In Grand Junction’s vibrant downtown, you’ll find plenty of places to dine, trendy boutiques to visit, and one of the largest outdoor art displays in the country to explore and snap the best selfies with. Downtown has so much to offer that we’re breaking it down, block by block, highlighting who is where, as defined by which piece of artwork is nearby. Names of streets and numbers aren’t always memorable, but the artwork in Grand Junction certainly is – so we are helping you navigate based on art! Last week we looked at 1st-3rd street and now we’re moving on and exploring everything between 3rd and 4th street.
This block is home to Grand Junction’s famous Chrome on the Range II sculpture. This shiny metal bison has been a feature of downtown since 1989. Made of chrome car bumpers, this statue was made possible with the support of the Grand Junction community. The original Chrome on the Range was smaller and temporary, and when it left the area, locals came together to raise money for a larger, permeant piece. Now, Chrome on the Range II is a Grand Junction icon and was even featured on Roadside America!
If your day starts with roaming downtown in the morning hours, you don’t have to go far to find a delicious breakfast. Dream Café is on the corner of 3rd street, and encompassing overhead skylights provide natural light complemented by bright blue skies. The folks at Dream Café are known for their specialty pancakes and fluffy eggs benedict. Try their new jalapeno steak benedict, made with tender steak, fresh jalapenos, and chipotle cream cheese. This hip and trendy café was started with the idea of crafting food worth dreaming about. They are also known for their generous, yet affordable servings as well as their Bloody Mary and Mimosa menus. If a boozy Irish or Mexican Coffee is more your style, they have that too! Be sure to check out the daily specials to see what’s new. To find Dream Café, all you need to do is find the Mesas, Monoliths & Mountains fountain. This large bronze fountain sits on the corner of 3rd Street and Dream Café is on the same side of the street, just a few storefronts down.
On the opposite side of Main is Pablo’s, another favorite Grand Junction eatery where everything is made from scratch. Here, extra-ordinary pizza is truly an art form with fresh and all-natural ingredients are their philosophy. Inspired by Pablo Picasso and the way he revolutionized the art scene with his unique vision, Pablo’s strives to bring the same flare to their pizza. With over 28 signature pizzas on the menu, many suggested by customers who pitch creative ingredients that, if chosen, debut on Tuesday for the pizza of the week. Take a ride on the Italian Stallion, a pie loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, Italian seasoning, parmesan, and house-made ricotta. Or go a different route With Panthers at the Circus – creamy roasted garlic, walnut & goat cheese pesto, mozzarella, marinated chicken, artichokes, red onions, roasted red peppers, and parmesan cheese. Plan to stop in to enjoy unique pies, get your greens with over 11 savory salads and end with a homemade cookie. And yes, they do have cauliflower crust pizza!
For some retail therapy, visit Pollux Boutique, right next to Pablo’s Pizza. Trendy clothes, unique jewelry and accessories, shoes, and beauty products, everything you need to find a fun and fresh look. Online reviews of this shop say – “We find something that we love every time we visit this clothes shop.”
Ready to get active? Check out Ruby Canyon Cycles, located on the corner of 3rd right behind the T-Rex riding a bicycle. Ruby Canyon has everything you need to get out on the trails. Bike shoes and apparel, helmets and equipment and, oh yeah, bikes. If you're traveling without your bike but still want to ride some of Grand Junction's world-class singletrack, Ruby Canyon also has rental bikes. But as the bike shop likes to say, "these aren't your ordinary rental bikes." Their rental fleet is replaced every year so you can ride the latest from Yeti and Specialized.
Between 3rd and 4th Street on Colorado Avenue is the Historic Melrose Hotel, a building over 100 years old with an intriguing history that makes it a sure stop for anyone interested in the supernatural. In 2019 the crew from the show Ghost Adventures spent four days filming at the Melrose to investigate claims of a mischievous spirit haunting the men who stayed in the hotel.
Also on Colorado, be sure to stop in at the Feisty Pint for a cold Colorado craft beer. Not only is the Feisty Pint seriously dedicated to local flavors (over 30 different Colorado beers are available) but you have the freedom to pour your own. Sample a variety of brews with their pay by-the-ounce self-serve taps or have a mixed drink like Purple Rain – they even have gluten-free drink options. Happy hour is 4 – 7 pm, and they have 9 TV’s to view your favorite sports while snacking on wings, burgers, hand-cut fries and a variety of sandwiches. Make sure you leave room for the tequila-infused donut holes with a lime glaze and a pinch of kosher salt – 21 and older only!
Explore other downtown businesses between 3rd and 4th Street.