When she was a bodybuilder in the ’80s, Teddi Bryant looked in the mirror one day and no longer liked the way she looked. Bryant began doing research and teaching women how to sculpt strong but womanly figures. She opened Hot Mamas Exercise in West Washington Park, and will bring her studio, workouts and philosophy to Stanley Marketplace.
Hot Mamas Exercise isn’t just for mothers, although it started with a focus on pregnant and postpartum women. The studio is for women only, though, to help them get fit and feel good for themselves, separate from children or partners. “They [Hot Mamas clients] have a lot more going on in their lives and one of those things is that they take really good care of themselves,” Bryant says. “They feel vibrant and sexy and want to live that kind of life.”
Hot Mamas Exercise offers on-site, background-checked, trained babysitters provided through a local nanny service. Bryant believes this will appeal to the Stapleton neighborhood. “Stapleton is literally the mother lode for what I do,” she says. “Plus the concept of The Stanley is amazing and I had to be part of it.”
A variety of cardio, Pilates and barre classes for multiple levels will emphasize fitness, tone and strength, but not bulk. “Women tell me it feels so good to lift heavy weights and I tell them, ‘We do stuff that feels that good too—we’re just not going to get big necks.’” Visit hotmamasexercise.com.
Terry Walsh loves his barbeque. “I started cooking barbeque in our Tulsa backyard when I was a teenager,” he says. “I grew up eating Southern-type soul food. That’s what I love and my cooking reflects that.”
Walsh made his skill into a business in 2014, when he started two Rolling Smoke BBQ food trucks in Denver. He’ll open his first brick-and-mortar location at the Stanley Marketplace in 2016. Like his trucks, the takeout restaurant at Stanley will serve smoked ribs, brisket, sausage and pulled pork, as well as homemade mac and cheese, collard greens and baked beans. “Our food is based on Kansas City- and Memphis-style barbeque,” Walsh said. “People are surprised to get such good collard greens from a white guy. They take a bite and say, ‘This is actually better than my grandma’s.’”
Rolling Smoke BBQ will occupy a 382-square-foot space in the middle of the Stanley. “I plan to create more foods and sauces once we have a real kitchen. A food truck is pretty limited,” Walsh said. “I also plan to expand our catering business.”
Walsh said his specialties include burnt ends and bacon candy. “Burnt ends are pieces cut from the point end of the brisket, called the ‘fat cap.’” You melt the fat into the meat and it’s tender like pot roast.
“When I heard of bacon candy, I said ‘Those are two words I can put together.’ It’s thick-sliced bacon rolled in sugar and spices, and smoked until it caramelizes. It’s SO good.”
What’s his secret to good barbeque? “Drink a lot of beer and keep the temperature constant. And give it time. Great barbeque takes lots of wood and time.”
Walsh moved to Denver in 2002 and worked in finance for Lehman Brothers. “I lost my job when the economy collapsed, so I decided to do my own thing,” he said. “Rolling Smoke has grown fast. It doesn’t pay as well, yet, as finance did, but it’s more fun. It sure beats sitting in a cubicle.”
Goose & the Goat shoes and accessories will open in its first permanent location at the Stanley Marketplace. Owned by husband-and-wife team Jeff and Danielle Patton, the store will offer shoes, handbags and other accessories for women, men and children.
“We supply on-trend, hip brands that other stores don’t carry,” Danielle said. “We look for unique, unusual pieces that are wearable and make a statement. Our bestselling shoes last fall were cowhide fur loafers.”
Goose & the Goat had a pop-up store on weekend nights in October at the Night Bazaar in RiNo, 2450 Larimer. The new 1,000-square-foot space at Stanley will be next to the event center on the west side. “We’ll be near the hangar doors, so we like the exposure. Everyone who comes for events will see our shop,” Danielle said. “Plus we love the shops next to us. They are wonderful people.”
The look of the store will be “recycled industrial,” said Jeff, who will complete the build-out himself.
The Pattons, who live in the Clayton neighborhood with their 3-year-old son, named their store for an inside joke. “Jeff is the goose because he’s grumpy sometimes, and I am the goat because he gets my goat,” said Danielle.
Shoes are the Pattons’ main focus, but they also carry socks, jewelry, scarves, belts and wallets. Shoes range from $60 to $300, handbags $100 to $300 and accessories less than $100.
The folks behind Trunk Nouveau, opening at Stanley Marketplace, admit they weren’t too interested in opening a third shop. For nearly two decades, they have owned Pandora on the Hill and Soul Haus, located side by side in the Uptown neighborhood. “But the Stanley team started talking about all of the green practices (we are certified green businesses), the charitable pieces, the re-use of an old, though iconic, structure and the community-building pieces and they were literally speaking my language,” says Stephanie Shearer, who owns the shops with her husband, Chris Bacorn, and her mother, Carol Tervo. “We couldn’t not be involved in such an amazing project.”
Trunk Nouveau will carry men’s and women’s accessories including scarves, jewelry, hats, books, candles and cards from local and independent artists. As Park Hill residents, Shearer says it’s important to them to support local makers. They also donate a large percentage of their profits to the community through a variety of resources and organizations, donating more than $29,000 in 2015.
The name of the store is inspired by the monthly trunk shows they plan to have featuring local artists. Trunks will also play a part in the décor, as inspired by Stanley’s unique history in aviation. “We started playing with the idea of all the wonders that would be discovered in the suitcases of an old, abandoned baggage room,” Shearer says. “So, we’ve been collecting vintage trunks and suitcases and plan to up-cycle and re-use these cases in every corner of the space. We want it to have all the magic and discovery someone would have if they happened upon some old, forgotten suitcases in their neighbor’s attic. A little retro, a little decadent and a whole lot of cool.”
Chocolate & Pastry
Miette et Chocolat will tempt shoppers at Stanley Marketplace with French pastries and handmade chocolates.
“We’re a French-style patisserie with a modern twist,” said co-owner Dave Lewis, executive pastry chef at the Brown Palace for five years. Partner Gonzalo Jimenez is a chocolatier who teaches his art around the world.
Miette et Chocolat, which translates to “crumbs and chocolate,” will offer a variety of small cakes, tarts and layered desserts; entremets, or large, layered celebration cakes; French macaroons; and a line of handcrafted and hand-painted chocolates.
Lewis and Jimenez teamed up five years ago to enter culinary contests. “Pastry is limitless,” Lewis said. “Your only limitation is what your mind can come up with. We take the traditional and transform it into something neat. We’ve done crazy chocolate sculptures, like a reptilian woman or a big machine. Gonzalo made a cake that looked like a pile of Legos.
“We’re big on education. We keep up with what pastry chefs are doing all over the world.”
The current trend is using Asian flavors in double-flavored macaroons. “We do a Japanese orange in white chocolate, as well as raspberry with a dark chocolate center, chocolate with a passion fruit center, and ‘Creamsicle,’ orange with a white chocolate center.”
Miette et Chocolat will occupy a 700-square-foot corner spot at the Stanley Marketplace, with the kitchen behind clear glass. “People will be able to see what we do,” Lewis said. “We want them to enjoy our craft as much as we do.”