16th Street’s Santa Fe Cookie Co. plans second location

Cookies at the Santa Fe Cookie Company in Denver on in 2009. (Cyrus McCrimmon, Denver Post file)

The “Cookie Lady” is making moves.

Alexis McLean, the niece of Santa Fe Cookie Co. founder Debbie Kuehn, will expand the cookie operation with a second location slated to open at the end of May.

As we reported last year, McLean reopened her aunt’s popular below-ground shop in October of 2017 following her aunt’s death in June. Kuhen’s cookies were first sold in 1986 in the newly revamped Tivoli building on the Auraria campus, then at 16th and Court, where her three-for-$1 (now two-for-$1) cookies fed downtown’s sugar fix. This year, McLean says she will make the switch to organic flours for the cookies.

According to McLean, her real passion is painting. The new space, at 144 W.12th Ave. inside the Bannock building, will serve as both a gallery and market space. Sandwiched between the Kirkland Museum and the Denver Art Museum, the space is the perfect place for McLean to feature not only her own works, but those of local and regional artists, too.

The storefront part of the space will allow McLean to sell all the usual favorites found at Santa Fe Cookie Co., plus some larger-sized versions like the ones her aunt used to sell wholesale to ski resorts. McLean says she is calling the space Black Crow Gallery and is adapting the hours to suit the schedule of art walks, events and exhibition openings/showings.

Details on gallery happenings, hours and other details can be found at alexis-mclean.com and santafecookieco.com.

Santa Fe Cookie Co.: 303 16th St., 303-623-0919

Black Crow Gallery: 114 W. 12th Ave.

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