City Park Businesses on Colfax

Author: Rick Janson / Category: City Park Denver, Denver Lifestyle™

It seems to be that one of the greatest parts of living the Denver lifestyle is the support we offer as a city to small businesses. The restaurants, shops, and venues that run the south border of the City Park neighborhood offer up everything you are searching for, and are locally owned and operated.

Beginning at the east end of the neighborhood, you have the Lowenstein Complex, which houses the Tattered Cover bookstore, Twist ‘n Shout record shop, Encore Restaurant, and the three-screen independent movie theater Neighborhood Flix. A tried and true Denver staple, the Tattered Cover bookstore offers floors of books to get lost in, while the neighboring record shop has enough aisles of music to make your head spin. Opened in 2007, Encore serves up great New American Cuisine in a laid-back setting. It’s a great place to catch a bite to eat before you head over to the Flix theater to catch both classic and new independent films.

Moving up past East High School, you come across the infamous hipster holdout, Rock Bar. Located in the first floor of a seedy Colfax motel, this place is famous for its cheap beer and good dancing music. You’ll find plenty of tight pants and ironic mustaches, but it’s all part of the charming Denver lifestyle. At the far end of the City Park strip, you’ll come across another outpost of hipsters at Lost Lake. It’s got the same attitude as Rock Bar, but mixed with the feeling of drinking cheap beer in your grandparent’s basement. People watching at either of these venues is unparalleled.

Past Rock Bar, are a bunch of really great little shops and restaurants. Plastic Chapel is the go-to spot for Denver’s graffiti-art inclined crowd, with hundreds of the vinyl toys collectors of such things seek out. The Shoppe has taken the cupcake craze and run with it, offering up delicious cakes and hot tea all day. If you’re in the mood for something a little more breakfast oriented, fret not: they have tons of cereals ready for the eating as well. In between the two lies The Fabric Lab, as bastion of light for the burgeoning DIY crowd Denver is harboring. With inspiration in art, design, and crafting, The Fabric Lab is a must-see for the amateur designer.

If you find yourself getting hungry, Colfax has you covered. From the numerous Greek enclaves courtesy of the city’s infamous Pete Contos (of Pete’s Kitchen and Satire Lounge fame) to the hard-to-miss Ethiopian restaurant named, aptly enough, Ethipoian Restaurant, every kind of food you want can be found on this stretch of road. The bar and restaurant combo at the Atomic Cowboy offers up killer slices from Fat Sully’s and breakfast from the Denver Biscuit Company. The latter also sports a food truck that can be found serving up their goods all over town. Across the street is the Mexican food hot spot Mezcal. Sister restaurants with Cherry Creek’s Tambien and South Broadway’s El Diablo, the food at Mezcal is not to be missed. The happy hour deals at Mezcal are especially awesome, with the later happy hour starting at ten, perfect for after the shows you can catch at the Bluebird Theater. Like Mezcal, the Bluebird has a few sister venues, but for small shows from as-yet-unknown bands, Bluebird is the place to be.

Any way you want to travel through this stretch of town is fine, but walking really gives you the time and focus to explore the wonder that is Colfax. Molded from left-overs, the City Park neighborhood shows the tenacity Denverites have for improving on what we have and making this city beautiful.

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City Park’s Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Author: Rick Janson / Category: City Park Denver, Denver Lifestyle™

Like most other grandiose projects the Denver Museum of Nature and Science started in earnest, as the Colorado Museum of Natural History in 1900 with a collection of mountainous plants and animals gathered by a man named Edwin Carter. Though it was originally housed on another site, the museum opened up in its current location in City Park in 1908 and has continued to expand since then. The first addition, the Phipps Auditorium, came in 1940, with the Gates Planetarium following next in 1968. Perhaps one of the most notable additions to the museum was Denver’s very first IMAX theater, which appeared in 1983. To give the museum more room to showcase its incredible collections, a 187,000 square foot addition was put on the museum shortly following the IMAX, in 1987. Since then, the Leprino Atrium and Anschutz Sky Terrace have been added, and plans for a ground-breaking in the Fall of this year are in the works. This newest addition, scheduled to be completed by 2014, will add another 126,000 square feet and house the newest of the museum’s interests, the Rocky Mountain Science Collections and the Science Engagement Center. Within the expansive confines of this museum a number of permanent collections are on display, as well as world-renowned traveling exhibits.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s permanent exhibits have something for everyone. Geared towards the little ones, the Discovery Zone allows children to dig for fossils, dance to world music, and see how it feels to walk like an animal of a different breed. The Egyptian Mummy collection is a great addition to the recent King Tut exhibit the Denver Art Museum had. Staples of most nature and science museums, ours houses incredible interactive collections on Native American culture, the wonder of space, and an epic journey through pre-history and the evolution of animals from small organisms to dinosaurs to the creatures that roam the earth today. If you need a break from wandering the halls, the IMAX theater is steps away, waiting for you to step in and enjoy some 3D science from the comfort of your chair. If you’re feeling a little more 2D, check out some of the shows at the Gates Planetarium. Young visitors can enjoy a can-do story about a star that travels the galaxy, meeting new planets and stars, while the older visitors can soak in informational programs about black holes.

As a public entity, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science subsides on donations, entrance fees, and grants, but they also offer a number of free days throughout the year as a part of their public service. Rates for entrance into the museum vary based on what activities you want to participate in once you reach the doors. Special exhibits, like National Geographic’s Real Pirates exhibit currently on display, often cost a bit extra, but are more than worth it. Parking on the grounds is free too, so splurge on the experience inside!

As part of the grounds of City Park, Denver Museum of Nature and Science holds a little secret that is worth sharing: the best view of sunset over Denver that you can find anywhere in the city. Situated at the highest elevation in the park, the back side of the museum is the perfect place to wind down your day and watch the sun shower the mountains and Denver skyline with the bold colors of the end of the day. Just don’t tell too many people….

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City Park’s Jazz in the Park Series

Author: Rick Janson / Category: City Park Denver, Denver Lifestyle™

What officially started in 1986 as a handful of musicians playing every few weeks during the summer, Denver’s Jazz in the Park series channels a time a hundred years earlier when Denverites put on their Sunday best and headed to Ferril Lake at City Park. In their turn-of-the-century attire, folks would stroll the path around the lake and listen to music flowing forth from the bandstand.

Fast forward to 2011, and you will see thousands of people from all walks of life enjoying the Denver sunshine and listening to one of ten concerts throughout the summer that are put on by City Park Jazz. You will still see people in their Sunday best, to be sure, but you’ll also see hordes of people on bikes and groups of young adults grilling out in swim trunks. It is one of the few activities that Denver offers where you can see the melting pot of diversity the city holds; the 2010 Jazz in the Park series saw over 70,000 visitors!

There is food to purchase on-site, but half the fun of Jazz in the Park is bringing your own picnic. They encourage coolers on wheels and grills for sizzling up burgers and hot dogs. If you get a spot towards the back of the crowd, there is plenty of room to toss around a frisbee or throw the ball with Fido. The concerts happen weekly, rain or shine, so be sure to bring an umbrella and rain gear if you want to enjoy Denver’s warm summer rains as well as great music.

Off-street parking is plentiful, with the lots for the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on the north side of the park available. A giant bike corral is also available for the public and is manned by volunteers who will make sure your bike stays put, even if you forgot a lock. However you arrive at Jazz in the Park, be sure to make it to this exemplification of the Denver lifestyle at least a few times this summer!

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City Park Denver Zoo

Author: Rick Janson / Category: City Park Denver, Denver Lifestyle™

Opened in 1896 at the heart of City Park, the Denver Zoo began humbly with a lone black bear named Billy Bryan. He had been orphaned by his mother and made a new home at the zoo. From those modest beginnings, the Denver Zoo has grown to house over 3,500 animals from 650 different species across 80 acres. Open year-round, the zoo has fun activities planned every month for everyone from tiny tots to couples looking for a fun date idea.

As an educational source, the Denver Zoo has plenty to offer. Outside of the zoo setting, it supports 75 different research and conservation projects in 22 countries. It also offers family canoe trips during the summer that specialize in education and fun. On site, it works to promote the furthering of endangered species by having 188 of them that live at the zoo, with three that are completely extinct in the wild.

On top of the great educational programs the zoo offers for kids and families, there are a number of events they hold that meld the educational side of the zoo with the laid back Denver lifestyle, aimed at the adult animal lover. During the summer they offer a date night series where a couple can listen to educational talks, visit animals relevant to the night’s topic, and enjoy a delicious dinner. One of the more infamous events held every year is Do at the Zoo, an upscale fundraiser that features exotic foods from Denver’s best restaurants.

When it comes to family entertainment, the Denver Zoo offers two of the year’s most notorious events: Boo at the Zoo and the Zoo Lights. During Boo at the Zoo, parents and kids tour the grounds, stopping off at the more than 25 trick-or-treat stations and animal demonstrations. Zoo Lights, held over a three-week period in December and January, is Denver’s premier spot to grab a cup of cocoa and explore canopies of holiday lights. Pop into the pachyderm building for a quick warm up on this tour of 38 acres of light, or brave the Denver chill all the way through. However you want to explore, make sure Zoo Lights is something you put on your calender.

A staple of childhood and a stroll down memory lane for adults, the grandeur and awesomeness of zoos can’t be denied. With so many great programs, animals, exhibits, and opportunities, the Denver Zoo truly is one of a kind. Admission during peak season is $13 for adults and $8 for kids 3-11, a steal for all the cool stuff you get to see!

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City Park Neighborhood

Author: Rick Janson / Category: City Park Denver, Denver Lifestyle™, Denver Real Estate

North of Colfax Avenue rests the vast Denver City Park. Amidst the park’s 330 acres lays some of Denver’s most kid-friendly and fun attractions. Here you can find the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Zoo, and a charming duck lake that offers paddle boat rentals. Near the extensive park is also a Golf Course, several hip, local stores including: the Tattered Cover bookshop, Twist & Shout record store, and the new center for the Denver Film Society. New condo constructions are priming this neighborhood to be one of Denver’s premier neighborhoods and a desirable residential area.

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City Park Denver CO Zip Code and Trends

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City Park Denver CO Zip Code and Trends

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