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Union Station shows its Stars and Stripes

July 1, 2015

Denver Union Station will hold its first annual Stars and Stripes Express Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the popular historic building in front of the Terminal Bar on Wynkoop Street.  During the month of July, The Crawford Hotel and Denver Union Station will celebrate the official one-year anniversary of its revitalization, in addition to kicking off the Independence Day weekend by extending the Terminal Bar patio for a day with live entertainment and family fun.

On Friday, the Wynkoop side of the historical building will offer an extended patio featuring refreshments from the Terminal Bar, Little Man Ice Cream and old-fashioned floats from MilkBox Ice Creamery, live entertainment and family-friendly activities including face painting.  Musical entertainment will include the Dixieland Express Trio, Train 45, Phat Daddy and more.

“It will be a great way to kick off the weekend in Denver,” said Joe Vostrejs, of the Union Station Alliance.  “There’s so much happening in the city for the Fourth like the Zac Brown Band concert at Coors Field and fireworks at Civic Center Park, we wanted to start the celebration off in everyone’s favorite place to be, Union Station.”

More information about the Denver Union Station Stars and Stripes Express Fest can be found at www.unionstationindenver.com.  Reservations for the July 4th weekend can be made for The Crawford Hotel at www.thecrawfordhotel.com.

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Make pocketgov your pocket pal

July 1, 2015

The City and County of Denver’s mobile website, www.pocketgov.com, has re-launched with a new streamlined look and additional features, providing residents and businesses easier access to key city services.

This upgrade offers a new map that gives residents an opportunity to learn more about races, parades, festivals, markets and other special events planned for public property. Debuting just in time for the busy July 4th holiday weekend, residents can pull up the special events map on their mobile devices or desktop computers and quickly decide whether to join in on the fun or find alternate routes for travel around town.

“Pocketgov is an innovative tool that gives you a direct connection to the city that serves you,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “With the help of resident feedback, we’re adding new features to this online service center every month, like the special events map, and making Denver city living a whole lot easier.”

In addition to the special events map, there are several new features at www.pocketgov.com, including a:

  • Map of B-cycle stations;
  • Map of ballot drop-off locations around the city;
  • Real-time election results.

With the new design, residents can easily use existing services such as:

  • Setting up text message alerts for street sweeping reminders;
  • Reporting potholes or graffiti;
  • Signing up for notifications for waste removal;
  • Finding Denver property values.


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Top Taco announces people’s choice winners

July 1, 2015

DiningOut magazine, the creator of the Top Taco taste fest and competition held Thursday at Sculpture Park, has compiled the winners of the popular vote. They are:
Traditional taco –
* First place: Highland Tap Burger
* Second place: Comida
* Third place: NorthCounty

Creative taco –
* First place: Kachina, Southwestern Grill
* Second place: Comida
* Third place: Los Chingones

Tequila cocktail –
* First place: Highland Tap and Burger Maestro Dobel Tequila
* Second place: Work & Class / Casa Noble
* Third place: Comida / Suerte Tequila

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Liquor Limo app delivers booze to your door in style

July 1, 2015

Liquor Limo, the premiere shopping experience for wine, liquor and beer delivery, has just launched in Denver. The free app, now available for download on iOS and Android, offers seamless, scheduled liquor delivery or in-store pickup. Unlike competitors, Liquor Limo offers free delivery on orders of more than $50, and there is no need to tip.

“We developed Liquor Limo as a solution to a need we identified within the market,” said Kevin Byrne, Liquor Limo COO. “Now, through the app, customers in Denver and across Colorado, can receive scheduled and professional liquor delivery, while still supporting their local neighborhood retailers. Additionally, our proprietary Replica Recommendation Engine enables users to explore vast retailer inventories, and discover new beverages based on the chemical fingerprint of their current likes and dislikes.”

Liquor Limo partners with local neighborhood liquor stores to provide their inventory and delivery services to customers with a minimum order, typically $25. Valid photo ID proving the user is 21 years of age or older is required to register the app, and is also verified upon delivery, which can be scheduled up to 14 days in advance. App users have direct access to local liquor stores’ inventory, and Liquor Limo never marks up prices on any products. All payments are remitted to partner liquor stores directly through the app, via the customer’s securely stored payment information.

Currently, the delivery service has 15 retail partners providing liquor delivery in the following markets: Avon, Vail, Frisco (Beavercreek, Lake Dillon), Pueblo, Stapleton, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Durango, Carbondale, Montrose, Thornton, Fort Collins, Greeley and Denver.

Akin to providing consumers a personal sommelier, cicerone or spirits expert in their smart phones, Replica Recommendation Engine enables users to discover new beers, wines and spirits based upon their particular taste and aroma preferences. Liquor Limo has analyzed the chemical “fingerprint” of more than 15,000 unique beers, wines and spirits in its state-of-the-art analytical lab, to create this constantly growing database, the most comprehensive and unique in the industry.

Through the Liquor Limo app, users can identify their favorite beverages, then use Replica to compare meaningful chemical data points across tens of thousands of brands. They can then search store inventories for similar tasting beverages, often at a fraction of the price. 

Boasting more than 40 years of collective experience in the wholesale liquor distribution business, Liquor Limo’s management team has vast experience distributing liquor, beer and wine to local retailers. Members of the team founded Baroness Wines in 2001, and built it into the largest independent wine, beer and spirits distribution company in Colorado. After developing a strong understanding of distribution efficiencies for both retailers and the end user, Baroness Wines was sold to a division of Berkshire Hathaway in 2014, and Liquor Limo was developed shortly thereafter.

“Liquor Limo will not only provide a valuable service to time-strapped consumers, but open entirely new consumer groups to local liquor stores,” Byrne said. “We think it’s a win-win.”

For more information, go to www.liquorlimo.com.

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Do you like IKE? Check out new information kiosks downtown

July 1, 2015

The Downtown Denver Partnership recently introduced IKE, a first-of-its-kind interactive kiosk experience designed to provide information, engage users and support economic development downtown. IKE, a collaboration between the Downtown Denver Partnership and Street Media Group, and developed with the support of several Colorado-based businesses, is a pilot program created to support the Partnership’s 20-year vision for downtown by providing a comprehensive way-finding system that leverages technology, promotes retail goods and services and helps welcome international visitors to the center city.

IKE will enhance the downtown experience all day every day at six locations, five along the 16th Street Mall (at Tremont, Court, Market, Larimer and Curtis) and one at 15th and Curtis, by serving as an:

  • Information portal – IKE is an interactive directory of places to eat, shop, play and stay downtown. It also hosts a comprehensive event listing and supports getting around downtown through maps, walking directions and information on transit routes. IKE is an enhancement of the Partnership’s printed guides, including its map and directory and events flyer, which will continue to be printed and available throughout downtown.
  • Engagement opportunity – IKE encourages two-way dialogue through its “question of the week” application, has a photo booth where users can send photos to their mobile devices and games that provide exclusive offers for those who participate.
  • Economic development tool – IKE enhances the economic activity of downtown by providing unique promotional opportunities for businesses, the opportunity to welcome new businesses and also builds upon downtown’s emphasis on technology and innovation.
  • Safety resource – IKE is capable of displaying critical safety and emergency announcements both visually and with sound. IKE’s large bright screens also provide additional lighting to enhance areas after dark.

“It is really important for us to bring the most advanced technology available downtown to advance our culture of entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “IKE energizes our commercial core and will help us provide an even better experience for Downtown consumers.”

IKE is a result of collaboration from all Colorado-based companies, including Four Winds Interactive, who created the operating software; Display Devices, who built the kiosks; Mode Set; Oh Heck Yeah, who provided the Catchy game; Leg Work Studios, who designed many of the apps and with consulting support from FinWater Advisors.

“IKE is truly on the cutting edge of interactive kiosk technology, and offers not only a forward-thinking approach to way-finding, but also a unique opportunity to help downtown businesses thrive,” said Gary Young, CEO of Street Media Group. “We are proud to join the Downtown Denver Partnership and our partners to bring this exciting technology to downtown Denver.”

IKE is ADA compliant and most content is also available in Spanish. The pilot program is scheduled to last 18 months. For more information, visit www.downtowndenver.com.

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

July 1, 2015

Eavesdropping on a co-worker: “Being an adult was the worst decision I ever made.”

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Have a blast in Colorado towns for the Fourth

June 29, 2015

Celebrating Independence Day in Colorado this year means taking part in decade-long traditions or beginning a whole new one. Many cities and small towns start the day off early with a run or pancake breakfast and continue on until dusk when the sky is illuminated by each area’s fireworks display. Below is a sampling of activities taking place across the state this Fourth of July, according to the Colorado Tourism Office. For more information, visit www.Colorado.com.

Salute to the USA (Avon). Get a head start on the festivities by celebrating Independence Day a night early for Avon’s 29th annual “Salute to the USA” on Friday.  Face painters, fire jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon sculptors, magicians and more. After, enjoy Colorado’s largest firework display that features 10,000 shells exploding in a pyrotechnic extravaganza of color and sound.

Grill on the Grass (Boulder). Relax at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa this Fourth of July. Savor festive food while taking in panoramic views of the Flatirons on the hotel’s outdoor terrace. Join other visitors in backyard games such as corn hole and ladder golf, all accompanied by live entertainment from the Delta Sonics, a Denver-based blues band. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 4-12.

Breckenridge’s Independence Day (Breckenridge). The day begins with a 10K trail run followed by a 50-mile mountain bike race that kicks off the Fourth of July Parade on Main Street. After the parade, kids can beat the heat with a good old-fashioned water fight. The weekend will also feature the Street Arts Festival, a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra and an extraordinary fireworks display.

Fourth of July in the Mile High City (Denver). The Cherry Creek Arts Festival will be celebrating world-class and award-winning visual, culinary and performing arts beginning at 10 a.m. Just a bike ride away, Denver’s largest Independence Day parade begins at 1:30 p.m. in Park Hil. At dusk, Colorado’s Major League Soccer Club, the Rapids will play against the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club at 7 p.m. After the game a fireworks display closes out the evening.

Greeley Stampede Parade (Greeley). Greeley’s family-friendly July 4th Parade displays Colorado’s Western heritage with floats, bands and equestrian entries from across the state. The parade kicks off on 19th Street and will end at Fifth Street beyond Lincoln Park. After the parade, the stampede will be going full force with carnival games, rides, food, the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo finals and a concert by country music stars Gary Allan and Jerrod Niemann followed by fireworks.

Independence Day in Gunnison (Gunnison). Watch the sun rise among an array of hot air balloons over the rolling hills surrounding Jorgenson Park. Later in the evening, the park will host three legged races, log sawing, bounce houses and more. Adults can grab a brew at the beer garden all while enjoying a variety of live music that will be paired with a fireworks display after sunset.

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration (Lake City). Revisit some of Colorado’s roots in Lake City where in 1875 the town hosted the first “official” Fourth of July celebration on Colorado’s Western Slope. Revelers will share Lake City’s special link to its past with unforgettable festivities. Begin with a pancake breakfast followed by the annual parade. Later enjoy live music, a street dance and a fireworks display put on by the Volunteer Fire Department.

July 4th Festival at North Lake Park (Loveland). Start the day by watching The American Legion raise the American flag at 10 a.m. by the Lone Tree School House. Then enjoy live music, a vintage car show and the area’s largest and longest fireworks show in Loveland’s 50-acre North Lake Park that features an outdoor amphitheater, a pond with a fishing dock, picnic areas and a miniature train.

Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Ouray (Ouray). This small town packs a punch with an array of activities starting at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast followed by a 10K race. Afterward, line up along Main Street for a parade that features water cannons. If that’s not refreshing enough, participate in or just watch the century-old tradition of the Ouray water fights where teams of two blast each other with fire hoses until one team surrenders.

July 4th Heritage Festival (Sterling). The Overland Trail Museum will be hosting an old-fashioned, small town celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All day long, spectators can watch the blacksmith process of barrel making or leather crafting and quilting. Children can enjoy such activities as gold panning and face painting along with plenty of live music and food for the whole family to enjoy.

Lance Gutersohn Fourth of July Celebration (Winter Park). Begin the day in the mountains by participating in the Rendezvous Run for Independence that races through Winter Park Resort starting at 7 a.m. Later that day, Hideaway Park will be bustling with activities including performances by two bluegrass bands, bouncy fun in inflatables, face painting for the kids and fireworks.

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Top Taco weathers the elements for fab food and fun

June 29, 2015

Downpour? What downpour?

The 20-minute deluge that drenched Denver’s Sculpture Garden Park Thursday didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of attendees to the second annual Top Taco – the sip and snarf competition from the owners of DiningOut magazine.

Revelers crowded under the cover of tent tops and waited out the storm that threatened to shut down the event. But noooooo. Twenty minutes later, salsa band La Candela struck up the tunes while Top Taco patrons carried on sampling tequila, margaritas, beer, wine and all sorts of tacos.

More than 40 metro-area restaurants were represented in fierce competition for the bragging rights to bear the title of Top Taco and Top Margarita.

Here are the judges’ picks.

Margarita – 1. Dos Santos; 2. Pinche Tacos; 3. Central Bistro.

Taco – Non-traditional – 1. Lena; 2. Pinche Tacos; 3. Comida.

Taco – Traditional – 1. Comida (two years running); 2. North County; 3. Work & Class.


From left, Comida owner Rayme Rossello and events coordinator Andrea O'Laughlin celebrate winning No. 1 traditional Taco.

From left, Comida owner Rayme Rossello and events coordinator Andrea O’Laughlin celebrate winning No. 1 traditional Taco. Below from left, Lena chef Jerry Mansfield and owner Jimmy Callahan show off their No. 1 non-traditional taco.IMG_20150625_205711525


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VIP balcony party tickets still available for Independence Eve

June 29, 2015

Want to stay far from the madding crowd during Civic Center Park’s Independence Eve festivities Friday?

You can enjoy music and fireworks from the VIP comfort of The Denver Post building deck at 101 W. Colfax. Tickets to the Civic Center Conservancy’s private balcony party are still available and include beer, wine, catered food and an incredible view of the fireworks.

The Independence Eve show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets to the VIP balcony party are $75, and available at www.civiccenterconservancy.org.


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