We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara + Troy DeRose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara + Troy, what makes you happy? Why?
What should our readers know about your business?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Colorado Springs is pretty obviously known for our iconic outdoor recreation, so of course you can’t visit without doing at least some of those things. But — shhh, don’t tell anyone — while we love the outdoors, we’re city people at heart, so if we have a friend visiting, we’d take them on our city itinerary. (We’ll admit, this is a slightly biased list since so many of these are also our clients, but you asked us for our recommendations, right?)
- Stellina Pizza Cafe – a charming neighborhood spot in a historic grocery for handmade pizza, pasta, risotto, and gelato.
- Ivywild School – a refurbished elementary school built in the early 1900’s that has been converted into a food hall. It features Bristol Brewing, Principal’s Office Coffee & Cocktails, Axe and the Oak Distillery and several food options that continue to grow. Our personal favorite is the Detroit-style pizza of Decent Pizza Co.
- Bingo Burger – a homegrown favorite from Pueblo with delicious burgers that feature patties with Colorado Pueblo chiles. The handcut sweet potato fries and dips are so good.
- Shuga’s – An institution. Their funky little cafe has been the place to go for 19 years and it’s still just an amazing spot. We actually rented out the whole restaurant for our rehearsal dinner, that’s how much we love it. Get the Brazilian Shrimp Soup, it’s to die for.
- Loyal Coffee – community by way of coffee, with great people, toast, and cocktails. It’s seriously one of the most beautiful coffee shops we’ve ever seen with equally beautiful souls who staff it.
- Switchback Coffee – our neighborhood coffee shop that has great coffee and food. The best part is the huge patio where you’re guaranteed to run into someone you know and how much they really give back to the community.
- The Wild Goose – eclectic restaurant that’s a cool community hub. It’s got great atmosphere, food, drinks, and live music. Check out sister shop Good Neighbors too.
- Distillery 291 – THE. BEST. BOURBON. We didn’t even really like bourbon until we had there’s, now we can’t get enough of the stuff. The local distillery has a tasting room where you can sample all of their whiskeys.
- First Fridays Downtown – we have such a great art community, and this is the best way to get a taste of them all. Our old studio stomping grounds at The Machine Shop, as well as Cottonwood, Kreuser Gallery, and Modbo + SPQR in the arts alley would be our first stops, but really there’s so many more.
- The UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA) — GOCA is a contemporary art gallery with two galleries, downtown and at the Ent Center for the Arts, and increasingly with outdoor exhibits and installations all over. The shows they bring in are intriguing, thought-provoking, and beautiful. In addition to GOCA, the Ent Center for the Arts is also home to Theatreworks and a robust schedule of music and dance performances. We’ve seen some truly inspiring plays and performances and we can’t wait for live performances to start up again.
- Fine Arts Center at Colorado College – The Fine Arts Center is an institution in the Springs. The FAC opened in 1936 and is in a beautiful art deco building. They have a great collection and bring in some amazing artists from around the world.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?