Long Row(d) Home

The city’s goals for the Better Broadway construction project were threefold: to create jobs, to make South Broadway safer, and to make it more beautiful. But as an unintended (though quite predictable) consequence of the months-long initiative, Broadway was a muddled mess. And nobody suffered more than the shops and businesses along Antique Row.

“The road was closed, there was no parking, it was so much harder to access a lot of the shops, and a lot of people just decided, ‘Oh, I’m just not going to take Broadway,’ because it went on for so long,” says Dana Cain, organizer of the Better Broadway Bash.

The event — imagined as the launch of what will ideally become an annual Antique Row Summer Festival — celebrates the end of construction and welcomes shoppers back to one of Denver’s most treasured assets. “It’s sort of like the big reveal at the end of all those shows on HDTV,” Cain explains. “The whole thing about antiques is, it’s all about memory and nostalgia. It ties in perfectly. ‘Oh, remember Antique Row? When we used to be able to go there?’”

Beginning today and running through the weekend, businesses along the strip will host an Antique Row(d) Show (free appraisals), set out sidewalk sales with up to 50 percent off and offer live music and other entertainment, including stilt walkers, antique and vintage vehicle shows, and the Handsome Little Devils Victorian circus act. Participating shops will also disseminate free raffle tickets culminating in a drawing at 4 p.m. tomorrow for a $1,000 Antique Row shopping spree.

For more information, go to http://danacain.com/antique-row-summer-festival.
Aug. 20-22, 2010

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