1. What neighborhood do you live in?
2. Why did you choose that neighborhood?
I chose Lowry as it was as close as I could get to the city, at the time, without being in the suburbs. It’s really grown on me since. Now that I have a child, I definitely utilize its in a way far more true to its purpose. I like the sense of community and the child-centered activities that are available within a short walk or bike ride. You can often find us at the library for books and story time.
3. What are some of your favorite local spots?
My daughter and I love to go “downtown Colo-ado”. Of course, she means Denver. To explain, she’s 2 and to a toddler there is no difference between city and state. Some of our adventures have been riding the 16th Street Mall free shuttle. We’ll get off and on the bus a couple of times and stop to play one of the pianos, listen to some street music and eventually make our way to the Pavilions to ride the escalators. We’ve done this about once a month since we first came when she was 6 months old to get our pictures taken in the photo booth at Lucky Strikes in the Pavilions.
Biking is a new thing this summer, having come about after I got a child’s seat for my cruiser. We do a little urban bike ride, parking near Ink Coffee on Little Raven then biking up to Little Man Ice Cream. We cruise around then back down to dip our toes in and play in the Platte River by REI. Another place we like to go is South Pearl Street. If you’ve never tried the salted caramel ice cream at Pajama Baking Company, you must! Two to 3 blocks west of South Pearl Street is James Platte Park. I find this park is easier for toddlers to play on and build confidence in as it’s lower to the ground than other play structures at parks that we’ve been to.
Farmers market on Sundays! The City Park Farmers Market is our favorite. There’s plenty of parking that is very close but not intrusive to the market and plenty of open space for a picnic along with the tables and chairs that they provide. I also like that there’s a lot of produce and local food being sold and local food and not that many products for sale. I’ve found this market to be busy but not so busy that you can’t enjoy the experience as compared to some other markets. We stick to this one once a week for our produce and bread. This year my daughter is tall enough to reach the samples, which she has taken full advantage of!!! 🙂
On an adult level, the Highlands is probably one of my favorite areas, strictly for the food! Between Sushi Hai, Lola’s, Forest Room 5, Uncle, and Coral Room, you can spend all day there experiencing food. But really, I simply love to eat at local and unique spots. You won’t find me eating at any chains. A new favorite that I take visitors to and recommend to friends is Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs on Larimer. My top gourmet dog is the German Veal topped with caramelized onions and cream cheese with a side order of fried pickles made with The Real Dill habanero horseradish dills.
And let’s not forget City Park Jazz!
P.S. We love your vibe! What inspires your style?
I like bold, anything bold. People, color, art. While it’s true that I find my clothing style rather boring, since I prefer comfort over the ability to make a fashion statement, I do think I put my condo together nicely with lots of color, and fun yet simple design for a small space. You’ll find reds, yellows, greens, and browns on the walls along with one ginormous chalk board wall in the dining room.