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Top of the Town 2014


July 2014


All Aboard: Denver’s Union Station

Over more than a decade, the Union Station renovation evolved from a relatively simple project into an unprecedented achievement in urban planning and design. This month, we’ll finally see the fruits of one of Denver’s most significant civic endeavors—ever.

The Ultimate Backyard BBQ

Simple recipes, expert tips, and refreshing libations that will make your backyard grill session the highlight of the season. 


Doobie Brothers

Will the legalization of marijuana turn Denver into a live music mecca? Or will it be business as usual? A report from the front lines.

Booked Up

Fort Collins–based Unite for Literacy wants to give 100 books to every child in Colorado—for free. And it’s figured out how to do it.

Chain Gang: Alchemy Bicycle Company

When one of the country’s premier custom bike builders outgrew its headquarters in Austin, Texas, where did it move? Denver, of course.

From the Editor

Front Range

The Next Big Things

Telluride angles to become Colorado’s hottest new startup hub. 

Spatial Awareness

A look at the design mind behind some of Denver’s most popular restaurants. 

Hit Your Stride

A new Cherry Creek store gives runners a (free!) opportunity to learn what they’re doing wrong.

Intellectual Property

Denver becomes home to one of just four U.S. Department of Commerce satellite patent offices.


Summer School

Flex your creative muscles with these three crafty Colorado ventures. 

Rocky Mountain Melodies

Bluegrass band the Infamous Stringdusters looks to Colorado for renewed inspiration. 

What Lies Beneath

Forget mountain peaks. Colorado’s underground wonders offer an unexpected summer adventure. 

Walk The Line

Telluride’s via ferrata offers an aerial hiking thrill unlike anything you’ve experienced.  

Board Games

Carve designs eco-friendly, stand-up paddleboards.

Eat and Drink

Desserts on Wheels

Forget the fro-yo. Discover why these roving dessert carts are the way to go. 

Salt to Taste

At Frasca Food and Wine, sipping sport drinks is part of the kitchen’s quality-control regimen. 

Old School: Plimoth

At the Plimoth, a chef-teacher’s latest lesson plan includes a reminder that the little details do matter. 


Kolát’s infused nut butters improve upon the classic.


Wild Things

Forget roses from the florist. Colorado’s summer wildflower season offers a breathtaking natural display—if you know where, and when, to look. 

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