Here at Denverspeax, we have always been drawn to people who are passionate. We recently had the opportunity to interview one of the most passionate breweries in town: Black Shirt Brewing (BSB). Our first visit to Black Shirt Brewing was on the Slow Roll Pub Crawl a few weeks back. We really enjoyed the beer and vibe in the short time we spent there, and wanted to experience more. We were given the opportunity to sit down and explore the mind of Chad Miller CEO and co-founder of Black Shirt Brewing. Continue reading
Yet again we are in one of those situations where we can’t decide if we want to promote an event or keep it as secret as possible. But really, how do you keep the world’s largest consumer bicycling and sports expo a secret? Continue reading
Saturday, September 13th, marked the day of the 8th annual Babes in Bikeland event, bringing over 400 women / transgender / femme bike riders together to roam the streets of Minneapolis.
Take care to note that this was a 20+ mile bike race, the distance depending on the efficiency of your mapped route. With both a manifest of destinations and a time limit provided, how you finished (or mapped your route) was up to you! This is no small feat for even those familiar with the territory of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. So, you may ask, what made so many individuals want to participate in this annual race? What makes this race so special?
The answer to that definitely presented itself before the day of the race. Continue reading
Riot Fest is a big festival with tons of great bands and acts that you should not miss. Here’s our guide to what we think will blow your mind!
We won’t be starting till later in the evening Friday. We want to be able to hang the entire night, and not kill ourselves prior to an entire day of fun Saturday and Sunday. We’re getting old. Continue reading
When living in a new city, it can be difficult to come across as genuine with people who share the same interests. When we met a group of high energy people carrying a flag that said “I GET DOWN” in Keystone, we could instantly relate. We love getting down on experiencing new things and sharing those experiences with everyone.
When we first met many of the members of I Get Down Clothing & Apparel, we were intrigued by what it was all about. We got the low down of their brand over some cold brews. I Get Down Clothing & Apparel is a locally owned and operated clothing company who loves to promote what they do and encourage you to “get down” on what you love also. They recently launched their apparel line which can be found at http://www.igetdownco.com/. This is more than just a brand with a really awesome logo. They endorse active lifestyles, support community improvement initiatives, and encourage everyone to be proud of their passions.
“We promote the understanding that everyone is unique and different, and that those differences can help us all see the world in a new light. We believe that continuous growth and improvement is important not only for ourselves, but for our culture and society, and we want to do all we can to make the world a better place. Our goal is to create a movement where people are proud of themselves and how they get down- whether it be skiing, knitting, hiking, writing, music, climbing, or just being happy, we support everyone and their passion. We live by a simple motto: Live Life. Have Fun. Get Down”
– Source: www.igetdownco.com
We love the logo design and the variety of styles available on the website!!!! It’s easily recognized, and others will be able to see that you love to get down. I (Steve) can’t wait to get my hands on the hoodies and hats. Kirsten said she loves the v-necks and racerbacks for the ladies. Whatever your preference there is a variety of styles to choose from as well as lifestyle accessories. Check out everything on the website and follow their social media outlets to see what it’s like to get down every day.
We love the local bike delivery, too! Giving you up-close and personal service, as well as offers us Denver residents an eco-friendly delivery option.
Another reason why Denver is the coolest – the annual Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square a few weekends ago (May 31 – June 1st). Free for all ages, artists gathered and created replicas of photos that were often displayed next to their work in the Square.
Here are some shots of our favorite moments and works from the festival:
Not only were there 200+ artists creating these beautiful works of art, live music, food, and beverage tents were also a part of the festival, much of which supported by Colorado businesses.
Many of the artists are local students competing for cash, backed by local businesses. Check back on the Denver Chalk Art website to find out who the winners are.
Chalk art, or street painting, dates back to the 16th century in Italy – it’s amazing this tradition is still prevalent all over the world today.
Yet another spectacular event in downtown Denver. We love having so many things to do and see downtown – it’s what makes the city great! What Festivals are you looking forward to this summer? Let us know!
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Pack a picnic, ride your bike, and find a spot in the Park on June 1st, 2014 to kick off another season of FREE Jazz concerts.
A Few Easy Reminders:
- Yes, you can totally bring your furry friend! Make sure they’re on a leash.
- Please, please, please don’t forget an extra trash bag to keep your trash concealed before throwing it away when leaving. Keep this beautiful place clean.
- No, you don’t have to pay – it’s FREE! You can, however, always donate while at the concert (they have volunteers that collect) or on the website.
- The show starts at 6:00 pm MST, but if you’re looking for a parking spot on a nearby street, you’ll need to head over a few hours earlier. We totally suggest riding your bike if at all possible!
- No glass in the park, but canned beer is allowed.
- Food trucks will be at the park so if you don’t pack you’re on food, you will not starve.
- There are portopotties, and they’re usually pretty clean.
The power of reminder can be very interesting and thought-provoking, to the point of near meditation:
A song comes on the radio, and you’re instantly placed into a time previous of extreme joy, or maybe content, or possibly sadness.
These places serve as reminder for us as to why we moved here, and why we started DenverSpeax. It’s important to reflect, and have our reflection over the past (almost) year rejuvenate our spirits and provoke motivation. I thought it would be good to pass this along to you all who have supported us.
When we moved here, we had a few friends from back home, but they were fairly new as well. It was difficult to find places to go or see because we didn’t know what we were looking for, per se – try using Yelp to find a restaurant when you’re in the mood for a certain atmosphere, or when you’re trying to make friends – is there a filter for those? Although we believe Yelp is a great application and very helpful, sometimes a star-rating just doesn’t cut it. Sure, there’s another great site called TripAdvisor – we use it when we are traveling…but we weren’t traveling any longer. We weren’t looking for advertised Bed & Breakfasts and their ratings – we were looking to call a place home.
The best way to learn and begin to understand a community is by fully emerging yourself. This is what we’ve learned in our various travels domestically and internationally, as well as with this move to Denver. Out of boredom, and lack of known resources within the Denver community & beyond, DenverSpeax was born.
We roam around Denver and the surrounding areas looking for what’s good in the community. The good comes in all shapes, sizes, and experiences. We support small, local businesses when we eat out, and prefer to stay local with our purchases as well. Luckily, there are so many festivals, parks, food and beverage, volunteering, and natural beauty here that we’ll never run out of things to write about.
DenverSpeax exists to promote positivity within the community, helping out natives and transplants alike with what to do, where to go, and how to experience all of the good that’s so aplenty here. Know someone who’s moving to Denver? Show ’em our website. Ran out of things to do and experience? Look through the site! Planning a trip to Denver and want the real feel of our diverse community? Well, we have a website for that!
Thank you for your endless support. We are devoted to continue to bring you the low down on what’s good in Denver. A few things we’re looking at tackling next:
- Volunteering – how can we give back to the community we love so much? There are so many ways – we just need to DO IT.
- Collaboration with other Colorado start-ups that need support with getting noticed in the community.
- Visiting Bed & Breakfasts local to Denver so that we can provide our visitors with features on great places to stay.
How you can help: Come with us! Or, let us know…
What other features would you like to see on the website?
What is local and positive that you just can’t live without?
Want to attend one of the most-anticipated, coolest Spring festivals happening RIGHT HERE in Denver, Colorado?
Kick off Spring (almost Summer) by enjoying Colorado’s finest; feel great about supporting your community. Also, spend some cash and feel good about it because:
All of the fun kicks off at 2 pm; make sure you view The Denver Flea website for additional information, including a full list of vendors, food trucks, and craft brews available MAY 1st, 2014.
Can’t wait to see you there!