Est. December 2013
The French know style, and this spacious boutique with imported “vêtements” for boys and girls ages one month to 12 years is proof that even their kids out-dress us. We love the uncluttered displays: tidy cubbies stocked with preppy collared shirts and organized racks of dresses, from casual to wedding-worthy. Patterned rompers from Paris’ Je suis en CP somehow make even diaper bulges look très chic. heloisechildrensboutique.com
The Style Studio by Keri Blair
Est. June 2014
Cinderella had a fairy godmother and a crew of needle-wise mice to get her ready for the big ball. You’ve got stylist and image consultant Keri Blair. Whether you need a special event ensemble or a whole-closet makeover, Blair and her team of stylists will scour the city to find a look to fit your size, taste, and needs; all you have to do is show up and see which glass slippers—and suits and dresses and jeans—fit (prices vary). Bonus: You don’t have to consult with Blair ahead of time; anyone can stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to shop her display of hand-chosen accessories from Los Angeles. keriblair.com
Est. November 2013
With locations in 14 countries and 11 U.S. cities (and counting), this Dutch menswear retailer has drawn comparisons to affordable, modish home-goods giant Ikea. And for good reason: Vertical integration (read: Suitsupply is both the seller and supplier, so no middlemen mark up prices) allows the company to offer designer suits—Italian fabrics, horsehair-reinforced cotton lining, contemporary cuts—starting at $399. Thankfully, on-site tailoring means that unlike Ikea, there’s no at-home assembly required—aside from mixing up your outfit with something from the sleek showroom’s colorful tie wall. us.suitsupply.com
Est. June 2014
This isn’t your grandmother’s Hallmark store. The new concept from the greeting card giant, the third to open nationwide, has swapped tacky figurines for adorable home accessories and chaotic card aisles for searchable iPads (type in “birthday,” “funny,” and “father,” swipe through your options, and the staff will fetch a hard copy of the card you pick). What’s more, in-store customization—embroidery and custom printing—and a gift wrap studio make this a one-stop present shop. hmk1910.com
Est. June 2014
When Ninfa Laughlin sold her perfume and toiletries boutique in 2007—after 24 years in business on East Third Avenue between Detroit and Clayton streets (the first location opened on Larimer Square in 1979)—she never imagined it would close two years later. So she orchestrated a different kind of transmutation, reopening the store 200 feet away at 274 Detroit Street. Devotees of the original shop will be thrilled with the return of high-end European bath products and niche fragrances, such as i Profumi di Firenze, to Denver.
Cherry Creek’s Parking Plight
Even with 500 off-street parking spaces and another 500 meters, we could all use a little help finding an inexpensive place to stash our wheels while shopping in Cherry Creek North. Our go-to solutions:
In and Out – If you’re on a targeted mission, try the Fashion Plaza Garage at East Third Avenue and Detroit Street. A flat rate of $2 nets you two hours here, but no more.
Half-Day Trip – The Josephine Street Garage, accessed from the east side of Josephine between First and Second avenues, is the cheapest longer-term option at $2 an hour ($4 total on nights and weekends), or a max of $12 for a full day.
Shop till you drop – Pull into the Cherry Creek Shopping Center’s West parking deck from East First Avenue and wind your way to a complimentary spot. Enter the mall, turn left, and walk into Nordstrom. Once you’re done perusing Nordy’s goodies, exit the north doors and cross over First Avenue to CCN.