Lula Rose Branches Out with a New Flower Shop Cafe on Colfax

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Lula Rose Branches Out with a New Flower Shop Cafe on Colfax

When you drive along East Colfax Avenue in Denver, you probably see the large ‘Coffee Shop’ sign on what appears to resemble a blue-and-white, old-fashioned diner. Without the sign, you’d probably expect to order a stack of hearty pancakes at , rather than receive a cup of quality espresso but this café is always surprising us . The owner —Oliver Miller-Finkel — is in his 20s but is inspired by decades past. Lula Rose General Store is named after Miller-Finkel’s great-aunt Lula Rose, owner of the former flower shop Country Club Flowers (which used to occupy the same space). Although Miller-Finkel’s café is running smoothly, he has a hard time forgetting the past, so he has learned to embrace it. Denverites are very interested in the coffee at the vintage-inspired café but constantly ask about the flowers since they remember Lula Rose and her legacy. So — six months ago Lula Rose’s grand-nephew opened Little Lula Rose , a coffee and flower shop. Little Lula Rose. Photo by Brittni Bell Warshaw. Located at 3225 East Colfax Avenue, Little Lula Rose is only down the street from Miller-Finkel’s coffee shop, but the abundance of plants growing on all surfaces inside the space makes it much different than the diner-like café with the same namesake. With only one espresso machine planted on a small countertop amidst an oasis of pots, succulents, vines and blossoms, Little Lula Rose hides its secret that customers can actually order a mean cappuccino — the same one as down the street. But Miller-Finkel said that this new location is more about keeping his family’s history alive although coffee was what he originally took an interest in. “My mom’s whole side of the family grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and my great-aunt Lula Rose—who is 97 now—is a flower arranger ,” said Miller-Finkel. “I just wanted to keep that flower spirit alive in the building with its history and my family. My aunts and a lot of cousins live around the country, and they all continue this green thumb gardening thing, but no one has really done a little store since aunt Lula Rose, so I get to do that. It [the flower business] runs in the family, but coffee was my trade.” Little Lula Rose. Photo by Brittni Bell Warshaw. Since locals were so interested in the flowers when they heard about the opening of Lula Rose General Store, Miller-Finkel said his coffee shop began to sell flowers, but he soon realized they needed more room to grow—literally. “[At Lula Rose General Store], people wanted to start buying flowers and plants from us, and then we started doing flower classes and were running out of space. So this place [Little Lula Rose] opened up so we could expand and get a refrigerator and start having more to do with the flower business,” Miller-Finkel said. At first, Miller-Finkel said that he just used the space for classes and behind-the-scenes work for his flower business and other businesses […]