We feel like we’ve been waiting our whole life to say this, but an artisan village has arrived in Fort Collins! Did you even know there was such a thing? It’s a new concept, brought to us by developer Gino Campana, transformed from a historic 128 year old farm into a retail and restaurant space. In true Colorado fashion, the vision was to have a number of local craft vendors, including a coffee roaster, a micro-brewery, a bakery, a farm-to-table restaurant and more.
Nestled in the newly developed Bucking Horse neighborhood, this village is one to look forward to. Many of the vendors haven’t officially opened yet, despite the recent Jessup Farm “grand opening” weekend, but it won’t be long until it’s one big bustling village! And it’ll be worth the wait. Just take a look at the amazing vendors you’ll see while you’re there.
A farm-to-table dining experience is always at the top of our list for a night out, and it’s not just because we’re obsessed with wire baskets, natural colored eggs, long community tables, and other perfectly country-chic accessories (but those really help). We love the sense of pride that these restaurants take in their menus. They’ll tell you the farm that the meat came from and the garden the vegetables were picked from. You can get a sneak peek of their fall menu (currently in taste-test mode) on their Facebook page!
The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm opened for the 3-day grand opening weekend, and officially opens for business soon. We love how they are already collaborating with other local businesses. If you were lucky enough to get tickets, this 8-course food and beer pairing dinner with Odell Brewing is tomorrow! We can speak for the entire Fort Collins community when we say, we’re certainly looking forward to the official opening of The Farmhouse!
No village would be complete (in Colorado at least) without a local brewery. In a region saturated with breweries, it can be difficult for a new brewery to stand out, but the Barrel House plans to do just that. The same people that brought us Funkwerks are going to use Jessup Farm’s 130-year-old barn to create and serve barrel-aged brews to the masses. The concept is not to deliver the typical high-alcohol, big barrel beers you might be familiar with, but rather to use a variety of barrels in developing unique, very drinkable beers. We love this idea!
Even though this brewery isn’t slated to open until (unofficially) November, it’s worth putting a reminder on your calendar now. The tap room will be located on the second floor of the historic barn, and they plan to have a patio with lawn games as well.
More baked goods please! From french macaroons, artisan breads, and whiskey bread pudding, Lovif Bakery isn’t going to be just tasty, but a work of art as well! Pastry Chef Tammy Liu earned a degree in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking in Pasadena, CA. She strives to buy local produce and even incorporate healthy flavor punches like flax seed, chia seed and goji berries whenever possible. As bread lovers, we’re really looking forward to buying a big loaf of bread or a baguette!
Their Grand Opening is THIS weekend on Friday, October 9th, through Sunday, October 11th. Also, if you’ve dreamed of working at a bakery in an artisan village, they’re hiring!
At Bindle you’re encouraged to sit, sip and savor… and repeat. They care about their coffee, from the farmers that grow it to the people that drink it. It may be a new coffee shop in Fort Collins, but they know their stuff. Just read how they ensure they’ve roasted their beans perfectly with the art of “cupping”. We’re going to visit the bakery and then stop over at Bindle for a nice doppio con panna, because how else would you experience perfect espresso?
That being said, if you haven’t yet been turned on the the bitter and delicious taste of coffee, they also serve some of the best tea around from Colorado Tea Company. Bindle is open Monday – Saturday from 6:00am – 6:00pm, and Sunday from 8:00am – 2:00pm.
HEYDAY is located in the former saddle shop at Jessup Farm. It’s a fresh, clean, retail shop filled with clothing, candles and other home furnishings for a simple-living lifestyle. The store was created by local Bucking Horse residents, Ryan and Jennifer Little.
The shop has been beautifully decorated and with what would seem to be a very calculated inventory selection. It plays off of their theme of simple living and living simply, and we love that. From organic cotton clothes to leather boots, their clothing selection is most appealing to me (particularly their kids clothes).
HEYDAY is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
Whether you’ve just booked your wedding or want to take advantage of your trip to the village to schedule those family photos you’ve been putting off, Clayton Jenkins can help. He brings a depth of experience not easily found, along with an easy going style that makes for a fun session resulting in amazing photos. We’re excited to see what he does with the new space and backdrop.
Clayton Jenkins Photography is open Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
As a sister shop to “Sammie’s Lucky 27 Barbershop” in CSU’s Campus West, Lucky 27 brings some old world charm to the village. A traditional neighborhood barbershop experience is definitely something you need on your bucket list. Enjoy a clean, straight razor shave, a hand-rolled cigar, and great conversation. We’re pretty sure this would make the perfect gift idea for the gentlemen in all our lives.
The Barbershop is open Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m., Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a m – 4:30 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday.
REVE is a micro-gym offering yoga, barre fitness, spinning, functional training and more. With a fitness studio at the village, we think the only thing that might be missing is a place to sleep! Jessup Farm really has everything you need for a healthy, happy life. “Think of it as fitness a la carte. You only pay for what you want – and what you want, is what we have.”
REVE is open now! View the current class schedule here.
Jessup Farm Artisan Village is located on Jessup Drive, East of Timberline Road, between Prospect and Drake, in Fort Collins, Colorado