[Old South Gaylord Street]
Gnome’s Nook Confectioners
Go here for: A mash-up of childlike delights (old-fashioned candy, children’s books) and a menagerie of gnome-related collectibles like wool hats, pointy-toed shoes, and candles.
Editor’s pick: A pair of hilarious gnome magnetic salt and pepper shakers (bare behinds showing), $16.
The details: As a father, co-owner Steve Hostettler says he believes our high-tech society is stealing our kids’ abilities to be imaginative. So he opened a place in 2011 that, as he puts it, “celebrates the wonder.”
Party time: The Nook hosts festive children’s workshops and birthday parties in the Gnome’s Woods, an outdoor area adjacent to the store.
Find it: 1078 Old S. Gaylord St., 303-997-7103, gnomesnookcandies.com
[Old South Gaylord Street]
Trout’s American Sportswear
Go here for: Menswear that ranges from outdoorsy to dressy to sporty, including Tommy Bahama, Kühl, Patagonia, and Scott Barber.
Editor’s pick: A Barn Fly button-down festooned with…you guessed it…trout, $92.
The details: For nearly 23 years, Jim Park has been outfitting Denver’s sharp-dressed men in apparel a bit more interesting than the norm. When it comes to merchandising, “I buy what I like,” Park says, “but I’ve also been here long enough to know what my customers are looking for.”
FYI: Park used to own a fly shop on Old South Gaylord, which he sold in 2001. The new owner moved it to Sixth Avenue but kept the Trout’s name.
Find it: 1077 Old S. Gaylord St., 303-733-3983, trouts.net
Dinea Boutique & Design
Go here for: Gorgeous women’s apparel—work clothes, cocktail dresses, flirty-but-casual tops—from high-end designers.
Editor’s pick: A sleeveless but not-too-revealing Trina Turk cocktail dress, $348.
The details: Owner Edina Brkic has an unmistakably European sense of style (she moved to Denver from Germany just 12 years ago). She has a knack for pulling garments—upscale lines from New York or Italy—that will flatter your figure.
Heads up: Dinea’s summer collection began rolling in last month.
Find it: 2090 S. Grant St., 303-722-0171, dineaboutiqueanddesign.com
[Old South Pearl Street]
Sand Dollar Gallery
Go here for: Watercolors, pastels, pottery, jewelry, hand-blown glass, and quilted cards.
Editor’s pick: Grand Mesa Farm, an original, framed watercolor painting by the late William Condit, $275.
The details: Although you may not know master watercolorist William Condit’s name, you definitely know his work—at least, one particular work. In 1945, Condit opened Denver’s first graphic art studio and ultimately crafted the original green and white mountain design that graces Colorado’s license plates. Today, Condit’s daughter Nancy, a remarkable watercolorist and porcelain artist herself, runs the gallery.
Sign up: Nancy leads painting workshops year-round in the yard outside the shop.
Find it: 1256 S. Pearl St., 303-871-8028, sanddollargallerydenver.com
[Old South Pearl Street]
5 Green Boxes (The Big Store)
Go here for: Eclectic home wares, from furniture and picture frames to coffee-table books, candles, and area rugs.
Editor’s pick: A pair of distressed country French end tables, $89 to $289.
The details: This charming store has moved locations a
few times, but today, owner Charlotte Elich keeps the girly apparel merchandise in her Little Store (1596 S. Pearl St.) and her home and gift goods at the Big Store, just a short walk away.
FYI: If you own a piece in need of an artistic upgrade, you can commission Elich and her staff to revitalize it.
Find it: 1570 S. Pearl St., 303-777-2331, 5greenboxes.com
Go here for: Hand-stitched skirts, dresses, and sweaters.
Editor’s pick: A One of a Kinds Limited Lines beige raincoat lined with a bright yellow, patterned fabric, $158 to $168.
The details: Business partners Jil Cappuccio and Kirsten Coplans opened this niche shop a little more than a year ago. Both women sew prolifically and supply the store with more than half of its inventory.
Girly girls: Look for gorgeous skirts by Lelé, $125 to $300.
Find it: 18 S. Broadway, 303-832-1493, sewndenver.com
Go here for: Almost anything, from vintage furniture to high-end soaps, scarves, and clothes.
Editor’s pick: A pair of laser-cut wood earrings from Colorado-based Willow jewelry, $14 to $16.
The details: After 15 years in business, owner Kristen Tait knows that coats by Darling are always in; local artisans make the loveliest jewelry and shower gifts; and there’s nothing better than coming in for a cocktail dress and leaving with a shabby-chic vase.
Don’t miss: Decade is one of the few places that we know always carries Angel Dear blankets—cashmere-soft lovies we count on as go-to baby shower gifts.
Find it: 56 S. Broadway, 303-733-2288
Fancy Tiger Clothing
Go here for: Ultra-hip men’s and women’s clothing you can’t really find anywhere else.
Editor’s pick: A beige and black A-line dress with cap sleeves by Nooworks, $138.
The details: Husband-and-wife team Matthew Brown and Jaime Jennings opened Fancy Tiger as a
multiuse space in 2006. Their twofold mission: to bring timeless yet modern clothing lines to Denver and to provide a spot where the fiber arts could flourish. Today, the store touts an impressively loyal following.
Get creative: Fancy Tiger’s artsy half, the craft store, is next door to the boutique. Stop in for yarn and fabrics or sign up for a quilting or crocheting class.
Find it: 55 Broadway, 303-282-6590, fancytiger.com
Hazel & Dewey
Go here for: Home goods and kitchenware that feel special, like professional-grade coffee carafes, patterned wood cutting boards, and pretty table linens.
Editor’s picks: Brightly colored ceramic bowls and mugs by ShannaRama, $15 to $65, and tea towels by Nell & Mary, $24.
The details: Nearly two years ago, owner Jenna Miles used her culinary and arts backgrounds to open this soulful little store named after her great-great-aunts. Miles says she keeps a keen eye out for local artisans who are producing the kinds of items Hazel and Dewey might have loved. (Tip: The shop also
has a gift registry.)
Brush up: Miles launched her kitchen skills workshops in March, which teach basic techniques such as knife work, making simple salad dressings, and serving cheese.
Find it: 70 S. Broadway, 303-777-1500, hazel-dewey.com
Every girl needs a few sassy staples for a packed social calendar. If your shopping radius is south of the city, look no farther than Greenwood Village.
The shop: Moxie
Your purchase: A combo of layerables—think fitted tanks and a military-inspired blazer—for a put-together work-to-evening look. 5936 S. Holly St., Greenwood Village, 303-694-0773, moxieinstyle.com
The shop: A.Line Boutique
Your purchase: A statement-making Issa party dress that easily transfers from a work event to a cocktail affair. 5375 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, 303-773-8200, aline-online.com
The shop: Delish Demure
Your purchase: A breezy, sheer print by Analili to stun onlookers at your next warm-weather soiree. 8000 E. Belleview Ave., Ste. D10, Greenwood Village, 303-740-1100, delishdemure.com
The shop: Rebel
Your purchase: A classic and versatile little black dress, glammed up with subtle embellishment, by Bailey44. 5910 S. University Blvd., Greenwood Village, 720-283-1004, shoprebel.com