Colorado developers and communities seem to be indulging in fixer-upper projects, rather than building from the ground up. See below for yourself the creativity in Colorado.
Colorado Markets and Food Halls:
The public food halls and markets naturally bring individuals together. Many in Colorado have experienced the communal spirit, applying it to the art of abandoned buildings and reviving historic locations.
That’s what happened with Ivywild School, located in Colorado Springs. This former elementary school was transformed into a culinary destination. Between an espresso bar, craft cocktail deli, brewery, and bakery, you can enjoy all the food you want – stay for extra concert fun in the gymnasium.
A similar fixer upper is The Source, which was singlehandedly spurred a new vivacity on foundry. Within the lofty brick behemoth, there is a baker, cocktail bar, coffee shop, sour-ale brewery, and a butcher shop.
If you have heard of the old Rayback Plumbing Building in Boulder, you may know it was recreated into the Rayback Collective, a food truck park with the most well-known food trucks in the region. This is a favorite by locals with its yard games, live music, and firepit – It gives off a backyard vibe many long for.
There is another location underway, located at the 1905 Ginger and Baker where the shop is getting a makeover – turning it into a cooking school, café, pie shop, and gourmet market. The grand opening for this location is schedule for the end of 2017.
Museums and Other Attractions:
Due to a demand of large footprints, several attractions need to start fresh and build brand new. However, some innovative organizations throughout the state are providing proof that enhancing a facility can lead to a better experience.
The Durango’s Powerhouse Science Center used to be one of the first AC electric plants in the country, which assisted powering Colorado’s whole Western slope. Following the shuttering in the 1970s, this building began to become such an eyesore. Now, today, a restoration has been made in the building. Currently, this building is a children’s science discovery that offers some hands-on exhibits such as topographical touch tables, wall climbing, and rocket building.
Another ideal place for children is an adventure center and trampoline park, located in Grand Junction – It’s called Get Air Solo. Aside from the trampolines, there is a foam pit and ninja course. The prior property had 1970 era silos standing 85 feet tall, which have been repurposed. Now the silos are used for fun – You can climb up one and bungee jump down the other.
Eat & Drink:
There’s no reason to dine in any ordinary restaurant when you can choose one that has history behind it. For example, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver has revived the 1894 building. The gastrobrothel cuisine, as well as the playful decorations gives a feel to the history of the building.
A much higher profile landmark in Denver, known as the first air control tower of Denver International Airport in Stapleton, still stands in the area. However, it has been reclaimed since by the local restaurateurs. It’s now the Punch Bowl Social where you can drink some cocktails or beer and bowl. It will be officially open at the end of October 2017.
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