Local swingers haven't had a lot of luck lately when it comes to places to hang out -- or let it all hang out -- in the heart of the city. But now, James Riggs is hoping to get lucky with 3090 Eden, a brand-new, members-only club for swingers -- or the "lifestyle," as they call it -- that will hold ... More >>
The "original" Sugar House is back for one night only -- or so says an advertisement posted on Kasidie.com (tagline "Sexually Social..."), a website for swingers that offers member profiles, chat rooms and swinger party listings. Tomorrow's Crimson Ball is being promoted as the latter -- and the ads ... More >>
The house that former pimp Scottie Ewing built -- better known as the Sugar House -- is gone for good this time. The swingers' club by night, burger joint by day (as the Alameda Grill) had been closed since February, when new owner Kelly Bailey, the former manager, was served with a notice of a liqu ... More >>
Things don't look too sweet for Sugar House, the swingers club that Scottie Ewing opened in 2007 after selling Denver Players, a hip hooker business. A broken window in front is covered with plywood, the door is locked up tight, the voicemail box is full. Its closure (for now) ends another wacky cha ... More >>
Things don't look too sweet at Sugar House these days. A broken window in front is covered with plywood and a card from the Denver Police Department dated February 16. The door is locked up tight. The voicemail box is full. Both Sugar House, the swingers club that Scottie Ewing opened in this build ... More >>
In June, political observers wondered if Mayor Michael Hancock would be damaged by alleged links to the Denver Players prostitution ring. But the story petered out, and Denver Police's release of client lists and more, on view below, is unlikely to revive it, for reasons that frustrate Comple ... More >>
Deborah Sherman.Yesterday, Patti Dennis, news director at 9News, sent an e-mail to staff informing them that correspondent Deborah Sherman, who'd been at the station for nearly a decade, was no longer an employee -- and assistant news director Tim Ryan declines to add details. This dearth of ... More >>
Mayor Michael Hancock celebrates his first hundred days in office today. Compared to the controversy that marked the last few days before the June mayoral runoff -- when the web and talk shows were full of never-proven rumors that Hancock had been a client of Denver Players, a prostitution bu ... More >>
Scottie Ewing.Denver blog posts, in black and white. Over at Cafe Society, Patricia Calhoun reports that Michael Hancock nemesis Scottie Ewing is planning a move to Las Vegas by year's end. Happy 100 day anniversary, Mayor! Coyote Gulch: Clock's ticking on keeping global warming below 2C. ... More >>
There's no denying that what Crested Butte couple Erica and Mateo Hogan is doing in Costa Rica is pretty cool: Spurred by their love of the rain forest, they bought up some 300 acres of it and created a fully sustainable Swiss Family Robinson-style tree-house community complete with zip-lines ... More >>
CBS4Last month, we shared reports that ex-Denver Players/Denver Sugar owner Brenda Stewart would cop a plea -- and at a hearing yesterday, the agreement was formalized. In exchange for her pleading guilty to a single count of tax evasion, prosecutors dropped an appropriate number of other cha ... More >>
While Denver City Council was approving a proposal to turn the city's back yards into a barnyard, Aurora was attempting to rustle the National Western Stock Show. The city dangled a $300 million incentive to lasso the annual event for a new complex that would be built by Denver International ... More >>
The fight over the current urban homesteading movement can sometimes seem as heated as the battles between homesteaders and cattle ranchers on the frontier 130 years ago. And the feathers will be flying tonight at Denver City Council chambers, as members consider putting a chicken in every p ... More >>
Michael Hancock.Unlike former Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple, who penned a weekly column for years, Denver Post editor Greg Moore seldom writes pieces for the paper. But he made an exception Sunday with an item that attempted to explain the Post's approach to the claims allegedly link ... More >>
When I picked up the Denver Post yesterday, with the big headline "Nothing incriminating in Hancock cell records" across the top of the front page, I was quickly transported back to the first edition of the Cornell Daily Sun I helped edit, when the night editor insisted the headline on a sto ... More >>
Michael Hancock.The latest developments in the story linking mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution biz suggest that everyone who's been slimed by it so far wants it to be over immediately if not sooner. And who's at the front of the the parade along with Hancock hims ... More >>
Hancock on 9News.The story linking mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution ring has turned into an absurdist comedy. Note that from 3:35 p.m. yesterday to 12:57 a.m. this morning, a team of ten editors, reporters and researchers from the Denver Post and 9News examined H ... More >>
Congressman Weiner's infamous boomstick.Between Scottie Ewing's Michael "Handcock" affair and Congressman Anthony's "Weinergate," our elected officials have kept the headlines hot and their constituencies (and probably their wives) as cold as a case of Otter Pops over the last couple of weeks ... More >>
Michael Hancock.At this point, Denver Police Department reps aren't saying why they handed over the Denver Players prostitution investigation to the feds. But no need to exhume Nostradamus to figure it out. After all, there are approximately a gazillion reasons why the DPD would want to put ... More >>
Michael Hancock.The alleged link between mayor-elect Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring was kept relatively quiet before Hancock's victory. But even after 7News and Fox31 joined in reporting the story on Thursday, the Denver Post and 9News held off. What made them finall ... More >>
Hancock on 7News.Update below: Yesterday, former Denver Players owner Scottie Ewing claimed that "EVERY reporter in Denver" wanted a look at records he said linked mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham -- and plenty obviously did. Last ... More >>
Hancock.Both 7News and Fox31 are now reporting about the alleged link between mayor-elect Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring. But many major news agencies are still holding off. Why? CBS4 news director Tim Wieland explains his station's reticence to move forward with th ... More >>
Scottie Ewing.Swing-club king Scottie Ewing has become a central figure in alleged links between newly elected mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham. When the Denver Post reported that a computer and files were stolen from his ... More >>
Scottie Ewing.Michael Hancock's election took place against a bizarre backdrop. A Complete Colorado piece alleging a link between Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham was ignored by mainstreamers, but it blew up on talk radio. On Monday, K ... More >>
A past Player.Amid the controversy over a report tying just-elected Denver mayor Michael Hancock to Denver Players, the prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham, much of the attention has focused on previous Players owner and alleged burglary victim Scottie Ewing. But there ... More >>
Even after millions of dollars have been poured into the Denver mayoral campaign, and endless words poured out at debate after debate, I kept hearing from friends yesterday who were still undecided on who they should vote for.
Scottie Ewing.Old swinger stories never die. Late Thursday, Complete Colorado broke a story about Michael Hancock allegedly being one of the clients of Denver Players, the prostitution/escort business that three years ago ended the career of Chief Judge Edward Nottingham -- the only name tha ... More >>
Sugar House, from the for-sale ad.Want to own a slightly used swingers' club? The building that houses Sugar House, the restaurant/bar/(very) short-time hotel, is now for sale for $1,200,000, according to this ad on Loopnet. "This is a freestanding building with a fully equiped Restaurant/Ba ... More >>
Big pic below.Scottie Ewing, ex-owner of a prostitution business dubbed Denver Players/Denver Sugar, has received six months home detention in a plea deal related to the tax evasion and racketeering case against another Denver Players/Denver Sugar principal, Brenda Stewart. Which means he can ... More >>
CBS4There are no shortage of excessive-force complaints against Denver Police officers these days, as our reporting about cases involving Michael DeHerrera, Alex Landau, Nick Lynch and others demonstrates. The latest? A threatened lawsuit by Scarlet Ranch bartender Brad Mitchell, who claims c ... More >>
Aside for obvious problems with suspension of disbelief -- how are we going to pretend Chris "The Birdman" Andersen is Santa when we already know he's The Birdman? -- hiring a celebrity to play Kris Kringle can create a slew of dissonance and mildly disturbing associations, particularly if th ... More >>
Large photos below.This week, Brenda Stewart was indicted on charges related to tax evasion, racketeering, money laundering and more in relation to Denver Players/Sugar, a notorious escort business. A former escort known to her staff as "Katrina Carter" or simply "Carter," Stewart potentiall ... More >>
A former Denver Sugar girl.The really wild ride of Scottie Ewing, former ski pro turned porn purveyor and swinging entrepreneur, took another turn yesterday, when he pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in connection with the sale of the Denver Sugar/Denver Players prostitution business ... More >>
Scottie Ewing and friend.Local pro-skier-turned-swinger-magnate Scottie Ewing grabbed headlines after federal charges were filed against him last week for allegedly failing to pay taxes on the Denver Sugars and Denver Players Club, a high-end prostitution service he owned and sold in 2005. Al ... More >>
Scottie Ewing has had quite the career. While still a pro skier, he became an entrepreneur, starting a number of businesses that promoted partying... and prostitution. I first encountered him when he'd opened a swingers' club, the Sindicate, in a very unlikely spot -- the arts district on Nav ... More >>
Sugar House employees showed off their uniforms last fall.Be careful when you search for Sugar House. If you want the restaurant at 1395 West Alameda Avenue, which touts its big burgers -- and calls itself the "sweet spot" for lunch and happy hour -- you want the Sugar House Grill.. If you wa ... More >>
Late last week, the big banner went up on the Sugar House, Scottie Ewing's controversial club at 1395 West Alameda Avenue, proclaiming that as of June 1, it would be serving "Denver's sexiest lunch." What, a special on New York strip? Salad, hold the dressing?
Scottie Ewing, who last year opened the Sugar House (a nightclub/martini lounge billed on its website as "the classy Denver Colorado swinger club") at 1395 West Alameda Avenue, now has something else cooking there: the Sugar House Grill. The restaurant adjunct to the lounge ... More >>
Sugar House Denver
The feeling of nostalgia is thick at this new LoDo destination.
With this much press, Scottie Ewing doesn't need to advertise for his swinger-friendly Sugar House.
Art goes dry.
The legal issue involved a simple lease. But when the two parties met in a Denver courtroom, one really came out swinging.
More lofty ambitions from Scottie Ewing.
From the week of July 6, 2006
Will the real Bobby Fenton please stand up?
A feud between two clubs has local swingers hot and bothered.