The 5280 Guide to Neighborhood Shopping.
Go here for: Environmentally friendly baby supplies for the eco-conscious parent.
Editor’s pick: Size-adjustable cloth diapers from Rocky Mountain Diapers in Colorado Springs, $19.99 each.
The details: Former elementary school art teacher Alyson Warren opened this shop after having her first child and realizing how much waste a quickly growing baby can create. The store’s high-quality toys, onesies, and baby carriers aren’t inexpensive, but they can be reused for generations.
Sign up: Workshops—on topics as varied as breastfeeding, infant massage, nursery decor, and “Baby and Me” yoga—are hosted at the store.
Find it: 7349 E. 29th Ave., 303-955-6207, naturallylovedbaby.com
Go here for: A just-right gift for that friend with discriminating taste.
Editor’s pick: Single buck Tano Chicklit wallet in sunshine yellow, $103.
The details: For seven years, Shana Colbin Dunn has been filling her shelves with gorgeous leather handbags, weathered-cool jewelry (we covet the delicate semiprecious rings from Brooklyn designer Emily Amey), and sassy scarves to complete any outfit.
In the know: Like Kismet on Facebook and get a first look at new arrivals.
Find it: Lowry Town Center, 200 Quebec St., Bldg 500, Unit 101, 303-366-0513;
3640 W. 32nd. Ave., 303-477-3378; Streets at Southglenn, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial, 720-335-6496, kismetaccessories.com
Our under-the-radar picks for Park Meadows (and beyond).
Look for handcrafted, limited-edition pieces (like Criffin Designs’ earrings made from reclaimed World War II aircraft parts). Every piece has a colored sticker that corresponds to price guides posted around the store.
Buy this: Antique Button Collection necklace, $80 to $200. 8405 Park Meadows Center Drive, #1053, Lone Tree, 303-708-8554, localcharm.net
Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie
Visit this strip-mall spot across from Park Meadows Mall for a quick fitting and a bustier for that strapless number.
Bonus: The staff specializes in fitting breast cancer patients.
Buy this: Cosabella black teddy and thong, $142.99.
9615 E. County Line Road, Ste. D, Centennial, 303-346-8450, pamperedpassions.com
Swing by (pun intended) for clubs, attire, gadgets to help improve your game, and the in-house repair shop.
Gift idea: custom club fitting.
Buy this: Callaway Diablo Octane Rangefinder, $299.99.
8222 S. Yosemite St., Ste. 100, Centennial, 720-225-0984; 10460 Town Center Drive, Ste. 100, Westminster, 303-952-5571, golfgalaxy.com
This Gap Inc. offshoot tops our list for women’s workout wear because of its function-meets-style designs organized by activity (hiking, endurance, yoga).
Return policy: no expiration date, no questions asked.
Buy this: Tic Tac Toe capri, $69.
8505 Park Meadows Center Drive, Ste. 2184, Lone Tree, 303-708-8504; 3000 E. First Ave., 303-377-1934; 1133 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-443-9237, athleta.com
SURPRISE SUBURB FINDS
Looking for something a tad more rustic than what’s in the windows at the boutique on the corner? The 20,000 square-foot Lafayette Collectibles & Flea Market is sure to turn up an interesting purchase—or three. A leisurely lap of more than 140 unmanned vendor booths reveals an abundance of must-buys: a belt buckle holding a real scorpion, vintage steamer trunks, refurbished dressers, and a wealth of mismatched china. At the market’s outdoor garage sale (every second Saturday and third Sunday during the summer), anyone can pony up $10 to set up shop in the parking lot and hawk his or her own goods.
130 E. Spaulding St., Lafayette, 303-655-0433
Tucked inside the big-box mecca of Lakewood’s Belmar Shopping Center—behind the Target, Best Buy, and Dick’s Sporting Goods—is Colorful Colorado, a two-room, independently owned stronghold dedicated to fulfilling your lust for everything local. The two-year-old shop is stocked with goods and wares by more than 150 Colorado artisans, from paintings of the Centennial State’s beloved aspen trees and knit Colorado-flag baby hats to honey from Durango’s Honeyville company and birdhouses made of corks from Colorado wineries. On our gift list: The $50 pinewood, fly-fishing lure boxes (bonus: they float) hand-crafted by Lakewood woodworker McGuire Scroggins.