Publication:Denver Post; Date:Oct 17, 2008; Section:Entertainment; Page Number:14D


URBAN GUIDE

SOUTH BROADWAY

Eat, shop and play along Denver’s downscale version of a miracle mile.


Mayan Theatre

    The moniker of this gorgeously detailed movie house hints at its artdeco origins, and its deep roots allow it to stand firm amid the storms of the local indie movie scene. Built in 1930, the Mayan has survived brushes with the wrecking ball and enjoyed a multimillion-dollar renovation to emerge as the city’s most glorious old-style film house — especially now that fellow urban oasis Neighborhood Flix has (sadly) expired.

    A three-screen theater, the Mayan features a full bar and cafe upstairs. Pop in Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for a walking tour of the purportedly haunted environs. 110 Broadway, landmarktheatres.com

Hi-Dive/Sputnik

    Siamese twins, the indie music venue and its “satellite” bar join 3 Kings Tavern, the Skylark and others in offering near-nightly live music with cold, cheap beer. Lately Sputnik has become a haven for smart DJ and game nights, its walls adorned with some of the city’s most eyecatching visual art.

    Formerly occupied by the Old Seven South and then Quixote’s, these high-ceilinged spaces that were once a single entity have been hipster favorites for nearly five years. Free Wi-Fi, double happy hours and a bottomless mimosa brunch at Sputnik only sweeten the deal. Look for a menu change in the next couple of weeks. 7 S. Broadway, hi-dive.com

Beatrice & Woodsley

    The undisputed new powerhouse of South Broadway, this small-plates wine bar knocks it out of the park in every category. From attentive service and a vast drinks menu to the insane woodland décor and killer food (think Hawaiian swordfish, spicy braised lamb and crispy noodle cakes), Beatrice & Woodsley asserts itself as both the new neighborhood favorite and the best place to take out-of-towners. 38 S. Broadway, beatriceandwoodsley.com

Speakeasy

    This newcomer clothing shop aims for the fashion-conscious skater and skate-conscious fashionista with its blend of high-end national and house brands. Limited-edition hats, hoodies, shirts and more adorn its sleek walls.

    “It’s more than just urban wear,” said co-owner and Alaska native Bryan Carandang. “We focus on lifestyles of street culture, and some of those brands are rooted in skateboarding, but some are in fashion, music — you name it.” 70 S. Broadway Suite 150, speakeasy onbroadway.com

Quality Paws

    Natural pet stores sometimes cater to a particularly high-maintenance brand of owner, but this inviting shop goes for wellness above all else. It fled a spot on South Pennsylvania Street in February for the heavy-walk-in-traffic allure of South Broadway.

    In the market for grain-free dog treats and leather collars with yin-yang symbols? They’ve got you covered. And try at your peril to resist the wide-eyed feral kittens they adopt out of the back of the store.

46 Broadway, qualitypaws.com

Rock the Cradle

    Inspired by their nephew Colin, owners Melissa and Brian Ball created this boutique clothing shop for “kids with attitude.” Indeed, the hipster-parent market loves the toocute-for-words onesies (the Mr. T print is one of the best sellers) and other plain and print shirts, dresses and shoes for their favorite rock stars in diapers. 18 S. Broadway, rockthecradlebaby.net

Heaven Sent Me

    George Blackert’s gift shop may be one of the better-kept secrets on South Broadway. A fixture for nearly a decade, he offers an eye-popping swirl of buttons, magnets, greeting cards and adult merchandise aimed at the GLBT set. Business has taken a hit lately, but Blackert said the economic and political cycles usually result in noticeable bumps. “During the pride months, from about June to mid-August, pretty much anything rainbow-themed will sell,” Blackert said. 116 S. Broadway, heavensentme.com

Fahrenheit’s Books

    This used- and rare-book mainstay moved a few blocks south in May from its longtime perch at 38 Broadway. Despite the fact that it’s a bit off the walking path, co-owner Bill Montague said staying in the same neighborhood was essential. “People come from far away to this neighborhood because there’s a group of these great used-book stores here.” 210 S. Broadway, fahrenheitsbooks.com

Decade

    Funky gifts and vintage wares rule the deep, eclectic selection at this boutique — appropriately celebrating more than 10 years on the scene, yet always managing to surprise loyal customers with the latest hot items. Peruse the handbags, candles, lingerie, sunglasses and wine glasses, or follow feline mascot Stella back to the popular maternity shop. “A lot of people come here so they don’t have to go to the malls,” employee Kim Danner said.

56 S. Broadway, 303-733-2288

Fancy Tiger

    First emerging as a colorful craftsupplies store, Fancy Tiger eventually opened a clothing store across the street. The flagship location offers a smart collection of eco-friendly products and sewing classes for all levels, while the clothing store holds regular trunk shows with small and independent designers. 1 S. Broadway and 14 S. Broadway, fancytiger.com

Deluxe/Delite

    Another eatery-and-bar combo bringing upscale fun to the neighborhood, these separate but related establishments feature small and large plates for the finicky palate. Served in simple, stylish décor, Deluxe dishes such as grilled swordfish are delicious but can be wallet-lightening. That’s when you head to Delite for half-off happy hour drinks and bites of tuna tartare and goat cheese pizza. 30-32 S. Broadway, deluxedenver.com

Lee Alex Decor

    A stop inside this modern furniture store reveals some of the more satisfyingly symmetrical and kitschy barware, lighting and jewelry the twisted minds of midcentury design ever birthed. Lit up at night, the storefront looks like a movie set from the best retro sci-fi you never saw. 66 S. Broadway, leealexdecor.com

    John Wenzel


A silver mannequin has the perfect view of the sidewalk along South Broadway.



Fancy Tiger offers eco-friendly crafts and sewing lessons for all skill levels. A sister store carries clothing by indie designers. Photos by Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post






Lee Alex Decor beckons passersby with a distinctive mix of midcentury modern furniture, lighting, jewelry and barware.