IndyPick • Best Of 2010: Coffeehouse to See Artwork
Good things just come together on their own when it comes to finding artwork to hang, says Marika co-owner Christine Georgopoulos. "Most of the time, we're lucky," she says. "It's almost out of our hands, in a weird way." Christine, who runs the hip but low-key coffee shop in Manitou Springs with her brother Alex, says sometimes the same day one art show ends, a new artist will walk in with an assortment of pieces. Christine and Alex review the work, which they try to keep local, and hang it in one of the shop's meandering rooms. But you'd have to say the two have just as much good taste for art as they do coffee. So far, the house has harbored works by an immensely talented group that includes Lorelei Beckstrom, Neil Fenton and Aaron North. And if you need any more nudging, go for one of Christine's incredible cupcakes — for the ultimate sugar-coma dream, look for the chocolate chip cookie dough variety. Also, anyone on staff can turn out a fabulous mocha. — Edie Adelstein
The newest kid on the block in sprawling Manitou has already booked some impressive American-esque touring acts. Also look out for the improvisationally inclined A New Brain for Arnie and other local bands of numerous persuasions. Good music in a relatively intimate space.