Behind the windows of the Sipping n? Painting Highland studio lies an intimate workshop where soft hanging lanterns spotlight guests laughing, chatting, and sipping wine as they paint canvases. Seasoned instructors stroll across the rustic hardwood floors, offering step-by-step guidance and tips to painters as they complete vivid reproductions of majestic mountains, beautiful flowers, or plucky sausage vendors. Each night, classes focus on a different featured painting, though participants who feel comfortable doing so are encouraged to work on their own original pieces. The instructors keep classes lively and fun, encouraging socializing and providing each guest with a complimentary glass of beer or wine and light snacks.
The dozens of plush mattresses that fill InnoMax’s vast show room call to customers like song-less sirens, enticing patrons onto their comfortable coils and springs with the promise of restful slumber. These dream-inducers support the lumbar with a range of fillings, including beds plumped by air, liquid, memory cells, and natural latex, which conforms to bodies and proves more hygienic and durable than a bed made of collapsed pizza boxes. Knowledgeable sales associates take stock of customers’ sleep styles to offer mattress suggestions or guide customers through InnoMax’s host of accessories including bed frames, sheets and comforters, and hardwood furniture.
FastFrame of LoDo's showroom houses more than 2,000 frame samples. Wood and metal boarders wait to enclose artwork, photographs, and 3-D items, from sports jerseys to musical instruments to Abe Lincoln's stovepipe-hat polish. The showroom also houses thousands of matte samples—including fabric, suede, and genuine leather.
All these options are on display to help customers find the exact frame and matte combination they want. But FastFrame of LoDo's professionals also recognize that not everyone can make a final decision without seeing what the finished product will look like. So they rely on Frame Vue, a computer program that snaps a photo of the client's artwork and then shows what it will look like with different frame and matte combinations.
Services like this earned FastFrame of LoDo the title of Best Custom Framing by the Denver A-List in 2010, 2011, and 2012. And people like Jarrod Perrott earned it 5280 magazine's Top of the Town award for customer service. The magazine's editors said: "The finished products FastFrame of LoDo puts out are spectacular—and, as a bonus, after picking up your wall-hanging, Perrott will send you a handwritten thank-you note (a wonderful, thoughtful touch). ..."
The first thing you'll see at RedLine is a red line. It's no mere logo?it's a threshold meant to symbolize the crossing over into unchecked creativity, a sort of meeting point where envelope-pushing artists and Denver's citizens interact and engage. That's how Laura Merage, artist, philanthropist, and founder, sees it. RedLine, which bills itself as a "diverse urban laboratory," serves the art-loving public by serving its artists; according to the Denver Post, "No gallery vets and nurtures local talent as thoroughly as Denver's RedLine." The result: a showcase of bold exhibitions that harness the riches of complete creative license, ample space, and mentorship that RedLine provides its residents.
The building itself, a modern space designed by architects Semple-Brown, houses the artists and their work with plenty of room to breathe. At any time, 25?30 resident artists use RedLine as a studio and exhibition space. Additionally, curators schedule exhibitions that feature a wide swathe of subject matter?current shows include a retrospective on trailblazing female artists in contemporary art, and an exploration of celebrated abstract painter Harmony Hammond. In their mission to be more than just an art gallery, RedLine takes many initiatives to serve the public. For example, there's the Young Artists and Monthly Art programs, which foster creativity in children of all ages, and the Reach Artists program, which offers a safe and supportive haven for Denver's transitory artists.
Mattress Firm has a large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and Stearns & Foster. Sleep options range from the soft, cushy Hampton and Rhodes Perthshire pillow-top mattress set ($448+) to the firm and supportive Hampton and Rhodes Stirling firm mattress set ($198+). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.