Something is brewing in West Colfax. It glimmers with the promise of a reimagined community, poised on the edge of something spectacular. A place where businesses both new and old remake a stretch of Denver’s most famous street. But with so much looking forward, it’s easy to forget the mystery and intrigue of the past. (We try not to do that.)
Little do many know that an amusement park once operated on the shores of Sloan’s Lake. From 1881 – 1918, Manhattan Beach dazzled visitors from near and far. It was the first amusement park, in fact, to be built west of the Mississippi. A roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and vaudeville acts like wrestling bears were amongst the main attractions. In 1891, a tragedy occurred when Roger the famous performing elephant stepped on a young guest. Reminding us that sometimes the past harbors dark secrets.
Dark, light and all shades in between. The history and the hope of this place inspires us. And we hope that our first Denver shop reminds guests that there’s never a wrong time to be curious.
Shop features and artifacts include vintage brushed brass chandeliers, High Strike carnival game, skee ball, shuffleboards and a custom artwork panel by local artist Chris Huth.