For those of you who can't get through a weekend without a full-bore sugar IV, may I humbly present Living the Sweet Life, a new cake, pie and cupcake shop celebrating its grand opening this weekend at 1535 Central Street, right next to Masterpiece Deli.
What's that you say? Denver already has plenty of cupcake shops? More to the point, Denver already has plenty of cupcake shops that aren't that good and exist solely to hump a trend that's already about two years dead?
Yeah, I hear ya. But then again, we (meaning you, me and everyone else who gives a damn about Denver's restaurant scene) would've sworn up and down that Denver was never going to be able to support a dessert bar, either. We (that same crowd of us) had seen several of them open, then rapidly close as the owners realized, always just a little too late, that it's really tough to pay the bills two or three bucks at a time. But then all of us were proven wrong with the opening of Keegan Gerhard's D Bar Desserts -- a place that is not only still operational, but where seats, even more than a year after its opening, can still be hard to come by on many nights.
So let's not be too quick to judge this whole cupcake (and pie and cake and brownie) thing, okay? One of these days, someone is going to hit a magic combination and make one that works. Down in Parker, Nomelie Cupcakes was still doing bang-up business last time I visited. And who knows? Maybe Living the Sweet Life, unwieldy name aside, will be the next big thing.
It's getting started right, anyhow. Because this weekend, in celebration of its grand opening, the shop will be serving up free cupcakes and other amusements for all who drop by between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. and noon on Sunday.
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