With its second annual street festival, Englewood once again made its case for being the place to be. A packed crowd converged on the 3400 block of South Broadway in Englewood's downtown, visiting …
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With its second annual street festival, Englewood once again made its case for being the place to be.
A packed crowd converged on the 3400 block of South Broadway in Englewood's downtown, visiting booths for local businesses, munching on food from Moe's Original Bar B Que and listening to a five-act music lineup.
The warmer weather — last year's event was in October — appeared to get more people talking in the crowd, said Liz Rivera, a 35-year-old Englewood resident who came with her puppy.
“We're actually getting a chance to meet our neighbors,” Rivera said.
The City of Englewood estimated around 4,000 people came to the event, said Alison Carney, city spokeswoman.
A slew of local businesses set up booths lining the middle of the street, including Emerge Modern Salon, which opened a new location in Englewood about two months ago at 2749 S. Broadway. The business was among many in the city who aimed to connect with the local foot traffic.
“We wanted to know our neighbors and continue making Englewood beautiful,” said Nicole Libertelli, the salon's creative director.
Businesses along the block benefitted from the crowd, too, with The Brew on Broadway seeing dozens at its outdoor seating area and the Englewood Grand bar fielding a flow of customers.
More than five hours of music kept the event lively, with a lineup that included Megan Burtt, an indie rocker; Strange Americans, a rock band; Down Time, a laid-back indie rock group; Extra Gold, a country act; and the Other Black, who headlined with a soul-funk-hip-hop sound that got the crowd moving. All artists are from the Denver area.
On stage, Mayor Linda Olson drew a loud response from the crowd when she asked how many people are from Englewood. She also addressed those who came from out of town.
“Please come back,” Olson said, “and tell people Englewood is a great place.”
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