I Heart Denver Store
Go here for: Casual, artsy pieces that add a touch of Colorado to your home or wardrobe.
Editor’s pick: Six Scrabble-inspired pillows that spell out “Denver,” $130 for the set.
The details: As Colorado’s artistic community continues to boom, this shop has become a must-visit showcase for out-of-towners and residents. Originally a pop-up, the permanent space now highlights more than 130 artists and designers. Every piece—from home furnishings to clothing to art—is designed and/or created by a Colorado artist.
Good to know: Seventy percent of your purchase goes directly to the artist or designer.
Find it: 500 16th St., #264, 720-317-2328, iheartdenver.info
Go here for: Upmarket olive oils and balsamic vinegars to elevate your dinner parties.
Editor’s pick: Tuscan herb organic olive oil from Italy, $17.50 (12.7 ounces).
The details: Husband-and-wife duo Mick and Carolyn Major opened EVOO in 2009 to offer
a taste-before-you-buy shop that educates home cooks and allows you to sample from more than 50 fresh oils and vinegars from around the world.
Bonus: EVOO makes it easy to use your new purchase with dozens of online recipes for salad dressings, marinades, and desserts (cinnamon pear scones, anyone?).
Find it: 1338 15th St., 303-974-5784; 2660 Main St., Littleton, 720-328-4783, evoomarketplace.com
Go here for: Classic, well-fitted suits and shirts for the office.
Editor’s pick: Custom-made dress shirts, starting at $195.
The details: A fashion-conscious guy looking for something polished but not over-the-top pricey will find exactly what he’s looking for in everyday pieces like Ross Graison sport coats, Stone Rose button-downs, and Alberto trousers.
Customize it: Can’t find your size? The Moda Man team can head to your home or office to measure you for custom-fitted suits in the colors and fabrics of your choice.
Find it: 1459 Larimer St., 303-862-5949, modaman.com
Go here for: Swanky furniture and decor with a creative, contemporary twist.
Editor’s pick: Jutta Golas ceramic and iron tree, $4,400.
The details: Whether you need new chairs for your dining room table or a sleek bedroom set, your inner designer will rejoice as soon as you enter Element. For nine years, the appealingly cluttered store has provided a collection of pieces that range from classic to modern in style and will update your home with an artistic finish.
Ask an expert: Element offers amenities that help you finally get those home design projects done, such as hour-long comprehensive consultations and design services to connect you with contractors.
Find it: 1426 Larimer St., 303-825-3770, element-home.com
Go here for: Trendy frocks and accessories for a weekend cocktail party.
Editor’s pick: Hobo leather clutch, $165 and up.
The details: German-born owner Sabine Rocho’s women’s boutique has an upscale vibe with its chic European lines and fashion-forward designs. Browse the well-spaced racks for a variety of denim, chunky beaded necklaces, clutches, and dresses (keep in mind the shop only carries sizes 0 to 8). But act fast if you like something: Stock changes two or three times a week.
Bonus: During a sale, every item in the store is discounted.
Find it: 1413 Larimer St., 720-932-9382, eveinc.net
Equipement de Vin
Go here for: A quirky but suitable gift for your favorite wino’s housewarming party.
Editor’s pick: The buy-six-get-eight deal on Riedel tumblers, $75 to $90.
The details: Owner and executive sommelier Cheryl Webster runs this wine-lover’s paradise, stocked with glasses, cheese boards, corkscrews, linens, and more. The knowledgeable staff will make even wannabe winos feel at home; ask them about starting your own wine cellar.
All-inclusive: Beer geeks and whiskey lovers, don’t despair: There’s glassware here for your tastes, too.
Find it: 1412 Larimer St., 720-946-3287
Got a crafty bent or a little-known hobby? Find your happy place in Olde Town Arvada.
For the musician
Take your pick of the guitars, mandolins, and banjos, plus an array of handy accessories (instrument straps, tone bars, bridge pins), at Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor—and, if necessary, come back for the on-site repair shop.
7515 Grandview Ave., Arvada, 303-421-2304, picknparlor.com
For the jewelry maker
Arvada Bead Connection supplies crafters with beads of all sizes and shapes, pendants, strings of pearls, beading wire, and tools to create handcrafted necklaces, earrings, key chains, and more.
5771 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303-422-6410, arvadabeadconnection.com
For the knitter
Pop into the cozy Knit Knack for all things yarn. Find skein after skein of alpaca, hand-dyed merino, and washable wool, plus plenty of patterns, needles, buttons, and—our favorite—ready-to-buy sock monkeys.
7505 Grandview Ave., Arvada, 303-456-2021, knitknack.org
For the fisherman
Charlie’s Fly Box is the go-to source for any river junkie. Flies, gear, packs, waders, lines, rods, you name it—they’ve got it (along with the customer service and fly-tying classes to take you to the next level on the water).
7513 Grandview Ave., Arvada, 303-403-8880, charliesflyboxinc.com
For the antiquer
The Art Peddler is jam-packed, wall-to-wall, with displays piled in seemingly haphazard fashion. But treasure hunters will lose themselves in vintage globes, old-fashioned typewriters, old-school records, and kitschy memorabilia. 5740 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303-940-0700