Eastbridge Family Goes Out to Eat at “Not Stanley” for First Time in Three Months

not stanleyThe Elmers have lived in Eastbridge for about a decade and have long waited for the Eastbridge town center. “It‘s been really frustrating to have that promised for so long but nothing delivered,” said husband Andy. “There are certainly good options in the town center, but it’s nice to have something closer.” So when the Stanley Marketplace opened up, the Elmers were elated. “It was great having a place close that had so many good food options,” said Andrea. “We go there all the time. We mostly eat at Comida and the Stanley Beer Hall, but of course have been to Annette, the Denver Biscuit Company, and Yellowbelly. So many great places.” There are so many choices, in fact, that the Elmers had only dined out in Stanley for the last three months. “The kids have fun there, and we like the food, beer and atmosphere as well,” said Andy. “And, of course, it’s easy to get there, so we just kind of end up there every weekend.”

Last weekend, the Elmers tried something new. “We had gone to a movie and planned on coming back to the Stanley,” said Andrea. “But, the kids were tired, and we thought maybe we should just get something near the theatre. So, we decided to not eat at Stanley for the first time in a while. We went to Jim N Nicks, and certainly enjoyed it.” The Elmers are not sure how often they will dine at “not Stanley” but it was a good experience. “We will try ‘not Stanley’ again,” said Andy. “But, we really do love what they have to offer at The Stanley, so that will more than likely be the majority of our dining experiences. Don’t get me wrong, we are willing to try other things, but probably only once every three months or so.”

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Potential Buyers Unimpressed with Thrivent Home Model

Thrivent homesThrivent Homes has begun allowing tours of their new model home on 26th Ave. near Isabella Bird Elementary, and so far, potential buyers are unimpressed. “We have toured other existing models and some that are being built throughout Stapleton,” said potential buyer Ken Rochford. “I mean, it is one level, and I’m not sure the exact square footage, but it’s not very much. I’m actually shocked Forest City. I’m really unenthusiastic about this new model.” Craig Wharton is also looking to buy in Stapleton and has no interest in the new Thrivent model. “It’s small, unimaginative, and it’s not like it compensates with yard space. It doesn’t seem they will be allowing much yard space either.”

Thrivent spokesperson Jessica Hartley says Thrivent designs all of their homes with a purpose. “We definitely took into account the growing Stapleton market and the demands of people to live here,” said Hartley. “It seems that people just want to be in Stapleton, so there is really no need for a lot of fancy, unnecessary design work. Besides, this way people can use their own imaginations and make their own creation. With some of our homes, we do all the work for you. With this new design, people are forced to be creative.” For the most part, buyers don’t agree with Hartley, but they do agree the houses will sell. “I’m not going to buy it, but someone will,” said Wharton. “People are fighting to get into Stapleton, so they’ll buy whatever they can find and afford. It’s crazy.” So maybe Thrivent’s new home design isn’t so crazy after all. It’s just what people are looking for; a permanent structure within Stapleton.”

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Students, Parents and Teachers Close to Not Giving a Shit About School Anymore

no care of schoolSpring has sprung, and it’s that time of year again. The kids get back from a long spring break and wonder, “why in the hell I am going to school again?” The days get longer, kids want to stay outside later and up at night longer. Kids have been at full go all year, and their minds are fried. “I just want it to end,” said third grader Jackson Meehan of Isabella Bird. “Two months seems like a really long time left. Are there any more breaks?” Westerly Creek 2nd grader Ella Crowley shares the same sentiment. “I think we’ve learned enough for one year,” said Crowley. “I’m reading, doing my math, what else do they want? Enough is enough.” Anyone who drops their kids off at school can see the lack of motivation in the students’ eyes.
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Stapleton Parents Easily Adjusting to Leaving Kids Unsupervised

couple leaving kids at homeMike and Holly Marion have an eight year old son and a ten year old daughter. Just recently, the couple decided they could leave them at home by themselves, and decided to have an afternoon happy hour last Sunday. “It was great,” said Holly. “I thought we would be worried them the whole time, but it was actually really easy.” Mike agreed. “I left the house with not a care in the world. We only came home because we were getting tired and bored. But we weren’t concerned about the kids at all.” Originally, the couple had planned to wait two more years, but decided to put the kids to the test a little early. “I know people are going to judge us,” said Holly. “But, we know our kids well enough to know what they are capable of. They aren’t going to start a fire or answer the door if a crazy looking clown with candy is standing there. Plus, we aren’t leaving late at night or for long hours.”
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Eastbridge Soopers: “We’ll Finish Our Store Once Shops are Open”

king soopersIn a recent statement, Kroger made it clear that the King Soopers slated to be in the Eastbridge Town Center would not be completed until all of the surrounding shops and restaurants were up and running. “At this point in time, it just doesn’t make sense for us to finish the project,” said Soopers spokesperson Kaela Gordon. “To get the kind of foot traffic we need for a grocery store, we simply need all of the restaurants and shops completely open for us to make a commitment to finish this thing.” The statement appears to be a drastic turn from perceptions of many that Forest City needed a grocery store there before any shops would commit. “I am really confused by the whole thing,” said Eastbridge resident Kevin Lembeck. “We have waited 10 years for something to happen to that area, and everything we heard was that we were waiting on a grocery store. Now, the grocery store tells us they are waiting on stores? Who’s in charge of this thing?” Resident Becky Carney is also confused by the new development. “I was pretty sure this was supposed to be the other way around,” quipped Carney. “They have been telling us for years that the store was the driving force for the foot traffic, but Soopers apparently has a different story.”
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City of Denver Looking for Ideas for “Sound Art” in New Town Center

sound artLater this spring, the newest Stapleton art project is being released in the Eastbridge Town Center. The new project is considered “Sound art” (that’s apparently a real thing). The common area will have three talking parking meters that will be activated by sensors and speakers, and are meant to be surprise walkers as well as provide some humor. “It is going to be a really fun project,” said artist Rose McAllister. “I have done several projects similar to this, but I think this is going to really stand out.”
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2017 Stapletonion Bracket Challenge!–Winners Claim Your Prizes!

marchmadnesseventMarch Madness has come and gone, and again, I have squandered my family’s fortunes only to come up empty in all of my pools.  However, some of you did play big, and you need to step forward to claim your prize!

 

 

If you are in the top 16, please send me an email (stapletonion@gmail.com) so I can contact you and find out what you have available to choose from.

  1. Mike W.:  Jim ‘N Nick’s: $50 Gift Card
  2. Rhonda B.:  Stanley Beer Hall: $100 Gift Card
  3. Steve V.:  Colorado Beverage Company: $50 Gift Card
  4. Dennis D.:  Happy Bakeshop: Build a Happy Cake,  8″ two-layer birthday cake (feeds 25)
  5. Shane M.:  Etais: $25 gift card
  6. Carmen M.:  Colorado Beverage Company: $50 Gift Card
  7. Kristi A.:  Etais: $25 gift card
  8. Isaac J.:  Poppy & Pine:  Flower arrangement once a month for three months ($45 value)
  9. Nils S.:  Stapleton All Sports: Free mutli-sport summer camp
  10. Tim L.:  Camp Gladiator: One FREE 4 week Camp Gladiator boot camp (valued at $189) with buddy pass
  11. Karlyn T.:  Mici: 16″ XL Specialty Pizza & Bottle of Italian Wine
  12. Christine H.:  Mici: 16″ XL Specialty Pizza & Bottle of Italian Wine
  13. Travis B.:  Blue Creek: Gift bag with great skin care products
  14. Jason S.:  Yellowbelly: $25 Gift Card
  15. Frank M.:  Digstown: $135 Gift Card
  16. Andrea V.:

2017 Stapletonion Bracket Challenge Prizes

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