Framed by the majestic sandstone formations that have made Red Rocks Amphitheatre a world-famous concert venue and tourist attraction for generations, dozens of Coloradans were pushing themselves through lung-bursting, quad-aching workouts on a recent weekday morning. It may have come as a surprise to tourists who were contemplating the view, where the plains end and the Rockies begin, imagining a nighttime concert and posing for pictures. But it is hardly unusual to see so many workout warriors power-walking, running, lunging, ripping off push-ups or bending into yoga poses where the Beatles played in 1964.That’s just a typical Wednesday at Red Rocks, where weathered stairs and 69 rows of wooden benches become exercise equipment. Those wooden benches rise 135 feet from the iconic stage to a plaza at the top, and the reward is a view of the downtown Denver skyline that sits more than a dozen miles away. RELATED: Here are all the 2019 Red Rock concerts announced so far There is a … [Read more...] about Red Rocks: Is this the world’s most beautiful workout venue?
World famous candy store
There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet. The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use. The dot-matrix printer broke, so employees write out membership cards by hand. And the store's business transactions are backed up on a reel-to-reel tape that can't be replaced because Radio Shack went out of business. Yet none of that has kept this humble franchise in an Oregon strip mall from thriving as the advent of on-demand movie streaming laid waste all around it. When a Blockbuster in Australia shuts its doors for the last time on March 31, the Bend store will be the only one left on Earth. "It's pure stubbornness, for one. We didn't want to give in," said general manager Sandi Harding, who has worked at the franchise for 15 years and receives a lot of the credit for keeping it alive well past its expiration date. "We did everything we … [Read more...] about Inside the World’s Last Blockbuster: ‘We Didn’t Want to Give in’
by Rebecca Fishbein in Food on Oct 19, 2017 2:18 pm Halloween is just around the corner, and we've got candy on the brain. Though a Duane Reade bag of miniatures will kill a craving in a pinch, nothing beats a real candy store, complete with loose candy gummies, fancy chocolates, and decor as colorful as its wares. Even with sugar becoming a pariah in this town, you've still got a fair share of unique candy shops to choose from. Here are our favorites; leave yours in the comments, and please remember that Dylan's Candy Bar is for tourists. (Scott Heins / Gothamist) ECONOMY CANDY: This 80-year-old LES standby is the be-all, end-all of candy shops, boasting every possible piece of sugary goodness under the sun. The family-run shop first opened in 1937 in hopes of selling sweets to down-on-their-luck Depression-era New Yorkers. Now, third-generation owner Mitchell Cohen stocks his shop with classic, vintage, international, novelty and contemporary candies, offering … [Read more...] about The Best Candy Shops In NYC
About a century ago, in central Louisiana, in the town of Harrisonburg, the seat of Catahoula Parish, Arch and Mae Aplin opened a general mercantile store. The Aplins sold everything—dried goods and leather shoes, medicine and cotton shirts, cuts of beef and hammers and nails—and their store was successful, in large part because of its location. Harrisonburg sits on the western bank of the Ouachita River, and back then the town was a hub for travelers. If you were heading east to Mississippi or west into the Louisiana Hill Country, you had to traverse the Ouachita, and the ferry that docked at the bottom of Main Street in Harrisonburg was one of the only ways to do that. The Aplins’ store stood on Main Street, just inland from the ferry. No one crossing the river in either direction could miss it. But the Aplins didn’t just want customers of convenience. They took pride in their store. They called it Arch Aplin’s Biggest Little Store in Catahoula Parish, … [Read more...] about Buc-ee’s: The Path to World Domination
Tosh Berman has made a name for himself in Los Angeles as a writer, poet and artist, and as a publisher (TamTam Books). Reading his new memoir, Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World, it’s difficult to imagine him working, creating or living his life any other way. Using imagery and words as avant-garde forms of expression is in his blood, his brain and his being. The writer’s icon father, Wallace Berman, was a counterculture pioneer best known as the father of assemblage art. Wallace Berman’s work reinterpreted and redefined postwar American aesthetics and hence culture itself, influencing artists to this day. Growing up the child of this iconoclastic figure and Shirley Berman (Tosh’s mother and Wallace’s wife and muse) was clearly unconventional and highly inspiring, reflecting a bohemian era filled with hedonism, creativity and a lust for life, and it was only enhanced by the radical wisdom, wit and charisma of his father’s friends and … [Read more...] about Tosh Berman Shares an Excerpt From His New Book About His Famous Father