September 2015 Around Town 1


GoodBird Kitchen Coming to Stapleton

GoodBird Kitchen will bring its award-winning fried chicken and fixin’s and Post Brewing Company beer to Stapleton in the spring of 2016. Dave Query, chef/owner of the Big Red F Restaurant Group, has signed a lease on a fantastic space in the new Stanley Aviation Marketplace. GBK will be a smaller, more streamlined version of The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette. It will offer their famous fried and rotisserie bird, local farm fresh sides, homemade pies, and award-winning POST beers. Guests will order at a counter prior to being seated and full service will be available from that point forward. Dining rooms will feature the same cozy Colorado Mountain-meets -Michigan Roadhouse feel that has made The POST so comfortable for its diners. Prices will start at $7 and top out at $14 for platters, and buckets of chicken and big family meals to-go will be available from walk-up to-go windows. The Stanley Marketplace is a budding urban marketplace on the borders of Stapleton and Aurora. It was once the Stanley Aviation headquarters – where airplane ejector seats were engineered and manufactured – and when it reopens in 2016 it will be a community hub and gathering space with numerous like-minded businesses, a park, a beer hall and more. In addition to GBK, there will be Tootsies the Nail Shoppe, Kismet, wax, Stanley Beer Hall, Endorphin and Kindness Yoga.

FLEEPS Officially Launches Design

FLEEPS, a Denver-based footwear company, announced that Tuesday, August 3 marked the date of its official product launch and campaign to support women’s education initiatives worldwide through the sale of uniquely designed sandals. Designed to work with any outfit from jeans, to sundresses, to bikinis, FLEEPS provide a unique style that allows the wearer to either dress up or dress down their look. FLEEPS features a ribbed cushion sole, an adjustable cross-ankle strap for stability, and a smooth finish toe thong. FLEEPS operates with the goal of changing the course of poverty through education and invites women to be collaborators in this effort through the purchase of its first line of sandals. FLEEPS is one of the only businesses creating a trend of connecting a for-profit fashion brand with a social improvement initiative to educate and empower girls worldwide. FLEEPS is the brainchild of Kael Robinson, founder and CEO of two other major fashion brands including Brazilets and Live Worldly. A Denver native, Robinson has enjoyed a career in fashion at top design houses such as Vera Wang and Talbots. Robinson’s passion for travel, girls’ education initiatives, and fashion inspired the creation of FLEEPS and the charity component that acts as the foundation of the brand. FLEEPS are currently available for purchase online at

Local Small Business Handcrafts for Local Charities

Lauren and Keith Whittier, founders of, initially launched a large giving campaign back in December 2014, selling a limited edition set of handcrafted farm-style tables made from reclaimed snow fencing from the Western plains. Over the course of the inaugural TenTables campaign they donated $5,000 worth of proceeds from their sales to local and national charities. This summer, a unique set of tables made from 130-year-old Cypress planks from an old horse barn, set atop a handmade steel railroad truss base, is the featured item. This set of 10 tables is only available while supplies last; 10 percent of proceeds from each purchase of an eight-foot dining table, will go directly towards funding outdoor adventures for young adults affected by cancer. The mission of First Descents is to “empower them through conquering legitimate outdoor challenges to push their limits and face their fears.” To learn more about the Old Wood Soul “TenTables” program and their partnership with First Descents, head over to

JW Marriott Launches Executive Lounge

The JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek is pleased to now be offering two new amenities to guests: the Griffin View Executive Lounge and an extensive list of kid-friendly amenities for families visiting with young children. Griffin View is open to guests staying on the JW Denver’s top two Concierge Floors and serves a variety of food daily, including a hearty breakfast each morning and snacks like whole fruit, kasha bars, flavored popcorn, roasted nuts and cookies all day long.  From 5:30  – 7:30 p.m. each evening, a variety of hot appetizers will be served. On weekends, guests can start their day with a self-serve Waffle Station complete with syrup, fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

For families, the JW Marriott Denver is excited to now be offering a wide variety of amenities to help little travelers feel a little more at home. All kid guests can receive the following: A custom JW Marriott Denver Coloring & Activity Book that includes a scavenger hunt, word search, coloring, fun facts and crayons. When kids complete the scavenger hunt, they can get a special prize from the Front Desk. JW Marriott temporary tattoos, JW Marriott rubber ducks, kid sized robes to use while they are here, a kid-friendly in-room dining menu, candy amenity at departure thanking them for being our guest. On Sundays, families can also enjoy the popular Pajama Brunch at the JW’s Second Home Kitchen + Bar. Kids under age eight eat free if wearing their PJ’s and can enjoy supervised movies and activities in the Kids Room while Mom and Dad enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Art of Fashion Campaign

Neiman Marcus is pleased to announce The Art of Fashion campaign featured in the September edition of the book, which was created, photographed and styled entirely by women. The issue’s celebration of women is in keeping with Neiman Marcus’ “Make Some Noise” brand platform aimed to celebrate bold, modern women who are trailblazing in the fields of fashion, art, food, music and technology. The cover of the book features a collage of all the women who were involved in the production of the publication. To capture the disparately imaginative offerings of The Art of Fashion, Summerton shot some pieces in a romantic, almost surreal setting, but others in a much simpler environment. The overall effect is a striking balance between modern and romantic, feminine and masculine. Summerton’s work has appeared in magazines including W, Vogue Italia and Nippon, and i-D, as well as in campaigns for, among others, Anna Sui, Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Dior, Kate Spade, Miu Miu, and Yves Saint Laurent. Designers featured in the fall 2015 campaign includes: Akris, Alexander McQueen, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry Prorsum, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik and many more!

Denver Art Museum Honors Jan Mayer

The Denver Art Museum will celebrate Jan Mayer for her longstanding dedication and generous contributions to the Denver Art Museum at its 35th annual Collector’s Choice fundraising gala on December 10, 2015. This year’s funds will support acquisitions and programming in the museum’s New World department. For more than four decades, Mayer has been a steadfast friend and patron of the museum. The incomparable gifts of Spanish Colonial art by Mayer and her late husband, Frederick, elevated the DAM’s collection to the best in the United States and one of the finest in the world. Additionally, the gift to endow the New World department in 2003 funded curatorial positions in Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art, as well as founded the Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art. The Mayer Center is committed to increasing awareness and promoting scholarship in Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art by sponsoring scholarly activities including annual fellowships, study trips and publications. Furthermore, the Mayers provided a fund to endow the position of the museum’s director in perpetuity. Always supportive of the museum’s larger mission, Mayer has generously given a considerable amount of her time and resources.