Gretchen Bartek and her husband would get so exhausted planning outings that most weeks it simply didn’t happen.
When they were lucky enough to snag a babysitter, they’d end up at the same places with the same scene and same food, Bartek said.
“One day I came home and the surprised babysitter said to me, ‘Oh, you’re home already?!’ And that was it,” she said. “I knew this was a common problem that I could solve.”
Bartek launched Denver Date Nite in late 2015 to help couples like her and her husband plan outings. This year she’s hoping to grow the company and possibly expand outside of the city.
Couples can tell Denver Date Nite a little bit of the vibe and feel that they’re looking for and for $35 the company will set up a three-stop evening based on that info.
“We take care of everything and send a detailed itinerary that confirms all the reservations,” Bartek said.
Denver Date Nite sent one couple to the Boys & Girls Club speakeasy followed by dinner at Il Posto restaurant and a jazz show at Nocturne. Another started out at Infinite Monkey Theorem, followed by dinner at The Populist and a show at Nocturne.
So far about 150 couples are paying to have a date set up monthly. Some couples pay $60 for Denver Date Nite to organize an overnight trip for them or $99 for a group date.
“The growth has been slow but we’ve been happy with that,” Bartek said.