Awesome Colorado Finds You Need to Check Out this Spring

Hydration obsessions, a modern steakhouse and earthy home goods
Highpoints A5

Photo Courtesy of A5 Steakhouse


Don’t be misled by the moniker of newcomer A5 Steakhouse. The funky restaurant is actually an inspired balance of the special-occasion establishment blended with a modern take on world cuisine that is anything but stuffy. Led by chef Max Mackissock, A5 is located in the former space of Wazee Supper Club and Morin on 15th Street in downtown Denver. A retro reinvention of the old-school steakhouse in the current culinary style of sustainability, seasonality and ethical sourcing, A5 offers standouts such as beef tartare katsu sando, chickpea fries, Japanese hamachi, Korean Wagyu lettuce wraps, and, of course, seven varieties of delectable, tender steaks. A5 is also known for its lively happy hour, which embodies an adventurous culinary vibe with smaller bites, such as Musso Farms togarashi popcorn, Thai-style meatballs and mac-and-cheese croquettes. And then there are the cocktails. A5 Steakhouse, 1600 15th St., Denver,

Low to High

Time to hydrate with a variety of functional and eye-catching water bottles.


Highpoints Salt Blue

Photo Courtesy of Salt + Blue

“We are about cooking, kitchen, home and gathering,” says Katie Neuman, the owner of Salt + Blue, a new neighborhood retail shop in the RiNo Art District showcasing thoughtful, curated goods for entertaining and gift-giving. With a cozy space in the Blake Street Backyard—alongside Stem Ciders, Blue Sparrow Coffee, Meraki Moon women’s clothing, The Parlour, Pranava Massage and Young in the Mountains jewelers—this fine-foods pantry specializes in items for the home chef (most of which pop up on my Instagram feed but I can’t seem to find locally), including Momofuku Chile Crunch, Fly By Jing products and Seedlip nonalcoholic aperitifs, plus functional ceramics, local art, artisan tea towels, succulents, beeswax taper candles and a variety of spices, sauces and honey from local purveyors. If you’re looking for seasonal, small-batch goods in a woman-owned and Colorado-focused storefront chock-full of essentials, look no further. This is the place. Salt + Blue, 3070 Blake St., Suite 170, Denver,