What is unique about your neighborhood in LoHi?
LoHi (Lower Highland), who are not familiar, is so unique. It is a merging of the old and the new. There is so much culture that surrounds this North Denver neighborhood. From the historical Potter Highlands homes to restaurants like Gaetanos and Lechugas that have been in the community for decades. The neighborhood is an evolution. It is fascinating to see the mix of the historical and the modern coming together all in one neighborhood. It seems every day something new is coming or going. All of the restaurants and shops, for the most part, are small businesses locally owned. It is a refreshing change from previously living in a neighborhood that was filled with chains. I am looking forward to seeing how this neighborhood will continue to evolve in the coming years, embracing both the old and the new.
What are some of your favorite places to go for food, shopping, and fun?
There are so many amazing places to dine in LoHi! For dinner, Mizu Izakaya and Linger are great choices. Happy hour comes packed with several top-notch choices, including Lola’s and Northside Eatery and Market, with an extensive happy hour menu for food and drinks. One thing LoHi does the best is brunch! Root Down is one of my favorites, boasting their bottomless mimosas for $18 for their classic and $21 for their blood orange (my pick). You can’t go wrong with any of the boutiques on Tennyson Street or 32nd Avenue in the Highlands for shopping. I also love to attend the farmer’s market in the Highlands to discover new and upcoming brands.
What got you interested in starting LoHi Lifestyle?
I started the magazine in 2018. At the time, there was nothing like it in the area to let residents know about all there is to live, see, and do in the neighborhood. Each issue focuses on beauty, food and drink, real estate, local music, and health and wellness. We have contributing writers from our community, most who are small business owners. The initial area of coverage was the LoHi, Sunnyside, Highlands, and Berkely/Tennyson neighborhoods. Since COVID, I have expanded it a bit to cover other surrounding neighborhoods that would like to be in front of our readership.
Who in the community do you admire?
There are so many people in the community that I admire. Especially during COVID, it was amazing for me to see all the small business owners come together to make sure we didn’t fail. The #toosmalltofail hashtag really is a thing. One person who has believed in the magazine since one is the Owner of Brows on Upper 15th Michelle Dinsmore. I admire her because she has owned Brows on Upper 15th in the neighborhood for over 15 years. That is a long time, especially in a neighborhood that has changed so dramatically. Aside from being an amazing business woman, she is an amazing support system and friend. I feel blessed to know her.
What would you like to see change in LoHi?
I love this neighborhood, as everyone knows. There isn’t much that I would like to change. I will say I would love to see LoHi have first Friday’s like Tennyson Street and farmers markets like the Highlands. I really feel like that is missing in our neighborhood, and I believe it would be welcomed with open arms by both small business owners and residents.