Jenna Berrios and Sawyer Oglesby had an idea to serve wholesome, quick breakfasts to a Denver coffee crowd ready for something more than muffins. The result is ProsperOats, which opened this summer at 2550 15th Street in Lower Highland. ProsperOats, which takes its name from the character Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, specializes in breakfast bowls built on a base of either oatmeal, an oatmeal/quinoa blend, yogurt or acai, and also offers fresh juice and smoothie blends, coffee and tea.
"We're focusing on wholesome foods that people have been eating for thousands of years," explains Berrios, a Denver native who lived for fifteen years in Chile before returning to open the sunny eatery with Oglesby, her brother. The hot breakfast cereals are made with steel-cut oats and can be topped with a wide variety of fresh or dried fruits, nuts and other ingredients. There's no white sugar in the store; instead, customers have a choice of other sweeteners like Colorado honey, maple syrup and coconut or raw sugar. Yogurt bowls are made with plain, fat-free Greek yogurt that contains nothing but milk and yogurt culture.
Although the store has no parking of its own, the owner points out that street parking along 15th Street doesn't get crowded until after 1 p.m., so early customers on their way into work in the morning haven't had trouble stopping in for a breakfast on the go. Pedestrian traffic picks up in the afternoon, she notes, when area residents and employees are looking for a quick pick-me-up.
ProsperOats is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays — the earliest coffee shop in the neighborhood, Berrios points out — and 7 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to cold-pressed juice blends with names from The Tempest (like Pearls for Eyes, with kiwi, grapefruit, lime and coconut milk), fresh fruit popsicles in creative flavors are also available. Berrios and Oglesby also recently launched a mobile cart to bring their reats to local farmers' markets and fairs. Check out the ProsperOats Facebook page to catch the cart around town.
Onwer Jenna Berrios (right) and her crew at ProsperOats.
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ProsperOats sells its own line of reusable coffee-cup sleeves.