Archive for June, 2012

Downtown Merchant Cited For…Being the Best!

5280 Magazine, published in Downtown Denver after all, found a winner in its own backyard. Top of the Town 2012 awards are announced in the July issue, now on sale.

And, the Best Wineshop in Denver. Wines off Wynkoop, of course. Tucked in the alley behind the Tattered Cover Bookstore in LoDo, WOW is actually celebrating their 15th Anniversary this week!

A fine and eclectic wine collection is doled out by some truly talented and friendly people to the endless parade of neighbors, business travelers, sports fans, event celebrants and other assorted ne’er-do-wells. Beer and booze are right on the shelves next to the limes and opinions.

If you’re going to walk down an alley in Downtown Denver, make it the one between Wazee and Wynkoop off the 16th Street Mall. Cheers!

Wines off Wynkoop Proprietor Jed Rulon-Miller Looks Forward to Your Visit to His Award Winning Wine Shop! Photo by PhotoDave

Public Art to Sound Off at Twilight Friday!

Virga, the striking public art installation on the historic Delgany Bridge over Cherry Creek, will make itself heard this Friday evening.

Art Joined by Sound This Friday!

Sound Artist Morton Waller has created a complimentary soundpiece for Patrick Marold’s installation, installed and dedicated last fall. From Denver Arts and Venues, the piece “is a response to the transition of light on the sculpture as twilight approaches.”

Following the presentation (about 8:30 p.m.), the Museum of Contemporary Art will host an Artist Conversation and Reception in their 4th floor cafe. Here’s a link to the first item Denver by the Slice printed about the installation.

Try some Friday Night Sounds that are completely different this weekend in Downtown!

In the Neighborhood and Worth Reading About!

Spotted this article at Westword today. We’ve written before about the “best little shopping street in Downtown” that’s really over on Platte Street. (Here in our own archives) And, now a new addition that sounds just right for the mix. Use the link to find out.

And, while you’re reading that, you’ll also learn what Scott Durrah and Wanda James, formerly of 8 Rivers, are up to. And, that sounds good, too. Stay cool!

Happy 50th Anniversary Today to LoDo’s Manny and Joanne Salzman. Yes, They Married Young!

Too Hot to Farm!

While Denver is “basking” in the glow of early (very early) summer, there are still things that need to be done…outside. One of those is voting. Ballots were mailed a few weeks ago and they have to be in by Tuesday, June 26, no later than 7:00 p.m.

If you live Downtown, all you need do is walk your ballot over to the Webb Building at 15th and Court. Denver by the Slice always votes, and always for the right candidates. So, the other day we took our ballot to the Webb Building. The big city turned into a small town. And, that was a good thing.

Actually, we were attending an Excise and License Hearing for a pending liquor license. But, it also seemed like a convenient time to drop the ballot off. Going through building security, the guard noticed the ballot and mentioned that I could have simply dropped it in the collection box outside the building. Couldn’t be easier. But, being already in, refilling my pockets and explaining why I always set off the metal detector these days…I asked where I could drop the ballot inside the building.

“Clerk’s Office right there,” he said pointing to a door just feet away. I headed there and before I was even through the door, a woman came out from behind the counter, smiling, offering to take my ballot and thanking me profusely for bringing it in. Lots of other people were in that Clerk’s Office for various reasons and not all of them looked nearly as happy as the Clerk who came to greet me. I turned down the free “I Voted” sticker offer (They are piling up!) in lieu of a smiling and friendly City Clerk. Couldn’t be easier. Vote!

It’s the hot thing to do!

Hot News Today…Only At Denver by the Slice!

Scoop de Slice! Office Depot Moving In by Late August? Photo by HipsterPix

Well, our lonely tower crane from last Friday’s post has company today. That’s it, going up in the distance, just next to Union Station. But, that was bound to happen.

What we did not know until today is this hot flash. And, it’s a good day for a hot flash. Finally, after all these years of empty “street level retail” on the Wynkoop Street side of the EPA Regional Headquarters Building…comes a tenant. Office Depot. All the way down 16th Street from Market, we finally know where they are going as the air space above their current location starts to smell of its imminent re-development. (From February, 2012)

This new space is a bit smaller than the existing store, so they will condense their on-site offerings and furniture selection. But, it appears that everybody wins here. Office Depot gets a new spot in the heart of intense office development, but still along the Mall Shuttle. And, they get more windows.

Downtown wins by the coming demolition of one of the worst looking buildings along 16th Street (long ago Dave Cook Sporting Goods), with a new, mostly office, structure going up there. And, Lower Downtown wins by the long-empty EPA space not giving way to more pizza, more branch banks or more pot shops.

And, by the way, if you look really, really closely at this picture, you’ll see Manny Salzman, LoDo Icon riding his bike by the door of the future Office Depot space. This Friday, Manny and his wife Joanne celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! More on that in the Slice later this week!

World’s Shortest Tower Crane Still Waiting for Company at Union Station!

While all the grant applications, planning and approvals by such diverse bodies as the National Park Service are going on inside Union Station…a lonely sentinel stands guard over a dusty, noisy beginning of more construction. For several weeks, this first section of a looming tower has stayed its ground as though it was holding a parking place on a busy street. Just cranes. No trains. One day it should look better.

The New Skyline of Lower Downtown. Photo by PhotoDave