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#MyFavoriteBlock: Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan, Owner-Operator, BookBar 

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If you’ve never been to BookBar, put it on your list. Part bookstore, part wine bar, this gem on Tennyson Street is comfy and cozy, with that perfect neighborhood vibe. We caught up with BookBar’s owner, Nicole Sullivan, to get the inside scoop on her favorite block in Denver:

“My favorite block is, naturally, the block where I spend most of my waking hours: Tennyson Street from 42nd to 44th. Two of my businesses are located there, BookBar and BookBed (our author and book lover B&B above the bookstore wine bar). 

This block is full of a variety of locally owned businesses. Directly across the street from us is Lalu, a creative arts studio. Right next door to Lalu is Real Baby. We collaborate with them on our monthly Real Baby story time where, you guessed it, we present a story time for babies and provide Real Baby coupons to attendees. Ooh Ahh Jewelry and Sarah O. Jewelry (both by the same owner) carries my favorite jewelry in Denver. 

My go to lunch spot is Biju’s Little Curry Shop for a fast, healthy lunch when I can get out of my store. 

This great new gallery just opened up called Tesoro Gallery. They just moved up here from Santa Fe Art Disctrict. They have some fabulous art, home goods, and jewelry as well. They often feature tea leaf readings, too! And right across from them is Berkeley Untapped, a great little bar with a fantastic owner. 

A little further up the street is Feral Mountain Company, a boutique outdoors outfitter, and Spruce Men’s Clothier and styling shop. Both Feral and Spruce have very energetic, forward thinking owners. 

Two of my favorite restaurants (and where you will likely find me if I’m not in my store) are El Chingon and Parisi. Both restaurants do what they do better than anyone else and always welcome you as if you are family. 

The block wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Oriental Theater. One of NW Denver’s staple venues, it is always producing fun and innovative shows from authors to classic to punk musicians; from community parties to large screen movies. There aren’t too many blocks in Denver that can boast this much locally owned, authentic variety and I feel so very lucky to be a part of it.”

Five Questions, One Broker: Amy Cesario

Amy Cesario, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Taking time to be with family and having as many in one room as possible – Christmas Eve Dinner at my parents’ house is that special night that we all are together and present.

Name one thing we might not know about you. I love collecting Santa Clauses. I have hundreds of them from all over the world.

Local Insider: What are you currently inspired by in downtown Denver? The Coloradan. It offers the opportunity to help people buy a brand new condo in the heart of Denver. 

What’s your go-to spot in Denver? Cherry Creek – We have so many new restaurants but I like going to places that have been there for years and knowing I can get the same pasta I did 7 years ago. Kind of comforting, like going to Grandmas.

Winter is here! What’s your favorite winter activity in/around Denver? Having a glass of bourbon near the fire with friends, maybe bake a lasagna or make homemade pasta. I love Denver because the snow melts the next day! You won’t find me outside enjoying winter activities unless the sun is out and it’s a 65+ degree day. I’ve never skied or done any outdoor winter sports and I’ve never had any desire to.

Bonus Question: What’s the best new restaurant/bar you’ve tried lately? I haven’t tried anything new lately, but I am excited to check out Izakaya Ronin, because I love Japanese Whiskey... 

Amy Cesario, acesario@sliferdenver.com, (303) 995-3180

The Beer Expert Says…

Great American Beer Festival is coming to Denver this weekend, and with it comes an incredible number of beer events throughout the city. And while it’s the perfect week to get out there and try some new spots, the list of possibilities can get overwhelming.

Our resident beer expert David Broecker is here to help. Before he launched his real estate career, David worked in the beer industry for decades, meaning he knows exactly where to go to find some of the best brews in town. Here’s his don’t-miss list for the week:

FRESHCRAFT This LoDo beer hall is loaded with fun events in the next couple days. Pop by at 9pm on Friday for a mini tap takeover by Station 26 Brewing (Denver) and Indeed Brewing (Minneapolis). On Saturday, they’ll have an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, a 4pm tap takeover by Trve (Denver) and Green Flash (San Diego), and a 7pm tap takeover by Surly (Minneapolis).

FALLING ROCK. With over 75 beers on tap, this is a great place to go to try some new ones. They’ll be highlighting new breweries all day Friday and Saturday, including Elevation (Friday at 3pm), Epic Brewing (Friday, 9:30pm), Telluride (Saturday, 6pm), Crooked Stave (Saturday, 9:30pm), and more! Check out their full event list here.

STAR BAR. This is one of the best hidden gems in the city. Though unassuming from the outside, Star Bar is a fantastic craft beer bar inside that has a wide range of great beer. From 10am-4pm on Friday, Star Bar will be featuring its Kenny Lagers (in addition to several other lagers on tap). Then at 7pm, join them for the Curiosity Ball, highlighting collaboration projects from across the country, including Creature Comforts, Other Half Brewing, Wicked Weed, and Jester King.

And since GABF celebrates beers from all across the country, David says there’s an out-of-towner that’s worth a try. Melvin Brewing out of Utah is known for their incredible IPAs. In fact, their Melvin IPA earned a gold medal at last year’s GABF, and a bronze medal the year before. You can find it at restaurants and breweries throughout Denver, so keep an eye out and give it a try!

For a full list of GABF week events, check out this great guide from Westword.

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 www.lalovelyvintage.com.