After a long, painful drive from Colorado Springs to Denver on Saturday, which involved a man in a Sierra trying to back into me (I took it personally, but Todd later said he was trying to make room for a car in the right-hand lane—wish he would tell me these things at the time), we arrived at the Lowenstein Culture Plex on Colfax. There, between the Tattered Cover and Twist and Shout, the Local Flavor Fest had been set up. Local Flavor Fest 1 Denver August 2009

The Mile High Business Alliance, a nonprofit I first encountered last fall, organized the small festival. There were businesses there from all over Denver, from Moss Pink flora and botanicals in Park Hill to Dragonfly Eco Goods in Highlands. I was happy to see that Bixa, located at Colfax and Vine (the purple store),Bixa exterior 2008 is still in business. All these stores sell unique, locally made products, like these cloth substitutes for sandwich bags (SnackTaxi) from Dragonfly.Local Flavor Fest Snack Taxi Denver Aug 2009

I was also happy to see a new Local Flavor Guide, to Lower Highland or LoHi, just northwest of downtown Denver across the South Platte River. Lower Highland, or just plain Highland, signifying a hill overlooking the river, runs into the trendy Highlands neighborhood, which is not to be confused with cookie-cutter suburb Highlands Ranch down south. Got it?

I was even more happy to get free Mexican chocolate ice cream from Little Man Ice Cream, which coincidentally, is located in LoHi.

I’m curious. Do you think LoHi is a stupid name?

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  1. BernardL August 11, 2009 at 6:43 am - Reply

    LoHi is a bit odd but cloth substitutes for sandwich bags goes quite a few pegs further up my weird meter. 🙂

  2. Beth Partin August 11, 2009 at 7:16 am - Reply

    But, Bernard, why is that weird? It reduces waste.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Denver Summer Festivals: Local Flavor Fest =-.

  3. Cara Lopez Lee August 11, 2009 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Mexican chocolate ice cream is my favorite, and I’ve only ever found it at Bonnie Brae. Where exactly is Little Man Ice Cream? About your question, Beth: the oxymoronic quality of the name LoHi suits my love of high-sounding nonsense.

  4. BernardL August 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Cloth sandwich bags are a great idea if you like e coli with your sandwich. 🙂 Like my grandma used to say: penny wise and pound foolish.
    .-= BernardL´s last blog ..Monday Monster Finale =-.

  5. Beth August 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Cara, Little Man is in that weird part of Highland near I-25. If you go up 15th past Forest Room 5, turn right on Umatilla, and then turn right on 30th, it’s at the end of the block. At least that’s the way it looks on the map.

    Bernard, I’m sure these sandwich bags are washable. And in any case, you’re not going to get E. coli from one or two uses.
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..Denver Photos from Five Points =-.

  6. BernardL August 12, 2009 at 7:28 am - Reply

    I’ll take your word for it.

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