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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1416 Platte St., LoHi
Located in a massive, lofty old warehouse building, REI's flagship store is nestled up against the Platte River, and it's not uncommon to see people swimming and kayaking, or dogs fetching sticks right outside the store in the summer months (since it's also next to the Cherry Creek bike path, the built-in Starbucks is also a common pit stop for cyclists). There's a great little kid-friendly bike park out front, and the interior famously houses a multi-story rock wall that kids go crazy for. As for the merchandise, you'll find two full floors of the finest outdoor gear the industry has to offer, from tents and kayaks to fly-fishing equipment and skis.
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.
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.
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.
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