The Burrowing Owl is the first neighborhood lounge of its kind in Colorado Springs. Plant-based diet lovers and gathers venture to 1791 South 8th Street Unit H, a place to connect without screens.
The meeting spot was established with a social responsibility for supporting dialogue on matters within the community. The lounge comes at a time of polarization on topics among communities nationwide.
Owners Aspen and Mike Napp along with Cody Rilo and Tyler Schiedel opened the lounge in June 2015 to support human liberty.
As the web site states: “If we are to be true to ourselves, we will need to be social, sustainable, and deeply rooted to our community.” Why Owls? “Owls represent wisdom. A quality needed when trying to see through masks to find truth… Burrowing Owls are one of only two owls that are social.”
Aspen Napp said the lounge’s bar is made with a tree reclaimed from the Black Forest Fire of 2013 and tables are made from beetle kill trees in an effort to preserve natural resources.
With local donations from like-minded local eateries such as Shuga’s, and an entrepreneurial inspiration the couples embarked on their vision for the lounge. Offering a discount to disconnect from cell phones, the vision is to create a cozy fun environment where people from all walks of life can enjoy each other. No televisions also offer a refreshing atmosphere to support humanity.
Even stripped straws in beverages indicate a preference to alcoholic drinks, said Savannah Bustos, visiting patron and waitress at Earls Kitchen and Bar in Denver.
The lounge operates sustainably. Beer cans are recycled and the money goes into the business. Cocktails contain beneficial ingredients such as vinegars, vermouths and teas. The majority of furnishings are reclaimed. A compost is used in flower beds to grow flowers and herbs. The food program is 100 percent USDA Organic and non-GMO Project verified. Menu items are 100 percent dairy free and 98 percent gluten free with no cooking oils or fats to retain the natural environment.