Did Melissa Friday actually just walk out of the woods one day, a design unicorn with a wholly unique aesthetic touch and an uncompromising vision for space? Not quite. She actually started as a chef. Working under great people, she grew into one of those sous chefs who intuitively understood food and the flow of the kitchen without having ever been to culinary school. Between industrial design school, cooking, and back to commercial kitchens again, she started to see a synergy between the skillsets of managing a kitchen (designing the menu, sourcing the food, hiring the staff) and the prospect of overseeing a design project, soup-to-nuts (the perfect food idiom). But while Melissa’s timeline has all of the makings of a good epic, it’s that ineffable quality and her aesthetic eye that have made her a north star in Denver’s restaurant interior design scene. Her commitment to her clients’ deepest passions, her attention to detail, her desire to make dreams reality. But enough waxing poetic – let’s mix up a few Manhattans and get some shit done.