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Conde Naste names the ART hotel No. 1

Conde Nast Traveler has recognized The ART, a hotel as the No.1 Top Hotel in Colorado.

Located in the heart of Denver’s museum district, the 165-room hotel showcases an expertly curated in-house art collection with more than 50 pieces of contemporary work, the FIRE restaurant and rooftop terraces. The ART also offers artistic programming to match the hotel’s aesthetic, including the ART Run, where guests can receive a curated map offering an urban public run through Denver’s prominent public art pieces, as well as the ART Ride, which allows guests to use complementary customer-designed bikes painted by local student artists to explore downtown Denver.

“We are thrilled to receive this respected travel award alongside other notable hotels in our state,” says General Manager Aaron Coburn. “We thank our loyal guests for choosing our hotel as their home base in Denver and our passionate staff for making every guest experience so memorable.”

More than 300,000 Conde Nast readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record number of 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines and 195 airports.

The Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”

Gallery, boutique opens in Cherry Creek North

A new design gallery and women’s boutique has opened at the corner of Third and Detroit streets in Cherry Creek North.

BOLDI sells women’s apparel and art prints featuring exclusive patterns designed by founder Andrew Bermingham, as well as complementary lifestyle accessories.

“Inspired by the graphic rhythms found in nature and technology, BOLDI celebrates superlative patterns,” says Christina Sage Quigley, BOLDI’s vice president of marketing. “Andrew has always been captivated by recurring graphics in nature, science and technology. The BOLDI brand is his canvas.”

Bermingham is a Denver native and the founder and artist behind BOLDI. In addition to design, he has spent 27 years in the energy sector and currently serves as CEO of Montreux Energy.

The store is featuring the line’s spring 2018 collection inspired by the Amalfi Coast in the 1970s. The line has warm citrus shades contrasted by moody blues and sea greens.

The store at 280 Detroit St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment.
 

Dandy Lion Coffee to open at Zeppelin Station

A Vietnamese cafe will debut in Zeppelin Station in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood.

Dandy Lion Coffee, a coffee-centric cafe from Vinh Xuong Bakery owner Duc Huynh, will open in the building’s market hall later this year. Dandy Lion Coffee will offer unexpected flavors in its beverages and pastries featuring Vietnamese ingredients including chicory, lavender, coconut, chrysanthemum and pandan.

“Dandy Lion Coffee will be our take on an all-day cafe serving coffee, pastries, speciality sodas and juices with a Vietnamese influence,” Huynh says. “The walk-up coffee bar will be the go-to spot for people headed to the train, working upstairs in Zeppelin Station and anyone who comes to the market hall to meet friends, get some work done and grab a bite to eat.”

Opening later this year, Zeppelin Station will be a 100,000-square-foot creative workplace and market hall at the 38th and Blake Station commuter rail line that connects Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport. The ground-level market hall will feature retail tenants focused in design goods and fashion-forward apparel, various street-food vendors from around the country, multiple bars and a full-service anchor restaurant.

The RiNo Arts District will be headquartered at Zeppelin Station alongside a retail space showcasing local artists.


 

Riverfront plaza opens at Confluence Park



At long last, the new $9.3 million riverfront plaza at Confluence Park is finished.

The project stalled for more than a year after coal tar was discovered buried on the river’s west bank. Work restarted last December and wrapped up with the culmination of a ribbon cutting on Oct. 14.

The completion of Confluence Park marks the first project of Phase II of River Vision, the expanded plan to improve the South Platte River corridor and make it the premier outdoor recreation destination and environmental educational resource for the city and the state. Since 2012, multiple partner organizations have raised nearly $50 million toward the renovation of parks along the South Platte. Phase I of River Vision created more than 30 acres of new parkland and greenways, and Phase II will include four additional revitalization efforts north of Confluence Park.

“For our growing city, it’s never been more important to protect, preserve and grow our parks and recreational opportunities, and reclaiming the river has been vital in celebrating and cultivating new outdoor experiences for Denver residents,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said. “Phase I of the River Vision investment has already transformed the banks of the South Platte into a spectacular network of parks for residents to enjoy, and there are more great improvements to come.”

Phase I of River Vision broke ground in 2013 and wrapped up in the spring with the completion of Grant Frontier Park. It also included Johnson Habitat, Vanderbilt and Pasquinel’s Landing.

In addition to Shoemaker Plaza, Phase II will include:
  • Globeville Landing Park
  • Heron Pond/Northside Park Master Plan
  • River North (RiNo) Park
  • RiNo Promenade
The completely rebuilt Shoemaker Plaza is now ADA compliant and includes improved bicycle and pedestrian flow, increased river access and new gathering places meant to create a vibrant environment at Denver’s historic birthplace.
 

Frank Bonanno to open food hall at Dairy Block

Denver Chef Frank Bonanno will open Milk Market at Dairy Block, a food hall featuring 15 restaurants and bars, in 15,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of the office and hotel building.

Milk Market concepts will include Morning Jones, a pastry shop; Bao Chica Bao, serving Asian street bao buns; Lou’s Hot & Naked, serving hot fried chicken; Albina by the Sea, a fresh seafood eatery named for Bonanno’s grandmother; MoPoke, a poke bowl concept; Green Huntsman, a salad bar; S&G Salumeri, a sandwich shop; Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria; Stranded Pilgrim, a tap room pouring Colorado beers; and Cellar, a wine bar.

“Dairy Block is going to be one of downtown Denver’s hottest new destinations for eating, drinking and shopping,” says Chad McWhinney, co-founder and CEO of development firm McWhinney. “We’re looking forward to continuing to share the other exciting retailers and restaurants who will be joining the Dairy Block family soon.”

Bonanno also will be opening another restaurant at Dairy Block, Engine Room Pizza, which will serve pizza by the slice.

Other tenants planned for Dairy Block include a speakeasy and a multi-shop market hall, cafe and workshop offering a variety of clothing, accessories and home wares from local and global brands and studios.

Dairy Block has 66,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, a six-story office tower and 172-room hotel.
 

Brisk condo sales prompt end to project's first phase of sales

The Laurel Cherry Creek condominium project is selling so well that the development and sales team are ending the first phase of sales on Nov. 30, giving interested buyers a limited time to buy a residence at current pricing and the opportunity to select their own finishes.

A second phase of sales for the high-rise condos will be announced during the first quarter next year.

“The level of interest has not only been high for Laurel Cherry Creek, but so has the sales pace, which is the reason we’re going to suspend sales during the holidays and announce a re-release in 2018,” says Dawn Raymond of The Kentwood Co. and the exclusive listing broker for the project. “Interested buyers still have a few weeks to act and finalize their purchase. Otherwise, we expect to see a new rush of interest and sales when we commence our sales efforts early next year.”

Residences have private balconies or terraces with glass railings; natural gas BBQ service and hose bibs on the balconies; linear gas fireplaces; 10-foot, 8-inch ceilings throughout the living areas; porcelain tile flooring in all bathrooms and laundry; and looped-wool carpet in all bedrooms.

“We have designed and built Laurel Cherry Creek to be the preeminent residential address in Cherry Creek, where owners will enjoy upscale, maintenance-free living in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the United States,” says Paul Powers, president of Pauls Corp., which is developing the project.

Studio NYL opens second office in RiNo

Studio NYL, a Boulder-based structural engineering and facade design firm, has opened its second Colorado office at 3120 Blake St. in the heart of Denver’s RiNo neighborhood.

The company says it located in the co-working space to be closer to an architecture firm and landscape design company it often works with, as well as to be a part of the vibrant neighborhood RiNo has become.

“We love the location and it’s a beautiful building,” said Chris O’Hara, co-founder and principal of Studio NYL, which designed co-working space for Galvanize and Alchemy. “It’s a nice collaborative workspace.”

Projects in the design phase in Studio NYL’s Denver office include the structure for HUB, a mixed-use transit-oriented development at 36th and Blake and the facade for DaVita Inc.’s corporate headquarters expansion at 16 Chestnut. Over the years, Studio NYL has completed projects such as the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, the Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse facade and the Denver Botanic Gardens Science Pyramid structure and facade.

“This is all about our commitment to Denver and our clients here,” O’Hara said. “Opening a Denver office has been a goal of ours for a long time, so this is a very exciting milestone for our firm. The volume of work our clients are engaged in across Denver clearly demands a greater presence on our part.”
 

Craft makers open up shop in North Denver

Two of Denver’s homegrown makers, Craft Boner and Moore Collection, are teaming up to open their first brick-and-mortar store in North Denver.

Yes Please has opened a 3,000-square-foot retail and production facility at 3851 Steele St.

“Craft Boner and Moore Collections are very different brands, but for years we’ve shared the dream of opening a store that’s also a community space,” says Kiwi Schloffel, owner of Craft Boner. “Our vision is to showcase the real people and work behind our products with a retail space in front and a visible production area in the back.”

Craft Boner, known for its hilariously poignant gifts and paper products, started its online business in 2012, inspired by the dilemma of purchasing a greeting card that honestly says what the giver means. Brand favorites include a mug inscribed with  “Christmas is For Carbs” greeting card.

Moore Collection, owned by Tanner Barkin and Taylor Palmie, began in 2010 as a custom screen printing business in Barkin’s parents’ garage. Today, the duo designs and hand prints its own T-shirts, each with a high level of quality. Popular styles include imagery of Aspens surrounding a campsite, as well as designs inscribed with “The Mountains Are Calling” and “Take Me To The Trees.”

“Our goal at Moore Collection is to create something tangible, inspired by our own interests, that other people can enjoy,” says Palmie. “By juxtaposing our T-shirts with Craft Boner’s playful products, we’re confident that Yes Please will offer something for everyone while supporting Colorado makers.”

Yes Please will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
 

First residents move into Centric LoHi

The first residents of Centric LoHi have started moving into the 302-unit apartment complex at 18th Street and Central Avenue in Denver’s Lower Highland neighborhood.

Developed by Nashville-based Southern Land Co., Centric LoHi will broaden the mix of units available in the neighborhood, offering 42 studios, 50 efficiencies, 140 one-bedroom apartments and 70 two-bedroom units. Rents start at $1,480 a month.

“We're thrilled to be in the Denver market and to be able to showcase the commitment to high-quality development our company is known for,” says Cindy DeFrancesco, senior vice president of Southern Land. “Centric LoHi is the perfect community for residents who want upgraded amenities and easy access to all Denver has to offer.”

Amenities at the complex include a resort-style saltwater pool and hot tub, 24-hour fitness center and an on-site pet grooming salon. There are also courtyards, a club room, game room and wine lounge, as well as a rooftop deck overlooking downtown Denver.

The mixed-use community includes 9,300 square feet of restaurant space, including The Bindery, a new concept from local chef Linda Hampsten Fox, and Marcella’s, an upscale Italian cafe. Both are scheduled to open this fall.

Moxy hotel to open in Cherry Creek

Moxy Hotels is poised to open the brand’s first location in Cherry Creek.

Developed and owned by BMC Investments and managed by Vision Hospitality Group, Moxy Denver at 240 Josephine St. is steps away from restaurants and shops and just 10 minutes from downtown. The brand is part of Marriott.

“With its reputation as one of the most progressive cities, Denver embodies the essence of Moxy — fund, edgy and social,” says Vicki Poulos, senior global brand director for Moxy Hotels. “Business and leisure travelers will find a willing and able accomplice in Moxy Hotels to bend the rules of conventional hotel models, without worrying about disapproving stares from the crowd.”

The 170-room hotel will feature more than 3,000 square feet of communal spaces, ranging from quieter library/plug-in zones to the hotel’s buzzing bar. The bar, which will serve local beers and crafted cocktails alongside shareable finger fare, also doubles as the hotel’s physical check-in where guests are greeted with a complimentary Got Moxy cocktail upon arrival.

Moxy’s tech-enabled rooms feature keyless entry; motion-sensor lighting; internet TV featuring Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, and Crackle; abundant power and USB outlets; and fast and free Wi-Fi.

Moxy guests enrolled in the award-winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program will be able to check in and out in advance and earn points during their stay that can be redeemed for flights, hotel accommodations and merchandise.

The real numbers: Center city neighborhoods add housing, but is it affordable?

Denver is on track to meet a goal set in 2007 to add 18,000 housing units in the city center by 2027.

The center city has seen an increase of 10,000 residential units since 2010, and another nearly 9,000 are under construction, according to the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Center City Housing report.

Even so, the units added have not been enough to keep housing costs affordable for some residents and workers.

“The Downtown Denver Partnership has advanced a variety of solutions to stem the impact of rising housing costs, ad we are focused on addressing the need for diversity in housing type and affordability to meet the needs for downtown’s workforce,” says Tami Door, president and CEO of the partnership. “While our residential and employee populations are growing at unprecedented rates, we must ensure companies can continue to attract and retain the employees they need to be successful, and affordable housing is a key part of the equation.”

The partnership has led several strategic housing initiatives, including advocating for construction defects reform, working with developers to add a variety of unit types and endorsing the creation of the first affordable housing fund in the City and County of Denver. The partnership also played a key role in moving the LIVE Denver program forward.

Other insights from the report include:
  • Denver’s center city neighborhoods are home to 79,367 residents and 130,227 employees
  • Since 2010, the center city has added 15,877 new residents and 33,065 new jobs
  • Denver is the fourth fastest growing city in the United States, and the demand to live in the center city is high, with the residential population tripling since 2000
  • Capitol Hill is the most populous center city neighborhood with a population of 17,142 residents
  • The Central Platte Valley neighborhood adjacent to Denver Union Station experienced the highest percentage of population growth since 2010
  • The Central Platte Valley neighborhood also added the most new units since 2010, totaling 5,669 units completed or under construction, more than 3,800 more units than the next busiest neighborhood for development, River North.

Red Owl apartments bring new residences to the evolving West Wash Park neighborhood

Red Owl, a 46-unit apartment project in West Wash Park, is ready to welcome tenants.

The project includes lofts and townhome style units on South Logan Street between Ellsworth and Bayaud.

“We wanted to respect the scale and rhythm of the neighborhood, so we ended up with a composition that gives every unit useable and functional outdoor space,” says Chris Fulenwider, president of CF Studio Architecture + Development, architect and co-developer of the project. “We also emphasized energy efficiency using passive elements like large windows, outdoor circulation and overhangs, which not only result in lower energy use but also become part of the character of the building.”

Red Owl was named after the old grocery store of the same name on the adjoining lot, which recently was transformed into the Alchemy Co-Working Space.

“We took one look at the old Red Owl grocery warehouse and knew we could creatively repurpose the space as opposed to demolishing the classic barrel-roofed structure, giving it a new life,” Fulenwider says.

Alchemy opened in early September and already has attracted nearly a dozen companies. As part of its emphasis on wellness, the first floor of Alchemy also houses the newest expansion location for the Endorphin fitness studio.

“Chris and I wanted to create an authentic co-working space in the neighborhood that emphasized work-life balance and matched the positive entrepreneurial spirit of the city,” says Travis McAfoos, co-developer of the project.
 

The Record Company to headline holiday concert benefitting public schools

The Grammy Award-nominated Los Angeles band The Record Company is headlining the fourth annual Sing It To Me Santa concert Dec. 9 at the Ogden Theatre.

The concert will benefit music education in Denver Public Schools through the newly formed nonprofit organization Take Note Colorado.

“I am honored and proud to announce that Sing It To Me Santa will become a signature event under Take Note Colorado,” says Karen Radman, executive director of Take Note Colorado. “And, that net proceeds from Sing It To Me Santa 2017 will benefit music education in Denver Public Schools.”

The Record Company is a Los Angeles-based rock trio whose 2016 debut album was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Tickets for the show are available at www.axs.com. General admission tickets are $25-30, and VIP tickets are $250. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. For information on sponsorships for the show, contact Karen Radman at karen@takenotecolorado.org.

Denver-based vintage rock/funk/blues powerhouse Tracksuit Wedding will open the show, performing original new tracs from its just-released second album “Now or Never” — and some holiday favorites to celebrate the season. 

Take Note Colorado, chaired by Gov. John Hickenlooper and Isaac Slade of The Fray, is a new statewide initiative with a goal to provide access to musical instruments and instruction to all of Colorado’s K-12 students. Sing It To Me Santa is a benefit concert created in 2014 by Libby Anschutz.

City and County Building gets new composition for chimes

A new composition has been installed in the 10-bell chime of the Denver City and County Building. 

“Ascent,” by artist Kevin Padworski, will be played on significant and special days for the City of Denver.

“The goal of the composition was to capture the essence of the people the music aimed to represent — the people of Denver,” Padworski says. “With a quickly growing population, full of diversity and a multitude of backgrounds, I sought to create the music that would evoke this catalytic energy. The task of composing for bells combined with a limitted set of pitches was a unique and exciting challenge and privilege.”

Padworski visited the building multiple times to play and hear the bell tower. He planted himself “on location” downtown so he was surrounded by people he could draw the music from. The composition features ascending musical lines that represent the city — its growth, the people, the topography of the state and hope in its future.

“Bells have such an iconic and timeless sound, and it is my hope that this new music can be heard in a new way to serve and inspire the people of this city,” Padworski said. 

Lash Boulevard opens in Highland

A new spa specializing in all things eyelashes has opened at 1204 W. 38th Ave.

Lash Boulevard was built with customization in mind and provides lash extensions, lash lifts, chemical peels, facials, oxygen treatments, spray tanning, waxing and acne treatment.

“We understand that every person’s skin is different, and we customize our approach based upon each client’s unique skin tone, texture and tolerance,” says Karen Martiz, owner of the spa. “We continually educate ourselves on the best products and practices in the industry to ensure we’re providing proven treatments that show noticeable improvements for each client.”

Certified as a lash extension instructor, Martiz has created her own product line to improve the lash extension application process.

In addition to basic lash and skin services, Lash Boulevard’s treatments go beyond that of a typical spa — particularly in the realm of skincare. The spa offers a glow on the go light chemical peel that doesn’t produce lasting redness, dermaplaning and microdermabrasion among others. The spa also is one of the only Denver-based providers of the Face Reality acne treatment program. Lash Boulevard also offers microblading — the art of creating realistic looking eyebrow hairs using a permanent makeup technique. 

Lash Boulevard’s new location is available for continuing education classes for lash technicians, bridal party packages and private parties. Beauty packages can be customized to fit each group’s needs.
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