2040 W. 30th Ave., Highland
Opened in May 2011 and set in the old Olinger mortuary building at the LoHi Marketplace, Goldyn’s OG brick-and-mortar boutique is like a highly fashionable conduit for indie designers more typically found in, say, LA and NYC. But the goods here translate perfectly to the hip LoHi neighborhood and Denver’s generally laid-back vibe; here, you’ll find chic, versatile pieces from designers the likes of Rachel Comey, Lauren Manoogian, Helmut Lang, MM6, and Apiece Apart; boots by Freda Salvador; sunglasses by Illesteva; hats by Janessa Leone; locally made home goods; and handmade beauty products by R.L. Linden & Co.
MAX Clothing Store
264 Detroit St., Cherry Creek
Max Martinez and his eponymous stores (there are also locations in Boulder and Aspen) are really the cream of the Colorado fashion crop. An early buyer of now-household names like Isabel Marant, the boutiques (a partnership between Martinez and owner Scott Seale) always carry a mix of name-brand classics and little-known newcomers. It’s probably the most luxurious of the area’s boutiques, so go for investment pieces like Nili Lotan sweaters, Céline bags, and Pierre Hardy boots. If you can, try to stop in when Max is in the store—in addition to being the warmest host imaginable, he has an amazing eye for pieces that flatter.
Hazel & Dewey
70 S. Broadway, South Broadway
Hazel & Dewey is a haven for hygge-inducing home goods and gifts, with an emphasis on creating the perfect, cooly curated kitchen. A small sampling of what you’ll find here: beeswax candles; artisanal bitters and cocktail mixers, shakers, and other home-bar essentials; clean bath & body products for men and women from Los Poblanos; glasses, plates, serving ware, knives and cutting boards, and (our favorite!) Staub cookware; cookbooks, mandolins, and beautiful handcrafted cherry-wood spoons of all kinds by Jonathan's Spoons; edible treats, from small-batch candy to tea and coffee to jams, spices, and local honey; hand-thrown ceramic mugs, Japanese stoneware...the list goes on.
59 Broadway, South Broadway
Fancy Tiger originally started as a clothing boutique selling Colorado designers and key accessories like hats and jewelry (along with home goods like candles and pillows), but recently, they opened a craft-focused sister shop next-door. They sell everything it takes to make your own clothing, accessories, and home goods—fabrics, yarn, sewing notions, dyes, patterns for sewing, plus kits for crocheting, knitting, quilting, embroidery. You can also take hands-on classes here, from beginner-level (think: Sewing 101) to intermediate, project-based courses where you’ll learn how to knit hats and scarves, read and make patterns so you can design and create your own clothing, and even turn a cherished Pendleton blanket into a clutch or tote bag.
BLOOM by Anuschka
1701 Wynkoop St., Ste. 140, LoDo
BLOOM has a backstory as fascinating as its unique selection of flowers, jewelry, and gifts. Originally from a small town in Germany, Anuschka Pashel traveled the world as a fashion model before landing in Denver in 1998, where she worked out of a studio and in the local markets until she opened this LoDo boutique in 2011. With a subtly eclectic combination of modern and Victorian-inspired furnishings, shopping at BLOOM feels like perusing a beautifully appointed living room—and the best part is, the home accessories are shoppable, from blankets, pillows, mirrors, and light fixtures to small accessories like candles and vintage-chic wall art. For Anouschka, floral arrangements are a fine art, so come here when you need a gorgeous, original floral arrangement, plus Rifle Paper Co. gift cards and ornate pots and planters to gift them with.
Queen City General Store
220 E. 13th Ave., Capitol Hill
This cool little space, a few blocks away from the Denver Art Museum, is filled with all kinds of collected treasures, from crystals and Tarot cards, to succulents and houseplants, to an apothecary section with fragrances, salts, and bitters. They also stock a selection of (primarily Western-inspired) vintage clothing items like shearling-lined denim jackets, fringed leather pieces, and embroidered peasant tops, as well as turquoise jewelry and a lovely table stacked with lacy lingerie from small, indie lines. It's a great spot to pick up a souvenir.
1110 Acoma St., Downtown
Sacred Thistle is a joint venture of mother/daughter duo Sydney and Cornelia Peterson; Sydney was a visual manager at Nieman Marcus for years, so putting her creative skills to use arranging flowers was a natural transition (this is a creative family—Dad/husband Richard, a talented photographer, is a fixture in the local arts scene). Arrangements here take inspiration from the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes that beauty is found in quirks and imperfections, which means each piece is wholly unique. If you're not in the market for flowers, the shop also carries some selected odds and ends, like jewelry, Pendleton blankets, sage, incense, candles, and more.
2500 Larimer St., RiNo
Topo Designs is a Colorado-based company, and this shop was their first-ever brick-and-mortar (though they now have several locations in Denver and Boulder). The outdoor brand is best known for their brightly colored packs for hiking, backpacking, bike commuting, or just bopping around town (they also make the best, most durable laptop sleeves), and for the fact that all of their products are made in the United States. In the shop, you’ll find a full selection of their offerings, plus favorites from Zeal and Smith Optics, Ursa Major, Wigwam, and Hestra.
1628 16th St., LoDo
This glorious indie bookshop occupies multiple floors (which makes for literally countless cozy ready nooks) filled with new and used books of every kind. After almost fifty years in business, they're now a Denver mainstay for literary culture, hosting readings from new authors in their cafés. Once you pick something out, grab a latte—or one of their sandwiches—and snuggle up in one of the couches. For non-readers, there's also Wifi. There's a second location on the other side of town.
2526 East Colfax Ave., Congress Park
This glorious indie bookshop occupies multiple floors (which makes for literally countless cozy ready nooks) filled with new and used books of every kind. After almost 50 years in business, they're now a Denver mainstay for literary culture, hosting readings from new authors in their cafes. Once you pick something out, grab a latte—or one of their sandwiches—from the café and snuggle up in one of the couches. For non-readers, there's also Wifi. There's a second location on the other side of town.