The partnership between Lowbrow, Broadway's art-is-for-everybody glitter emporium, and the Denver Zine Library includes occasional zine-making workshops and gallery shows, but Xena is the most visible evidence of the creative collaboration. The refurbished '70s-era vending machine is stocked with vendable zines, each available for a few coins dropped in the slot. So convenient! Xena is a permanent fixture at Lowbrow, where it's easy to drop in when you need your page-turning fix.

Mondo Vino
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Once you've reached the top, it's tough to challenge yourself to do better than you've done before, to exceed the expectations you've long since satisfied. But Mondo Vino never rests on its well-earned laurels, and remains best in class when it comes to selling wine in this city. Whether you're a hard-core oenophile with enough bottles in your cellar to survive the apocalypse or a certified wine neophyte, you'll feel right at home in the cozy confines of this Highland Square shrine to the vine. A truly kick-ass wine shop never intimidates with airs of pretension; instead, it offers customers straightforward, supremely curated and well-priced selections that fill their every wine-purchasing need. Stop in on your way home from work for something to drink with dinner or spend half your Saturday at the shop's legendary free tastings. Just make sure you get in there.

Indoors, Alice's is filled with nooks and crannies full of bohemian gowns, beaded evening bags, baubles and bangles, antiques, fleece dolls and sweet-smelling toiletries. But it's outside, in the beautiful front garden, where Alice's really blooms. Among real trees and blossoms enclosed by a cast-iron fence is a trove of fantastical yard art for sale: gazing balls and fabulous, rustic topsy-turvy birdhouses made by Crooked Creations, whimsical sculpted-tin farm animals and fanciful flower stakes. Step inside the gate, and you might come away with something lovely with which to decorate your own garden.

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