Go ahead…skip Black Friday. Because this Small Business Saturday Denver stores across the city are holding unbelievable deals. Get the details on your favorite independent shops and boutiques here so you can cross everyone off your holiday shopping list without ever stepping foot in a shopping mall.
I’ve never been a fan of Black Friday. My preferred post-Thanksgiving activity is lounging on a couch with a movie and leftovers. I definitely don’t want to be anywhere near a stuffy, airless shopping mall crammed with crowds. But, Small Business Saturday is a different story. I love strolling our streets, popping in and out of cute little boutiques, and stopping to chat with friends and neighbors along the way.
And, fortunately for you and me, Denver is blessed with more than our share of fantastic neighborhood shopping districts. Whether you’re looking for holiday gifts or perhaps picking up a little something sparkly for an upcoming holiday event, there are a ton of deals and fun in-store events this Small Business Saturday (November 25) in Denver’s Cherry Creek North, LoDo, South Broadway, Platt Park/S. Pearl, Highlands Square, LoHi/Riverfront, Berkeley/Tennyson Street, and even online. Let’s go shop small!
Cherry Creek North
The shopping mall may be packed with big-box retailers, but the walkable shopping district just north of it is more than 70% independent local businesses. Cherry Creek North will be giving away four CCN gift cards, two valued at $250 and two valued at $500, with proof of purchase. Stop by the Small Business Saturday Headquarters (2nd Avenue and Fillmore Street) from 10 am to 2 pm with receipt to be entered for a chance to win. You can check out a list of the Cherry Creek North shops participating in Small Business Saturday here.
Where to Shop:
AILLEA, 3000 E. 1st Avenue, Denver
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 products…either the ingredients or the performance. And, the best part is you’ll find tons of little indie beauty companies included here. (I’ve become a big fan of OY-L in the last year!) 20% off products on Small Business Saturday.
A Line Boutique, 2445 East 3rd Avenue, Denver
It’s not just celebs that have personal stylists. Fans of this shop rave not only about the personalized customer service (yes, that is basically an in-store bar you see in the photo below) but also the professional stylists on staff. The clothing somehow feels current but not overly trendy, classic yet still fresh. Sister store in Greenwood Village. Hosting an Ashley Schenkein trunk show and men’s Paige trunk show on Small Business Saturday.
The Artisan Center, 2757 E. 3rd Avenue, Denver
With creations by local and national artists, this is one of the best Denver shops for finding unexpected gifts. Free gift packaging for anything purchased in the shop on Small Business Saturday and every day.
Little Feet, 201 University Boulevard, Denver
With brands like Merrell, Saucony, Stride Rite, Keen, and See Kai Run, they carry quality, durable shoes that protect and cushion little growing feet. And, though we still live in the land of Velcro shoes, one day I plan to sign my kiddo up for their free shoe-tying class. (How cute is that?) 20% off entire purchase on Small Business Saturday and Sunday.
Perch, 2606 E. 3rd Avenue, Denver
First opened in Vail, Perch has expanded with a Cherry Creek store (and recently a Nantucket location for East Coasters). The store locations give you an indication of the styles…think chic but casual wear for the mountains, beach and our low-key city with everyday wardrobe staples mixed in with the latest fashions. Small Business Saturday sale to be determined.
Reverie Living, Cherry Creek: 2910 E. 3rd 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. Refreshments and a chance to win a Reverie Living gift certificate on Small Business Saturday.
Spinster Sisters, 2628 E. 3rd Avenue, Denver
I’ve long been a fan of this Golden-based company that sells all-natural bath and body products. They make soaps in scents that I wish I could eat. And, the lotion stick is always packed in my travel bag. Sister locations in Boulder, Golden, and RiNo. 15% off all products starting on Black Friday through Cyber Monday including on Small Business Saturday.
Where to Eat:
Big-box stores may dominate Denver Pavilions and 16th Street Mall, but LoDo’s Union Station and historic Larimer Square are largely filled with independent boutiques. And, be sure to take advantage of the free parking in the Larimer Square parking garage this Small Business Saturday.
AILLEA, 1408 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
For glamorous hippies or hippyish glamour gals…or maybe just those of us who like our beauty products to leave the chemicals out, but still deliver on performance. This green make-up and beauty boutique (yes, the sister store is in Cherry Creek North) gives you all of the fun of shopping a huge selection of pampering products, but leaves all of the chemical crap out. 20% off products on Small Business Saturday.
Blush, 1411 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
This women’s clothing boutique has a lovely selection of high-end brands and accessories. They carry investment jean brands like Citizens of Humanity and Mother, so you’ll definitely want to take advantage of their weekend sale! 30% off all denim, handbags and outerwear on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Element, 1428 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
The modern home store has a devoted customer base due to its beautiful contemporary furnishings and its support of local artisans. $25 off any purchase over $100 and 20% off purchase of the Skyros Stoneware on Small Business Saturday.
Hailee Grace, 1421 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
Launched by two CU grads, Hailee Grace is a women’s boutique that promises “chic, effortless and affordable” wardrobe staples. 15% off on Small Business Saturday.
Moda Man, 1459 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
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. 25% off entire fall collection for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
SmartWool Pop-Up, Larimer Square, Denver
Colorado’s favorite toasty woolen socks will be hosting a holiday pop-up on the Larimer Square block during Small Business Saturday.
Where to Eat:
In the past five years or so, South Broadway has exploded with trendy shops and a booming restaurant scene.
Where to Shop:
Decade, 56 S. Broadway, Denver
Long before South Broadway was trendy, Decade was a fixture, selling fun little trinkets, unusual gifts and irreverent greeting cards. For the holiday shopper on a budget, this is a great bet as there are so many gifts under $20…from your favorite bike lover to world traveler to your unicorn-obsessed niece. No specials on Small Business Saturday, but Decade prides itself on having “the best gift shop happy hour” every Thursday 5-7pm.
Fancy Tiger Crafts, 59 Broadway, Denver
Fancy Tiger is a craft and fabric store for grown-up cool kids. If you don’t sew or knit when you walk into this store, you will want to by the time you leave. Check out sister shop Fancy Tiger Clothing for stylish clothing and unusual gifts, too. Free gift with all purchases made in store on Small Business Saturday.
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.
Meininger, 499 Broadway, Denver
It’s a little further north, but Meininger is such a worthwhile stop…the vast selection of art supplies could inspire the most creatively blocked. And, art supplies make perfect stocking stuffers.
Relevant Goods, 250 Broadway, Denver
This women’s boutique is thoughtfully curated with a beautiful selection of apparel and accessories. They also carry a number of locally made gifts like Formulary 55.
Steadbrook, 46 S. Broadway, Denver
This men’s clothing boutique has high-quality modern essentials for the discerning fella. 20% off most of the merchandise with a special 30% off section.
Where to Eat:
Nestled into Northwest Denver, Highlands Square boasts about a mile of walkable boutique shops and restaurants.
Where to Shop:
32nd West, 3631 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
For the outdoorsy Denverite, or if you just want to look the part, 32nd West carries Columbia, Prana and other outdoor lifestyle clothing and outer wear as well as sunglasses, shoes, and everyday bags. The small shop caters to both men and women (and even a few kids’ items) so the selection isn’t vast, but it’s worth a pop in. Small Business Saturday deals to be determined.
Dragonfly, 3615 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
This little boutique leans more toward modern classics than overly trendy wear. A recent visit unearthed Paige jeans, a number of cute tops from Splendid and Michael Stars, Commando underwear, and what may be the comfiest pj line ever, Eberjay. Small Business Saturday deals to be determined.
The Perfect Petal, 3600 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
So much more than just a florist, The Perfect Petal is a great place to pick up a candles, bath products and home accessories. 75% off room on Small Business Saturday plus discount for American Express users if you say “Small Business Saturday” and a bonus 40% off one item if you mention code “Small.”
Ruby Jane, 3616 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
One of my favorite local clothing boutiques! Ruby Jane has sister locations in Avon, Breckenridge, Edwards and Steamboat Springs. 15% off all jewelry, 20% off all scarves and wraps, and buy one, get second half-off of leggings and camis on Small Business Saturday. Also, giveaway of a Kendra Scott necklace at all locations across the state.
Vert Beauty, 3442 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
This beauty boutique is packed with all-natural bath and beauty products, including Colorado-made lines. 50% off select products on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Free shipping on Cyber Monday.
Where to Eat:
Grab a quick gourmet sandwich at Frank Bonanno’s Salt & Grinder (3609 W. 32nd Avenue), pop into El Camino (3628 W. 32nd Avenue) for a Mexican dish, or stop by Sera’s Ramen Enclave (3472 W. 32nd Avenue) for a twist on traditional ramen.
Platt Park/S. Pearl
If you only come to South Pearl Street for Sushi Den, then you’re missing out on so many great little shops (and other restaurants, too).
Where to Shop:
5 Green Boxes, 1596 S. Pearl Street and 1573 S. Pearl Street, Denver
With two shops packed with fun gifts, home accessories, clothes and acessories, you could get lost in here for hours. I sure have. Sister shop in Union Station. 20% off holiday decor and enter to win $100 5 Green Boxes shopping spree.
Melrose and Madison, 1500 S. Pearl Street, Denver
This women’s clothing boutique rivals any of the department stores in style and selection. 20% off one item on Small Business Saturday.
Paige on Pearl, 1509 S. Pearl Street, Denver
A sliver of a store, but so well packed with thoughtfully selected stylish women’s clothes and accessories that it’s worth a visit.
Where to Eat:
Most often praised for its bars and restaurants, LoHi also has some great little boutiques…though they tend to be spread out a bit more and require a little walking (or even driving). Just over the bridge, Riverfront Park offers a lovely restaurant-, bar-, and boutique-lined street perfect for a shopping stroll.
Goldyn, 2040 W. 30th Avenue, Denver
On your way to brunch at Linger, pop in next door to this swanky women’s boutique carrying luxury designer brands and a jewelry collection to match. Plan to spend a bit, though. These are high-quality statement pieces to invest in. 30% off almost everything with code ALLBLACKEVERYTHING from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, including Small Business Saturday.
Jewelius, 2405 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
This little boutique gets a ton of local love in no small part because owner Rachel is happy to help style her customers. The clothing varies from everyday casual to professional to party dresses with, as you might expect, a ton of accessories to choose from. Buy one, get one 50% off all apparel and special markdowns on holiday dresses and accessories as well as outerwear.
Patterns & Pops, 1620 Platte Street, Denver
What started as a mobile fashion truck is now a full-fledged storefront in Riverfront Park. But, don’t worry…you can still see Patsy, the Patterns & Pops mobile fashion boutique, around town. This little shop combines fun with fashion like this lemon cooler bag or these funky socks alongside cozy sweaters. 20% off entire order on Small Business Saturday and champagne cookies for all customers.
Sous Le Lit, 1620 Platte Street, Denver
With clothing for both women and men, this shop fantastically blends trendy with elegant minimalism, so all items feel entirely wearable even in Denver’s most casual environments (which is pretty much everywhere).
Where to Eat:
The eclectic menus at Linger (2030 W. 30th Avenue) or RootDown (1600 W. 33rd Avenue) in LoHi never disappoint…if you can get in. In Riverfront, Brider‘s (1644 Platte Street) delivers made-from-scratch, seasonal comfort food in a fast, casual atmosphere.
Berkeley’s Tennyson Street brings back their 4th annual Small Business Holiday Passport Crawl again this year, where if you visit 5 stores or more, you can enter to win the prize package packed full of goodies from Tenn Street businesses. Tennyson is my neighborhood shopping district, and so hard for me to choose favorites. But here are a few can’t-miss spots…
Where to Shop:
BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver
It’s a bookstore and it’s a wine bar. And all children’s books are 20% off throughout November.
Feral Mountain Company, 4320 Tennyson Street, Denver
Serious outdoor gear for serious outdoor types. But, you can also pick up stocking stuffers like sunglasses and Smartwool socks. You’ll recognize this place by the tent and hammocks set up out front. 15% off any 1 item; 20% off any purchase over 100; 25% off any purchase over $200; and 30% off any purchase over $300. Also, watch for their entire holiday deal calendar to be released this week, so you’ll know when more upcoming deals will be.
Jolly Goods, 4020 Tennyson Street, Denver
One of my very favorite local shops for gifts, Jolly Goods carries artisan-made wares with a ton of locally made stuff. Visit the shop for deals on small gifts and stocking stuffers on Small Business Saturday.
Lady Jones, 4016 Tennyson Street, Denver
The latest addition to Tennyson Street, this little women’s clothing boutique carries chic upscale staples inspired by timeless European classics. 20% off any item on Small Business Saturday.
Ooh! Ahh! Jewelry, 4216 Tennyson Street, Denver
A one-stop shop for women’s accessories, one-of-a-kind jewelry, scarves and purses. I’ve yet to walk out of here empty-handed. Sister store Sarah O. across the street also has lovely fine jewelry. 20% off one item or 25% off one item from new OAJ signature line.
Real Baby, 4315 Tennyson Street, Denver
The most adorable baby clothes around and the kind of toys you won’t mind that baby puts in his mouth. Plus a small but lovely selection of toys for younger kids. 20% off a $50 purchase.
Where to Eat:
Mas Kaos (4526 Tennyson Street) is one of our favorite spots for groups, and carries many gluten-free, dairy-free and meat-free options, and Justin Cucci’s Vital Root (3915 Tennyson Street) has a vegetarian menu that even non-vegetarians love. Hops and Pie (3920 Tennyson Street) offers unexpected gourmet pizza combos and a rotating house-made soup of the day that never disappoints.
A few more deals…
Cloth + Gold (online)
This new Denver business will make you look like a modern-day hostess extraordinaire this holiday season, though with none of the stress usually involved. Cloth + Gold can help with all of the planning, including menu ideas, and even curates gorgeous, Pinterest-worthy, Instagrammable tablescapes for you to rent or buy. Just think…you might actually be able to enjoy your own party. 20% off all orders placed on Cyber Monday (November 27).
Colorado Crafted Gift Boxes (online)
I love this updated take on the traditional gift basket because it’s filled with Colorado-artisan-made goodies, and the presentation is sleek and modern. And, it’s the perfect gift to give someone who’s really hard to buy for. Check out my Colorado Crafted post for details. 20% off any boxes ordered on Small Business Saturday with promo code DenverDweller.
Proud Souls Barbecue and Provisions, 2485 Federal Blvd., Denver
This locally owned 1-stop shop for all things barbecue sells grills, smokers, seasonings, wood, charcoals, and sustainably raised meat cases. 10% off everything in store and free Blues Hog BBQ Sauce when you spend $25 or more on Small Business Saturday.
A version of this post originally appeared in November 2016. This post has been updated to be relevant for Small Business Saturday 2017.