Denver Neighborhoods: Stores Across 6th Avenue to Downing II

Le Bakery Sensual
300 East 6th Avenue (6th and Grant)
Capitol Hill, Denver
Bus directions: Take the 0 from Market Street Station to Broadway and 6th and walk east (or take the 6)

The Golden Triangle has Gateaux, but Capitol Hill has Le Bakery Sensual (just west of Little India at 6th and Grant).

It’s the kind of place you go to get tit cakes—or cakes displaying “any other part belonging to a man.” Or silly gifts for bachelor and bachelorette parties.Le Bakery Sensual, Capitol Hill, Denver 2009

The cakes in the cooler lacked the finesse of some I’ve seen at other bakeries. But then, that’s not really the point.

What I want to know is, why isn’t it “Le Bakery Sensuel”? Or “La Boulangerie Sensuelle”?


Cigars on Sixth/Clips on Sixth
707 East 6th Avenue
Capitol Hill, Denver

Speaking of phallic symbols, Cigars on Sixth sits kittycorner across 6th from Pablo’s Coffee (at Washington). Clips on Sixth is conveniently located inside. Clips on Sixth sign, Capitol Hill, Denver 2009A barbershop inside a cigar shop…seems awfully Freudian to me.

***The Herbery exterior, Capitol Hill, Denver 2009

The Herbery
819 East 6th Avenue (6th and Clarkson)
Capitol Hill, Denver

If you’re out in the hot spring weather looking for an oasis, visit the Herbery. Steve Katz called it the “cactus store” during our recent conversation at Pablo’s. I walked in and marveled at the lush plants on the floor and the succulents and cacti in the windows. There was barely room to walk, but I didn’t want to—I wanted to take 5 plants home.The Herbery houseplants, Capitol Hill, Denver 2009

When the owner appeared, I told him, “I’ve always wanted to stop here.”

“Story of my life,” he said, adding that situating a store on 6th Avenue may not have been the best choice. People drive by at high speeds and don’t stop at a place called the Herbery, probably expecting it to be an herbalist’s shop (as I did) or a place to score some pot.The Herbery sign, Capitol Hill, Denver 2009

At this point I remembered Denver Infill’s idea that Denver should remove 1 lane from every downtown street. A startling idea, isn’t it? If it were applied here, at the bottom of Capitol Hill, if 6th Avenue suddenly became 1 lane narrower, more people would have the opportunity to peek in the windows of the Herbery as they stalled in traffic.

Seems like the kind of thing the government would do after people gave up driving for busing or walking. Since the United States has been building around the car for the past 50 years (at least), removing lanes seems like shock therapy.

But it would integrate streets into the neighborhood, making them less like dividers, less formidable to cross.

A chicken and egg, question, I guess.