This guide introduces you to Denver shopping by neighborhood, including Berkeley/Highlands/LoHi/Sunnyside, Cherry Creek North/6th Avenue, Capitol Hill/City Park/Uptown, Congress Park, Golden Triangle/SoBo/Baker, Downtown/LoDo, Mayfair/Park Hill, Platt Park, RiNo/Five Points, Riverfront, Regis/University Hills, Wash Park, and Beyond Denver. Please note this guide is a work-in-progress and not currently an exhaustive directory of Denver’s local businesses.
32nd West, 3631 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver. Outdoor and active clothes and accessories for men and women.
Allegro Coffee Roasters, 4040 Tennyson (Berkeley), Denver. Boulder-based coffee company. This Berkeley spot is a fantastic space to work and meet up.
Berkeley Supply, 4309 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver Men’s clothing and accessories. High-quality basics for the guy who wants to look good but doesn’t want to try too hard.
Billie Boutique, 4162 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver Cute little women’s boutique selling stylish clothes and accessories.
BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. It’s a bookstore. It’s a wine bar. It’s where I spend 90 percent of my free time.
Eco Mtn, 4350 Alcott Street (Sunnyside), Denver. Love this “modern home-keeping store” for all-natural, non-toxic home supplies, especially the DIY all-natural cleaner station. It’s also a great spot to pick up a housewarming gift.
eXtra Ordinary Gifts, 3867 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. Great little gift shop featuring a lot of Colorado-made goods.
Feral Mountain Company, 4320 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. High-end camping and hiking gear.
Happy Bake Shop, 3434 W. 32nd Avenue (Highland Square), Denver. Yummy gourmet cupcake shop that even has vegan and gluten-free options.
Il Porcellino Salumi, 4324 W. 41st Avenue (Berkeley), Denver. Charcuterie lovers will think they’ve gone to heaven.
Inspyre Boutique, 4170 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. Cute women’s clothing boutique where nothing is over $100. Other locations: Cherry Creek North, Littleton and Lone Tree.
Jewelius, 2405 W. 32nd Avenue, (LoHi), Denver. This little boutique gets a ton of local love in no small part because owner Rachel is happy to help style her customers. From everyday casual to professional to party dresses with, as you might expect, a ton of accessories to choose from.
Jolly Goods, 4020 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. One of my very favorite Denver shops. All products are artisan-made with a ton of locally made stuff. Also check out the shop owner’s line of clever greeting cards.
Lady Jones, 4016 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. The recent addition to Tennyson Street is a frequent stop for me. This women’s clothing boutique carries elegant, upscale staples and stellar customer service. Tell owner Nicole that I sent you!
MHM Gear, This store is no longer on Tennyson but you can still find them online. Backpacks and other gear.
Ooh! Ahh! Jewelry, 4216 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. Don’t be fooled by the name — I’ve found some of my favorite scarves and bags here.
Real Baby, 4315 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. One of my favorite places to pick up baby shower gifts.
Roberta’s Chocolates, 4840 W. 29th Avenue, (Highlands) Denver. A tiny little chocolate shop that’s been a Denver favorite for decades.
Ruby Jane, 3616 W. 32nd Avenue (Highlands Square), Denver. This women’s clothing boutique rivals the department stores for selection and quality.
Rustic Thread, 3716 W. 32nd Avenue (Highlands Square), Denver. Bohemian clothing boutique for women.
Second Star to the Right Books, 4353 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. A sweet children’s bookstore that also sells a selection of toys and crafts and hosts regular story times and Saturday children’s yoga.
Spruce, 4347 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), Denver. A 1-stop shop for men, this place carries men’s clothing and accessories, and offers barber and clothing consultant services.
St. Kilian’s Cheese, 3211 Lowell (Highland Square), Denver. Another favorite for foodies and cheese mongers. Great selection.
Sub Rosa Mercantile, 2337 W. 44th Avenue (Sunnyside), Denver. Handcrafted home goods and gifts.
Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Highlands: 3475 W. 32nd Street, Denver; Platt Park: 1882 S. Pearl Street, Denver (Also, Boulder and Louisville locations.) Coming soon to The Stanley Marketplace! My 4-year-old begs for this place. We pop in whenever there’s not a line out the door.
Vert Beauty, 3442 W. 32nd Avenue, (Highland Square), Denver. I love this little shop that sells natural lines of cosmetics, bath and body products. They carry both national and locally created brands.
Wooly Wax Candles, 4424 Tennyson Street, Denver (Berkeley). The popular locally made, handcrafted soy candles now have a retail shop, and they’ll even work with you to customize your own candle scent.
Wordshop, 3180 Meade Street, Denver. My husband has bought every irreverent card he’s ever given me — which is all of them — here. And, they’re so good that I save them.
6th Avenue/Cherry Creek North:
AILLEA, 3000 E. 1st Avenue (Cherry Creek North). This green make-up and beauty boutique gives you all of the fun of shopping a huge selection of pampering products, but leaves all of the chemical crap out. The owner is a former NYC beauty exec and started the company because she believes you shouldn’t have to compromise on your beauty ingredients or performance. (Also a LoDo shop.)
A. Line Boutique, 2445 E. Third Avenue (Cherry Creek North), Denver. This women’s clothing boutique is a favorite with local fashionistas.
The Artisan Center, 2757 E. 3rd Avenue (Cherry Creek North), Denver. One of the best places to find gifts. Wares created by Colorado and national artists.
Bloom by Anuschka, 2353 E. Third Avenue (Cherry Creek North), Denver. Other location: Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver. It’s worth your while to visit this eclectic shop of home goods and gifts. They sell some of my favorite candles, body products and Turkish towels.
Garbarini, 239 Detroit Street, Denver. This long-time Denver staple highlighting top designers is not just a boutique…the staff is focused on styling you rather than selling to you, so that you leave the store feeling like you shopped with your fashion-conscious best friend.
Heloise Children’s Boutique, 300 University Boulevard (Cherry Creek North), Denver. Beautiful clothes for kids, though a little on the pricey side. But, you can find some fantastic deals here sometimes, too. Read more on my guest post on The Denver Ear.
Hollyhocks, 2817 E. Third Avenue (Cherry Creek North), Denver. This children’s boutique has been a Denver staple for 20 years. More geared toward the little ones, but you will also find specialty clothing like christening and communion outfits. Read more on my guest post on The Denver Ear.
HW Home, 199 Clayton (Cherry Creek North), Denver. Also, Boulder and Greenwood Village locations. Extensive home furnishings and furniture store with 3 area locations.
Inspyre Boutique, 171 Detroit Street (Cherry Creek North), Denver. Other locations: 4170 Tennyson Street (Berkeley), 303-718-2645, and Littleton and Lone Tree. Cute women’s clothing boutique where nothing is over $100.
Lolo Exotic Home Goods and Jewelry, 3003 E. Third Avenue (Cherry Creek North), Denver. (They carry a fantastic selection of Turkish towels, one of my all-time favorite things to gift to others…and myself.)
MAX, 264 Detroit Street, Denver. Originally opened in Denver’s Larimer Square in the eighties, this upscale clothing boutique relocated to Cherry Creek and opened locations in Aspen and Boulder. Clothing lines feature high-end designers, and are sophisticated, elegant and timeless.
Nest Children’s Boutique, 2940 E. 6th Avenue, Denver AND 2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. A darling little shop selling the cutest kids’ clothes. Read more on my post for The Denver Ear here. Sister shop to Hatched by Nest (for tweens) and Firebird Books and Toys by Nest.
Perch, 2606 E. 3rd Avenue, Denver. First opened in Vail, Perch has expanded with a Cherry Creek store. Chic but casual wear for the mountains, beach and our low-key city with everyday wardrobe staples mixed in with the latest fashions.
Reverie Living, Cherry Creek: 2910 E. Third Avenue, Denver. You can’t fail to find something beautiful in this design-forward home and accessory gift boutique. They carry items from many local and national artisans as well as small national (and international) brands.
Show of Hands, 210 Clayton Street (Cherry Creek North), Denver. Art gallery selling unique, handmade gifts, accessories and home decor created by local and national artisans.
SOL, 3010 E. Sixth Avenue, Denver. Okay, so SOL (Store of Lingerie) is no longer actually located in Cherry Creek North, but it is still close and definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re in need of a little indulgence. There’s nothing like leaving a store with some fancy new lingerie and luxurious pjs to make you feel spoiled.
Capitol Hill/City Park/Uptown:
Coloradical, 3109 E. Colfax Avenue. Wear your hometown pride with these artsy but simple t-shirts and hats.
Pandora on the Hill, 1227 E. 17th Avenue, Denver. Fun hipster gift boutique where you will find jewelry, home accessories, irreverent greeting cards, and novelty items like Jesus action figures. Read more here.
Talulah Jones, 1122 E. 17th Avenue, Denver. One of the best gift boutiques in Denver, this shop has something for everyone. Plus a HUGE toy and book selection.
Tony’s Market, 950 Broadway, Denver; plus Castle Pines, Bowles Village and Dry Creek locations. Great marketplace where you can find just about everything you would ever want to eat — do all of your grocery shopping here or just pick up some fun stuff for a picnic lunch.
Firebird Books and Toys by Nest, 2800 E. 6th Avenue. Huge selection of kids’ books and toys that spark imagination.
Lula Rose General Store, 3434 E. Colfax. Fresh flowers, succulents, and coffee. Oh, and a bathroom regulars rave about.
The Shop at the Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. Truly a gift shop – I find some of most unique things here.
The Truffle Cheese Shop, 2906 E. 6th Avenue. Charming little cheese shop. And, they will even pack you a picnic lunch.
Wildflowers, 1201 Madison Street. You could linger in this gift and card shop for hours, and still probably wouldn’t see everything, but you’ll sure end up buying a lot of stuff you didn’t even know you needed.
Conservatrice, (Relocated to Littleton: 2376 W. Main Street) Set up like the stylish Parisian apartment of my dreams, this darling boutique is carefully arranged with unique home goods, elegant clothing, and even a little children’s nook. The shop also sells fresh bouquets of artfully arranged flowers.
Fancy Tiger, 59 Broadway, Denver. A craft and fabric store for the cool kids. If you don’t sew or knit when you walk into this store, you will want to by the time you leave.
Fancy Tiger Clothing, 55 Broadway, Denver. Where those cool crafty kids buy their clothes.
Hazel and Dewey, (CLOSED). Sadly this little kitchen and mercantile store closed in August 2017, but you can still find some of their wares at their online shop.
Hope Tank, 64 Broadway, Denver. This “social enterprise gift store” has a fantastic selection of quality toys and gifts for kids and adults both. All shop inventory is either handcrafted or from companies that are environmentally and socially responsible. The best part is a portion of every item sold goes to charity, so you can feel twice as good about shopping here.
Kismet, Other location: 3640 W. 32nd Avenue (Highlands), Denver. Women’s boutique selling clothes, accessories, and gifts.
Lowbrow, 38 Broadway, Denver. This place is like a candy store for the artistically inclined. The brightly colored tools just beg to come home with you.
Meininger Art Supply, 499 Broadway, Denver. This family-owned business has been selling art supplies to professionals and novices for more than 100 years. You’re bound to be inspired by the two levels of art materials.
Relevant Goods, 250 Broadway, Denver. This women’s shop has a beautiful selection of apparel and accessories. Two of my favorite Colorado products…the bath, body and candle line by Pueblo-based Formulary 55 and Hygge Life Turkish towels (also a Colorado company).
Sewn, 18 S. Broadway, Denver. A funky little shop that sells a mix of vintage and handcrafted items by local and national makers.
Starlet, 26 Broadway, Denver. Also, Highland Square: 3450 W. 32nd. A fun little boutique for fashionistas.
Steadbrook, 46 S. Broadway, Denver. High-quality modern essentials for the discerning fella.
AILLEA, 1408 Larimer Street (Larimer Square). This green make-up and beauty boutique gives you all of the fun of shopping a huge selection of pampering products, but leaves all of the chemical crap out. The owner is a former NYC beauty exec and started the company because she believes you shouldn’t have to compromise on beauty ingredients or performance. (Also a Cherry Creek North shop.)
Blush, 1411 Larimer Street (Larimer Square). This women’s clothing boutique has a lovely selection of high-end brands and accessories.
City Stacks Books and Coffee, 1743 Wazee Street. This cozy bookstore and coffee shop is the newest addition to Denver’s bookstores.
Cry Baby Ranch, 1419 Larimer Street (Larimer Square). Open in 1989 as a pop-up shop, Cry Baby Ranch is a modern Western wear shop for those who wear their cowboy boots with a little flair.
Element, 1428 Larimer Street (Larimer Square). The modern home store has a devoted customer base due to its beautiful contemporary furnishings and its support of local artisans.
Eve, 1413 Larimer Street (Larimer Square). Fun and funky wear for the trendy fashionista at this women’s clothing boutique.
Hailee Grace, 1421 Larimer Street (Larimer Square). Launched by two CU grads, Hailee Grace is a women’s boutique that promises “chic, effortless and affordable” wardrobe staples.
Frinje, 1408 Larimer Street (Larimer Square). This Colorado women’s boutique has sister locations in Beaver Creek and Vail, and carries beloved brands like Michael Stars and TOMS.
I Heart Denver Store, 500 16th Street #264, Denver (Denver Pavilions 2nd Level). All Colorado artists and artisans. Awesome place for gifts and non-traditional souvenirs.
Moda Man, 1459 Larimer Street (Larimer Square). This men’s clothing boutique carries stylish casual wear as well as custom shirts and clothing. They’ll even schedule an appointment at your home.
Scarpaletto, 1436 Larimer Street. The 30-year-old family business carries men’s and women’s shoes from brands like Donald J. Pliner, Frye, and Sorel. They also carry the largest selection of Old Gringo boots in Colorado.
Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th Street, Denver (LoDo); 1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station); 2526 East Colfax, Denver; 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton; DIA, Concourses A, B, and C. What needs to be said about this indie bookstore powerhouse? Founder Joyce Meskis is my hero.
Marczyk Fine Foods, 5100 E. Colfax, Denver. The original Denver gourmet marketplace for foodies.
Mod Livin’, 5327 E. Colfax, Denver. This furniture shop has been selling “affordable, modern furnishings,” both vintage and brand new, since 2001.
Moss Pink Flora & Botanicals, 4615 E. 23rd Avenue, Denver. Cute florist and seller of greeting cards.
Spinelli’s Market, 4621 E. 23rd Avenue, Denver. This Italian marketplace and deli is a Denver institution. You can now buy their pasta sauce in grocery stores across the city.
5 Green Boxes, 1596 S. Pearl Street and 1573 S. Pearl Street, Denver. This Platt Park gift shop (broken into a “big store” and a “little store” has one of the best selections of gifts and cards. Read more here.
Melrose and Madison, 1500 S. Pearl Street, Denver. This mother-and-daughter-owned boutique is a must for the Denver sartorialist. The clothes are gorgeous, but definitely investment pieces.
Paige on Pearl, 1509 S. Pearl Street, Denver, 303-877-8912. Small but lovely, well-curated collection of high-quality women’s clothes.
Armitage & McMillan, 1550 Platte Street, Denver. Men’s clothing shop for men who want to dress stylishly but simply.
Common Era, 1543 Platte Street, Denver. Also Boulder location. Women’s clothing boutique selling vintage and new clothing and accessories.
MegaFauna, 3102 Blake Street, Denver. Locally made t-shirts and other stuff for your favorite hipster.)
River North Workshop, 3040 Blake Street #131, Denver. (Open work and retail space selling local artisan-crafted home wares and personal gifts. They also carry a line of all-natural milk paint.)
Svper Ordinary, 3350 Brighton Blvd (in The Source), Denver. (An eclectic shop featuring handcrafted wares.)
Spinster Sisters, 3070 Blake Street (RiNo), Denver; 2628 E. Third Avenue (Cherry Creek), Denver; 908 12th Street, Golden. (These delicious bath and body products are locally handcrafted. The lotion sticks are awesome for travel.)
Topo Designs, 2500 Larimer Street, Denver. Fantastic selection of Colorado-made attractive and durable bags for urban or more rugged use.
Winter Session, 2952 Welton Street, Denver. I covet their entire line of bags.
Timbuk Toys, University Hills: 2526 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver. Awesome local chain with a huge inventory of toys. AND they highlight Colorado-made products.
Wishgifts, 750 S. University Boulevard, Denver. Cute little gift shop down south.
Semplice, 7487 E. 29th Place, Denver. Cute little clothing boutique with stuff for the whole fam.
Caboodle Gifts, 1507 S. Holly Street, Denver. (Handcrafted gifts, locally made.)
The Chocolate Therapist, 2560 W. Main Street, Littleton. (Unique locally handcrafted chocolatier made with all-natural ingredients.)
Grasshaven Outdoor, 6655 Arapaho Rd Suite 1A, Boulder. (Boulder outdoor and camping store for those who like a little comfort when they’re roughing it.)
Peppercorn, 1235 Pearl Street, Boulder. (If there was ever a store that was going to turn you into an amazing cook, this is it.)
Timbuk Toys, University Hills: 2526 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver; Lowry: 200 Quebec Street, Denver. Also, Lakewood and Highlands Ranch locations. (Awesome local chain with a huge inventory of toys. AND they highlight Colorado-made products.)
NOTE: This directory is a work in progress and is always growing. If you would like to submit a local business to be considered for inclusion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Local business for directory” in the subject line.