A Collection of Summer Delights
Beautiful boxes, globally-inspired home design and an authentic Mexican cantina
Stepping into the newly opened HAVEN in Cherry Creek North was a treat for my shopping senses. Owner Michelle DeHaven says her two stores (the original Haven is in Boulder) are based on the philosophy that everything should be timeless and tastefully rebellious. “We’re interesting, unique and a little rock ’n’ roll,” she says. At Haven, I found my favorite Free City sweats mingled with colorful Pendleton dog beds, the coolest Caddis readers, globally-inspired ceramics, Assouline coffee-table books, Iceland sheepskin throws, rugs and pillows from Mali and Morocco, and an incredibly curated selection of apothecary and botanical items. DeHaven was inspired by her favorite NYC store, ABC Home, and modeled her shops from that global luxury-good vibe. In April, she opens a converted garage in the back of the showroom in the Cherry Creek location to display larger furniture items, both new and vintage.
943 Pearl Street, Boulder
257 Fillmore Street, Denver
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Store your treasures in these posh inlaid lacquer boxes.
Luxe Lacquer Box $40, West Elm
Jonathan Adler Op Art Stacking Boxes $108, Horchow
Large Eden Lacquer Box $175, Jonathan Adler
Her story is one for the ages: In 1998, single mom Dana Rodriguez moved to Denver from Mexico but couldn’t get a job at Casa Bonita due to lack of experience. Fast-forward 24 years, and the James Beard semifinalist and co-owner/chef of Work & Class and Super Mega Bien has opened her first solo venture, CANTINA LOCA (and she was tapped by Casa Bonita new owners and South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone as executive chef when the restaurant reopens, natch). We tried Cantina Loca earlier this year, watching Rodriguez stopping by each table to chat about Mexican street-food cuisine and her new tequila and mezcal brand, Doña Loca. The dining room is commanded by a playful lavender-foliage Jacaranda tree sculpture, and Rodriguez’s culinary approach is equally creative and bold—such as adding a black tempura coating on a fried cactus appetizer. I recommend trying a bit of everything on the menu.
2880 Zuni Street, Denver