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  • Best Mall

    Streets at SouthGlenn

    Indoor or outdoor, your typical mall is practically interchangeable with the rest: the same stores and the same layouts in slightly differing combinations, ho hum. But the redeveloped town-center-style SouthGlenn is bucking the trend by welcoming independent boutiques and shops to its fold, many of them successful transplants from regional neighborhood shopping districts like Highlands Square and downtown Littleton, as… More >>
  • Best Strip Mall

    EZE Mop/Grindhaus

    Technically, yes, EZE-Mop, a short block of shops, and its companion coffee and teahouse, Grindhaus, located in an adjacent house, make up their own cozy little urban strip mall in the city. With an emphasis, that is, on urban. The work of inner-city booster couple Stephanie Shearer and Chris Bacorn, the row includes Peppermint boutique, which focuses on one-of-a-kind women's… More >>
  • Best Store in an Outdoor Mall

    Rejuvanest

    Rejuvanest has moved from Southglenn to its new location at 1550 Platte Street; please contact that location for information. We loved Rejuvanest, now a transplant to Southglenn from the Highlands Square neighborhood, giving it a Best of Denver nod in 2009. All we praised about it then -- the selection of women's pajamas both cozy and steamy, the too-cute sleepwear and… More >>
  • Best Store in an Indoor Mall

    LEGO Store

    The only LEGO Store in Colorado, the outlet inside Colorado Mills is a brick-lover's dream. Not only does it stock an amazing array of LEGO sets, boxes, games and toys, but you (make that your kids, right?) can build your own custom mini-figs at the mini-fig buffet and fill up buckets of individual bricks in the pick-a-brick area. The store,… More >>
  • Best Replacement for Saks Fifth Avenue

    H & M

    The cat is more or less out of the bag that popular Swedish retailer H&M is sniffing around Denver for a good fit. Specializing in fresh and extremely affordable casual separates with a youngish skew, it's the secret dream store to which many fashion-forward Denverites crave local access. So, hey, H&M — we know of a big empty space in… More >>
  • Best Store on Colfax

    Twist & Shout

    Over the years, record stores have come and gone — these days, mostly gone. But Twist & Shout just keeps on rocking. It had already been going for two decades as Underground Records when Paul and Jill Epstein, both high-school English teachers, bought it at a tax auction in 1988, on the very first day of spring break. They didn't… More >>
  • Best Store on Broadway

    Fancy Tiger

    Fancy Tiger, which comprises the pair of boutiques (one sells clothing, the other sells DIY crafts supplies) that helped revitalize the hip strip of Broadway where they're located, is now even fancier. In January, the clothing store, which peddles pants, shirts, jackets and accessories for both girls and guys, moved to a bigger spot next door to its old location.… More >>
  • Best Neighborhood Shopping District

    Tennyson Street, Berkeley

    All of the best shopping districts reflect the neighborhoods they serve, and on that merit alone, Tennyson Street really shines: It's neighborly, funky, friendly, semi-gentrified and built on a solid foundation of community values; each shop, gallery and restaurant seems to smile and wave "hey" when you walk in the door. A leisurely stroll down the stretch of Tennyson between… More >>
  • Best Small-Town Shopping District

    Downtown Louisville

    Deep in the heart of the sprouting Boulder County burb of Louisville lies a breath of the old coal mining town it once was. In downtown Louisville, you're apt to be swept away, far from the creeping developments, into the town's former Italian-flavored self. Should you pull off the turnpike and mosey on into the old-fashioned business district, you'll find… More >>
  • Best Store for Last-Second Gifts

    Meininger Art Supply

    Sure, most of the shoppers in Meininger's look very arty and serious. They've dropped by the giant art-supply store to pick up their framing material, or a few new brushes, or to find the tools that could help them work through that tricky drafting problem. But this is also a great stop for frivolous, last-second gifts -- which are conveniently… More >>
  • Best Museum Shop

    Denver Art Museum

    You're not supposed to think about shopping when you visit an art museum — and at most of the museums in the metro area, that's easy. But the Denver Art Museum put as much care into its new shop as it did its exhibit galleries, installing a veritable department store of books, cards, jewelry, glass and pottery on the first… More >>
  • Best Souvenir Shop

    Garden of the Gods Visitor Center

    The view through the big windows of the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center would be worth the price of admission — but then, admission to both the park and this revamped facility, with its handy bathrooms, comfortable coffee and snack shop, and interesting geological/history exhibits, is already free. Still, we guarantee that you'll exit the place with a lighter… More >>
  • Best Bed-and-Breakfast

    Queen Anne Urban Bed and Breakfast

    The Queen Anne has everything you'd expect from a good downtown Denver B&B. Within reasonable walking distance of the 16th Street Mall and other urban attractions, its side-by-side Victorian houses open up to reveal old-style hospitality, served in lovely old rooms, some of which sport vaulted ceilings or city views. But it also runs on a streak of modernism: Proprietor… More >>
  • Best Use for a Hotel Basement

    Gold Fish Aquarium

    Hotel Monaco is known for its pet-friendliness; the upscale spot offers all manner of four-legged comforts, including a doggy boutique, dog room service and in-room bowls and pet beds, among other things. But the hotel can also provide pets — of the fishy kind — for anyone who didn't bring a pet but would like a little company. The staff… More >>
  • Best Tools for Tomboys

    Tomboy Tools

    Tomboy Tools are pink, practical and, in the case of their signature magnetic hammer, designed so you don't smash your finger while building shelves or hanging photos or kicking ass and taking names. Started by two local women who hatched the idea over beers, Denver-based Tomboy Tools aims to empower ladies to do it themselves with their line of pink… More >>
  • Best Helping Hand for the Handy

    Club Workshop

    Club Workshop is like a gym for tinkerers: For a monthly fee, handymen, hackers and high-school robotics teams can use the 16,000-square-foot facility's computer lab, metal shop and auto bays to carry out their do-it-yourself projects using machinery and technology far too big and expensive for the average basement. Club Workshop also has a woodworking shop equipped with table saws… More >>
  • Best Cheap Electronics

    Mile High Marketplace

    If you haven't been to Mile High Flea Market — or the Flea at Mile High Marketplace, as it calls itself — lately, then you're missing out on some prime people-watching, headed up by guys with cut-off T-shirts and ponytails guzzling beers alongside Rascal-riding grandmas hunting for deals. But the next-best reason to go might be the piles of electronics… More >>
  • Best Flea Market

    Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market

    Promoter Amy Yetman, who test-ran the concept of the Horseshoe Market — a classic flea market crossed with a quality craft fair — on a sunny day last October, couldn't have hoped for better results. Called "horseshoe" because of the object's lucky connotations, the market offered nearly 100 booths of sheer serendipity: s, handmades, jewelry, clothing, plush toys and just… More >>
  • Best Holiday Market

    Holiday Handmade, Fancy Tiger

    My, how Fancy Tiger's annual holiday market has grown! What started out a few years ago as a seasonal craft sale in the confines of the DIY supply shop's own digs (before moving on each year to bigger and bigger venues) truly spread out and sparkled last December in its spectacular new home: the Sherman Street Event Center, with its… More >>
  • Best Farmers' Market

    Boulder County Farmers' Market

    Forget all the pious exhortations to eat local, organic, seasonal. They're all real enough, but they're not the reason we eagerly anticipate the opening of the Boulder County Farmers' Market in early April and visit faithfully, week after week, as the offerings change from tender lettuce and spinach to the corn, eggplants and tomatoes of full summer, and then the… More >>
  • Best Movable Feast

    City Plantscaping green walls

    City Plantscaping specializes in decorating the insides of homes and businesses with plants — even the edible kind. The company will install moveable walls called TerraScreens, made of wire brackets and filled to the top with potted herbs and vegetables. Part decoration and part garden, you can find green walls at a variety of businesses like Total Longterm Care, which… More >>
  • Best Bargain Sweets

    The Oops Room

    As sugar addicts and cheapskates already know, it's a scientific fact that candy canes and butterscotch pillows taste exactly the same whether they're intact or broken into pieces. The only difference? The price. In the Oops Room at the Hammond's Candies factory, thrifty five-year-olds (and grown-ass men who love caramel marshmallows and saving money) can get their candy fix for… More >>
  • Best Cheese Shop

    The Truffle Cheese Shop

    The lines at the Truffle, especially during the holidays, can be downright maddening, to the point where you seriously want to "cut the cheese," in hopes that everyone will scatter to the sidewalk, leaving you and your scent alone in the petite confines of the shop. Of course, most of us are too polite to do that, and truth be… More >>
  • Best Wine Shop

    Mondo Vino

    Why does it seem like finding a great wine shop is harder than getting a BOGO deal on a case of Silver Oak? It might be because wine lovers are a bit of an unsufferable bunch when it comes to procuring wine. We want a worldly glut of wines, wallet-friendly prices and helpful, educated salespeople who care about making sure… More >>
  • Best Happy Hour in a Home-Brew Shop

    The Brew Hut

    In his seminal book, The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, Charlie Papazian, the godfather of modern home brewing, tells his followers that the key to making their own beer is to "relax. Don't worry. Have a home brew." But he doesn't mention what you should do when you're shopping for home-brewing supplies, a task that can be equally daunting. Not… More >>
  • Best Cooking School

    Cook Street School of Fine Cooking

    There are plenty of chefs who rise to the top by graduating from the school of hard knocks, forgoing culinary school to hone their skills in real-world kitchens. But culinary schools aren't just for aspiring chefs; they're also for consumers, and at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, the curriculum caters to both, offering a full-fledged professional program for aspiring… More >>
  • Best Pop-Up Shop for Buying Local

    YesPleaseMore

    We can all thank Samuel Schimek, Brian Corrigan, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and, during the last year, Wendy Manning and the Denver Pavilions, for creating a shop that spoke "Denverish" in whole palettes of objects and media. The latest version of YesPleaseMore, which recently closed after an extended run at the Pavilions, changed the way we looked at… More >>
  • Best Pop-Up Shop for Gothic Lolitas

    Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast at Mod Livin'

    OMG! During its short run earlier this year at Mod Livin', the Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast pop-up was so full to the rafters with things that were, well, so cute and ruffly and adorned with little SAD kittens and bunny ears, it was enough to make anyone who walked up the stairs into the shop-within-a-shop feel like they'd suddenly swallowed… More >>
  • Best Tween Birthday Party

    Q Club and Lollicup

    Purikura, the ultra-cute Japanese take on the old-fashioned photo booth, was tailor-made for thirteen-year-old American kids, especially girls, and it's hard to understand why it hasn't swept the nation yet, in this age of the photo-booth renaissance. But in Denver, you can have your purikura at Q Club, a little bit of Tokyo located in a Colorado Boulevard strip mall.… More >>
  • Best First Friday Flash Venue

    Cha Cha Muchacha

    Margo Cheroute and Rose Whitlock are lovers of all things vintage and the art of shopping for the good stuff; lucky for us, they've done the work, and all we have to do is buy it from them. The trick is in finding them: We did last summer, during First Friday on Santa Fe Drive, when their Airstream trailers dropped… More >>
  • Best Clothing for Big Girls

    Buxom

    Here's a store that celebrates the Rubenesque, the zaftig, the pleasantly plump and brick-house ladies of our fair city in a way that few others do — by offering clothes big enough yet beautiful enough to make a large gal feel good about herself. The sizes at Buxom (which says it all in a word) begin at twelve and are… More >>
  • Best Secondhand Clothing for Big Girls

    Athena's Closet

    It's a common complaint among women shopping the thrift, vintage and resale stores around town: There's never much selection — if any at all — for full-figured women or those blessed with a little meat on their bones. Athena's Closet is the antidote, as it's the other way around there: Anorexic girls can just forget about saving a buck on… More >>
  • Best Funwear for Girls and Moms

    Dizzie Izzie

    A lot of local mom Jennifer Carabetta's inspiration for her unique, handmade clothing comes from daughter Izzie: Girls need tutus, lounge pants and reversible skirts (for a messy spaghetti night); moms need reasonably priced durability; and nobody wants boring clothes. These are made-in-USA items, sewn in limited quantities from hard-to-find fabrics that are whimsical and practical at the same time.… More >>
  • Best Tutus

    House of Arden

    Lesley Temple makes tutus for little girls. But she makes them for big girls, too, and not necessarily for ballet dancers. Nope, Temple is totally egalitarian about her tutus: As far as she's concerned, anyone should feel free to walk through life in cloud of tulle, in any color of the rainbow. That said, you're as likely to find her… More >>
  • Best High-End Women's Resale

    Found Underground

    It might seem like a long way to go just to shop for used clothes, but there's something special about Nancy Cooley's neatly kept basement gem, Found Underground, in downtown Louisville. The clothes, attractively arranged by color, are in great shape and sport reputable brand names you can trust. And the delightful Cooley seems to love what she does; she'll… More >>
  • Best Vintage Store

    Crème de la Couture

    Nicole Schaap loves vintage, but for her, it's got to be the real thing, not a knockoff. Schaap, who admits to having gotten teary-eyed once when she practically stole a Dior hat for five bucks at a yard sale, did time at Nordstrom and Neiman's, but is now turning a hobby into a business at her Englewood storefront, Crème de… More >>
  • Best Place to Get a Haircut and a Bean Pie

    Supreme Styles Barber Shop

    Pictures of Minister Louis Farrakhan adorn the walls, and a chorus of warm chatter greets each person who enters Supreme Styles Barber Shop. There are chess tables in the foyer area, where children are usually crowded around, and couches for those who are waiting. And in addition to books, oils and incense, the shop also sells bean pies — a… More >>
  • Best Place to Get Hair Products and African Masks

    Akente Express

    Step over the threshold from Park Avenue into Akente Express, and it's likely you'll be greeted by the warm and calming presence of Ron Springer, the longtime owner of what he calls the most "complete African experience" in Denver. Springer runs Akente with the fervor and understanding of someone who has clearly found the treasure in the magic of ancient… More >>
  • Best Conscientious Bridal Service

    The Green Bride

    The bride looked ravishing in white — even if it was really green. The average wedding produces over 400 pounds of trash — but there's no reason your big day has to have a big carbon footprint. The Green Bride specializes in conscientious wedding wear, with bridal gowns — many of them high-end or couture — bridesmaid dresses and tuxes… More >>
  • Best Place to Have the Family Jewels Fixed

    William Crow Jewelers

    Sentiment only goes so far...in this case, as far as William Crow, a jeweler that's been in business downtown since 1924. Other jewelers in town told us they couldn't repair an old coral necklace with a broken clasp without restringing the whole thing for several hundred dollars. William Crow's repair department, though, told us they could simply repair the clasp… More >>
  • Best Recycled Jewelry

    Kellybeth Designs

    Credit cards are useful for lots of things: paying for groceries; proving your identity; breaking and entering. But what do you do with the expired ones (besides using them for breaking and entering)? For the past few years, designer Kelly Campbell has been cutting up old credit cards and turning them into colorful jewelry: chunky bracelets, funky necklaces and dangly… More >>
  • Best Thrift Store

    Cajun's Closet

    Cajun's, named for a one-eyed orange tabby who originally roamed the place, has long been dealing used clothing and other merchandise in support of the Cat Care Society. But its incarnation of the last few years, since doubling the store's space in 2005, really shows what good management can do for a place: The current regime not only shows off… More >>
  • Best Consignment Shop

    Rewind

    Tucked away a block from the main drag in downtown Golden, Kerry Swanson's Rewind has a little of this and little of that, from better women's clothing and jewelry to furniture and other household items. Cozy, with the merchandise displayed in a number of small themed rooms, Rewind is a fun place to wander through, and your chances of finding… More >>
  • Best Fashion Markets

    Fashion Denver

    Brandi Shigley of Fashion Denver is all about shining a spotlight on her favorite local designers in her Golden Triangle retail store and encouraging them to follow her own credo as a style entrepreneur: "Do what you love and love what you do." One way she gives her stable a push is by hosting quarterly seasonal markets with a fashion… More >>
  • Best Style Blog for Beautiful Old Ladies

    Judith Boyd, Style Crone

    Trim, handsome and in her sixties, ravishing redhead Judith Boyd starts the day by picking a hat to wear, and from there she builds an outfit; it's her style credo, in a way, and to prove it, she keeps a room just for hats in her home. It's one thing that keeps her going, and by osmosis, it keeps us,… More >>
  • Best Pop Culture Fashion Show

    Tokyo Extreme Fashion Show

    Granted, Japanese pop fashion is an acquired taste and hard to pull off if you're not too young and bug-eyed cute beyond belief. But it's okay, too, to love it from afar, just as a phenomenon, which it is, if the phenomena in question happen to eat nothing but cupcakes and come bedecked in plastic hair ornaments, Hello Kitty paraphernalia,… More >>
  • Best Hot-Date-Night Clothing Rentals

    Dollhouse Cilhouette

    You can rent a tuxedo — why not a dress? Dollhouse Cilhouette goes one step further and even offers date-night makeovers with their new and used party duds, available to buy or to rent. Geared toward bridesmaids and other women finding themselves in the situation of needing a glitzy dress that they might never wear again, this Berkeley District shop… More >>
  • Best Western-Wear Comeback

    The Original Wrangler Store

    When Wrangler opened its first-ever retail store here this past fall, executives gave several reasons why they picked Denver: the beautiful weather, the city's adventurous spirit, and because once a year, Denver turns into Cowboy Central for the National Western Stock Show. And if that's not reason enough to scoot your boots to Lone Tree, maybe seeing rodeo clowns and… More >>
  • Best Upcycled Clothing Duo

    Pearl Clothing and Jil Cappuccio, One of a Kinds, Limited Lines

    Jil Cappuccio and her friend and colleague Kirsten Coplans, of Pearl Clothing, go together like a rather stylish Mutt and Jeff, creating two unique lines of clothing using vintage fabrics that are both very different and incredibly compatible. That the duo is showing up regularly now at gift and fashion markets around town is proof that some unions are just… More >>
  • Best Shopping for Cross-Dressers

    Studio Lites

    There's probably not a huge market for gold reptile-print stilettos with faux fur that come in a men's size 14 — but if that's the sort of thing you're into, then you're not going to do any better than Studio Lites. Aside from having the market pretty much cornered on men who need really large heels for whatever reason, the… More >>
  • Best Store for Strippers

    Ariana Exotic Wear

    Tucked into the corner of a shopping plaza a mile from Shotgun Willie's and the Penthouse Club, Ariana Exotic Wear sells all the stripping essentials: flashy bikinis, tight elastic-y dresses bedazzled with rhinestones, and clear heels so high they'd make Cinderella twist an ankle and bust her G-string-clad ass. Plus, the shop's floor-to-ceiling glass storefront makes for some fun strip-mall… More >>
  • Best Free Porn Watching

    The Crypt

    Whether you're a regular at the Crypt or just dropping in to buy a gift for that special horndog in your life, you can indulge your passion for porn while shopping, thanks to the good-sized screen flashing videos behind the checkout counter. While a sign in the store's back room, which is lined with rentals, asks that patrons keep their… More >>
  • Best Live Porn Watching

    Scarlet Ranch

    Denver's most notorious swingers' club is roomy and loud and full of sweaty sexual "explorers," as its website says, dancing, drinking (their own liquor), lounging on couches and, well, doing it — either in semi-private cubbies outfitted with curtains and beds, in the hot tub or in the exhibitionist shower. But don't worry: The friendly Scarlet Ranch staff changes the… More >>
  • Best Ear Plugs for Hipsters

    Omerica Organic

    Denver-based Omerica Organic is all about the O's. And at least among the growing circle of body-art-inclined folks who cultivate stretched holes in their earlobes, it's becoming the go-to place online to buy the jewelry needed to do it. Made from beautiful hand-finished hardwoods decorated with inlays, jewels or cutouts and finished with beeswax or, for vegans, jojoba oil, Omerica's… More >>
  • Best Hip-Looking Aprons

    MargoBelle Designs

    Cooking can be a chore. It requires all that chopping and stirring and boiling and waiting. But there are several ways to make it better — namely, drinking a bottle of wine and wearing a super-cute apron while doing it. MargoBelle, a local company that also makes skirts, belts and handbags, hand-sews some of the cutest aprons around. By matching… More >>
  • Best Skateboard Couture

    MuKee Design

    What's a skateboard good for? Well, you can do tricks on one, and it's a known source of self-transport. You can even break your neck using one, if you so desire. Derek Keenan, a design major and Peace Corps veteran, was inspired by the resourcefulness of the Gambian people he worked with when it came to recycling. When he returned… More >>
  • Best Colorado T-Shirts

    Coloradical!, Adam Sikorski

    Behind local screen printer Adam Sikorski's take on the Colorado flag, one can grok the mountain skyline we enjoy every day in Denver, the city's sunny bike paths and greenways, the food-truck parties and the freewheeling downtown life. It's all there in one simple emblem — and that's Coloradical!… More >>
  • Best T-Shirts for Colorado

    FLUIDIAM

    Thinking of their beautiful home state while brainstorming their infectious designs, Danny Bristow and Dan Werling created a T-shirt that screams green. If rocking apparel made of organic cotton or recycled polyester doesn't do it for you, consider this: FLUIDIAM also donates 5 percent of its yearly profit to the Lynx Restoration Project, which works to re-establish the lynx population… More >>
  • Best Colorado Tats

    Th'ink Tank

    Those "Native" bumper stickers are so last-century. So how can Denver natives and Colorado-loving transplants rep their city today? With ink, baby. From 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. last March 3 (3/03), the artists at Th'ink Tank offered one-inch tattoos featuring the Mile High City's mighty area code for the discounted rate of $30 each. And while you can make… More >>
  • Best Hats

    Goorin Brothers

    The best hats aren't just smart, they're brilliant — and what could be more brilliant than a classic hat handcrafted by a company that's been in business for more than 100 years? At Goorin Brothers Denver, you can not only get a fedora to die for, but one that's been cleanly updated for the 21st century club-hopping guy or gal.… More >>
  • Best Budget Broncos Jersey Makeover

    Lombardi's Upholstery and Embroidery

    Will he start? Won't he start? It doesn't matter. Denver Broncos (backup?) quarterback, underwear salesman and clean-living phenomenon Tim Tebow has sold a lot of No. 15 jerseys since the team drafted him in April 2010; in fact, his jersey has consistently been one of the NFL's top sellers. But jerseys are expensive, which gave Daniella Grieve, of Lombardi's Embroidery… More >>
  • Best Pinatas That Look Like Nuggets Players

    Pinateria Yasmin

    What's four feet tall, bears a strong resemblance to Chris "Birdman" Andersen and is always smiling — even when his innards are being ripped out and his body cavity filled with Fun Size Snickers? Birdman the piñata! And Piñateria Yasmin makes one hell of a Birdman — not to mention striking renditions of other Denver Nuggets, as well as Dora… More >>
  • Best Pot

    Polish Pottery Outlet

    The Polish Pottery Outlet offers an incredible array of colorful ceramics, all imported from Poland. The store has everything you could possibly want to outfit a kitchen counter, dress up a dinner table or even feed your dog; the pieces are all oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. This is functional art at very fun prices: legalized pot we can all get… More >>
  • Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary Name

    BurnzWell - CLOSED

    As the medical marijuana industry matures in Colorado, dispensary names are moving away from the ubiquitous titles with some combination of "green," "herb," "chronic," "wellness," "health," "high" and "care" and toward more creative monikers to describe the place you go to get your pot. BurnzWell stands out among them. For starters, they're no pansies when it comes to describing what… More >>
  • Best Tattoo Parlor Name

    Monkey Fist Tattoo

    Rule: Pretty much everything is better if you add a monkey to the equation. And a fist is pretty much the most badass part of the monkey, so that only helps. Owner Ortavio Griego thought of the name when a friend told him his hand looks like a monkey's fist when he's tattooing. Monkey Fist is also a type of… More >>
  • Best Fiddle Repair

    Von's Violin Shop

    Although Von's Violin Shop sells violins, it's made particularly beautiful music as a repair shop. Musicians from around the country swear by Von's, bringing their fiddles of all sizes in for diagnoses and repairs — all at reasonable prices. Have an instrument that needs help? Von's won't string you along.… More >>
  • Best Affordable Glasses

    eyeLAB

    For local musician Martina Grbac, there is life after Matson Jones: Although she still works on musical projects, Grbac's newest vision is eyeLAB, a sliding-scale optical service that provides eyeglasses to artists and other uninsured people who typically can't afford a nice pair. By nature a labor of love, eyeLAB is a one-woman deal, and the sliding-scale concept is unique,… More >>
  • Best Free Service

    City of Denver Street Sweeping E-minders

    The City of Denver only has 26 street sweepers — which is amazing considering the fact that parking-enforcement officers dole out twenty bazillion tickets every year to the scofflaws who forget to move their cars on street-sweeping days. Wanna beat the odds? Sign up for the city's free Street Sweeping E-minders, which will alert you via e-mail (April through November)… More >>
  • Best Free Money

    The Money Museum

    At the beginning of the year, the Federal Reserve Bank opened a 7,000-square-foot museum showcasing — you guessed it — money. The museum is free and open to the public on weekdays, and visitors can learn how to spot counterfeit money or take a peek at $30 million in cash stored in a box. But you don't have to settle… More >>
  • Best Green Service

    Gone for Good

    It's time to stop living in a throwaway world: That's the whole premise of Gone for Good, a local business determined to keep your usable junk from ending up in a landfill. This is how it works: Gone for Good picks up your unwanted stuff, and then one or all of three things will happen to it: They'll sell it… More >>
  • Best Morning-After Service

    Hangover Helpers

    College students or people who partied with Charlie Sheen and the goddesses for an evening now have a way to bypass one of the worst parts of partying: the morning after. Hangover Helpers, a business started by two University of Colorado graduates, can't un-drink all that booze or erase the three-way proposal you texted to your girlfriend's roommate, but it… More >>
  • Best Place to Repair a Flat Tire

    Bonnie Brae Conoco

    The Wilson family has run a service station in Bonnie Brae since 1946 — and they've learned a thing or two during that time. Customer service, for example. After struggling to replace a flat with the spare, our operative dropped the errant tire off at Bonnie Brae Conoco, returning a few hours later to pick up a tire that had… More >>
  • Best Transportation Deal

    RTD Eco Pass

    Bus fares keep rising, but the Regional Transportation District offers various discounted annual passes through employers, neighborhood organizations, colleges — even a community-wide bus pass for residents of Lyons. An internal debate has brewed at RTD for years over whether these Eco Passes make economic sense for the agency, but they're definitely a bargain compared to individual annual passes —… More >>
  • Best Cheap Cab Ride

    Freedom Cabs

    Little-known fact: Thanks to Colorado's complicated and unusual taxi laws, our cab companies can charge different meter rates, something that's impossible in most U.S. locales. Here's how those different rates stack up in Denver: Metro Taxi and Yellow Cab charge an estimated $2.25 a mile, while Union Cab clocks in at $2. Freedom Cabs, however, prides itself as being the… More >>
  • Best Parking Meter Makeover

    Smart Meters

    Finally, parking makes sense again. No need to rummage around for errant nickels, dimes and quarters to feed that annoying meter; no need to wander off to some centralized parking kiosk that, after eons, spits out a ticket to put on your dash. Now most meters downtown, in Cherry Creek North and elsewhere take credit cards (as well as old-fashioned… More >>
  • Best B-cycle Station

    25th and Lawrence streets

    Public bikes and public art ought to go hand in hand, and at this stylin' RiNo B-cycle station, one of fifty in the city, they do. Colorado sculptor Christopher Hecker's untitled urban-art assemblage, built from recycled car hoods and emblazoned with the word "Bike," is the perfect advertisement for B-cycle, especially in an arts district: Not only does it repurpose… More >>
  • Best Smartphone App

    B-cycle

    There's nothing worse than showing up at your neighborhood B-cycle station, picnic basket in one hand, book of love poems in the other, and discovering that the romantic afternoon you had planned with the girl of your dreams is foiled because all of the bikes are rented and now you'll never get to second base. Luckily, B-cycle's app is designed… More >>
  • Best Emergency Smartphone App

    iTriage

    Humans spend an ever-increasing amount of time poking at their phones, something that might not be good for their health in the long run — unless they have the iTriage app. Healthagen, the Lakewood developer that created the app, claims that iTriage helps answer these two pressing questions: "What's wrong with me?" and "What do I need to do, or… More >>
  • Best Option for Cheap Local Internet

    Forethought.net

    Here's a little secret the tech geeks don't want you to know: Qwest and Comcast aren't the only Internet service providers in town. And one very able competitor is Forethought.net, a Denver company that's been providing stellar local phone and high-speed Internet service for years — at a price that's cheaper than that of its corporate competitors, all their flashy… More >>
  • Best Colorado Hats

    Free Time Goods

    Are you Colorado proud? Show it by wearing a replica of the state flag on a wool tuk or beanie, hand-crocheted by Emily Marshall of Aspen-based Free Time Goods. Marshall uses wool sheared from sheep that are sustainably raised in Colorado. And while she offers other colorful designs, the flag hats ($55-$65) will make you one with the sun and… More >>
  • Best Place to Borrow Tools

    ReSource Tool Library

    Say you want to dig some post holes but you don't have your own post-hole digger. And to make matters worse, your toilet plunger is broken, your shop vacuum is in the shop and your brother never gave back that screwdriver set you lent him. Fear not, tool-less handyman or -woman. The ReSource Tool Library, a project of Boulder's Center… More >>
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