mountain Toad Brewery and/or Golden City Brewery (why not both?) – All the beers. All of the beers. Yum. And they both have great beer gardens with a constantly rotating schedule of food trucks and music. How can you lose?

Baby Doe’s Clothing and Accessories – They have a great selection of women’s clothing that is constantly changing. They also have a lot of jewelry and accessories, many that are made by Colorado artists.

Abejas – The dinner is out of this world, the cocktails are amazing, but the weekend brunch is what dreams are made of. Maybe the best brunch ever. Literally. It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it.

Woody’s Pizza – Super good pizza, great beer selection (are you detecting a common theme here?), and a fantastic patio to enjoy the outdoors in the summer.

10 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend is a big one in Denver - from concerts and music festivals to arts fairs and block parties, there's no shortage of activities to choose from. To help narrow down the list, we've rounded up our top 10 events happening in and around the city.

From the team at Slifer, thank you to the wonderful men and women in our armed forces who dedicate their lives to serving our country. You are an inspiration to us all and we are forever grateful for your service. 

Veterans Memorial Day Tribute

  • When:  May 27th; 10am
  • Where:  POF Hall, 1340 Sherman Street
  • What:  Honor Colorado’s fallen heroes and families at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at POF Hall, just south of the state capitol. The tribute includes touching stories about our fallen heroes, name reading with the US Navy bell “toll”, family banner and pin presentations, and music by the Denver Bronze Handbell, Bold Reflection singers, Piper Alex McIntosh, and more.

Summer Concert Series at Union Station

  • When:  May 26th; 5-8pm
  • Where:  Denver Union Station
  • What:  Union Station is kicking off it’s first annual Summer Concert Series this weekend. The series runs all summer long with a local band and local brewery featured each month. Join them to see Blake Brown and the American Dust Choir perform this Friday, partnered with Epic Brewing.

Paint the Square

  • When:  May 27th and 28th; Two-hour shifts running from 9am-7pm
  • Where:  The Square on 21st (21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence)
  • What:  Help transform the section of 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence into a beautiful pop-up park. Volunteers will be working in two-hour shifts this weekend to paint planters and other items as a way of helping kick-start the transformation.

Kick-Off to Summer on South Gaylord

  • When:  May 27th – 29th; Times vary by day
  • Where:  1000 Block of South Gaylord Street
  • What:  South Gaylord Street is kicking off summer in style with three days of entertainment, food, local vendors, and other fun, family-friendly activities. Stop by for live music Saturday from 4-10pm or enjoy the full festival Sunday and Monday starting at 10am.

Platte River Clean Up

  • When:  May 27th; 7:30am-2:30pm
  • Where:  The Platte River, starting at Taxi Building, ending at Confluence Park
  • What:  What better way to enjoy Memorial Day weekend than by helping improve our beloved city? A sixth grade student at Eldorado K-8 has organized a Platte River Clean Up day tomorrow, May 27th and he's hoping to get as much community involvement as possible. 

Denver Day of Rock

  • When:  May 27th; All day!
  • Where:  16th Street Mall
  • What:  Enjoy a day of free live music right in the heart of Denver! Five stages along 16th Street Mall will feature a myriad of performances throughout the day, with special food and drink passes that help support Amp the Cause.  

Boulder Creek Fest

  • When:  May 27-29th; 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm Monday
  • Where:  Downtown Boulder, along the Boulder Creek corridor
  • What:  Kick off your summer with this classic Boulder festival, chock full of live music and dance performances, a myriad of food and beverage vendors, family-friendly activities like carnival rides and a rubber duck race, and over 500 arts, crafts, lifestyle, and technology vendors.

Denver Arts Festival

  • When:  May 27th 10am-6pm; May 28th 10am-5pm
  • Where:  Stapleton Conservatory Green
  • What:  This annual fine arts and fine crafts festival has been a go-to for decades. This year, enjoy live music and an interactive painting area for kids, on top of booths featuring local and national artists.

Colorado Remembers

  • When:  May 27th; 11am
  • Where:  Springhill Community Park, 756 Telluride St, Aurora
  • What:  Join Denver Brass, the Colorado Freedom Memorial, and the City of Aurora for their annual event recognizing the dedication and service of Colorado’s military personnel. The military ceremony begins at 11am, with the free concert featuring Denver Brass starting at 2pm.

Water World Opening Weekend

  • When:  May 27th, 28th and 29th; 10am-6pm
  • Where:  Water World
  • What:  The beloved Colorado water park opens its doors for the summer on Saturday! Join them for fun in the sun all weekend long.

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. 

 

MY FAVORITE BLOCK: Erin Pulling

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!