Last week, Brad and I finally went to the Ivywild School to check it out. I had read about it and a few of my friends had checked in there on Foursquare. I love the idea of completely recycling an old school into a hip new gathering place. The building itself is almost 100 years old. In fact, they will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary in 2016. I am so glad that someone found a new purpose for the building and that this piece of our Colorado Springs history wasn’t torn down.

We wandered in, not sure what to try or how ‘it worked.’ A lovely woman from behind the counter at the Old School Bakery gave us a quick orientation. We chose a delightful almond croissant from her case and then headed over to the Principal’s Office to get coffee. We order a couple of cups of the Sumatra from a couple of young people who gave careful consideration of our drinks as they prepared them. The coffee had strong overtones and as much as I wish myself to be a coffee connoisseur, I think it will take a bit for me to develop taste for such bold and fruity coffee.

We enjoyed watching other parties come in and enjoy lunch or coffee with friends or family. The food is prepared and cooked onsite and I was assured that they use non-GMO products and source locally where they can. I think that next time we will have lunch from The Meat Locker. The sandwiches that they were bringing out to people looked so good that we went and bought the stuff to make sandwiches at home.

We stopped in at Hunt or Gather, a small shop where you can buy locally and sustainably grown food. They had meat, eggs, cheese, and some produce along with honey and jam. This is an effort to make local food easily accessible to the public. I will definitely be going back there.

Bristol Brewing also has a pub on the campus where you can sample one of their hand-brewed beers or grab a bite to eat. We are hoping to take our youngest beer loving son there the next time he is in town.

I love the spirit of Ivywild School. I love entrepreneurship and people making a go of a great idea. There are so many chain restaurants here in Colorado Springs and we do go to some of them. They are consistent and familiar but I encourage all of you, no matter where you live, to try new, independent, restaurants. Watch the people who eat there and engage in the community of local food.

Ivywild School Building

The Ivywild School was constructed in 1916.DSC_0077