Mile High Spirits…2920 Larimer…privatebranddistilling.com
Cruising down Larimer, there was something about the cavernous space with the doors open to the fabulous spring weather that sucked me right into Mile High Spirits. Before I knew it, I found myself sucking down extra strong and delicious Whiskey Mules out of those classic copper mugs and buzzing with that feeling you can only get from good hooch on a warm night. Did I mention their drinks are strong? Yeah, every drink’s a double. And delicious…with house distilled vodka, whiskey, gin, and rum mixed into icy cocktails that just urge you to get one more…and one more…
I am a born and bred beer girl, usually shying away from real booze, but I have to say I tried a taste of everything they make (just a tiny sip!), and I loved it all. Most rums and gins make my nose wrinkle just with a sniff, but they make lovely and complex spirits I could sip all night.
The space is airy, cool, and modern…with deep sofas to sink into while you sip the night away and a bar that stretches for miles. Fishbowls of a magical snack mix that is a little bit Asian rice crackers and a little bit Gardettos makes it that much easier to just keep drinking…and drinking..and drinking…it’s a perfect place to go when you’re tired of your usual swill at your favorite dive and want to dress up a little and enjoy a well crafted drink. You can dress down, too…the owners and bartenders are unpretentious and welcoming, ready with a stiff and icy drink made just the way you like it.
We caught up with the adorable and busy owner and head designer of Sweet and Precious Jewelry, Stephanie DeSantis, and took a peek inside her cute and colorful closet! In addition to creating fun and fruity jewels, Stephanie also sells vintage housewares online. Her friends call her Steph-D, but we call her just too darn cute!
We asked her to tell us about her favorite outfit right now, and here’s what she said:
My favorite outfit right now! The dress is vintage, I found it at an estate sale run by the Denver Gypsy Boys. They always have huge sales with tons of vintage finds. This dress is a pale linen and it can be accessorized in SO many ways. The red belt was my grandmother’s from the 1950’s. The little sweater I found at a goodwill with the tags still on it! The purse is from a garage sale and was only 2.00! And the jewelry… my designs of course.
Yeah, we heart this outfit, too, Miss Steph-D!
If that weren’t cute enough…check out the candy colored shoes and vintage dresses! Steph-D loves these dresses so much, they have their very own closet all to themselves. So cute!
Stephanie sells her colorful jewelry at Rakun ,and she loves shopping at Five Green Boxes. She says, “Everything is so unique and colorful and eclectic. I want everything in the store!”
Name: Fast Geek Boutique
Address: 321 West 11th Avenue, Denver CO 80204
Hours: Tues-Thurs 11-5 and 11-7 Fri and Sat
price range: affordable!
Address: 1147 Santa Fe Drive
Hours: Tues – Sat noon to 7
price range: $5 to $75
The Fit: Rakun loves local designers and cute, cute clothes. More than 25 Denver designers keep Rakun stocked with colorful, girly, and affordable clothes and accessories. Walking into the shop is like stumbling into the Candyland of fashion…you’ll find lots of bright colors and sweet little dresses for infants through adults.
If you like making mischief, check out Rakun’s event calendar, where you’ll find activities ranging from craft nights to fashion shows. Since Rakun is perched on the edge of the Art District on Santa Fe, First Fridays are especially fun, with the shop staying open late to host their Art Walk After Party. Hmmm…maybe that’s where you should wear your cute new shoes?!?