Go here for: Home and garden accessories for the bestie, mom, or sister who has everything—plus wonderfully snarky greeting cards.
Editor’s pick: Glass tea-light holders, $2.95 to $5.
The details: For 16 years, Wild Flowers’ sunny entryway has featured a Zen-like garden sanctuary of houseplants, trickling fountains, and terrariums. Plus, find a collection of tightly curated gift-ables: candles (we love the exquisite hand-poured Linnea’s Lights), whimsical jewelry, cookbooks, cute dish towels, and I-want-that-look furniture.
Discounted: The annual spring plant sale on Mother’s Day weekend is the place to get something special for mom.
Find it: 1201 Madison St., 303-333-4050, wildflowershome.com
Go here for: Herbal care for the body, mind, and soul.
Editor’s pick: Lavender-chamomile sugar scrub by Deep Steep, $12.
The details: Walking into this shop can feel like a sensory overload—in a good way. Look through jars of herbs such as rose hips and elderberry to build a custom tea; create a concoction for a luxurious soak; or test skincare products by John Masters Organics. The Apothecary crew can also recommend a service (Mayan abdominal massage?) at the in-store spa and clinic.
Hands-on: From tea tastings to baby-food making, the shop has a class for it ($5 to $30).
Find it: 2900 E. Sixth Ave., 303-399-1175, apothecarytinctura.com
Go here for: Trendy attire for the rug rats and gifts for mommies-to-be.
Editor’s pick: Water-repellent messenger bag by Petunia Pickle Bottom, $169.
The details: Owner Caroline Evascu, a mother herself, opened Nest to give young families in Congress Park a hip place to outfit their kids (think tiny puffy vests by Appaman and fuzzy-bear footed pajamas by Magnificent Baby).
Bonus: For $10, Nest will monogram just about anything (new purchases or your own items); allow a week.
Find it: 2808 E. Sixth Ave., 720-287-1372; 1408 Larimer St., Ste. 102, 303-534-1974, nestdenver.com
Soul Haus: Attire & Accoutrement
Go here for: Cool yet understated wardrobe additions for men and women, vintage collectibles, and inspired tchotchkes.
Editor’s pick: Industrial-inspired necklace by local designer Crow Jane Jewelry, $42.
The details: Formerly two shops—Peppermint for the ladies and Soul Haus for the gents—the space in the EZE Mop building has merged into one family-owned haven of hipster duds and locally made jewelry for him and her (look for flirty dresses by Ryu and Giorginni shirts for guys). like what you see? Check out
Soul Haus’ charming sister shop, Pandora on the Hill, in Capitol Hill.
Find it: 1225 E. 17th Ave., 303-830-7685, soulhaus.com
Go here for: Thoughtful gifts for your gal pals, cute ideas for your kids, and splurges for yourself.
Editor’s pick: “Full Moon Dream” scented candle that melts into a massage oil by Talulah, $20 (full size); $5 (travel size).
The details: Stocked with whimsical goodies like soft, patterned scarves by Subtle Luxury, journals with hand-painted covers and recycled paper, and creative toys for kids (we dig the design-your-own-superhero kit by Seedling), this shop is a lovely little afternoon escape.
Fun Fact: Talulah Jones is “Certified Green” by the city of Denver and by ReDirect Guide (the store runs on wind-powered electricity).
Find it: 1122 E. 17th Ave., 303-832-1230, talulahonline.com
Wax Trax Records
Go here for: Records, young and old, and a waft of that delicious old-LP smell; note the separate buildings—and addresses—for vinyl and CDs.
Editor’s pick: The Beatles collectible LPs behind the counter, prices vary.
The details: Have some time to kill? Get lost in vinyl, CDs, and obscure 45s, and don’t overlook the sectioned-off collectibles, like an original pressing of Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home, stowed behind the counter and high on the walls.
Time to sell: Unload your old vinyl and CDs—and pick up some new favorites—any time.
Find it: 620 E. 13th Ave., 303-860-0127 (vinyl store); 638 E. 13th Ave., 303-831-7246 (CD store); waxtraxrecords.com
Tucked against the foothills next to Clear Creek, Golden is the perfect place to drop some cash to enhance your active lifestyle.
Head to Bent Gate Mountaineering for an extensive selection of high-end, technical rock- and ice-climbing gear, such as harnesses, ropes, and carabineers. Tip: Someone on the knowledgeable staff has probably climbed that route you’ve been thinking about tackling. Hit them up for advice.
1313 Washington Ave., Golden, 303-271-9382, bentgate.com
Whether you’re a recreational rider or a professional racer, the no-nonsense team at the full-service Peak Cycles bike shop can help you with, well...anything. If you’re looking for a new ride, we recommend the solid selection of Specialized and Giant bikes.
1224 Washington Ave., #145, Golden, 303-216-1616, bikeparts.com
Outdoor apparel ain’t cheap. Your best bet: Scan the sale racks at Vital Outdoors to score deals on jackets, T-shirts, and footwear from top outdoor brands such as the North Face, Patagonia, and Ibex.
1224 Washington Ave., #125, Golden, 303-215-1644, vitaloutdoors.com
Two blocks north of Clear Creek, Golden River Sports is a great place to get your next fly-fishing or kayaking adventure started. Beginners can sign up for kayak lessons or guided fly-fishing trips, and the not-so-novice crowd will dig the impressive selection of boats and fly rods.
806 Washington Ave., Golden, 303-215-9386, goldenriversports.net