Hotel targets inn crowd, cool or not

Penny Parker
Posted 8/16/12

As Marriott Hotels honcho Tye Turman said during the ribbon cutting for the new SpringHill Suites at the Metropolitan State University of Denver last …

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Hotel targets inn crowd, cool or not


As Marriott Hotels honcho Tye Turman said during the ribbon cutting for the new SpringHill Suites at the Metropolitan State University of Denver last week, “This hotel is geared for the XY generation and for the baby boomers who think they’re cool, but really aren’t.”

But the baby boomers in attendance for the event weren’t offended. After all, new commerce means more money, and most members of different generations can agree on that.

The new hotel — whose 150 large rooms each have work spaces, microwave and mini-fridge, seating area with pull-out sofa bed and a spa-like bathroom — will be managed by Denver’s Sage Hospitality. It also will be home to MSU Denver’s new Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, a 28,000-square-foot educational facility that combines classrooms with interactive laboratories, providing an experiential curriculum for the university’s more than 600 hospitality, tourism and events students, as well as professionals seeking continuing education.

The new hotel features nearly 500 pieces of original artwork created by 21 students, faculty and alumni of MSU Denver. It will be home to a Red Robin Burger Works restaurant, which will open in the fall.

Nightly rates start at $219 for weekdays and $149 for weekends. Reservations: or at 303-705-7300.

Fall fashion

Even though it was 95 degrees outside last week, Neiman Marcus public relations director and fashionista Nancy Sagar had her audience thinking about fall fashions during a fashion show featuring trends for the fall season.

Must haves for fall:

• Mixed greens — “Solo or in combination, greens spruce up any wardrobe.”

• The jacket — “Goes over everything, keep it top of mind.”

• The smoking slipper — “The luxury loafer is flat-out chic.”

• The leather leg — “Second-skin tight or cut like a trouser, leather has legs.”

• Navy: the new neutral — “Pair it up with black or brights.”

• The statement handbag — “Size, shape and details speak volumes.”

• Borrowed from the boys — “Menswear influences tailor-made for her.”

• Digital prints — “Patterns made modern.”

• Brooches — “One adds newness, a cluster adds drama.”

• The fall face — “Get juiced with the cherry lip.”

Wine walk

The American Wine Society of Denver is holding a Golden Triangle Summer Wine Walk, beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Join the AWS for its final summer event, a wine-walk tour of three spots in one of Denver’s burgeoning neighborhoods.

The tour starts at Japoix, 975 Lincoln St. with parking in the building. Next stop will be The Bistro at Tony’s Market, 950 Broadway, a block up the street from Japoix, where you can savor Italian appetizers, sip vino and shop for the week’s meals.

Last stop will be at Charcoal, 43 W. 9th Ave., on the front patio. Attendees will feast on contemporary European cuisine paired with appropriate wines.

The event is $55 for AWS members and $65 for non-members. Tickets online at

The seen

The pregnant and pretty 9News weather woman Becky Ditchfield getting coiffed by Lisa Stelzig Holste at Posh the Salon.

Procurement assistance

The Colorado Minority Business Office is hosting a Buyers & Sellers Procurement Assistance Fair on Aug. 21 at the Tivoli Center on the Auraria Campus in Denver. More than 35 state agencies and partners are expected to attend, including the Colorado Department of Transportation, the City and County of Denver, Denver International Airport and the Regional Transportation District.

The fair will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and attendance is free to the public. For more information, email or visit

“This event in the past has allowed us to match buyers and sellers right on the floor, many of whom come away with deals, agreements and informal proposals that very day,” said LeRoy Romero, director of the Minority Business Office. “We are particularly successful in the advancement of disadvantaged business enterprises, minority businesses and women-owned businesses.”

Free seminars will be offered on topics including “RFP Analysis and Proposal Preparation,” “Finding Business Opportunities (federal, state and corporate),” and “Ins and Outs of Certification.” This is a unique, one-stop-shop opportunity for businesses and organizations to resolve the common frustrations of finding the right company to do the right job.

Penny Parker, who also writes for Blacktie-Colorado, gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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