Varone Market brick building exterior

From Neighborhood Market to Elegant Event Space

The Varone Market Venue building was built in 1912 by John Varone where he ran an Italian grocery store in the Denver Highlands. John, his wife Elizabeth, and their family lived on the second floor of the building in the predominantly Italian neighborhood. The adjacent Carriage House kept the horses and buggies and after 100+ years, the smell of horses still emanated from the floorboards. Poultry was butchered in the garden adjacent to the building and was sold fresh in the market.

Varone Market historical photo

The Carbone Italian Bakery was located across the street and Mr. Carbone sponsored John’s immigration to the USA. After establishing himself in Colorado, John moved his family from Italy to Denver. The Varone Market building fell into severe disrepair in the 1980s.

glass door with peek inside historic venue and reflection of LoHi neighborhood

Ensure a Stunning Event

With extensive improvements, the Varone Market building is once again an asset to the community! Upgrades have been made to the foundation and paint has been removed from the brick. Other improvements to our Denver wedding venue include new plumbing, new skylights, renovated bathrooms, a catering kitchen, a repurposed historic bar, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, plus roll-up glass doors that lead to a patio. The Carriage House has also been fully renovated for more event space. While the crystal chandeliers are new, the old brick walls still exude the history of this beautiful building!

Flexible Venue Spaces & Modern Facilities

Meet and Mingle in Modern Spaces with Historic Charm

The authenticity of the 110-year-old Varone Italian Market has been maintained while updating it with the functionality of a premium event space.

elegant white and gray table at Varone Market Venue
Varone Market Venue
Ideal for Weddings and Corporate Retreats

With the original brick walls and a drink service bar now housed in the Italian Market’s original produce cooler, the space exudes authentic, old-world charm. A state-of-the-art lighting system allows you to reflect your event’s color scheme and control the light intensity throughout the space. The up-lit skylights, backlit frosted glass walls, and light washing across the brick can all be adjusted to your event colors, making it uniquely yours.

Colorado event venue Carriage house lighting
The Carriage House
Add Event Space or Use as a Bridal Suite or Meeting Room

The historic Carriage House, adjacent to the main Varone Market Venue, is about 600 square feet and has a vaulted ceiling, original red brick, a new ADA bathroom, and a modern kitchenette. A large crystal chandelier lends elegance to this warm space. It’s an ideal space for a bridal suite, an additional bar, or a food buffet serving line and can be leased separately for smaller meetings or get-togethers. The Carriage House can accommodate approximately 33 guests.

Private patio at Lower Highlands event venue
Outdoor Patio
Enjoy Private Outdoor Space for an Inside/Outside Feel

Natural light from the many large windows, two huge skylights, and three glass garage doors illuminate the Varone Market Venue, accentuating its historical charm and making it an ideal location for any event. The glass garage doors open onto a private patio adorned with market lights overhead. This allows for seamless access to the beautiful Carriage House which sits at one end of the patio, plus provides your guests an opportunity for some fresh air and to soak up the stunning Denver sky.

repurposed cooler to bar at historic event venue in Denver
On-Site Facilities
Enhance Any Event with Top-of-the-Line Essentials

To further enhance your experience at Varone Market Venue, we’ve added a new catering kitchen, five new bathrooms–two of which are ADA accessible, dynamic crystal chandeliers, a customizable lighting system, an 85″ high-definition screen, and a premium sound system. A commercial grade router with an ultra high speed WiFi network has been enabled in both the Varone Market Venue and the Carriage House. We also provide a variety of event furnishings to simplify your event.

Scott Nagely

Meet the Owner

In 2014, Scott Nagely, a board-certified emergency doctor, purchased the building as a creative outlet and investment. He recognized the potential of the historical Varone Market building in Denver’s popular Lower Highlands (LoHi) neighborhood. With his creativity and years of hard work, the old building now has been brought back to life as a Denver wedding and event venue and is ready to continue its story and be a part of yours.

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We invite you to come take a tour to see if our venue is the right fit for your event.