Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay and Alex Dalton.
Lindsay and Alex, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We opened our doors in November 2012 about a year after we got hitched.
Has it been a smooth road?
That’s a matter of perspective! We sometimes have to really hustle but it is so worth it. We get to spend time together and do what we love. We recently had a child and that’s been a little tricky, as it is for all new parents, to find our work groove again. Overall, yes it’s been rough at times and yes, there are struggles, but operating a cafe has been such a fun experience for us and the opportunities to grow and learn are endless.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Weathervane Cafe – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Weathervane is a stand-alone cafe situated in an old carriage house. The house itself is wonky, it was built to house horses in 1896 for the mansion that once sat just east of the cafe. It’s been remodeled several times in the last 125 years but you can still see where the barn doors were in the brick and the window where they brought hay in upstairs. The character of the house has really lent itself to the business, it’s small and quaint. When we built out the shop, we made very little changes to the structure and layout so it still feels like an old house and in many ways, it still feels like “old Denver”. Weathervane was not adorned by high-end or modern fixtures, it is what it is. We had paint and wood and a lot of love (ok, and a crew of electricians, plumbers, etc.) and worked with what we had to make this place shine. We still do all minor repairs and improvements ourselves to keep the place looking good and hinges opening without too many squeaks.
Weathervane is known for it’s intimate, friendly vibes and our lunch menu. We make some damn fine sandwiches with creative ingredients and fresh ciabatta bread (delivered daily by La Fillette Bakery). In the winter, we make soups daily, like African Peanut and Tempeh White Bean. In the summer, we will be pouring some shop favorites: our Provence Lemonade, a refreshing herbal lemonade, Coconut Green Ice tea, and our Yerba-Mint Elixir. I think what sets us apart from other cafes is our ability to make almost everything from scratch, it allows us to offer truly unique menu items.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We love Denver! Lindsay has been here since the early aughts and Alex has been here since 2011. We’ve seen the city change vastly from what it was 15 years ago and while we are not a fan of the new architecture, we know that the city is thriving! The best part of the city is actually not the city…it’s the fact that you can be in the mountains in 30 minutes! The thing we dislike most about the city is how drab and brown it is in the winter, but hey, no city is perfect.
- Address: 1725 E. 17th avenue
- Website: www.weathervanecafe.com
- Instagram: @weathervanecafe
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWeathervaneCafe