Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bargain Ho

Photo by Jonny B.
Another Colfax mainstay is closing up shop.

Bargain House, a discount mattress and furniture store just blocks up from the Capitol on Colfax Avenue, will close its doors later this week after more than 40 years in business.

A representative at the store Monday morning said the shop, whose Colfax-facing windows advertise full bed sets at $60 and twin sets for $40, will shut down Thursday.

Bargain House takes up at least two retail storefronts at 410 E. Colfax Ave. It shares a building at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Logan Street with a Thai Monkey Club restaurant and a liquor store.

The few blocks of East Colfax starting at the Capitol building has seen its share of tenant rollover in recent years.

Hollywood Posters shut down a block over, and Good Chemistry took over that space. Emilio’s Mexican restaurant left its corner at Colfax and Logan to be replaced by Tycoon Ramen and Sushi. A block west of Bargain House, Pete’s CafĂ© & Steakhouse shut down. Buffalo Bill’s Wings and Things has hung signs at that storefront, but has yet to open.

The building Bargain House occupies is owned by Andrea Dikeou, according to Denver property records.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mayor’s Dog-friendly Arts Loop Walk ‘n’ Talk Tomorrow!

Turn your regular evening walk into something special – and feel free to bring your dog along – by joining Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul for the second part of his walk ‘n’ talk about the arts loop, a new walking and bicycling route through creative northeast Lakewood.

WHAT:  Mayor Paul’s dog-friendly walk ‘n’ talk with creative stops along the way.

WHEN:  Walk leaves promptly at 5:15 p.m. and finishes around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26
WHERE: Meet outside Casa Bonita, 6715 W. Colfax Ave. Free parking is available in the lot, but we encourage walking or cycling to the event. Feel free to stick around to enjoy an after-walk informal happy hour at WestFax Brewing Company, adjacent to Casa Bonita at 6733 W. Colfax Ave.
WHY: Come walk and talk with the mayor and project team about the kind of art you’d like to experience along Lakewood’s arts loop.
DETAILS: 1.5 mile route through Aviation Park and the 40 West Creative District Mural Corridor. Feel free to walk, bike or bring your dog. Expect a twilight atmosphere with fun glow-in-the-dark route markers and stops at creative places, including 40 West Studios, where participants can chat with an artist and enjoy free refreshments for people and dogs.

In 2018, the Arts Loop will create an interactive experience connecting Aviation, Walker-Branch and Mountair parks in 40 West through art in the parks and along the route, and will enhance the area’s recreational and cultural assets. The artwork will reflect the unique context, voice and culture of the neighborhoods along historic West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood and the new W Line light rail. The arts loop has received a $100,000 Our Town grant, the largest amount awarded under the program from the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more, watch a short informational video and take an online survey at

Monday, October 24, 2016

The White Spot

Long-time Denver locals will remember the White Spot, 7 altogether, there's one nearby, and they stay open late!!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The God of Colfax

Photo by Jonny B.
If Colfax had a God, I would imagine it would look a lot like this graffiti I saw walking down the storied street...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hard Times Barbie

Ruth Handler, inventor of the Barbie Doll, graduated from East High School on Colfax Avenue in Denver. Barbie was known for her over-the-top near impossible body dimensions and artificially enhanced beauty originally based on a German sex doll. Once complete with a Ken doll partner in crime and a materialistic superfluous array of expensive gadgetries, it looks like all those years on Colfax have finally taken their toll. Like many of the other Colfax denizens, Barbie has fallen on hard times.