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Mona Lucero is a bit of a legend around these parts, because she's the full package: an independent designer, artist, entrepreneur and retailer, besides simply being a wonderful person. Her beautiful Shop Mona Lucero is shut for now, but many items, including new merchandise, can be ordered online. And because a sense of IRL community is so important to her, Lucero has launched a Friday-evening Downtown Live Stream at Mona's online get-together, with special guests, virtual shopping and general shop talk while the brick-and-mortar is down. Keep up with news at the Shop Mona Lucero Facebook page.

Behind its East Colfax Avenue facade, Midnight Rambler occupies three open, sunlit floors in an old repurposed home. But the integrated collective of freewheeling lifestyle shops, which specializes in the kinds of rags you can proudly wear to summer music festivals, won't sit idle while coronavirus has closed its doors and shut down summer concerts. Buy online or make an appointment for a solo visit — then get ready to rock your new fest-wear while streaming concerts at home; you can also select from a constellation of clothing and accessories for all ages, handmade jewelry and hip pet supplies. Keep up with Midnight Rambler on Facebook for special promotions.

When horror-film fans sheltering in place have nowhere to go, they binge at home. And Cult Legacy, the shared brainstorm of Bryan Flanagan, Feni Hagman, Theresa Mercado and Tristram Nelson, a group of friends who bond over creep shows — Mercado is the curator of the Sie FilmCenter's Scream Screen series, which is on hiatus — is ready and waiting online to supply you with custom-made tokens of the films you love, including T-shirts and cool enamel pins. Need guidance on what to watch at home? Tune in to Cult Legacy's Facebook page for suggestions from the Scream Screen program archives.
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In 2017, the Ten Penny Store joined the lineup of tried-and-true retailers along South Broadway, finding its own fashion niche. It offers carefully curated goods from the 1990s, with vintage Levi's, home goods, hats, baby clothing and jewelry, along with vinyl that includes records from local bands. But it's best known for its radical selection of vintage T-shirts, which you can now buy online at @tenpennystore on Instagram.

If your aesthetic is timeless yet trendy, Meek Vintage needs to be on your shopping list. This petite boutique in a quaint brick storefront near the Denver Art Museum can help you curate a simple, detail-oriented look for both your home and your body, stocking everything from bold vintage rugs and statement earrings to delicate handcrafted necklaces and tiny, stylishly potted houseplants. Meek is now providing free shipping and curbside pick-up; shop on Instagram at @meekvintage.
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Rosehouse has created an enchanted forest on Broadway. With unique and sustainably raised plants, teas, botanical goods and herbal apothecary products, the shop caters to the plant-obsessed, and staffers are happy to search for a specific plant you might be craving. Today Rosehouse is offering pay-by-phone shopping and curbside pick-up. We can only hope that Angelica, the store's resident one-eyed cat, is on hand to help deliver the goods.

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Need to restock your sustainable, zero-waste home supplies, but nobody's open? Boulder-based online marketplace EarthHero is the closest thing to shopping local at a real store, 24/7. Stock up on natural toothpaste, organic socks, tailored reusable diapers, organic cotton unpaper towels, compostable pet-waste bags, biodegradable cotton swabs and hundreds of other items, all while sheltering in place — with a conscience.

Although many Colorado parks are free to enter (and still open!), the gear you need to safely and comfortably recreate in them often costs a pretty penny. Wilderness Exchange purchases lightly used gear and resells it at a reduced price, making it easy to find — and pay for — the hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing and camping gear you need. In addition, Wilderness Exchange hires only people who have extensive experience in the mountains themselves, so you can ask questions with confidence; although all sales are online now, you still get the same smart service.

Runners Roost opened in Colorado Springs in 1977 and has since grown to nine stores around the state, all open right now. We're partial to the South Colorado Boulevard location, which has been in operation since 1987. Its longevity is evident in its extensive collection of running shoes and knowledgeable staffers, who take a holistic approach to your needs, offering not just the right equipment, but training advice and a sense of community. The store even serves as the starting point for a great 10K loop through Washington Park. Lace up! (And sanitize before you come in, staffers advise.)

Whether you're a casual neighborhood cyclist or a cross-country badass, Totem Cyclery has the goods and services you need, along with plenty of solid advice. Owner Ryan Santoski is a trusted voice, recommending the right products and tune-ups for any level of rider, whether that be stylish new handlebar tape, bike lights, saddle bags or custom wheels. The store's well-stocked, 24-hour bike part vending machine is in operation, and Santoski is still offering services on an appointment-only basis.

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