This last weekend (6/2-6/5) was bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Let me just start by saying that I LOVE FIRST FRIDAYS!! If you haven't even been down on Santa Fe in the Art District during the evening, in the warmer weather seasons, on the First Friday of the Month... You are missing out on some legit people watching, amazing art, great food and just an incredible atmosphere! I look forward to it every year. June 2nd was my first First Friday of the year!
One of my closest friends, Judy, met me and we went to dinner at "Pinche Taco" A.K.A.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey, which is my #1 favorite Taco Shop, ever. If you know me, you know that I love TACOS! Always busy, fresh food and spicy salsa!
After we pigged out, we found our way down to Santa Fe and 10th Ave. to start perusing the galleries, and people!
There are so many amazing galleries, antique stores, co-ops, artists, musicians and people! It takes a few minutes to really soak it in. One of the antique shops has a funny bird in a cage that talks to you! There are hidden alleys, like the one in my photo that is lit up with lights, basements full of freshly painted canvas and street buskers entertaining you with drums made out of plastic, 5 gallon buckets and an upside down metal pot!
One of my favorite galleries is Artwork Network, which you can see the exterior of in one of the photos above. They have some incredible pieces of art. Don't forget to go in the basement!
Judy and I ran into some friends, checked out a live sculpting session, watched some B-Boys and B-Girls in a break dance circle and ended our 4 hour stroll around 10:00 PM.
Brunch, The Stanley Marketplace, 16th Street Mall, Thirsty Lion and Marian Hill! Phew!
What a full day! I hardly took any photos, which is unlike me! I met my friend Aly (who is kind of a big deal female brewer for Dry Dock Brewing Co.!) for brunch at the Denver Biscuit Company in the new Stanley Marketplace near Stapleton! They had the best music playing and some wildly entertaining gentlemen behind the bar that knew every word to every 70's hit that was being played in the restaurant! So fun.
Aly and I decided to walk around the Stanley, in hopes that my favorite place Mondo Market would be open but we were just a day or two early. What we DID find, was my buddy Josh Schwab's new spot for his Glazed and Confuzed donut shop! Aly and I shared a Confused Samoa donut, even though we had just eaten DBC 10 minutes ago... if you come anywhere close to Josh's donuts, you cannot say no.
I also spend some quality time inside of Trunk Nouveau! The family that owns Trunk Nouveau are also the owners of Pandoras (on 13th... but really on 17th now) and Soul Haus! 13th ave between Washington and Broadway are my old stomping grounds. Pandoras and Soul Haus are two of my favorite stores and I am thrilled to know that they now have a location on 17th (with some incredible history behind their new building) for both Pandoras and Soul Haus.
Anyhow... Trunk Nouveau is an incredible mash up of the two other stores and I just felt it when I walked in there. And Chris even brought me a potato knish from Rosenberg's Bagels & Deli! It was THE BEST!
After I ate my way through the Stanley, I had a few hours to kill so I went and walked around 16th Street for their music fest and through the Chalk Art Festival! By about 5PM, I was ready to go get my BFF, Christi. We had planned on going to dinner and then to see Marian Hill at the Ogden.
Christi and I ate at the Thirsty Lion in Union Station and took an Uber (quite entertaining, this driver was a goof!) to the Ogden where we were met by some guys that had already had their party pants on for quite sometime. Thankfully, the gate keepers told them to take a walk and get some nachos at 7-11 across the street (*smirk*).
Christi and I worked our way to the front of the crown and I secured our spot at the front of the stage. A group called Opia opened up. Two young guys from L.A. took the crowd by surprise with some incredible guitar solos and an incredible vocal display that I don't think anyone saw coming from their blonde, surfer look!
Marian Hall came out and the energy was amazing. Her voice is one of a kind and the house was PACKED! It's been awhile since I voluntarily stood that close to a speaker, so the unfamiliar bass that shook our bodies from the ground up only added to the electricity flowing from person to person in the entire crowd. It was such an amazing show and I have been listening to her album
ACT ONE (The Complete Collection) all week! I think my favorite songs on that album are Down, Take Your Time, oh yeah i love u and I Want You. Give them a listen!
Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market! I bought everything. Ok, not everything but it felt like it!
The Spice Guy (Zach) makes some of the most legit spice blends out there. Inexpensive, fresh and well blended... your home cooked meals are about to level up!
I also grabbed some garlic goodness from Prohibited Provisions and tons more! They were also having a puppy adoption event, so I pretty much played with puppies for half the time. Be still, my beating heart. I wanted to take them all!
Once we were done at the market, I did my normal mundane Sunday chores of groceries, laundry and such.
We have so many amazing things to do in Denver, let alone Colorado... ALL year long! Next time you find yourself trying to find something to do... just walk down the street and you're bound to find something fantastic! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to see what other events are happening!
xoxo - Leah
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah