Shop Around The Block

The 5280 Guide to Neighborhood Shopping.

April 2013

In desperate need of the perfect trinket for a housewarming? In dire straits trying to find the cutest baby gift for the couple who has everything? Just want a new dress for a cocktail party? No matter where you live, we’ve got you covered with a rundown of splurge-worthy boutiques in and around Denver. Consider it our gift to you.

Bloom by Anuschka

Go here for: Tastefully eye-catching home accents to brighten up your space, charming housewarming gifts, and head-turning jewelry.

Editor’s pick: Brass and marble doggie bookends, $265.

The details: Owner Anuschka Pashel began her retail career in Denver as a florist more than 10 years ago. When business began to outgrow the space, she opened a retail storefront in 2011 and expanded her offerings to include eclectic, European-influenced home furnishings and accessories. Pashel’s selection of throw pillows is particularly lovely; she works with companies in India to find the unusual and exquisite versions that line her shelves. Although not exactly easy on the wallet, these unexpected conversation pieces are worth the price. 

Bonus: Bloom’s floral services are still in demand; order an elegant potted succulent garden for someone special.

Find it: 2353 E. Third Ave., 720-941-2862, bloomdenver.com


Go here for: The hipster pair of jeans you’re not sure if you can pull off (you can!) and the perfect understated jersey top to mellow out your look-at-me denim.

Editor’s pick: Black-and-white, belted Adele coat by Pink Martini, $276.

The details: This is one store that totally gets the Denver shopper. The airy, natural space is lined with racks and tables of denim by Genetic, J Brand, and Joe’s—and we’re not just talking basic blues. If you’re secretly lusting after a pair of flower-embossed skinny jeans or maybe something with a zipper at the ankle to show off those new heels, you’ve found your place.

Tip: Ask the owners about their complimentary styling services if you’re shopping for a particular event.

Find it: 3201 E. Second Ave., 720-508-3600, bludenver.com

Firefly Furnishings

Go here for: Adorable baby shower gifts and pint-size interior design items to occupy your own nine-month journey.

Editor’s pick: “Unique Owl” stretched-canvas wall art by MaryJack Studios, $158.

The details: When your toddler is ready for a big-boy bed or you need to convert the home office into a nursery, Firefly is a veritable explosion of cute. The shop, which originally opened in Lowry and moved to Cherry Creek about four years ago, is staged to help you with ideas. Choose your furnishings à la carte, or pick a safari-animal theme and create an entire look for the baby’s room. Don’t leave without a Sozo romper (grab the giraffe version for maximum adorableness).

Bonus: See a line of furniture you like, but not the specific piece? Flip through the display catalogue and then order it through Firefly.

Find it: 2445 E. Third Ave., Unit 5, 303-333-4463, fireflyfurnishings.com

J. Gilbert Footwear

Go here for: Designer cowboy boots, ahead-of-the-trend wedges, and that vintage-inspired jacket you never knew you always wanted.

Editor’s pick: Distressed-leather, knee-high buckle boots by Liberty Black, $395.

The details: Western elegance meets shabby chic meets mountain rustic at this year-old purveyor of sophisticated boots and rich leather garments. Sift through the racks toward the back for that killer can’t-resist jacket.

Fun fact: The shop is one of the few that carries original Old Stud belts, which were once popular with the Rolling Stones and have now become collectors’ items.

Find it: 3003 E. Third Ave., 303-322-3280, jgilbertfootwear.com


Go here for: Rustic-chic furnishings made of recycled and repurposed materials.

Editor’s pick: Glass-topped accent table made of recycled bicycle sprockets and a tire rim, $499.

The details: When owner Daniel Louis opened the shop more than two years ago, his goal was to go beyond “eco-goods” to showcase furniture and decor entirely constructed of previously existing materials. Translation: elegant wooden chests and dressers made of wood from buildings about to be demolished; dining room chairs constructed from recycled steel and old wine barrel staves; and glass jewelry crafted from used wine bottles. Every piece or display is clearly labeled with a card that explains its origins.

Make it your own: Most furniture can be customized with your choice of finish or color.

Find it: 2601 E. Third Ave., 720-536-5464, revamptgoods.com