Just what makes a neighborhood, not only a place to call home, but a place to live? Some might argue, the ability to walk to pick up some groceries, or perhaps quiet streets and easy access to a park. For others, what makes a place to live a cool place to hangout with family and friends. I recently had the opportunity to visit The Stanley Marketplace on the east side of Stapleton, in Aurora. The Stanley is one of those places.
The Stanley, in it’s previous life, was an old airplane hangar at the former Stapleton International Airport. What started out as an idea between a couple friends for a beer hall, evolved into a destination for shopping, dining, and just hanging out.
What brought me out to The Stanley was actually an immersive theatre experience, “Travelers of the Lost Dimension.” The show actually takes you all around the marketplace, as you’re traveling through the lost dimension, encountering some unique adventures. The show itself was fun, as was watching the patrons who weren’t on our “voyage” react to what was going on. After the performance, everyone received a Perk Passport, giving you some deals throughout The Stanley.
Whether you live close by, or just like to explore the metro area, I definitely recommend going to check out The Stanley Marketplace. While there are still a few shops and restaurants that have yet to open, there’s still lots to see.