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.
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.
Rockmount Ranch Wear
1626 Wazee St., LoDo
This longstanding Wazee Street establishment was founded by Jack Weil, who later became a Denver celebrity, not just for his amazing ranch shirts (he's the original inventor of snap-close cowboy shirts), but because he continued to work in the store every day until his death at the age of 107. Rockmount is now run by Weil's son and grandson, and it's still the best place in Denver to buy old-school cowboy shirts, and the store also has a great selection of boots, hats, and belts, plus some really great bolo ties for sartorially brave Westerners.