Neighborhood Highlight – Platt Park

27 S. Pearl StreetCharming and vibrant, Platt Park is a quintessential Denver neighborhood. This desirable neighborhood has a plethora of coffee shops, bars, boutiques, and popular restaurants, with parks in and around the beautiful neighborhood.

Bounded by I-25, Broadway, Evans Avenue, and Mississippi Avenue, Platt Park is a neighborhood attracting people from all over Denver. It’s a neighborhood ideal for everyone, with a mixture of established residents, first-time home owners, new-to-Denverites, young professionals, renters, and a handful of students from nearby University of Denver.

The neighborhood centers around Old S. Pearl Street, a strip of restaurants, bars, shops, and boutiques that are a destination to Denver residents from all over the city. No perfect Denver neighborhood would be complete without a brewery, and Platt Park Brewing Company does beer-loving Denver proud. Grab a bite to eat from Park Burger, and enjoy a some brews and games, dogs welcome! Some of Denver’s popular sushi joints are on Pearl, along with Stella’s and Steam – two of Denver’s popular spots for coffee.

With Platt Park and Washington Park in the area, easy access to Downtown Denver, the plethora of restaurants, retail, and drinks on Old S. Pearl Street, and Broadway’s many popular spots just a few minutes away, the Platt Park neighborhood is a desirable neighborhood to call home.

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Coffee with a Purpose

a55da5_663d7d92481f471d8603d0c65821ed57-mv2_d_3264_2448_s_4_2Sometimes you get more than just a cup of coffee.

Prodigy Coffee House is one of Denver’s newest coffee shops. Situated off 40th in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, the coffee shop finds its home in an graffiti’d space full of hipster vibes, complete with a conference room, community tables, and six garage doors that welcome natural light and good weather on warm Denver days.

With an operating manager with years of experience in the high-end coffee industry and a founder with a decade of experience in education and community-building, this coffee shop has a unique mission. The excellent service, artisan coffee, and welcoming vibe of Prodigy are made greater by their dedication to serving and bettering the community of northeast Denver.

Inspired and influenced by Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program based in LA. The work of these organizations is based in the inherent value and worth of a human being, apart from anything they do, say, or accomplish. Valuing someone based on their inherent worth the frees them to become their fullest selves, because they’ve already been accepted.

The core of Prodigy’s mission, as stated on their website, is “interconnected with Nouwen’s concept of spiritual hospitality (we create space for people to be authentically and fully themselves) and the Homeboy concept of ‘firme’ (you could not be one bit more perfect).”

The coffee shop employs Denver’s young adults, focusing on at-risk youth often marginalized by an economic and education system that overlooks them. Through Prodigy, these low-income young adults are connected to resources and community through the coffee shop’s mentorship program. Through the job and mentorship program, Denver’s at-risk young adults can begin to “build a basis for lifelong professional and passionate work, experiencing social mobility.”

Founder, Steph Frances says, “We really want to stress that this is much more than just a nonprofit that teaches kids to make a cup of coffee; we are teaching them how to build relationships with people who are different than them. We are creating this space for something we call spiritual hospitality, a space for people to be fully and authentically themselves.”

This coffee shop is bringing life and hope to a part of Denver that most needs it. Next time you’re craving a cuppa joe, head over to Prodigy Coffee House. It’s delicious and it’s purposeful, and with a mission centered on the idea that “you could not be one bit more perfect,” maybe you’ll also leave feeling a little more loved and a little more already-perfect. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF PRODIGY VENTURES

Best of Denver: Food, Drinks and Coffee

 When it comes to getting our caffeine on, Denver usually gets their coffee right. Here are five of many incredible coffee shops in the city…


Purple Door Coffee
2962 Welton Street, Denver, Five Points

Amethyst Coffee Co.1111 Broadway Street, Suite 101, The Golden Triangle

Black Eye Coffee820 Sherman Street, Capitol Hillcoffee-690453_960_720

Whittier Café1710 East 25th Avenue, Whittier 

Steam Espresso Bar 1801 South Pearl Street, Wash Park

Fika Coffee House19559 East Mainstreet, Parker

Cookies and Crema4284 Trail Boss Drive, Castle Rock

 

Denver has grown into a foodie culture, a city full of innovative and delectable restaurants, cafes and fancy food-courts. Here are five of Denver’s best restaurants of 2015…

Mercantile Dining & ProvisionUnion Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Downtown

Leña24 Broadway, Baker

 Sarto’s2900 West 25th Avenue, Jefferson Park

Biju’s Little Curry Shop1441 26th Street, RiNo

 To The Wind Bistro3333 East Colfax Avenue, Uptown

Big Bill’s New York Pizza8243 S Holly Street, Centennial

Café Terracotta5649 S Curtice Street, Littleton

Indochine19751 Mainstreet, Parker

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Paying the dues and earning stripes, Denver has emerged as a beer city…and we know it. Check out five of Denver’s best or new breweries of 2015…

Renegade Brewing Company925 West 9th Avenue, Santa Fe Arts District

12191871_10153227812979607_5353106074488405831_nCrooked Stave3350 Brighton Boulevard, RiNo

Dry Dock Brewing Company15120 East Hampden Avenue, Aurora

Prost Brewery2540 19th Street, LoHi 

Great Divide Brewing Company221 Arapahoe Street, Ballpark & 1812 35th Street, RiNo