Ten Best Commercial Signs on East Colfax

To know the story of Colfax is to truly understand the personality of the Denver metro area. The gravel-and-tar artery that once ushered visitors in from the open road now hosts a variety of people and cultures along America's longest main street. Westword is taking a look at Route 40's history through the signage found in each section of the strip; this edition covers the stretch from Colorado Boulevard to east of Havana. Stay tuned for a final list of central Colfax's greatest signs.

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Ten Best Commercial Signs on West Colfax

Bree Davies
Colfax Avenue's sordid and fascinating history provides a road map for the evolution of the metro area. The longest uninterrupted main street in the United States, Colfax coasts from Aurora to Golden with chunks of Denver and Lakewood in between, providing an excellent cross-section of Colorado commerce, culture and community. And since this strip formerly known as Route 40 was here for both boom and bust, during the good times beautiful architecture, structures and signage appeared -- much of which survived the busts.

Westword is taking a look at Colfax's history through the signage found in each section of the strip. Starting from the west end at Kipling and heading toward downtown Denver, we've captured just some of the great signs belonging to current and former businesses that give West Colfax its visual character.

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The Ten Best Resale, Vintage and Thrift Stores in Denver

Goodwill's upscale sister store, Déjà Blue, in Cherry Creek.
There are plenty of thrift shops and resale boutiques in the Mile High City and sometimes it can be hard to navigate them all. From upscale consignment to vintage apparel and up-to-the-minute styles, there are boutiques and bargain storefronts crammed full of clothes. To help navigate our fashion-forward recycled clothing shopping scene, we've compiled a list of some of the best and most diverse stores to find gently worn women's apparel -- and some spots for men's and children's attire, too.

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Ten best free fountains where you can get wet and wild on a hot Denver day

Beat today's heat. Where? Keep reading.

No need to sweat the rising temperatures: Your next kid-tastic adventure is just a fountain away. That's right, the Denver metro area boasts some of the coolest, child-friendly fountains known to man, most adjacent to day-trip-worthy family attractions -- and all free. What are you waiting for? Grab the kids, suits and swim diapers, and start splashing.

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Ten best dates in Colorado this summer

Stephen Cummings for Westword.
Romance is always in the air, but Colorado is especially enchanting in the summer, when you can have a lovely time outside -- or inside, escaping the heat. With so much to do during the warmer months, we've narrowed down the options to this list of ten of the best outdoor (and indoor) places to go with your beau or babe on a dream date -- with plenty of cheap or free options, too!

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Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien celebrate two years of the These Things Matter podcast

Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda are the voices behind These Things Matter.
Two years ago, friends Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien realized that they didn't just enjoy discussing popular culture, but that they also reveled in the High Fidelity spirit of connecting it to personal experiences. Thus the These Things Matter podcast was born, and Gonda and O'Brien began bringing special guests into their home studio to talk about "pop culture, autobiographically," covering topics like Caddyshack, Weezer, zombies, R. Crumb and more.

Tomorrow night, Westword's Best Podcast in 2014 celebrates two years and one hundred episodes with a live broadcast at the Sidewinder Tavern, inviting past guests back to talk about songs that, for them, represent singular moments in time. In advance of the big live show, Westword spoke with Gonda and O'Brien about what works and doesn't work for a podcast with as wide a scope as These Things Matter.

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Ten best comedy events in Denver this January

Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani
Any Denverite whose New Year's resolution was to laugh more has both admirably modest ambitions and a bounty of entertainment options this January. If you didn't resolve to laugh more, do it retroactively: Achievable goals build confidence. With exciting developments from Denver's two favorite local comedy troupes and visits from luminaries such as Aziz Ansari, Doug Stanhope and Kumail Najiani -- all of whom released hilarious standup specials last year -- January has comedy events to suit any and every taste.

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Ten best Denver hipster shops

Danielle Lirette
This week, we're covering all things hipster in Denver: best bars to run into them, best restaurants to eat with them, and now, best stores to shop with them. From do-it-yourself creative spaces, locally-made apparel, geeked-out workshops, and antique oddities, the Denver hipster scene is alive and well on all fronts.

Here are ten of Denver's best hipster-centric shops.

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The ten best comedy events in Denver this September

As their High Plains Comedy Festival hangovers fade, local comedy fans must look to the future after a game-changing August. Ironically, what lies ahead this month is firmly rooted in the past. We've got '90s sitcom stars, a slate of road-dog headliners, and two Saturday Night Live alums coming to Comedy Works -- one of whom is often still quite funny, and one of whom is Jon Lovitz.The main event however, is the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, studded by a rare headlining set from the reclusive Dave Chappelle.

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