If all this gray winter weather is getting you down, fly to Sparrow, a tiny new Capitol Hill store that is adding a breath of fresh air to 17th Avenue. Whether you're looking for an exotic bromeliad plant or a cheery paper pinwheel, Sparrow is the just the place to swing by when you don't know exactly what you're looking for -- but you know that it has to be unique. "I try to pick the unusual stuff; I love things that aren't the norm," says Kirsten Coplans, Sparrow's owner and a Denver native who returned last year, after more than a decade in San Francisco, to open the store.
Sparrow carries everything from vintage furniture and accessories, including silver candlesticks, china and jewelry, to handmade soaps and lotions. If it's a dose of greenery that you desire, Sparrow also sells a variety of cut flowers and more unusual plants such as Australian protea, orchids, cacti and flowering pineapples. "It's not just a vintage store, and it's not just a flower shop," Coplans says. "I want to incorporate all the different elements of the home."
Coplans sells her own artwork -- small collages on vintage photographs dubbed Natural Science Postcards -- as well as works by local artists that will change on a monthly basis. Photographs by Melissa Borman are currently on display.
Coplans describes her store as "definitely an oddball hybrid idea. But Denver has become a lot more urban, and I thought it could use a different type of environment like this." Located at 1608 East 17th Avenue, Sparrow is open Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call 303-321-1559 for further information.
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Denver, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.