Green Door Living Anniversary Party

The real estate agency that I work with is celebrating its 10 year anniversary tonight. Come join in the celebration which is part of the First Friday Tennyson Culture Walk. Stop by between 6pm and 10pm to say hi, listen to some music and check out some art! 

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Open House 9/23 noon-2pm: 3533 Mariposa Street, Denver

Real estate questions? Interested in the home buying process? What does a home for sale in the Highlands neighborhood look like?

Come check out this great house that just went up for sale in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. It’s close to Root Down, Avanti, Black Eye Coffee, and plenty of other great local eateries!

This two bedroom, two bath home is listed at $454,000. This bungalow built in 1886 has had many recent updates. For more details and pictures, check out the listing in the MLS! To check out the place in person, come visit me at 3533 Mariposa Street on Saturday 9/23 between noon and 2pm!

Saturday 9/16 11a-1p: Open House in Wheat Ridge

Come visit me this Saturday as I’m holding an Open House at 3190 Newland Street in Wheat Ridge! This four bedroom, one and half bath home is located near W 32nd Avenue and between Sheridan and Wadsworth – just west of Denver and along a major bus line. To see more pictures and read all the info, check out the listing in the MLS.

This is a great opportunity to walk through a home for sale whether you are ready to make an offer or not! You’ll get the opportunity to see what your money can buy, ask me questions about the home buying or home selling process, and get ideas for staging your home if you’re in the market to sell.

I look forward to seeing you this Saturday between 11am and 1pm at 3190 Newland Street!

 

For the Love of Denver: Labor Day Weekend 2017

While plenty of people are heading to the mountains for this three day weekend that is the unofficial end of summer, there are great things to check out in Denver this weekend!

One of the biggest events this weekend is certainly A Taste of Colorado with over 250 arts and crafts vendors, over 60 food tents and trucks, and music everyday. If you love the 80s, be sure to check out Sheila E, 38 Special and Rick Springfield. It’s free admission so be sure to get there early to claim your piece of Civic Center Park to enjoy the shows!

As it is the unofficial end of summer, this is the last weekend to enjoy water parks. If you’ve been planning to go and haven’t made it all summer, now is the time to visit the water park at Elitch Gardens and Water World

Tonight is the Rocky Mountain Showdown. The Rams and the Buffs face off at sports Authority Stadium. It looks like Ticketmaster still has tickets!

Tonight is also First Friday. Head over to Santa Fe, Tennyson or RiNo and check out all the galleries and businesses supporting arts and culture in our city!

If you’re up for heading out of Denver and don’t have mountain plans, Tour de Fat is going on in Fort Collins on Saturday and the Colorado State Fair is going strong in Pueblo.

Whatever you do, have fun this weekend!

For the Love of Colorado: Solar Eclipse August 2017

The excitement about the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, seems to just keep building and building. While Colorado is not along the path of the total eclipse, we’re close enough to drive to some sites along the path and there are plenty of events during and surrounding the eclipse.

Beginning at 9am and ending at 2pm, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will have several family-friendly activities including Eclipsercise, Solar Scope Viewing, crafts, and story times.

In Northwest Denver, you can gather on the commons at Regis University, get free glasses and make a a solar system bracelet. There will also be people gathering downtown at Civic Center Park.

As you read in my post last week, I love me some yoga and love all the options in and surrounding Denver. Yoga studios are no slouches when it comes to the moon! There are yoga eclipse events before, during and after the eclipse at Urban Sanctuary, Karma Yoga, The Beat, Yoga in the Park, and Container Collective. If it’s not listed here, you should check out your favorite local studio and see if they have something going on to get into those eclipse vibes!

What else do Denverites love? Beer. There are several breweries that are getting in on the eclipse action! Blue Moon in RiNo, ViewHouse, and Ernie’s all have events too.

If you’re up for a short drive, several mountain resorts are hosting eclipse events. The resorts at Vail and Beaver Creek have packages for the eclipse. Walking Mountains Science Center will also be hosting an event in Beaver Creek.

While I’m not sure if there are seats still available, here’s an option I hadn’t considered before – fly along the path of the eclipse!

Haven’t gotten around to snagging a pair of eclipse glasses and are not going to an event providing them? Here are some free and next to free options for experiencing the eclipse safely: print a 2D or 3D pinhole projector or use your hands to project the eclipse. NASA has designed .pdfs of pinhole projectors in the shapes of states, the Cherokee and Navajo nations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. While it seems stupidly simple, looking at the shadow made by the little windows from interlacing your fingers will give you a good view of what the eclipse looks like. NASA is also encouraging people to have friends take a picture of you using the projector or take a selfie and post it!

For more information on all things eclipse – weather, traffic, science, events – check out NASA’s eclipse website.

No matter how you plan to experience the eclipse, be safe and have fun!

 

 

Tuesday, August 15th: Social Stitchin’

This week’s edition of Social Stitchin’ will take place at Platform T on Lincoln and 1st Avenue. Platform T has a large variety of teas, coffee drinks and a menu of bites to eat. We’ll be there from 9am until 11am. Hope to see you there!

For the Love of Denver: Friday, August 11, 2017

One of the things that makes me really happy about living in Colorado is the variety of healthy choices one can make. For the past month I’ve been enjoying a membership to a local yoga studio, and now that my trial membership is up I get to decide what’s next! In addition to healthy choices, there are always opportunities for straight up fun in and around Denver. This weekend is no disappointment in the fun category!

Yoga

For the past month I’ve been enjoying classes at Samadhi Yoga. They have studios in Uptown and Golden Triangle and a variety of classes. I’m not into high-intensity workouts and so I do yoga to stretch and relax and feel good. With their 30 day introductory deal, I’ve tried to take as many classes as would fit into my schedule. I’ve really enjoyed the classes that I’ve taken including Restorative, Reiki Restorative, Candlelight Vinyasa, Gentle Vinyasa, Neurosculpting Vinyasa, and Flow and Restore. Before this I hadn’t taken a yoga class in years. I’ve always appreciated the convenience of yoga videos and podcasts but it was so nice to be surrounded by other people with similar intentions of doing something healthy for themselves.

Now that my trial month is up, I’m left with “What next?”. Of course, I could buy a class pass at Samadhi (and I probably will at some point) but there are so many yoga studios in Denver that I may as well explore all my options! I’ve heard wonderful things about Whole Yoga and I like that their classes include a meditative aspect. Kindness Yoga has a bunch of locations and when I looked at their upcoming workshops, I want to take just about every one! I also know friends who are loyal to The River and Karma. In addition to these amazing yoga studios there are some unique studios. Classes at Rino Yoga Social are instructor-based rather than class-based. The Beat solely bases their schedules on special events like Mimosas, Manicures and Yoga; Kids Trolls Yoga; Solar Eclipse Essence Flow; and Hip Hop Yoga. 

Handmade Goodness

I’ve mentioned how much I love the creative opportunities here in Denver. One of the reasons is markets like the Denver Handmade Homemade Market. If you haven’t checked out this market yet, what are you waiting for? The market is hosted in HaHo’s new space, The Spindle. This unique market not only allows artists to showcase their creative products at markets but they also have creative workspace options as well as a commissary kitchen. Be sure to shop this market Saturday from 4pm-9pm and pick up all things fabulous like festival jewelry, statement pieces and yummy treats! 

Bikes, Music and More

The annual bike event that ends in downtown Denver and causes plenty of excitement combines this year with a music festival and the Denver Flea into a three day event beginning today called Velorama. The Colorado Classic is a pro bike race covering Colorado Springs and Breckinridge ending in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver. The music festival features headliners Wilco and Deathcab for Cutie as well as the New Pornographers, Saint Motel and several other bands. The Denver Flea is not your typical Flea market by any means. It includes local vendors, bars and food trucks. 

With all this excitement you’re going to need a yoga class or two in the upcoming week to bring you back into the flow of normal life! 

Social Stitchin’

I’ve been a knitter for over 20 years. My Aunt Lucille taught me to knit way back during a particularly cold and snowy winter in New Jersey. I would knit every now and again until I moved to Colorado and started attending Denver Stitch n Bitch. There’s something about meeting with other people on a weekly basis and talking about, looking at, and touching everyone’s projects that inspires you. I upped my game for sure after seeing all the great projects people were creating! I’ve also met so many wonderful people while stitching. I am still involved with Denver SnB and love meeting on Wednesday nights at different bars throughout Denver but I do have stitching friends who can’t make it to those events. While having coffee and knitting with one of those friends a few weeks ago, it was suggested that I start a weekday morning group for stitching over coffee or tea. So, tomorrow morning begins a weekly Social Stitchin’ group.

For this first week we’re meeting at Amethyst Coffee from 9am-11am. I’m not sure if we’ll continue meeting at the same location but will post a weekly event on my Facebook page. If you knit, crochet, hand sew, cross stitch or create some other portable craft, you’re welcome to join us! Also, please plan to buy a drink or something to eat in support of the business whose space we’re taking up for two hours. Hope to see you there!

Any questions, please email me at kelly@greendoorliving.com.

 

 

For the Love of Denver: Friday, August 4, 2017

This week marks nine years of living in Colorado for me. For over 7 years, I’ve been in Denver. There has been tons of change since I moved here but one thing is consistent – there’s always so much to do!

Coffee

One of my recent goals has been to try out coffee shops I haven’t been to yet. While I love my neighborhood coffee places – MutinyBardo, and Cafe Europa – sometimes it’s nice to meet up with friends outside of the neighborhood. Today I tried out Little Owl Coffee in LoDo. I ordered one of my favorite drinks, a dirty chai, and was not disappointed! While I love the spicy ginger of Bhakti Chai, I’m willing to try other chais. The barista told me that they use a spicy chai from Sanctuary (which is also made in Boulder). It was a delicious drink! In addition to having beautifully-crafted, delicious beverages, we sat outside on the little patio and enjoyed watching the busy-ness of a weekday morning. If you’re in LoDo and are looking for a coffee treat, stop by Little Owl!

Shopping

One of the reasons I headed downtown today was that there was an event to celebrate the opening of Sephora in the Denver Pavilions. The event was small but so Denver! There was a dj spinning some sweet dance tunes while Sephora employees walked around with trays of Voodoo donuts and little cups of milk. Denver knows how to have fun!

As I walked out of the store, there was a lovely crafted piece of art by Ladies Fancywork Society.

Travel

Being an urban dweller, despite having a car I use other modes of transportation. To avoid parking fees or having to move my car from meter to meter, I took the light rail downtown today. It’s so convenient! For my ride home I decided to try out one of the new fleet of Mercedes that Car2Go is using to replace their white and blue Smart cars. It was a fun ride but at about $10 for a 20 minute ride, I probably should have just paid for parking!

Art

Today is First Friday! Denver rocks it with more than one First Friday event. The Art District on Santa Fe has a large concentration of galleries and is always a popular First Friday event. I saw a fun looking event as part of this month’s Santa Fe First Friday – Art Crawl for Oddities. It includes body painting by a tv celebrity and skull giveaways.

The Berkeley neighborhood has a pretty rockin’ First Friday event along Tennyson Street. There are usually opportunities to enjoy some live music as you stroll through the shops which host a variety of artists. If you end up over that way, be sure to drop by Green Door Living and say hi!

Tonight, I’ll be enjoying the First Friday events over in RiNo – because kitten therapy!

As if these events weren’t enough to fill your senses, tomorrow is Penny Day at MCA Denver!

Moral of the story: Denver is awesome – go do something!

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