Old South Gaylord Street


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Old South Gaylord: Around the Neighborhood

The Old South Gaylord Shopping District, located at the 1000 block of South Gaylord between Mississippi and Tennessee Avenues, is the second oldest shopping district in Denver. This single block is packed with dozens of matchless boutiques, restaurants and beauty spas.

Old South Gaylord St., founded in 1924, is one of the oldest business districts in Denver. It was a cable car turn-around for the Denver City Tramway Company until the 1950's when the street cars were replaced with buses. Gaylord St. supplied the surrounding neighborhood with their daily mercantile needs including: grocery, bakery, candy and drug stores, shoe repair, a watch maker, dentist, creamery, plumber, tailor and a popular dry goods store.

By 1926 Gaylord attracted many new businesses including a hairdresser, barber, physician, printer, radio repairman, cleaners, fruit store, auto repair garage, restaurant and most notably a movie theater. Several family homes were still interspersed with the businesses and some of today's businesses are using those homes for their offices and stores.

In the late 50's on into the 70's, Gaylord St. metamorphosed into a business community for small independent boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants, such as Reiver's Restaurant, established in 1977 and is still popular today.

In 1992, Gaylord St. experienced a major physical renovation where improvements were made to the sidewalks, lighting and St.scape. This renovation maintained South Gaylord St.'s old world charm and enhanced its ability to attract new, upscale businesses and services.

Today, visitors to South Gaylord St. are greeted by passionate business owners who offer friendly personal service showcasing a variety of upscale boutiques, galleries and restaurants as well as professional services and talented regional craftsmen.

Community Resources



  • Old South Gaylord Street Annual Memorial Day Festival


Getting There

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General Location

Driving Directions

Get there by Bicycle/Bus/Light Rail

  • Bike Route D-16 runs along Exposition Ave.
  • Bus Route 24 goes to Bonnie Brae.
  • Bus Route 11 goes to Gaylord Street.
  • Light rail lines C, D, E, F, and H stop at the I-25 & Broadway Station.
  • Light rail lines H, E, and F stop at the Lousiana-Pearl and DU stations.

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