Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yes, That Colfax

by David Scott
Colfax, the nation's longest commercial corridor, used to be synonymous with urban blight - encrusted with pimps, prostitutes and pushers like barnacles on the hull of a great ship. Now, though, pockets of urban renewal are bursting with new possibilities for fashion, music and literature. For the former, stop by the blink-and-you-miss-it Fabric Lab (between St. Paul and Steele) for clothes made exclusively by local designers, like their signature minimalist black T-shirt that says COLFAX in block letters, with a clip-art boombox. 
And you could probably spend a good part of the day down the street at the Lowenstein Complex (at Elizabeth Street). Start out at the Tattered Cover's newest location, in the former Lowenstein Theater, for an espresso and the New York Times. This is maybe the premier independent bookstore in the Western U.S., with sections built into the former orchestra pit and stage, and reading perches in the balconies. Hard to believe it's been so many years since The Tattered Cover and Twist & Shout, another Denver institution, installed themselves on this block. 
At Twist & Shout, you'll still find the rare vinyl and import CDs that made them famous at their Alameda location, along with cool special events. And if you peer through the concrete slats of the parking garage, out across Colfax, you'll be treated to a cineramic vision of the East High School statuary and environs, with City Park in the distance.

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