In recognition of both its stock and service. Peak Thrift snagged our Best Thrift Shop in the Best of Denver 2016 — just two months after it opened.
Gwen Stacy is one of those. With no place to stay, Stacy went to Urban Peak for shelter and support, and she worked her way through the nonprofit's Customer Service Training and Job Readiness Training programs; today she's an employee at Peak Thrift. Stacy says she ultimately hopes to become a novelist or screenwriter.
The store's social mission is backed by a strong business foundations. "We worked with the DU executive MBA program," Venable explains."They had a cohort of students, and they came in and did feasibility studies on a number of ideas ranging from a coffee shop to food trucks to screen printing to sales of goods sold by youth. And what we found was that although each of those had various pros and cons, they really didn’t have enough employment and training opportunities, or the overhead was just too much to get involved with it — with a coffee shop, for example. So the next group of students came in and did a really in-depth study on a thrift-store concept, and we landed on what is sort of a balance between what was a real thrift store and a higher-end boutique." Besides clothes, the store offers some electronics, books and even a DIY crafts section.
Urban Peak rented space from an adjacent Save-a-Lot for the store, with the goal of opening before the winter holidays. But some permitting issues pushed the opening back to late January, and it's still gaining traction in the neighborhood. But the owners of the Save-a-Lot offered a few months of free rent, and the community has been supportive. "It looks great," says Venable. "In the community – not just the Chaffee Park neighborhood we’re in, but Globeville, Sunnyside, Highland — everybody’s super- supportive; everyone, when they come in, says, ‘It looks so great in here.'”
Peak Thrift is located at 4890 Pecos Street and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Learn more here.