My Favorite Block: Tara Lovato

Tara Lovato,  Founder / Owner / Curator / Stylist, La Lovely Vintage

My Favorite Block:  Larimer Street between 20th and 30th in RiNo.

La Lovely Vintage is a great local go-to for beautiful, thoughtfully-curated goods. It all started as a mobile vintage shop in an adorable teal 1957 Shasta trailer named Lucy, and has since added a brick and mortar location in RiNo’s Backyard on Blake (30th and Blake Street). The vintage and modern boutique specializes in men and women’s clothing, accessories, home décor, and handmade goods, with all items curated by the shop’s founder and owner, Tara Lovato. We caught up with Tara this month to talk about her favorite part of the city:

“My favorite block is in RiNo, on Larimer Street between 20th and 30th. RiNo has an endless supply of amazing restaurants, breweries, and art murals in walking distance from each other. It’s a great place to spend a day off with friends or family exploring the city and seeing what Denver has to offer.” 

Check out Tara’s favorite go-to spots:

Bar Fausto: The Atmosphere and the Drinks (Old Fashioned)

Meadowlark Kitchen: Best hamburger in Town

Infinite Monkey Theorem: Always great vibes. A modern winery with beautiful indoor and outdoor seating

Crema: Coffee and Veggie Sandwiches

Check out La Lovely Vintage at

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.

MY FAVORITE BLOCK: Larimer Street in the RiNo District with Chelsea Ruff

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 a local who currently resides in RiNo neighborhood, meet Chelsea Ruff. Having studied entrepreneurship at Belmont University, no wonder she is working for one of the coolest startups in the country, Artifact Uprising; a VSCO company with roots in Denver. “I spend many of my evenings grabbing happy hours with friends, listening to live music or taking a walk on my favorite block, Larimer Street in the RiNo District.  I first fell in love with this neighborhood when I moved to Denver three years ago There was something about it that felt like it was begging for attention. Now that I call this neighborhood home, there is so much diversity, culture and creativity to be found! It has been so enlightening to live in this neighborhood and watch it go through renovation while maintaining to keep it’s charm.”
Love stopping by here to hang out on the patio and grab a craft cocktail or a bottle of wine. The best part is that if you get hungry there are food trucks on stand by! 

Their seasonal rotating menu has become one of my go-to’s. Loving their eggplant linguine right now!

(Not to be confused with the kitchen) A great place to catch open mic on Tuesday nights!

Dear You - need I say more?

If you needed a place to describe the word magical, this would be it.

Best place to pick up all your neutral clothing needs!

Five Questions, One Broker with Doug Landin of Slifer Vail

It’s that time of year again, flowers are starting to bud, weekend trips to the mountains are on your to-do list.  The perfect fit for our interview this month is none other than Slifer Smith & Frampton - Vail’s own Doug Landin. He shares his go-to city guide in the Vail Valley, his must-do list for 2016, and a local-mountain event not to miss this summer in our latest Five Questions, One Broker.

You know the Vail Valley more than most folks, what is on your “go-to city guide” for clients in the city that want a weekender away… When coming to Vail for a long weekend or anytime for that matter, while I like any of Vail’s top hotels, The Arrabelle, Four Season, Solaris or The Lodge, and there are more, I am a huge fan of The Sonnenalp Hotel and Spa. It’s hands down my favorite.  A boutique European hotel, onsite restaurants, particularly Ludwig’s for the best breakfast anywhere, can’t be beat!  For dinner, I have to recommend Mountain Standard as well as Sweet Basil.

Most exciting part about being a broker at SSF Vail… Clearly, the opportunity to live in such a special place and get up every morning to what we have up here is very special.  The most exciting part is having the ability to share our world class valley with my customers.  After 40 years in the Vail Valley, I’m still passionate about skiing and ski with as many of my clients as possible.  Whether from Denver or Mexico City, I do my best to make time for them on the mountain.  This holds true in the summer as well, be it golf or going to The Ford Amphitheater for a show.  I truly do my best to make my customers feel like locals.

Name one thing we might not know about you… Every September, Vail hosts the Vail Automotive Classic, a 3 day event featuring a car and air show at the Vail Valley Jet Center, a car auction at the jet center and much more, followed by a great cocktail party in Vail and the Sunday Automotive Display in the heart of Vail Village.  This is done to raise money for two local charities, Jack Place Cancer Caring House as well as Eagle Valley Senior Life.  It’s grown to be quite a significant weekend always the week after labor Day.  I am the Chairman/Founder of this event. 

Who are you currently inspired by… I wouldn’t say it’s a who.  It’s a lot of who’s, so to speak.  Considering the size of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, I am constantly inspired by many of the Realtor®/friends in my firm.  We are a tight nit group.  A bunch of us try to ski together, ride bikes, play golf and more.  While not a national brand, we are the #1 firm in Vail doing over 50% of all the business in Vail!  I can always discuss issues, ask questons with other brokers who are more than happy to help.  We help one another.  It’s really is great.

What is one thing on your “must do” list  in Vail for 2016… That’s a tough question.  I’ve lived here in the Vail Valley for more than 40 years.  I am blessed that I was able to raise my family here, watch my two daughters grow up in the valley.  I suppose when I think of “Must do’s”, It’s really a function of being involved in our community.  Attending locals events like the Tuesday night free concerts in the summer or checking out some of the new restaurants in Vail are all must do’s.  One of my biggest must do, is something I do every year and that’s making my customers feel at home by sharing “local” secrets and particularly showing them the great stashes on Vail Mountain.  Having taught skiing for 23 years, I love helping my customers get better skiing if they want.  I really try to become their “Local” friend.