A collaboration between Green Spaces Colorado and the global Green Map System, Denver's Green Route directs users to sustainable businesses and resources throughout the metro area, with a changing seasonal focus. Available as an interactive online map or a printable brochure, the map is easy to use, whether you're looking for chemical-free dry cleaning or the closest farmers' market. And in a more physical interactive realm, the Green Route is also sponsoring a tasting tour of local sustainable restaurants in April, with other promotions planned for the future. As summer approaches, look for a listing of community gardens, green restaurant patios and eco-conscious transit information.

Smoking pot through dirty bong water is so 2009. If you're ready to toke with the big boys (medically, of course), check out the Incredibowl, the Cadillac of weed pipes developed by couple of whiz kids in Longmont. The slick-looking $200 device, which involves a polycarbonate expansion chamber, brass smoke-injection nozzle and an annular purge carb, recently took home two awards at the vaunted Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. Get one for yourself at dispensaries around the state, then get ready for liftoff: It's gonna be a wild ride.

Quacker Gift Shop

Sometimes you just need a good duck. Steve and Jennifer Brown, who already had an artisan soap company, recognized that there was another accessory integral to the bath experience: rubber duckies. And so they opened the Quacker Gift Shop, 3,000 square feet filled with rubber ducks that are offered up in Quacker Baby gift packs and Quacker Bouquets, sold as hand-painted collectibles and even offered encased in soap. Guaranteed to quack you up.

"Congenital cheapskates" and journalists Claire Walter and Laura Daily found their true calling over a year ago when they joined the Atlanta-based On the Cheap web network as its official Front Range deal-finders. Since then, they've been throwing the region's best bogos, discounts, giveaways and free lunches up on www.milehighonthecheap.com daily.

Susan Henderson's hobby — importing European antique lighting from South America — is Denver's gain. (You read right: These one-of-a-kind treasures have typically been on three continents.) Each piece, whether it be full-on Gothic, iron and curlicued or dripping with hand-cut crystals, is a standout on the level of something you might find in a shipwrecked galleon. Add to that stash the singular modern chandeliers by Tracey Barnes, who has a studio in the same building, and Trog de Lights will light you up.

"When Girls Take Over," the motto of the Southern California chain Love Culture, which just opened its first Colorado store at Park Meadows, really says it all: It's girlish and a little bit Melrose, yet appropriate for a range of stylish generations, featuring a fun selection of affordable, color-heavy mix-and-match separates categorized by themes, from glam to prep. Plaid jumper skirts and tube dresses? Check. Animal-print bustiers? Peep-toe platforms? Got 'em. Leather shorts? Those, too. Not to mention the taxi-yellow hooded wool jackets, wool fedoras and distressed everything. Forever 21 fans, who appreciate the value of cheap, trendy duds that are good for one season, now have another shopping alternative in the metro area.

Through a collective buying process, Groupon, a national phenomenon that launched a Denver site last year, is able to offer a new deal from a local business every single day, which might vary daily among discounted restaurant meals, dog-training classes, exercise sessions, lube jobs, spa services and more. But it all hinges on the level of participation: If enough Groupon subscribers sign on for the day's deal, it's theirs for the taking; they can buy the deal online and print the Groupon voucher online. If not, well, try, try again.

You'll feel like time has stood still when you venture into Myrick Watch Repair, which has been fixing faulty timepieces for decades. Although Myrick specializes in repairing antique and vintage watches, the owner is also happy to do quick fixes and battery switches — at a price that really takes you back in time.

If you've already made the linguistic leap of referring to your dog or cat not as a pet but as an "animal companion," you may be on your way to exploring emerging euthanasia services that claim to be more humane — or, at least, less traumatic for the humans paying for it — than the traditional unpleasant final trip to the vet. A Peaceful Passage offers at-home hospice care, at-home euthanasia and assistance with burial or cremation arrangements, as well as an experienced veterinarian, Dr. Christine Daigler, who responds to middle-of-the-night house calls and has an impressive bedside manner with ailing four-legged friends.

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The Urban Farm

The Urban Farm

If the thought of getting manure on your Manolo Blahniks makes your heart race, then it's time to make a run to the Urban Farm. This 23-acre piece of Colorado countryside (located right next to the Den­ver County Jail) was created to provide urban kids with rural opportunities and give city slickers a good introduction to dirt. Beginning on March 15, the farm offers plots to would-be gardeners, along with workshops on composting, hoop house construction and worm farming. Kids can participate in the urban 4-H Fun on the Farm and Embracing Horses programs. And if that's not incentive enough, there's unlimited access to mountains of free manure.

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