Things to do in Denver? See alleys as canvas, buy shovels secondhand, get out of town and Save-a-Lot (seriously a lot).
1. Most underrated town 25 minutes from Denver
David, who is in a constant state of confusion re: the lack of 1) a “center” in most US cities and 2) lack of people on the streets or sidewalks found himself a little piece of solace in Morrison, CO.
Morrison has its tourist trappings it also has lots of cute restaurants worthy of a lunch, a heavy dose of small town charm, a river with an adjacent walking path AND much to David’s satisfaction – people walking on the streets. A quick walk along the river leads to a little playground and a BBQ set up.
2. Get Your Second Hand Shovel (or saw or axe or screwdriver or …)
Amongst all the bars and restaurants popping up on Larimer stands old faithful – Charlie’s 2nd Hand Tools. The 22nd and Larimer shop offers shovels for $6, screwdrivers for $3, a saw for $7, axes for $10. A visit to the place feels like a walk through grandpa’s garage. At Charlie’s you get what you need, keep your $$ in the community and avoid dealing with the brain (and environmental) damage of buying new at Homey Depot.
3. Alley Art
Some people have so much art in them they need to get it out wherever and whenever the mood hits them. The alley off of 13th between Grant and Sherman seems to be such a place.
4. Save-a-Lot (Seriously A LOT)
One of David’s most FAQs aside from, “Where is the town center?” – “Where do the Latinos shop?” Figuring Latinos are far too clever to pay the grocery store prices he was seeing, he surmised that if we could just figure out where his Latino brotherhood and sisterhood shopped we could save some serious $$.
It was on a trip back from our accountant on Federal (little known fact when you are married to a Latino who was not born in the US you have to also do your taxes where the Latinos do because they are the only ones who can sort out how the hell to do such mind f’ing things) when we saw the Save-a-Lot (and Latinos!). Dudes, Save-a-Lot isn’t just some cutesy marketing. It is the serious real deal. An entire grocery cart of food? $50. Spices? 79 cents. Thirty four (yes 34!) ounces of Valentina? 1.29.
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