In early 2018, Warby Parker — an internationally known and vastly popular eyewear brand — opened its first Denver location at the Cherry Creek mall. Now, within the same year, it’s opened a second in LoDo on the Dairy Block. Warby Parker’s Dairy Block location faces Blake Street and is now open to the public. And in addition to providing the same eyewear that we’ve come to know and love, the space features a large piece by eccentric artist Andy Rementer.
Warby Parker was founded by four friends in 2010 with a simple mission — to cut out the middleman and sell high quality, beautifully designed eyeglasses at a reasonable price. The company began selling eyewear strictly online. In 2013 is began opening brick and mortar locations and since it has opened dozens of locations in the US and Canada. Denver has been on the company’s wish list, according to co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal, for quite some time. And his team has definitely acted on that wish list — Warby Parker now has three Colorado locations, one in Boulder and two in Denver.
Additionally, Dairy Block is hosting a unique art installation this winter. Called Warmth In Winter, Dairy Block selected 20 Denver artists to create work inspired by their own interpretations of “Warmth in Winter.” According to the press release, the artists were given wooden crates to make their pieces. The results include sculpture, printing, textiles, paint and light. Artists Dan Huling, Annabel Reader, Josh Davy, Annie Philo, Catalina Caban, Marilyn Dorn, Leslie Minnis and Tony Achilles participated in the first display. Today new artists are releasing boxes. This includes Tiffany Smyth, Lynn Smyth, Monica Tolhurst, Jackson Ellis, Kenny Delliquadri, Lorenzo Martinez, Michelle Baldwin, Hayley Barker, Brandan Styles, Arna Miller and Arts Street in collaboration with high-school youth members. These pieces will be auctioned off on Thursday, December 20 with proceeds benefiting Denver’s Road Home. You can go here to place a bid.
Apart from this project, LoDo’s Warby location will also sell products for children and sunglasses including an exclusive pair just at this location.
Warby Parker Dairy Block is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about The Dairy Block go here. For more information on Warby Parker and its products go here.