Starwood Hotels announce Aloft will soon join downtown Denver hotels

Servic bellDowntown Denver will soon get a new hip and trendy hotel to add to its roster. Plans were recently announced for a new Starwood Hotels property known as Aloft to grace the corner of 15th and Stout Street. The Aloft Hotels are geared to a younger, hipper demographic by boasting a more sleek urban aesthetic.

The project will be six-stories high and about 70,000 square feet in size. A below-grade level will include hotel functions and a swimming pool/fitness area. The ground floor will include about 2,000 SF of retail and lobby uses and a porte-cochère with vehicle ingress off Stout Street and vehicle egress via the alley between Stout and Champa. The upper five floors will contain approximately 140 hotel rooms.

The current occupant of the space is a former Burger King. While BK hasn’t occupied the space in many years, a revolving door of food service businesses has opened in the space; only to close shortly thereafter. That building will be razed to make room for the new hotel. Plans for the new hotel have been completed by the architecture firm of Olive Architecture of Raleigh, NC

According to the Aloft web site, the vibe of their hotels is geared towards an experience that celebrates the individual and gives you freedom to control and customize your travel adventure to fit your personal style. While still in the planning stages, the Aloft Denver project is slated for completion in April of 2014.

For more information on this new venture, and to see a rendering of the new structure click here. For more info on Starwood Hotels Aloft properties, follow this link. And tell us, what are some of your favorite hotel spaces or buildings in downtown Denver.


A great kick-off to the Valentine’s Day season, courtesy of The 9th Avenue Collection and benefiting The Alexander Foundation

This very special event is a great way to kick off the Valentine’s Day season. Enjoy food and libations from renowned caterer Gourmet Fine Catering, plus a live exhibition of the Argentine “Forbidden Dance,” the Tango. Tickets can be purchased through The Alexander Foundation web site, or by following this link.


Denver mourns the loss of a theater icon: Robert Garner

Theater impresario
Robert Garner

The Denver theater community has lost a true legend. Founder and former chairman of the Denver Center Attractions, Robert Garner, passed away at his home on July 19th after a brief illness. An icon on the Denver theatre scene for years, the death of the Honorary Trustee of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts was announced by his hand-picked successor at DCPA, Chairman and CEO Randy Weeks.

“I have lost a dear, dear friend and mentor,” Weeks says. “He set me on a path that I would never have considered and I’m now completely grateful to have been exposed to theater and be able to make a living in it.

Garner’s vision for what Denver could achieve as an arts city began in the early 1960’s when he began presenting touring shows. But in 1979, Garner made his idea of a performing arts center a reality. One of the notable highlights of his illustrious career was his booking of the first national tour of the legendary Broadway musical “A Chorus Line.”

Garner retired from the DCPA in 1992.

Garner left an indelible impression on the city he loved, and called home for so many years. His legacy is summed up best by his longtime friend and protégé, Randy Weeks.

“He was a man of great integrity,” says weeks. “ Commercial theater has lost a great man.”

Kirk Montgomery of 9 News shows his artistic side with photography showing at Sketch Food & Wine

You probably know him best as the darling of the “EBlock” on local TV Station KUSA 9 News. But on the evening of July 10th, Kirk Montgomery showed off more of his artistic side with a debut showing of some of his photographic work at Sketch Food & Wine Restaurant  . “The Photography of Kirk Montgomery,” will adorn walls of the Baker neighborhood eatery throughout the month of July. Sketch is located at 11 W. 1st Avenue in Denver.

For inspiration, Montgomery has chosen to point his camera at a number of Denver sights and landmarks, creating a body of work that  is best described at “gritty, urban, abstract, and home.”

“You may know me best for being in front of the camera,” says Montgomery, “but I’ve always loved being behind it as well.”

The opening, with proceeds of the event going to benefit the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation, was attended by friends and fans alike, and included some of Montgomery’s fellow news personalities such as former 9News reporter turned P.R. maven Heidi McGuire.

To learn more about both the photography of and photographer, Kirk Montgomery, visit his web site.

UPDATE: As this post was launched, we were notified that Sketch Food & Wine Restaurant, its neighboring space El Diablo, and the building that houses both businesses First Avenue Hotel, has been ordered closed. According to a notice posted by Michael Roach, Building Official with Development Services in the Denver Department of Community Planning and Development, the space was closed for the following:

“Continued occupancy of this structure poses an immediate hazard to the life safety of occupants and the public. Per 2011 Denver Building Code (CBC) Sections 104 and 105, the referenced site is ordered immediately vacated. Failure to immediately vacate shall result in further City action.”

The buildings owner, Jesse Morreale, defied the order to allow Kirk Montgomery’s show to go on as scheduled despite notices on the doors of the closure. Subsequently, the closure order at present is unable to remove his work from the premises. He also feels that the news of the closure may be a reason for a lower turn out than expected for the event.

” Last night was a fund-raiser for Firefighters,” says Montgomery. That’s why I was a bit disappointed by the turn out.”

We will continue to follow and update this story as it evolves.

Michael Purcell: Artist, and social media-savvy innovator

Denver artist Michael Purcell and some of his work.

Social media has been a godsend not only to small business, but to the artistic world as well. Find out how local artist, Michael Purcell, has utilized one of the largest social media juggernauts to turn his unique work into some of the most sought after art in the country.