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When your kids come home with tiny houses covered in candy and glitter and then recite the tale of Hansel and Gretel, you know they've had fun. Add "free" to the list of benefits at Woodbury Library's ever-changing arts-and-crafts program, and you know why you're going to want to drop your progeny off there at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Past projects have included making magnetic slime, paper LEGO figures and 3-D spiders, all ideas created by the Woodbury staff. While other Denver Public Library branches offer their own kids' programming, this one wrote the book on child's play.

At this local mini-chain founded by brothers Paul, Bill and Rob O'Brien in 2001, staffers treat your children like grownups. They get to sit in a real barber chair (no plastic race cars or animals) and chat with the stylist about superheroes, school goals, summer plans and other important things, including how they want their hair to look. The walls at Floyd's are covered with pictures of rock-and-roll and pop icons, so there's plenty to distract parents while their kids get clipped. And with cuts coming in at about $20, those parents won't get clipped in the bargain. Pricing includes all the lollipops a young client can handle.

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Five Points mover and shaker Musa Bailey and queer hair stylist extraordinaire Ashe Bowen created Above Ground not just as a spot that cuts and styles hair, but also as an egalitarian safe place where everyone, regardless of gender, color or taste, can express themselves through hair design that respects diversity. That's the bailiwick of Bowen and staff, while Bailey has equipped the shop with a DJ deck and rotating displays of fresh urban art, going for a flavor that reflects the surrounding neighborhood.

Having a baby is never easy, and for first-time moms (and dads), it's a life-changing experience. That's why Hygge Birth and Baby was born. The owners of this new birth center, Miki Tynan and Tara Duncan, are moms themselves, and they thought long and hard about what kind of birth experience they would have wanted when they created this charming, streamlined spot. Hygge Birth and Baby promotes the idea of hygge, the Scandinavian concept of feeling warm, comfortable and cozy. In addition to providing surroundings that fill that bill, Tynan and Duncan offer support groups, midwives, doulas, birthing classes, yoga, massage and other things that can help moms-to-be and new moms alike feel supported and safe.

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Whether you're looking for a body-safe vibrator or nipple clamps, or simply seeking a safe space to talk with others about your hunt for such items, Awakening is sure to provide a positive experience. Owned by best friends and Colorado natives Tory Johnson and Rose Kalasz, the two Awakening locations offer locally made lingerie, art, apparel, safe-pleasure products and other goods, as well as educational seminars. The owners also pop up in other places, passing on information about sexuality and sexual health in inclusive environments. Don't fear the dildo: Embrace it at Awakening.

Local designer and seamstress Haley Mariah demonstrates rare talent and an uproarious sense of dark humor with her private line, Brazen Threads, which comprises a collection of velvety clutches, retro aprons and floozy tote bags. The crowd favorite? Plush sleep masks emblazoned with a "Fuck Off," for the discerning wearer who really means it.

Led by instructor Renesha Berry, the Urban Seductress class on Fridays at EVQ Elite Dance Studio promises to put pep in any woman's step. While high heels are encouraged, they are not required as Berry shows women (and a few brave men) how to strut their stuff while dancing to hip-hop and R&B jams. For those who'd prefer to perfect their moves in private, she also offers personal lessons.


The heady aroma of shoe polish and tobacco wafts out the door of J&B Boot and Shoe Repair, a strip-mall throwback to the days when you could find a cobbler on almost every corner. Like those old-school artists, J&B takes its trade seriously, applying a deft and efficient hand to re-soles, heel fixes, leather repair and problems you thought beyond help. J&B will tackle other leather damage, too, which makes this shop a good resource for purse and jacket rehab. Bring in high heels on Tuesdays for a repair and shine at a discount, but be forewarned that another old-school touch awaits you when you pick up your footwear: J&B only accepts cash and checks.

Handsome Little Devils co-founder Dan Huling and his partner, costume designer Annabel Reader, are right at home in the circus/sideshow community, but when they aren't busy entertaining in the streets, they're cobbling — and teaching others how to make handcrafted footwear out of recycled leather scraps and other upcycled materials. You can choose from a variety of workshops where you can learn to craft your own sneakers, sandals or proper boots at their custom shoemakers' studio near Fort Collins. One stitch at a time....

Regardless of how much they cost, climbing shoes do not last forever. But don't give up on them after you wear out the soles or bust through the sides. Rather than pony up for yet another expensive pair of climbing shoes, reach out to For owner Greg Oberg, fixing a bad shoe is no more daunting than tackling a challenging climbing route. Fill out an order form online, then either pack up your shoes and mail them to Type2's physical address, or simply drop off your worse-for-wear climbers at the Übergrippen or Movement Baker gyms. A month and a modest fee later (repairs start at $10), Oberg will return them, good for another go.

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