Ah, the blessed holiday known as Black Friday. It's the day we celebrate what it means to be an American consumer. The doors to most stores will open at the crack of dawn and the deals will roll out, giving shoppers unbridled access to cheap stuff that will become our holiday gifts to our friends an ... More >>
After decades of drought, suddenly metro Denver will be flooded with four Trader Joe's -- great news for fans of the California-based chain, and a big yawn for everyone else. Jenn Wohletz worships at the church of Joe's, but even she has found flaws with the store, as she revealed last week. See al ... More >>
Millennials aren't getting the memo that living on their own is good for them -- and their put-upon parents. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, the number of adults aged 18 to 31 living at home rose to 36 percent last year -- the highest percentage in forty years, and up from 32 percent ju ... More >>
Every vegetarian or plant-based eater knows the feeling: your stomach starts rumbling come lunchtime, and your brain starts churning as you wonder, what chain restaurant might satisfy your hunger in a tasty, and economical, way? Which places should be avoided, and which will cater to you? For veggie ... More >>
This past weekend, I flew to Chicopee, Massachusetts, to look at some babies. When my good friends had twins late last year, I immediately started planning to go and stare at them as soon as was humanly possible, because I knew these twins were going to be really cute and probably perfect. They were ... More >>
The very public paint job on the outside of the new Pasquini's Pizzeria at 777 East 17th Avenue has prompted more discussion of art than anchovies. Cap_Hill_Cowboy calls it "a blight upon the city," and adds "I've stopped taking Clarkson to 18th just to avoid the eyesore." But this critic has hi ... More >>
The Swedish invasion, which began with Ikea and the H&M on the 16th Street Mall, continues with with today's opening of a new H&M. A crowd of almost 200 people lined up outside the new H&M store in FlatIron Crossing, with the first arriving at 4:30 a.m. Why? Simple: to shop. See also: - Seven Den ... More >>
When you go through a really bad relationship breakup, you need three things (four, if you smoke weed): Netflix, booze and frozen yogurt from Pinkberry. Netflix is for watching horrible movies with Jason Momoa (hopefully he'll be wearing eyeliner), the booze is so you can drink away the memories of ... More >>
It may have felt like summer for the past few months, but now it's official. The season of ice cream trucks and bike riding has begun, and to celebrate, we have plenty of events, ten in fact, that you can participate in for less than $10 -- so that you'll still have a few extra bucks in your pocket ... More >>
The city of Lafayette has been hosting the Quaker Oatmeal Festival since 1996. This annual celebration starts with an oatmeal breakfast, which leads into an oatmeal baking contest, a health fair and a 5k run, and ends with hundreds of people getting plenty of fiber in their diets -- and free, full-s ... More >>
Tim Tebow lit up Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, but plans to upgrade the corporate signage at the stadium are still causing a few sparks. As the deadline for public comment passed on Monday, the idea wasn't scoring any points with neighbors, which is why a final vote on the amendment ... More >>
Close to 300 new restaurants opened in the metro area last year -- and with that much action, perhaps it's not surprising that two of them are named Cebiche, and two of them are named Chinook. But the local dining scene also lost a surprising number of mainstays: the 29-year-old Pearl Street Grill, ... More >>
Lauri Lynxxe MurphyIt's the end of the year, which means that Westword scribes are busy compiling lists of the good, the bad and the ugly of 2011...sometimes the very ugly. If we were working on a list of the worst art moments of 2010, it would certainly include the fact that arts entrepreneu ... More >>
Little Mike, back home for the holidaysTwo key figures in the evolution of Denver's constantly changing dance-music scene, Little Mike and Crazy Larry are coming home for the holidays -- and for the party "Homecoming Queenz," which they co-headline Saturday at 2200. Little Mike (known to his ... More >>
Visiting the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art is like taking a trip to grandmother's house -- if your grandmother was an obsessive, eminently wealthy hoarder with great but scattered tastes, that is. There are piles upon piles of furniture recognizable as antiques but from a plethor ... More >>
On November 17, metro Denver will finally get its own Steak 'n Shake, a link in a chain that started in Normal, Illinois, back in 1934, and proclaims that it's "Famous for Steakburgers." Aimee can't wait:
What would you do for a $10 H&M gift certificate? Would you 127 Hours it? Give away a Klondike bar? Wait in the cold for seventeen hours? With pink eye? By midnight last night, over thirty people were lined up at the Denver Pavilions, waiting for today's noon opening of H&M. The first 500 ge ... More >>
H&M opens at noon tomorrow in the Denver Pavilions, and eager shoppers who've already been waiting years to see this store are getting ready to get in line. While Occupy Denver has discovered that you cannot camp overnight in the city, tonight you can camp near the store. Occupy Denver Pavili ... More >>
The weekend is confirmed, and if you're still working right now, you're doing something wrong. Grab yourself a cocktail and get away from the desk this second -- you deserve it. If you're too responsible a worker to just get up and walk away, we still have you covered, even if all those check ... More >>
Home, sweet Target.So, I'm moving out. After a commenter on my post last week about yoga declared that I should really get out of my mother's basement if I ever wanted to write about anything other than stretching and poop, I'm more than on it. Not to give this stalker, I mean reader, too muc ... More >>
First Applebee's rolled out a food truck. Then the Gap introduced its own food truck, which will be rolling through several towns (although not Denver) as part of a "tacos and denim" campaign. Asks Owen: Where's the Ikea truck?!
What makes Google games, since people apparently now demand a gaming platform on every social network imaginable, different than Facebook games is pretty simple: the games don't show up in your feed, meaning you won't be bombarded with news every time a friend tops your score or plants a new ... More >>
This could be you.It's the beginning of August, which also means it's the start of the end of summer. In just a few short months we'll all be hunkering inside complaining about how cold it is, completely forgetting that just a few months prior we were doing the same thing, complaining about h ... More >>
Hot dog joints are on a roll in Denver, with Uber Sausage joining a scene that also welcomed the largest IKEA restaurant in the country. But Denver also said farewell to Bistro Felix and Organixx, as well as some of the earliest food trucks. Here's our Restaurant roll call for July:
Getting rejected by a potential employer is disappointing. But getting rejected after building the company's logo out of LEGO pieces and submitting it as your résumé is even worse. Thus was the case with Kendra Wiig, who applied for the job of community manager last September for LEGO Unive ... More >>
Big pics below.It was a packed house at yesterday's IKEA Centennial grand opening. Even Governor John Hickenlooper showed up -- and with so many bodies in the way, many people likely found themselves with a better view of more people than the actual items on display. Luckily, our Jef Otte att ... More >>
This could be your life.Unless you are homeless or have a healthy masochistic streak, chances are you're not much inclined to wait in line overnight for the grand opening of IKEA Centennial at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, as more than a hundred people have been doing since yesterday. Luckily, ... More >>
Denver is going very Euro. IKEA, with its 550-seat, meatball-rolling restaurant that will provide sustenance for all those furniture shoppers, officially opens Wednesday. And last Friday, Chloe Mezze Lounge made its long-awaited debut -- and in both concept and crowd, the hipper-than-hip Chlo ... More >>
Left to right: Stephanie Niehoff, Sally Overs and Susan Hickey live it up for the long haul.Although IKEA didn't even allow people to start lining up outside its doors for Wednesday's grand opening until 9 o'clock this morning, it's been more than 30 hours since the line effectively started f ... More >>
Big pic below.To the average person, Tennyson Street between 38th and 44th avenues is an inconvenient mess of construction. To business owners, it's a badly mismanaged city project that threatens their livelihood. Over the last few years, the northwest Denver street has become flush with shop ... More >>
I bet your neighborhood doesn't have one of these bad boys.I live in a transitional neighborhood. At least I think that's what it's called when white people move into a lower-class section of town and start sprucing it up with Ikea-looking exterior siding and park their way-too-expensive cars ... More >>
Is this thing still on? The only way to save the My Violent Torpedo of Truth show would be to showcase Charlie Sheen's message with the talent of local acts...
As we reported yesterday, downtown Denver will finally get a full-service grocery store thanks to a new development at 20th Street and Chestnut Place. But other than hints that it will be a "national brand," there's no word yet as to which grocery store we're gonna get. Here are ten grocery ... More >>
The Mulhern GroupUrban grocery shoppers rejoice! In two years, Denver will finally boast a full-service grocery store in the heart of downtown. The mixed-use project, first reported by the DenverInfill blog, will be located at 20th Street and Chestnut Place, two blocks from Union Station, an ... More >>
Now that IKEA and H&M have both signed on the dotted line in metro area, folks who've waited patiently for their first chance to walk in the door of either of those trendy Scandinavian outlets will finally have their day. But after those open, and we're all done dancing in the streets, what's ... More >>
Recreation critic gives Wheel Fun Rentals an instant, on-shed review. Wheel Fun Rentals is the national company with the contract to provide pedal boats at Denver park lakes. In the picture above, the Berkeley Park pedal boat shed gets tagged with an alarming consumer complaint. But it takes ... More >>
Samuel Schimek's newest pop-up incarnation, I ♥ Denver, opened its doors over the weekend in a newly painted second-floor suite at the Denver Pavilions that's been slicked up with serene ice-blue Scandinavian highlights befitting a city about to welcome IKEA and H&M into its retail fold. U ... More >>
Bring home the burger and shake, baby!What may very well be the greatest of all American burger chains is coming to Denver. Well, not Denver, exactly, but close enough. And, no, it's not In-N-Out, although that, too, will come to Denver at some point in our lifetime. But not yet. Instead, we ... More >>
Gourmet food trucks were the surprise hit of 2010 -- by December, over 150 mobile food vendors had been licensed in Denver, which almost put the movement on par with the medical-marijuana dispensary business. And like dispensaries, the food trucks have been causing some headaches for the city ... More >>
Colorado has incredible beauty, a colorful governor, and smart residents (and readers) who would prefer that tourists (especially Texans) stay home and wonder "Why do you need to spend money to advertise something that is timeless?" And although it doesn't have an ocean, it will soon have an ... More >>
Who needs a vacation when Cabin Creek Smokehouse BBQ is right here?
These ladies know how to turn objects into gold.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Fight Club dukes it out with the disaffected, nihilistic side of the American male. Yawn. Been there, done that.