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    Aoba to Open on Blake Street in March!

    Taking over and re-making the space that was Organixx, Aoba Japanese Restaurant plans a March opening. The contribution to the neighborhood: Sushi, of course, along with unique noodle dishes “not available in Denver” according to one of the owners. And, they plan on serving small plates of Japanese tapas, sake and Japanese beer. Aoba means greenery in Japanese. Aoba joins other independent and locally owned restaurants on the block of Blake between 15th and 16th. Still vacant is the space that 8 Rivers occupied until a few months ago. So the current and soon-to-be food mix of that one side of one Downtown block includes Indian, Japanese, Tavern, Fresh Beer, Mexican and Weinerese. Not to…

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    Still Time to Be Heard!

    Union Station Alliance is re-developing historic Union Station. The top two floors will be converted to a hotel, operating in conjunction with the Oxford Hotel across the street. The main floor will be developed into food, beverage and retail spaces serving the hotel and the public. There are still plenty of opportunities to voice your ideas about how that entire first floor should be done. What shops and services could go in there and serve both the travelers and the neighbors, the business people in the area and daily transit users? Union Station will be the hub of a multi-modal transit center in Denver and a center of LoDo activity.…

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    Snow Business is Real Business for Downtown!

    Next week, for the third year in a long powdery run, Denver will be occupied by over 20,000 members of the Snow Sports Industry. The Snow Show, which is not open to the public, begins on Thursday, January 26 and runs through the 29th at the Convention Center. The trade show displays for retailers nationwide thousands of new products and hundreds of brands for the 2012-1013 retail season. Exhibitors come from all over the world…where there is snow and where there isn’t snow. Many trade shows and conventions in Denver leave little outside mark, other than hotel stays and chain restaurant meals. A lot of attendees to those are lousy tippers,…

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    Wait Until Next Year? No, Better Days are Coming Soon!

    Monday began with sunshine Downtown. And, no trace of football. Now, we can get on to more that really matters. For instance, did you know that Spring Training begins in just 35 days? Or, that the first Rockies home game is only 84 days away, on April 9? Selection Sunday (you know…for the NCAA Basketball Tournament) is just 55 days away. And, 5 of the nation’s top 10 teams are playing today on ESPN! New restaurants are about to open. Spring isn’t really that far away. And, winter has been a no-show. Stay with Denver by the Slice. We’ll get your mind off that half-a-loaf 9 and 9 season before…

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    And, Friday Did Indeed Turn Out Orange!

    Even this guy. He has watched every piece of Union Station parking lot asphalt go away in noisy trucks. He has memorized every word of the “Attention Parkers” signs that are still up. He has seen snow fall on Mount Wynkoop before his eyes. And, he has seen it melt. Through all of that, he still remembered to wear his orange today in support of the local football team. But, he may not be aware that, as reported today at NBC Sports, one popular NFL quarterback will likely be invited to pair with Tiger Woods in the early February Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament. So, maybe Tom Brady plays golf? Be careful crossing the…