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The Growhaus

An inner-city farm that really does good

Housed in a 20,000 square foot historic greenhouse, Growhaus is a non-profit urban farm that seeks to provide the community with healthy, sustainable food. Growhaus is not only a greenhouse, but a resource that offers education about nutrition, food production and distribution to the people who have a difficult time accessing healthy food. It’s an innovative concept, and one that connects volunteers with Growhaus staff and innovative food production techniques. Growhaus boasts a hydrofarm, a sustainable method that recirculates nutrients as a solution instead of soil, and an aquaponic system that reuses nutrient-rich water from fish farming tanks for plant production. Both systems use less water than traditional farming techniques while yielding a higher percentage of food production; they use solar energy for heating, gravity water systems and efficient heating and cooling distribution systems. Food boxes are distributed weekly to people in the surrounding neighborhoods, and classes are offered to the community on food production, sustainability, Aquaponics, composting, and nutrition. Want to get involved? Stop by every Wednesday at 9AM for the lettuce harvest.

The Growhaus interior Adam Brock

The Growhaus exterior Adam Brock

A happy grower at The Growhaus Adam Brock

Pearl Velo

A boutique bike shop with guts

Thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year, most people in Denver find ways to spend as much time outdoors as possible—and biking is a great way to get around the city. Denver was planned with wide streets, tree-lined paths and lots of bike-friendly pedestrian bridges. Pearl Velo will set you up in style with a bespoke cyclocross, road or single-speed bike and whatever clothing or packs you might desire. Notice the hand-painted signs above the entry, in addition to the hand-welded frames crafted with precision that the bike feels almost invisible when you’re on it. Everything in this store is done with care and love of the bike. Pursuing the art of cycling is the aim of this boutique shop, but don’t be fooled; these guys get out on the bike and do some damage in the mountains too. They are avid riders and adventurers, hungry to see the world and will quickly inspire you to do the same.

Pearl Velo exterior Dave Lehl

Pearl Velo workshop Dave Lehl

Pearl Velo bikes Dave Lehl

Berkeley Supply Company

Rugged yet handsome goods for action men

Just down the street from Pearl Velo is Berkeley Supply Company, a menswear store and one of the design-savvy forces defining the Highlands as one of Denver’s most creative neighborhoods. Berkeley Supply Co. has a refined selection of gear for the man who wants to look good while out in the wilds riding motorcycles, hiking mountains, drinking Kentucky-Straight bourbon and wielding axes. They also stock a wide selection of American-made products from brands like Railcar Fine Goods Jeans, Filson, Wolverine, Tanner Goods andStormy Kromer, as well as packs from Denver's own duo Topo Designs, boots from Red Wing and their own brand offshoot; The Tennyson Collective. The small shop is artfully filled with rugged yet handsome menswear and styled with antique chainsaws, snowshoes and work from local artists. Stumble next door to Avery County Cycles to drool over custom Colorado-made bikes with intricate detailing and excellent craftsmanship.

Berkeley Supply attire Dave Lehl

Berkeley Supply interior Dave Lehl

Berkeley Supply exterior Dave Lehl

Root Down

Vegetable-centric food for vegetarians and foodies alike

Head over to the Highlands for dinner at Chef Justin Cucci’s Root Down, a restaurant that serves seasonal vegetable-centric food in a converted auto garage overlooking downtown Denver. Not long after opening, Root Down quickly became known for its sweet potato Veggie Burger Sliders, sweet potatoes on brioche buns slathered in jalapeño jam and sprouts. Over 75% of the food served at Root Down is organic. They source from local vendors and neighboring farms for their bread, coffee, tea, honey, cheese, meat and seasonal produce. If you happen to visit on the first Tuesday of the month, make sure to try the four-course raw, gluten-free, vegan dinner with a cocktail pairing option. A recent menu included a lineup of Vichyssoise with zucchini, lemon and mint, quick pickled beets with cashew chèvre and watercress; a “Royale with Cheese” sunflower burger with pine nut tarragon cheddar and jicama fries and finishing off with a Pot de Creme of chocolate topped with lavender and ginger syrup. In the event that you’re heading out of town and you’re craving more Veggie Burger Sliders, there’s always RootDown DIA in Concourse C of the Denver International Airport.

Adam Larkey Photography

Adam Larkey Photography

Adam Larkey Photography

Rockmount

A cornucopia of western wear for cowboys of all sizes

Stop into Denver’s Rockmount Ranch Wear for one of their signature snap-button western shirts that have been worn by presidents, movie stars and musicians from Elvis to Bonnie Raitt. Rockmount is a three generation family-owned business, started by Jack Weil in 1946, who revolutionized the western shirt by giving them a fitted shape, snap buttons and iconic yoked shoulders. The store is a cornucopia of western wear—elaborate embroidered shirts with roses and guitars, classic plaid and denim work shirts, cowboy boots made from exotic skins, wool and straw cowboy hats and of course, studded belts and fancy buckles. There is even a kids' section with tiny boots and western shirts for the smallest of cowboys and cowgirls.

Rockmount product Kate Dagress

Rockmount interior Kate Dagress

Rockmount exterior Kate Dagress

The Cherry Cricket

A neighborhood favorite for 60+ years

The Cherry Cricket is a classic neighborhood joint in Denver's Cherry Creek North area and has been an institution since opening way back in 1945. Sit outside on a sunny afternoon and enjoy one of the Cricket’s Green Chile Burgers topped with strips of slow-roasted Hatch Green Chiles. Or opt for a bowl of green chile—a signature southwestern stew made with Hatch chiles from New Mexico, pork or chicken, onions and tomatillos, best enjoyed with a few fresh flour tortillas and a dollop of sour cream. The Cricket is a great place to watch a game with rowdy Broncos fans, or catch up with friends—just don’t be too startled when you realize the air hockey table is on the ceiling.

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The Cherry Cricket food The Cherry Cricket

The Cherry Cricket exterior sign The Cherry Cricket

Road Trip: Boulder, Colorado

Nature and fine-dining in Colorado's liberal mountain town

Just 45 minutes northwest of Denver on US-36 is the city of Boulder, another bustling metropolis in Colorado. Boulder is commonly known for stereotypes such as flavorless health-food, dreadlocked hippies, hardcore athletes and copious Birkenstock-wearing students, but the city has much more to offer indoors and out. Boasting world-renowned restaurants, vast national parks, farmers markets and fantastic shopping on the Pearl Street Mall, Boulder is a great trip on any visit to the Mile High City. On your way, stop at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster and once in town, go for a jog or a bike ride along the paths that follow Boulder Creek and then undo it all at Lucile’s with a few New Orleans-style beignets. Make sure you visit The Kitchen, the nationally acclaimed farm-to-table neighborhood bistro where “Community Hour” is from 3 to 5PM. Hiking in Colorado is always a pleasure with picturesque trails and epic vistas. Head west to Chautauqua Park and take a hike up the Mesa Trail for a closer look at the Flatirons. Boulder is home to great food, wilderness, adventure, craft beer and those epic Colorado sunsets. But be warned; it’s contagious.

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

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