Friday, February 17, 2017


Last week I wrote about the new Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado. Almost 50% of the soon to be 54 restaurants and stores are open now. My favorite place of all is Miette et Chocolat, a simply amazing haute patisserie in the French style with high creativity. 

On our first visit Marla and I bought one fruit tart to share. Up close you can see the care and style of this delicacy. The chef included 24 karat gold leaf as well as a tiny macaroon. The delicate twist of apple added real flair. Yes, it tasted even better than it looks! I've dined at three star Michelin restaurants in France and this little tart was just as good, maybe even better than some of the desserts we've had!

Miette et Chocolat is the brainchild of chefs Gonzo Jimenez and David Lewis.

The pastry kitchen is busy!

Bonbons and other fabulous treats.

Up close you can really see the artistry with this Bonbon. They are like little works of art.

Oh my!!!

I watched Gonzo work his magic!

Their shop may be tiny, but I took huge pleasure in sampling their creations.

The Stanley Marketplace is a really happening place which is destined to be one the go-to fun spots in the Denver Metro area! On your next visit be sure to drop by Miette et Chocolat and walk around with a delicious smile on your face.

IMAGES: Dick Gentry, Miette et Chocolat,

Friday, February 10, 2017


Stanley Marketplace is hot right now and will be RED HOT when all 54 of the new restaurants and stores are open! They are located in the old Stanley Aviation building at 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora Colorado, an area of town once neglected.  It is just south of the Stapleton residential area. For many years Stanley made aircraft ejection seats and other aviation technologies. The 140,000 square building will be home to 54 businesses, with 15 being brand-new enterprises. Denver has been a leader in adaptive reuse projects such as "The Source" in RINO, "Denver Central Market" on Larimer, and Avanti Food & Beverage in Highlands. This is the most interesting project on the scene. I've made four visits and each week there is something new and exciting happening! You should definitely check it out!

If you like "Comida" at "The Source", you'll love "Comida" at the Stanley Marketplace! Marla checks out the vibrant graphics at the entrance. They offer inspired Mexican street food. Very good indeed!

All we can say is ..."YUMM!"

Comida is already attracting lots of visitors, and many are becoming regulars!

The "Stanley Beer Hall" features 30 beer taps of Colorado and California brews along with an interesting menu.

Let the kiddies play on the cows in the front while you buy something delish at "Sweet Cow."

"Annette" just opened last week and it will be on our "go" list for sure. Read this super article about Caroline Glover, Annette's owner and chef, in the latest issue of Westword Magazine

Chef Glover was busy at lunch this week. She is totally hands-on and very creative!

The look of "Annette."

"Cheluna Brewing" is a microbrewery and tap room opening soon.

For a quick and healthy lunch try "Yellow Belly." They feature tasty chicken and vegetable preparations. We've been back twice already!

"Sterre" is a hip and cool clothing boutique. Marla checked out a sweater.

"Goose & Goat Shoes and Accessories" just opened on the first floor. I love how they re-purposed a trailer for display.

"Logan House Coffee" is super packed and one of the first businesses to open.

The developers have a truly exciting vision for the two-story marketplace. The 22 acres will feature indoor and outdoor activities and special events. I found their "Manifesto" written on a wall: 

"Welcome to Stanley Marketplace.
This is no ordinary marketplace.
We are a community of like-minded
businesses and people who believe
in doing things differently: Sustainably,
Thoughtfully, Creatively, with way more than
the bottom line in mind. We have grand ambitions
and we are guided by mighty beliefs."

We wish all these young entrepreneurs great happiness and success!

Next week I'll talk about the best fruit tart I've EVER had in my life from new pastry artisans at the Stanley Marketplace. It was sublime!

Images: Dick Gentry, Stanley Marketplace