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  • Best Place to Always Buy Colorado

    I Heart Denver Store

    We heart the I Heart Denver Store, for several reasons. Reason one: It supports the community in the most basic of "buy local" ways, by featuring only Colorado-made merchandise. In turn, this is not your average "local" merchandise; items range from hand-screen-printed T-shirts or stationery to original works of art and locally designed furniture and clothing. Reason two: It supports… More >>
  • Best Indoor Mall

    Cherry Creek Shopping Center

    Cherry Creek Shopping Center, which opened a little over twenty years ago, is, was and will always be the quintessential Colorado mall. It sways with the trends, but still boasts strong anchors (in spite of the ones — Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue — that slipped away), and it's ever-elegant and up-to-the-minute. One of the mall's strongest attractions… More >>
  • Best Mall Kiosk

    LEGO Minifigures Collector

    The staff at Cherry Creek's LEGO Minifigures Collector kiosk — located not-so-serendipitously close to the shopping center's famed play area — doesn't need to hustle to lure fast-walking shoppers; the shoppers come to them. The kiosk sells a wide variety of minifigs, those tiny, intricate LEGO figures, and models currently specializing in Star Wars and Harry Potter — who knew… More >>
  • Best Flea Market

    Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market

    Winner and still champion: The Horseshoe, already our favorite in 2011, is only getting better as it hits its stride. The brainchild of Amy Yetman, a crafter herself, the market isn't really a pure flea market, per se; rather, its 100 or so booths hawk everything from the antiques you'd expect to adorable handmade children's clothing and accessories, locally designed… More >>
  • Best Thrift Store

    Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver ReStore

    Home renovation materials, large appliances and furniture aren't cheap, but Habitat for Humanity's metro Denver thrift store lets customers pick and pull everything from lumber to light fixtures at huge discounts. Since 1979, store profits have made it possible for all donations to fund Habitat's homeownership program for low-income families. Donations of cash, materials or appliances to the store are… More >>
  • Best Hipster Thrift Store

    Buffalo Exchange

    The Buffalo Exchange, part of a chain of upscale resale shops, isn't new or even unique to Denver, but since it's moved into its airy new Broadway location, we've had a chance to revisit its charms, which are many. With its brick walls, open-air roll-up windows on the side and round racks stashed with still-chic, pre-loved, everyday treasures, it's cheerful… More >>
  • Best Highbrow Vintage Store

    Common Threads

    We awarded the Boulder Common Threads the Best Boulder DIY Boutique of 2009 on the laurels of its unique combination of secondhand chic boutique and community-conscious sewing studio, and then called it the "boutique of the future." But although Denver's new annex, on South Pearl Street, is much smaller and comes with only the boutique element intact, it still follows… More >>
  • Best High-Style Boutique

    Goldyn

    Vanessa Barcus's Goldyn is something of a couture pipeline, shipping in designer styles direct from the fashion Valhallas of New York, Los Angeles and Paris. Begun as an online store, Goldyn first hosted occasional pop-up events in Denver before setting down roots as a brick-and-mortar storefront last summer in Highland's LoHi Marketplace at Olinger, much to the glee of local… More >>
  • Best Ritzy Boutique

    New Culture Boutique - CLOSED

    To keep a vintage store in Denver these days, you almost can't be uniquely vintage. It's a mix-and-match age on the street, where hip fashion adventurers like to blend locally designed pieces with secondhand gold to create a complete look. And to its credit, New Culture, a side trip of the local New Culture men's magazine, caters to both men… More >>
  • Best Hole-in-the-Wall Boutique

    Thread Handmade Consignment

    Walk into Thread, and you'll see why it won the Denver Best of Local Business Award given for successful marketing across the nation by the U.S. Commerce Association: Owner Ellis Ann McClung has put together an ever-changing mix of fetching hand-knit ear hats and fingerless gloves, feather earrings, stained-glass jewelry, savvy handbags in bright prints, droll handmade dolls, knitted panda… More >>
  • Best RiNo Boutique

    MegaFauna

    When it opened last spring, a door away from the Meadowlark, MegaFauna announced itself to be "a soapbox for those who have grown weary of the corporate brand." And to its credit, the crew of local cheerleaders behind the RiNo boutique have stuck to their guns by showcasing Denver designers, artists and screen-printers. Dreamed up (with help from the Meadowlark's… More >>
  • Best Colorado T-Shirts

    LoyalTee

    CU-Denver MBA candidate Andrea Burns first conceived of the idea for LoyalTee — a fledgling business that creates T-shirts celebrating favorite (and sometimes esoteric) local haunts — as a class project in 2010. Then, with fellow entrepreneur Todd Culter, Burns went on to create a modest line of ten shirts, honoring everything from the Rocky Flats Lounge to the Tivoli… More >>
  • Best Santa Fe Drive Boutique

    Rakun

    Rakun is possibly the sweetest little boutique to open its doors here in the last year: Housed in a tiny old cottage, the shop is run solely by entrepreneur/mother Meghan Throckmorton, and its cute sign and raccoon logo affords a bit of precious eye candy for the cars rushing by. Inside, you'll find little dresses and fun jewelry from emerging… More >>
  • Best All-in-One Boutique

    Fast Geek Boutique

    Clothing designer Tina Joliffe and artist Vincent "Cheap" Fasano needed a place where they could combine their eclectic interests under one roof. They found it in Fast Geek Boutique, where Joliffe's cute frocks and Fasano's outsider art are both part of the decor, along with a mélange of accessories and sewing supplies. That alone would seem enough to fill the… More >>
  • Best Gathering of the Indie Clans

    Denver Independent Boutiques

    In this era of shy economic recovery, it makes sense for small businesses to advocate for one another, which is why we applaud entrepreneurs Meghan Throckmorton of Rakun boutique and Ellis Ann McClung of Thread Handmade Consignment, who decided to take matters into their own hands to create Denver Independent Boutiques. It's loose, but its goal of creating a buzz… More >>
  • Best Outdoor Mall

    Denver Pavilions

    We've always admired the way the Pavilions management has been willing to stick its neck out by offering space to such indie enterprises as Cali & Mo, which launched its first store there five or so years ago. That practice, paired with a strong commitment to a core group of appealing national retailers, from the Gap to Forever 21, has… More >>
  • Best Denver DIY Incubator

    Denver Design Incubator

    The small, independent designer juggles one of the hardest jobs in the marketplace, simply because she has to wear so many hats: artist, bookkeeper, consultant, production line and chief dreamer are just a few of them. But with the Denver Design Incubator there to show them the ropes, more designers can find solid ground as creative entrepreneurs more quickly in… More >>
  • Best Strip Mall

    Tigalo

    The banding together of hip resale giant Buffalo Exchange and the Fancy Tiger empire of clothing and craft stores on this half-block of Broadway, complete with a small parking lot, is a perfect example of new urban merchandising. It gives people a reason to stop, shop and — just maybe — continue down the street to see what else is… More >>
  • Best Boulder DIY Incubator

    FACTORY | made, Boulder

    FACTORY | made divides and conquers: On one hand, it's a buyer's showcase for mostly local designers and independent manufacturers of furniture, body products, jewelry and accessories, stationery, clothing and just about anything freshly made by hand on the Front Range. On the other, it's a creative lab that provides tools and materials, fabrication space and production resources for sound,… More >>
  • Best Shop Windows — North

    EvB Studio

    As if Marie Gibbons weren't already busy enough in her Berkeley clay studio, planning and giving workshops, promoting her work and making ceramic artworks uniquely her own, this dynamo always seems to be in mid-morph, creating change at every turn. Example A: her wide, wonderful, south-facing window. Like everything else in her studio, the window seethes with ideas boiling over… More >>
  • Best Shop Windows — South

    5 Green Boxes

    Charlotte Elich, the powerhouse muse behind 5 Green Boxes, seems to have been born putting things together in a pleasing way, and her sensibilities are in full swing when she tackles her window displays each season. Elich is a genius of dreamy whimsy, blowing up vintage clip art into mystical creatures "riding" a rusted bicycle and long-dead Victorian ladies who… More >>
  • Best Shop Dog

    Denver Picard Schimek

    Since I Heart Denver is all about Denver, it follows that entrepreneur Samuel Schimek would also name his Welsh Pembroke Corgi puppy after our fair city. The middle name "Picard" we'll leave to your imagination, though one imagines that Schimek dreams of commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise in some other life. With his short legs, huge pointy ears and big black-ringed… More >>
  • Best Shop Cat

    Mavis

    Mavis the feline fits right in with this premier collection of sleek mid-century furniture and accessories, spread across three East Colfax Avenue showrooms. In fact, she's often lounging near the window display, demonstrating that style and comfort need not be mutually exclusive. Since the opening of a fish-and-chips place next door, Mavis seems a bit distracted, but she's still a… More >>
  • Best Recycling Trend — Urban

    Revampt

    Cherry Creek North may seem like one of the city's most frivolous shopping districts, but sensible efforts at being green abide here, too. Every hand-picked item in Revampt has been repurposed into something useful and even fun, from old fencing and barn wood transformed into sturdy furniture to purses made out of tires and jewelry crafted from bits of machinery.… More >>
  • Best New Holiday Craft Market

    Sugar Plum Bazaar

    The Sugar Plum, housed in the nooks and crannies of the Parkside Mansion, a charming old house-for-hire, is as sweet as its namesake and filled with beautiful things at every turn. Half the fun is wending one's way up the stairs or out back and into the carriage house in search of jewels and shoe ornaments, and clothes handmade from… More >>
  • Best Store on Broadway

    SEWN

    It feels as if friends and colleagues Jil Cappuccio and Kirsten Coplans, both talented seamstress/upcyclers, have been working toward opening SEWN together for a long time; the two have been recognized in the local retail fashion scene as a team for some time, sharing craft-show booths and pop-up boutiques to sell their wares. And once they discovered how well their… More >>
  • Best Manly Holiday Craft Market

    Holiday Mancraft

    Stuart Alden, who, along with his wife, Nicky, runs the local screen-printing studio Ink Lounge, got it into his head that men are crafty, too. After working one too many girly craft fairs, he found himself asking, what about the guys? There are plenty of men hand-crafting products with man appeal, he reasoned, so why isn't either male constituency —… More >>
  • Best Instant Wardrobe Change

    And Then She Saved Clothing Swap

    Anna Newell Jones, a queen of thrift who counsels people on how to get out of debt and stay out, might just be the most brilliant fashionista in town. The evidence? Bringing the East Coast concept of the clothing swap to Denver, with help from gallery owner, local fashion maven and Handbags.com social-media princess Tran Wills. The And Then She… More >>
  • Best Recycling Trend — Wild

    I've Got Wood

    The best thing to come out of the massive pine-beetle attack on Colorado's forests is the swarm of start-up companies devising practical uses for the dead trees. Industrial designers Robyn Meier and Mark Veljkovich have one of the most attractive product lines, one that comprises elegant benches, mirrors, tables, chairs, stools and lamps, many with distinctive laser-cut designs. The pair… More >>
  • Best Handmade Hats

    Kittie Mae Millinery & Accessories

    Miss Kittie Mae, aka hatmaker extraordinaire Susan Dillon, knows her craft well. But she is by no means a crafter. Dillon is an artist through and through, sculpting stunning couture headwear out of a little felt and feathers, like a millinery Rumpelstiltskin spinning straw into gold. Though a good deal of Dillon's business is in creating one-of-a-kind, high-style wedding gear,… More >>
  • Best Place to Recycle Everything Including the Kitchen Sink

    RAFT

    Find yourself with stuff that's too good for the trash but not fit for charitable donation? RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) will take it! The recycling/reuse center takes almost anything — packing materials, office supplies, cloth, even those pesky CD jewel cases that haven't had a home or purpose for a while now. The nonprofit, which provides creative teaching ideas,… More >>
  • Best Bra Shop in a Hospital

    Pampered Passions Care Wear

    Alicia Vargo's quest to help breast-cancer survivors started nine years ago, when a woman scheduled to undergo a double mastectomy walked into Vargo's Lone Tree shop, Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie. The woman was looking for answers. Vargo didn't have any, but she promised herself it would be the last time that she was taken off guard by the topic. In… More >>
  • Best Neighborhood Shopping District

    Broadway/Baker

    SoBo, which incorrectly begins at First Avenue and Broadway and works its way south to Alameda, has been a work in progress. But a few crowning touches — a slow influx of new and trendy restaurants, a stabilized lineup of boutiques and the recent instigation of the Tigalo block of shared quarters for Buffalo Exchange and Fancy Tiger — have… More >>
  • Best Roller Derby Duds

    Derbyville

    If you've ever been to a roller derby match, you've probably wondered where the girls found all that stuff they wear: the skull-adorned knee socks and ruffled panties and tutus and booty shorts emblazoned with "Sk8 or Die." In Denver, where derby thrives with two competitive teams and a healthy following, the athletes now have the luxury of their own… More >>
  • Best Cruiser Gear

    Human Powered Transit Authority/House O' Wheels

    The Denver Cruisers take care of their own, and they stepped up that credo last year with the introduction of Human Powered Transit Authority, a pop-up, hole-in-the-wall stop where cruisers could hang while perusing through the latest in bicycle baskets, bells and horns. But the temporary shop — conceived of and run by Denver Cruiser and jewelry designer Andrea Li… More >>
  • Best Recycling Service

    Operation ReScrap

    Operation ReScrap caters to Front Range crafters, encouraging them to "de-stash" their overflowing supply boxes by sharing with others of the same ilk. To that end, ReScrap periodically hosts one-day Stash Bash events — kind of a crafters' garage sale — where you can either rent a table to sell or consign your overflow for a fee (the next one… More >>
  • Best Baby Talk

    StoryBlocks

    A collaboration of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy and Rocky Mountain PBS, this website offers video clips that show parents how to introduce songs, rhymes and "fingerplays" that will help stimulate and educate their offspring. There are different levels of pre-reading skills involved, targeting pre-schoolers, toddlers or swaddlers. It's a great way to get your rugrat building a vocabulary for… More >>
  • Best Hello Kitty Store

    Lollipop Gift

    Either you get Hello Kitty or you don't. But if you do, you should be cartwheeling over rainbows just knowing about the arrival of Lollipop Gift, a Denver Pavilions newbie dedicated almost exclusively, but not quite, to the glorification of Japan's greatest contribution to the "cute" industry. Inside, the Hello Kitty well spilleth over: The morose will have to take… More >>
  • Best Eclectica

    Ironwood

    Alyson Two Eagles and Jeff Childress like to call their shop Ironwood a "things we love store," and that's exactly what it is: a place where you walk in and fall in love. It's perfectly unlike any other place, and resembles nothing so much as a strangely modern museum of Victoriana, with its antique shelves and dark walls artfully cluttered… More >>
  • Best Site for Amateur Historians

    Denver Public Library

    Debuting this month, Denver Public Library's ambitious Creating Communities project is nothing less than the creation of a vast virtual storehouse of info on Denver's neighborhoods and quirks, consisting of thousand of digitized photographs, assessor records, city directories, maps and more — all readily accessible to folks interested in uncovering the history of their block or their town. One section,… More >>
  • Best Rapprochement by Higher Education

    Displaced Aurarian Scholarship

    When Denver's political and educational leaders teamed up to create a campus several decades ago for three institutions of higher learning just south of downtown, they also set about obliterating a long-established, mostly Hispanic working-class neighborhood. The move has stirred strong feelings over the years, but it also prompted a scholarship program to allow people who lived in the historic… More >>
  • Best New Independent Record Store

    Growler Records - CLOSED

    Tucked in the back room of Yellow Feather Coffee is a tiny record store run by Molly Zackary. Some people might remember Zackary for her long-running distro bearing the same moniker, or from running into her at punk and hardcore shows in years past at Double Entendre, Monkey Mania and elsewhere. Her friendly and gracious demeanor and sheer knowledge of… More >>
  • Best Effort to Stop Bullying

    Colorado GSA Network

    Bullying hurts. And in some cases, it can be deadly. To protect Colorado's gay youth and prevent the growing number of high-profile gay-teen suicides, Denver-based advocacy group One Colorado started the Colorado GSA Network, which helps high schools form their own gay-straight alliances. Research proves that alliances help stand up against harassment and create safer schools for everyone. That's something… More >>
  • Best Way to Tell If Your School Deserves an F

    ColoradoSchoolGrades.com

    Want to know if your kid's school is top-notch or bottom-rung but don't speak the lingo required to sift through weighty reports? ColoradoSchoolGrades.com takes that data and translates it into easy-to-read snapshots that rank schools on a scale of A to F. Started by a coalition of education advocacy groups, the website is clean and simple. A-plus.… More >>
  • Best New Take on Old Jewels and Gems

    Stranded Jewelry

    When Amelia Deleon couldn't find jewelry to fit her petite frame, she decided to make it herself. The craftswoman restrung some old pieces and made them new again, and Stranded Jewelry was born. After several successful private trunk shows, Deleon's friends urged her to take the one-of-a-kind vintage bead and stone creations public. Partnering with local businesses and hosting events… More >>
  • Best E-Mail Newsletter From a Bureaucrat

    MyDPS

    Much of what crowds people's inboxes nowadays is junk. Especially e-newsletters, which tend to be pleas for money or schemes to rid you of yours. Most you delete without even opening. But if you're interested in the goings-on at Denver Public Schools, there's one you'll want to click: MyDPS, sent weekly to more than 32,000 e-mail addresses by Superintendent Tom… More >>
  • Best Store on Colfax

    Marczyk Fine Foods II

    Almost a decade after the first Marczyk Fine Foods opened in Uptown, the same crew opened a second store last summer at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Fairfax Street, in a circa 1925 building that had once been a Safeway, then a hardware store. The stunning renovation has already won awards: The structure was stripped to reveal its arching… More >>
  • Best Upcycled Furniture

    Revampt

    This fresh Cherry Creek North storefront is all about going green: A forward-thinking lost-and-found of furniture and other items crafted from reclaimed materials of all kinds, the project of owners Daniel Louis and Keir Myers opened last spring, and it'll make you rethink everything you ever thought you knew about home decor and design. The pair has found uses for… More >>
  • Best Free Service

    Warm Welcome Childcare Center

    Jury duty is a hassle. But there is one perk to spending the day at Denver District or County Court: free child care. Run by Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, the Warm Welcome Childcare Center was opened in 1999 after judges noted that courtrooms are no place for children. The center's staff will watch any child ages six weeks… More >>
  • Best Day to Get Hitched at City Hall

    Valentine's Day

    Sure, it's the most romantic day of the year. A day for butterfly kisses, red roses, heart-shaped chocolates, blah, blah, blah. But even if you don't go in for all that Hallmark crap, it's worth picking February 14 to tie the knot at City Hall. The folks at the Denver Clerk and Recorder's Office do it up big, with prizes… More >>
  • Best Animal-Spirit Psychic

    Lawrence Woodson

    No matter where you rank psychics on the bullshit scale, local spirit-charmer Lawrence Woodson is good for an afternoon of personal reflection. With a family history in the business and sixteen years of experience on his own, Woodson moves past the crystal-ball shtick and into therapy territory by using his clients' personalities and histories to reinterpret them in the animal… More >>
  • Best Independent Fabric Store

    Fabric Bliss

    Fabric Bliss rose up out of one of those corporate drone-gone-indie stories: One day, database administrator Aurora Sisneros decided to jump ship and open Fabric Bliss, a cozy, crafty place where you can choose the perfect yarn or fabric for your next project, pick up a pattern, buy a beautiful hand-sewn tote, take a class or just take advantage of… More >>
  • Best Wallpaper

    Covered Wallpaper

    In case you haven't noticed, wallpaper is making a comeback, and that truth wasn't lost on wallpaper aficionados Ashley Allen and Carrie Dailey, who were blogging about the home-design tool long before they opened Covered. They also discovered that the kinds of modern wall coverings they preferred — clean, easy, natural prints and updated retro looks — weren't easy to… More >>
  • Best Save of an Independent Bookstore

    Liks at the Bookery Nook - CLOSED

    We loved the Bookery Nook's neighborly charm from the day Shannon and Gary Piserchio opened the little bookstore. But sometimes love isn't enough: Last year, under the onslaught of a major street overhaul that tore up pavement up and down the business stretch for months, the Piserchios found their baby foundering and even considered shutting the doors for good. But… More >>
  • Best Revolutionary Bookstore

    P&L Press Infoshop

    It's been a while since Denver had a local outlet for radical and revolutionary expression, much less one with couches and free tea. In conjunction with the equally savvy P&L Printing Press, the Infoshop added its name to the collective of organizations centered at the 27 Social Centre in March and has already launched a series of weighty plans. Along… More >>
  • Best Store on the Pearl Street Mall

    Sweetbird Studio

    Though technically not on Pearl Street proper, Sweetbird Studio is right around the corner, and we're glad it is: Dedicated to the "wearable shrines of intention" created by Boulder jewelry artist Nancy Anderson, the shop is home to one-of-a-kind retro-cowgirl pieces she crafts from found objects, stones and sterling silver. They have to be seen to be believed, and lucky… More >>
  • Best Good Samaritan Tattoo Joint

    Fallen Owl Tattoo Studio

    It's not uncommon for a herd of motorcycles to be parked outside of Fallen Owl Tattoo, a hard-core, old-school ink joint smack in the middle of a nondescript Lakewood strip mall. Inside, Sublime and Metallica play while owner Adam Rose moves his needle over a customer's bicep. But both Rose and his store have softer sides: Rose, who grew up… More >>
  • Best Kitchen Store

    Hazel & Dewey

    Don't go into Hazel & Dewey looking for the ordinary: Clean, sparse and, oh, maybe a little bit precious, the independent kitchen shop sports a Scandinavian aura, though it's not specifically Scandinavian in scope. Billing itself as a "modern mercantile," the foodie-forward boutique carries everything from Helvetica-character cookie cutters and Moroccan glassware to elegant Japanese wooden dishes and stylish La… More >>
  • Best Way to Tune In While Tuning Out

    iCannabis Radio Network

    When it comes to marijuana radio in Denver, the team at iCannabis has the market covered. Current shows include The Marijuana Report with Vincent Palazzotto; Sex Pot Radio with Jenny Kush and Hemptress December; and Thunderdome Radio with Scott Greene, for you Occupiers. With shows ranging from two stoners talking issues to attorneys giving legal advice, iCannabis Radio is a… More >>
  • Best Candy Store

    Sugarlicious

    I want candy. You want candy. Deep down inside, in a private place, doesn't everyone? If you haven't outgrown the excitement of opening up your Halloween bag after a night of extorting your neighbors for sugary treats, take yourself and your weakness to Sugarlicious in Cherry Creek North, where confections of every kind, from chocolate-covered Gummi bears to Pez, spill… More >>
  • Best "Baked" Baked Goods

    Twirling Hippy Confections

    An icon of Colorado's medical marijuana scene, Twirling Hippy Confections owner Jessica LeRoux was baking and selling her special cheesecakes and developing a following years before the medical marijuana industry took hold. But even with the transition to a commercial kitchen, her recipes are still some of the most delicious around. Her seasonal cheesecakes — like pumpkin pie around Halloween… More >>
  • Best Sugar High

    Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop

    Forget Proust's madeleine. For many of us, a search for things past is a quest for a candy-soaked childhood, and Rocket Fizz has all those elusive treats, from Zagnut bars to giant wax lips to those fake cigarette packs of gum that set you on the road to hell. The impressive chain opened a spacious store in Writer's Square earlier… More >>
  • Best Glass Pipes for 1 Percenters

    Illuzion Glass Galleries

    Illuzion Glass Galleries is home to some of the most extravagant and expensive glass pipes in the world, including a $35,000 alien throne and a $30,000 glass pirate ship. The shop also carries worked tubes and pipes from local and nationally known artists that range from $100 all the way up to several thousand dollars. Illuzion has been working on… More >>
  • Best Glass Pipe Selection

    Verde Wellness Center

    With its Alice in Wonderland-like paint scheme inside and jars of organic medicine grown by renowned breeder Chuck Blackton, Verde was one of our favorite visits in 2011. But what made it truly stand out are the cases upon cases of high-end glass pipes from Sheldon Black and Roor, as well as vintage pieces from Jerome Baker Designs. The shop… More >>
  • Best Cross-Cultural Cakes

    Mi Pueblo Market

    We could give Mi Pueblo Market a lot of awards — Best Our Lady of Guadalupe Setup in a Grocery Store, Best Use of Reggaetón as Mood Music, Best Life-Sized Cardboard Diorama of Women Making Tortillas — but we've got to hand it to the cakes. From a tiny bakery within the grocery store, fresh and delicious sheet cakes appear… More >>
  • Best Farmers' Market

    Boulder Farmers' Market

    Here's what you get out of shopping at the best and biggest farmers' market in the state: picked-just-that-day produce along with breads, milk, cheeses, pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck and prepared food from smoked salmon to chocolate; more varieties of eggplant than you'd known existed; sellers passionate about their products, who may offer cooking or planting tips; a way to… More >>
  • Best Drive-Thru for Craft Beer

    Logan Liquors - CLOSED

    Logan Liquors has been in the Farber family for 33 years, selling wine, beer and spirits to the good-time residents of Washington Park from behind the counter and from the drive-thru window around back. In fact, the converted gas station is one of the only liquor stores in town with a drive-thru. Recently, owner Stanley Farber's grandson, Justin, added a… More >>
  • Best Store on the 16th Street Mall

    H&M

    We're all for shopping local, but there is and long has been a demand among city-dwellers for stylish and affordable garments of the sort sold by the Swedish-owned department store H&M, which was, after all, the Holy Grail for thousands of Denver fashionistas before the retailer opened last year in the downtown mall. So let's celebrate that, too. H&M brings… More >>
  • Best Wine Shop for Bottles Under $15

    Marczyk Fine Wines

    You know the term "small but mighty"? That might as well be the slogan for this Uptown shrine to wines that are both excellent and represent excellent value. Tucked into a tiny spot behind the original Marczyk Fine Foods, Marczyk Fine Wines manages to sling some seriously sexy juice, with a major focus on indie producers (Chile's Oveja Negra and… More >>
  • Best Farmers' Market Vendor

    Silva's Highlands: Natural Homestead Beef

    Frank Silva's no hippie, no rancher-come-lately. He was born on a dairy farm and has been in the cattle business all his life. And you can hear the affection in his voice as he describes how smart his cows are and talks about their temperamental quirks. He mixes the feed himself, and also grazes the animals on pasture. At the… More >>
  • Best New Cheese Shop

    Cured

    For years, Boulderites have eyed Denver enviously, wishing they had an equivalent to the big city's cheese shops. Then, last summer, Coral and Will Frischkorn opened Cured a few blocks off the Pearl Street Mall. Coral and Will are young, newly married and in love not just with each other, but with all things cheese. Convinced that the United States… More >>
  • Best Wine Shop

    Mondo Vino

    Shopping for wine can be unbelievably intimidating. Do points matter? And exactly how the hell are you supposed to decipher dozens of bottles whose labels are in French? (No, we can't remember our eighth-grade conjugation, either.) Mondo Vino removes all the fear from the process by delivering a user-friendly experience that'll make you feel as comfortable as if you were… More >>
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