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. 


Record price for a studio at Glass House

We are excited to share with you our own Lindsay McBride brought new residents to the Glass House on 1700 Bassett #2121 in Denver's finest neighborhood Riverfront Park. This industrial studio sold on June 12th at a purchase price of $358,000. The highest price one of the studios has sold for in the past 4 years!  

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Larimer Place Condominiums HOA Honored


Our neighbors at the corner of 15th and Larimer were recognized by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.  The 2012 HOA of the Year Recipient in the MEDIUM CATEGORY is Larimer Pace Condomimiums managed by Hammersmith Management Inc.  Congratulations Larimer place!  See the entire story here.

RAC / MS 150 90 Minute Spin Classes

Be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, June 10th and June 17th at 8:00am for the 90 minute Spin classes that we will be hosting in preparation of the MS 150.  These classes will be co-taught by RAC’s very own Carlynn Martin and Autumn Verrier.  The MS 150 is a bike ride from Westminster to Fort Collins over a 2 day time period with all proceeds raised going to benefit the MS Society of Colorado.

The Riverfront Athletic Club will also be fundraising for this great cause, with all donations obtained being matched by Newmont Mining (one of the primary sponsors of the event) so every little bit helps!  As a sign of their appreciation Carlynn and Autumn have compiled CD’s with all of their favorite workout tracks on them to give to all donors/participants.

Both classes are sign-up only, so be sure to stop by the Riverfront Athletic Club at 1700 Bassett St., Suite 100 or call us at 720-946-3113 to reserve your spot today!

Here are just a few testimonials of RAC employees who will be partaking in the ride:

“Working with the MS Foundation has always been an organization that I hold very close to my heart. My mother in-law, Cindi, has been living with MS for many years. Her determination, positivity, and love, inspires me which keeps me fighting to find a cure.”-Carlynn McCallum 

“This year I am participating in the MS150 for two very special people in my life.  Cindi Martin and Anne Jacobs, are two great friends of mine that have been diagnosed with MS.  Every day, people with MS have to get through their days with struggle and pain that I cannot begin to understand.  Cindi and Anne are so strong and positive that they do not let this life threatening disease bring them down.  It makes me feel blessed to have such uplifting people around me that I can only help spread that positivity to others.  Of course the money we raise for this event is for such a great cause and I truly believe that we are helping to get closer to finding a cure. The ride is much more than that in my opinion.  The two days of riding brings humanity together for ONE cause or ONE purpose and we are all out there riding to fulfill a goal!  Even people with MS are out there riding and going through the long days.  The days alone bring so much inspiration that I will never have an excuse to give up on ANYTHING.  These two ladies have supported me throughout my life since I have known them and riding in this special event to help support them is the LEAST I can do to return the favor.”  -Steve Mingilton

If you would like more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and how proceeds from the Colorado Bike MS Ride are used, or the other ways you can get involved in the fight against MS, please visit