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 5th-6th. This is the last of the Downtown Grand Junction block series, exploring cool art and trendy shops between 6th and 7th Street. Here, you’ll find antiques and treasures, fun coffee shops, a dining experience worthy of praise from Wine Spectator, and toffee that’s famous around the world.
Starting at the beginning of 6th Street, by the statue of the pig snacking by the garden, the first shop you’ll come to is A Robin’s Nest, the largest antique mall between Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. With antiques and collectibles from over 75 vendors, you never know what you might find. Explore small collectibles like coins, jewelry, or pottery and fine china. Or, find the perfect piece to compliment your home with an extensive collection of vintage furniture from the 50’s and 60’s.
Across the street behind the statue of the women walking her dogs is Board Fox Games and Coffee. More than just a place to find the latest board games or get fresh nitro coffee, Board Fox is a place where locals love to hang out. Every Tuesday through Saturday, Board Fox hosts game nights, featuring different games each night, so stop by and meet new friends! Check out their calendar for each night’s feature.
At the end of the block, is the historic Avalon Theatre. In 1923 the Avalon was built by local publisher Walter Walker so the community would have a place to enjoy and celebrate performing arts. It was, and remains, one of Western Colorado’s largest performing arts halls. Over the years, legendary performers such as Al Jolson, Collective Soul, Lyle Lovett, Pat Benatar, and Bela Fleck have lit up the stage. Today, the Avalon hosts a variety of events, from concerts and musical performances like the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and High Desert Opera, to plays, stand up comedy, and movie nights. There is a movie every Tuesday night, and if you shop or dine anywhere downtown and bring your receipt to the Avalon, you'll get a free ticket for every five dollars spent. What a deal!
If you have worked up an appetite, you don’t have to wander far to find quality cuisine with an inviting atmosphere. Head up to Rood Avenue one block north of Main Street. Here you’ll find 626 on Rood, a quaint and unassuming building home to one of Grand Junction’s most progressive restaurants. Their modern American menu changes seasonally, utilizing fresh local ingredients, to create dishes like their braised wagyu beef roast or Applewood smoked duck salad. 626 on Rood also has an extensive and thoughtfully curated wine list designed to complement the menu. Owners, Theo and Brenda, create every dish on the menu, and that devotion was noticed by Wine Spectator, where 626 was recognized in an extensive article.
Be sure to cross 7th street for a bonus stop on your downtown tour where you will be rewarded with Enstrom Toffee and Confectionary. Chet Enstrom and his Partner Harry Jones opened Enstrom in 1929 making ice cream and toffee, and it’s been a famous Grand Junction staple ever since. It grew from a small family business to a company that ships its toffee and candy all over the world, while still being a family-run organization. Visit their downtown location to try the toffee, chocolate, and ice cream that Enstrom is known for. While you’re there, you can also watch their world-famous toffee being made by candy makers using recipes that have been handed down for generations.
Be sure to check out the other Downtown Grand Junction blog series so you don’t miss all the other unique shops, trendy restaurants, art galleries and outdoor sculptures. We guarantee you have not experienced a downtown like this anywhere in the country!