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Stanley Marketplace is Aurora’s newest treasure

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The Stanley Marketplace borders Stapleton in northwest Aurora and is home to over 50 locally owned restaurants, boutiques, and other small businesses.

The location was originally an avia- tion center, home to the original Denver airport’s main runway.

According to its website, the Stanley Marketplace is a “community of like minded businesses and people who believe in doing things differently: sustainably, thoughtfully, creatively, with way more than the bottom line in mind.”

Similar to The Source in Denver’s River North neighborhood, the Stanley Marketplace takes on an industrial appearance, adapting the idea of a one-stop-shop. Its unique concept is one new to Denver natives and transplants.

“I’m originally from Philadelphia. There’s definitely nothing like this place back home,” frequent visitor Daniel Coll said. “I come here at least once a week with my girlfriend after work for happy hour. We usually come on weekdays, and it’s always pretty busy. But, my favorite thing about it is that you never have to go to the same place twice. It seems like there’s always somewhere new to go.”

Denver visitors like Melissa Edwards also shared Coll’s thoughts. “I’m here for work, but I’ve never seen anything like it,” Edwards said. “I’ve noticed that it’s very eclectic and millennial-driven. I really like that there’s such a wide variety of things to choose from with all the di erent places to eat and drink at.”

While the Marketplace houses res- taurants like Rosenberg’s Bagels, Denver Biscuit Co., and Sweet Cow Ice Cream, perhaps one of the highlights of the wide array of foods o ered is Maria Empanada.

Maria Empanada opened its third location at the Stanley Marketplace in mid-August. Its quaint storefront is inviting, bright, and features a full display of an extensive empanada selection. From veggie or spinach to sausage or chicken, there’s a delicious empanada waiting for everyone.

The Marketplace is also home to gift boutique Trunk Nouveau. Trunk Nouveau opened its doors at the end of January 2017. Manager Catie Raile shared her experience with the Marketplace and the diverse group of people visiting the Marketplace.

I think Aurora was really in need of something like this that others local small businesses and restaurants all in one place,” said Raile. “People are always excited to come visit, and it’s always a good mix of people that come in here. Actually, there are a lot of people who are on their way to the airport and they get to have a true taste of Colorado before they leave,” said Raile.

“My favorite thing about the Marketplace is the community of it all. It’s a really personal experience because a lot of times you’ll be speaking directly with owners when you shop or eat at these different places. It’s as local as local gets. Everyone has each other’s backs. Of course, there’s healthy competition, but it’s all really good energy.”

The Stanley Marketplace is located at
2501 N. Dallas Street, Aurora, 80010. It is open seven days a week

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