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December 2014 • Online Edition

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Push has finally come to shove

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BUSINESS: 9th & Colorado redux moves forward

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Creating a place for vitality to flourish

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THE HOLIDAYS: All manner of fun for all of you

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SCHOOL NEWS: Grant lab facilitates blended learning

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West Washington Park | Print |  E-mail

     Way back in the day it was Park Lane Café; since the 1990s, HandleBar Tavern and Abo’s/Parkside Pizza occupied the southwest corner site at Alameda Ave. and S. Downing St.

     As of Dec. 1, those previous tenants are simply memories, as Table to Tavern, the group behind the well-conceived pairing of Boone’s Tavern and Atticus restaurant at Evans Ave. and S. Downing St., has unveiled the latest eatery at 305 S. Downing St. – Blackbird.

Platt Park/S. Pearl St. | Print |  E-mail

     If you’ve made your way down to the S. Pearl St. commercial district recently, you’ve no doubt noticed Denver’s first two, on-street bicycle corrals, one in front of Black Pearl, 1529 S. Pearl St. and the other outside Stella’s Coffee Haus, 1476 S. Pearl St. Each corral holds about a dozen bicycles, encouraging Pearl St. devotees to bike their way to S. Pearl without calling on fossil fuels to power the journey.

DU/Evans Ave. | Print |  E-mail

     In a city awash in craft beers, brewers Spencer O’Bryan and Brennan Mann are unfazed by those who have come before, believing, as Mann says, that “competition produces excellence.” On Nov. 15 the two opened Fermaentra, 1715 E. Evans Ave., giving the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Denver yet another option for fine, thirst-quenching brew.

Broadway | Print |  E-mail

     With remaining vestiges of the Gates Rubber Company campus near the intersection of Mississippi Ave. and S. Broadway either under construction or soon to be so, U.S. Bank is moving from its longtime location at 1100 S. Broadway to new digs at 1248 S. Broadway. The move is planned for Sat., Jan. 31, with business resuming in the new spot, Mon., Feb. 2. Current plans call for that location to operate for two to three years while a permanent home is built close by.

     The interim 1248 S. Broadway site will not have a drive-through function, but will offer ATM and night-drop services.

     Info: 303-744-6489; usbank.com.


S. Downing St. | Print |  E-mail

     There’s a new brew brewing on S. Downing St. Keith’s Coffee has taken up residence in the former DazBog spot at 2450 S. Downing St., just north of Porter Hospital.

     Actually, the only thing you should notice a difference in right off is the coffee being served. Owner Keith Darr opened his business under the DazBog moniker in December 2010, but recently decided to strike out on his own to expand his freedom to select vendors and products that better fit his “buy local” preferences.

     Darr now serves a variety of artisan blends from local small-batch roasters like Corvus, Method Roasters and NOVO, and will be bringing in additional taste treats for lunch and breakfast.

     Keith’s Coffee is open Mon.-Fri., 6a.m.-7p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 7a.m.-6p.m. Later evening hours are being considered for the near future. Info: 303-733-4496.


Colorado Blvd. | Print |  E-mail

     In a massive takeover, Office Depot purchased its main competitor OfficeMax at the end of 2013, promising to close some 400 stores of their 2,000 store roster to eliminate overlap between the two operations, and to tighten up the bottom line.

     As part of that belt-tightening, Office Depot has given up its spot on the northwest corner of Evans Ave. and S. Colorado Blvd. in favor of the existing OfficeMax digs a few blocks south in the University Hills shopping center, 2730 S. Colorado Blvd.

     You may find a slightly different mix of product than you’ve been used to, but the helpful staff should be able to solve any problems you  might encounter. OfficeMax is open Mon.-Fri., 8a.m.-9p.m.; Sat., 9a.m.-8p.m.; and Sun., 10a.m.-6p.m.

     Info: 303-758-3767 or officemax.com.


Crestmoor | Print |  E-mail

     Mike Miller, owner of Basil Doc’s Pizza, has never been one to let the embers die out in the pizza oven. Always looking for a way to improve his business model, Miller wrote recently to announce the re-branding of Basil Doc’s Bistro/Burrito Bar & Coffee, 330 Holly St.

     Miller will continue to deal out classic Basil Doc’s pizza from 4-9p.m., but in the morning hours he plans to offer house-made breakfast burritos, muffins, cookies and cinnamon rolls, serving Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea (in all the popular iterations) to help get your caffeine level where you need it as you head into your day.

     Basil Doc’s Bistro/Burrito Bar & Cof-fee will be open 7 days a week – Mon.-Fri., 7a.m.-noon and Sat.-Sun., 7a.m.-1p.m. The pizza business will continue as it has for the past 18 years, at Miller’s other two Basil Doc’s locations – 2107 E. Virginia Ave. and 1481 S. Holly St.

     Info: visit basildocspizza.com or call 720-231-0521.

Bonnie Brae | Print |  E-mail

     Katherine’s French Bakery is open daily, 7a.m.-5p.m. Info: katherines.org or call 303-282-5888.

     Kudos to chefs Katherine Keeley Pappas and Mario Arrua on the 10th anniversary of Katherine’s French Bakery. After launching in Aurora in 2004, the pair opened their Bonnie Brae location at 728 S. University Blvd. in Sept. 2008, and last year consolidated the two operations at Bonnie Brae, expanding into the space to the east where The Papery held forth for many years before moving south to 5052 E. Hampden Ave.

     Known first and foremost for exquisite French pastries, quiche, cakes and cookies, the pair – now assisted by la petite chef, 4th grader Nathalie Marie Arrua – also put forth a tasty menu of crepes, sandwiches and salads, for breakfast and lunch, along with a full selection of coffee and tea concoctions, and beer, wine and champagne. If you’re thinking a bit more expansive than a simple meal out, Katherine’s is at the ready to cater your party or other special event.


Baker/Golden Triangle | Print |  E-mail

     For a slightly different spin on keeping your body in tip-top shape, investigate Movement Climbing + Fitness, newly opened at 1155 W. 5th Ave. This is the second location of the Boulder-based operation, started in 2009 by the husband/wife team, Michael and Anne-Worley Moelter.

     Aimed at climbing enthusiasts and those stoked by such pursuits, the Denver facility will mirror the Boulder operation, but on a larger scale. The 32,500-square-foot facility features a 50-foot climbing wall, with space for yoga, Pilates, cycling, fitness, childcare and personal training. The new building boasts a photovoltaic system supporting thermal water heating and natural daylighting; the facility is expected to offset 70 percent of annual energy consumption via the system.

Virginia Village | Print |  E-mail

     The Virginia Village neighborhood will welcome a much-needed addition to its restaurant roster sometime shortly after the turn of the year when Esters Neighborhood Pub opens at 1950 S. Holly St., a block north of the Holly St. post office.

     Owner Paul Sullivan plans a family-friendly joint specializing in artisanal pizza, flatbread sandwiches, soups and salads. The full bar will focus on “craft beers and craft cocktails,” said Sullivan.

     And for the record, the name does not refer to anyone’s maiden aunt, but instead to the aromas given off as a chemical by-product of the beer-making process. You learn something new every day, eh?

     Sullivan hesitated to give an exact opening date as renovating a 4,000-square-foot space can have its challenges, but expects to be welcoming patrons by early February at the latest. Stay tuned.