The 5280 Guide to Shopping In Denver

We scouted the metro area for its best shops—and found 87 of them.

December 2016

High fashion meets Colorado cool at Goldyn’s boutique in Highland. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hatgi Sink

The Mile High City’s retail scene is expanding—and fast. We spent months exploring brick-and-mortar boutiques, both new and old, to find the best places to spend some green. 

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Whatever your style—bohemian, preppy, classic—we’ve got a store for you.  

Ily Iley

Look to this LoHi shop’s black-and-white-striped walls for the first hint of its edgy aesthetic. That boldness extends to the clothes—we spotted a blue rabbit Elliat vest ($331, pictured) on our last visit—and the innovative services, such as closet clean-outs and travel packing advice, owners Bailey Lemak and Ilyse Mark offer customers.


It’s rare that we’re willing to drive long distances to browse a clothing rack, but we find ourselves routinely trekking the 25 minutes down to Aspen Grove to see what’s new at Fab’rik. Right now, that’s essential-for-winter items like tunics and Jack by BB Dakota knit sweaters. It’s the customer service, though, that made us regulars. If you don’t find the perfect piece, ask a team member to text you updates on incoming items that may interest you.

La Lovely Vintage/Judith & Joe 

Shopping for eco-friendly and socially conscious clothing and accessories became easier when these two mobile shops opened a traditional location together in RiNo earlier this year. The unique dual storefront offers an ultrahip selection of women’s apparel (such as jumpers, flannels, and leggings) and vintage-fabulous accessories (like locally made moccasins!).

Melrose & Madison 

Mother-daughter team Kristen and Paige Brown have always loved shopping together, and their hobby became a career in 2013 when they launched their own boutique on South Pearl Street. (A second location opened in West Highland this past spring.) Today, the pair continues to shop together, stocking their stores with the perfect marriage of East Coast and West Coast styles: Look for whimsical, bohemian-chic tops; tailored jackets; and velvet blazers. 

A Line Boutique

If you’re looking to turn heads, spend some time with one of A Line’s trained stylists. They’re experts at helping customers zero in on their personal looks (with elite brands such as Rag & Bone and Saint Laurent)—then offering complimentary tailoring for a perfect fit. And now you don’t have to go all the way to Greenwood Village for such high-end service: Owner Karmen Berentsen opened a second shop in Cherry Creek North in July.

Hailee Grace 

We were frequent visitors to Hailee Grace when it was a low-key subterranean boutique in Larimer Square’s Walkway. Then the store, started by two University of Colorado Boulder graduates, moved to street level in April and gained triple the space. Now, in addition to finding the perfect (and perfectly priced) work-to-date-night blouse and skinny jeans combination, we can also stock up on Quay sunglasses ($45) and shoe brands like Stella, Cupid, and Yoki (all less than $60). 

Dinea Boutique & Design 

Owner Edina Brkic and her son, Asmir, both Croatia natives, handpick pieces from high-end fashion lines across the world to fill their Platt Park storefront: Pistola (Los Angeles), Leo & Sage (New York City), Malìparmi (Milan), and Parakian (Paris) among them. We call the final look effortlessly—and globally—stylish.


If H&M is the embodiment of a fashionable teenybopper, then Garbarini is your thirtysomething friend with excellent taste and expendable income. Between the Hammett purses, Mischa Lampert hats, Sorel boots, and an array of tops and dresses, you could stock your entire closet with Garbarini’s offerings alone—and that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Lawrence Covell 

If you only add one major purchase to your wardrobe this winter, make it a Herno blue puffer ski jacket ($725) from this Cherry Creek boutique, which also carries Alberta Ferretti dresses, Eleventy suede pants, and Hania by Anya Cole sweaters. 


When Max Martinez opened his first store in 1985, the city’s retail landscape was pretty sparse. But Max’s sophisticated selections smartened up Denver women’s closets with brands such as Chloe and Enza Costa. Thirty-one years and three outposts later, he—and his high-end stores—remain trendsetters in the mile-high fashion scene. 


Friends that shop together stay together—as long as they can find one store that caters to their individual styles. That boutique is Willow in Boulder, which sells such a diverse array of pieces that you might be intimidated. But then you’ll pull an edgy leather jacket ($595) off the hanger, and your more casual pal will snag a cap-sleeve T-shirt ($95), and you’ll both be hooked. 


Your teen will be drawn to this year-old boutique for its bodysuits and crop tops. But you’ll love its upscale basics, such as Riley Dilorio boyfriend jeans and Tyra maxi dresses. Owner Meagan Krogh only stocks a few articles of each item, so pop into this RiNo store often. 

June Ruby

Think of this 13-month-old boutique as a hyperlocal Stitch Fix: Fill out an online questionnaire, provide a $20 deposit, and you’ll receive five handpicked pieces of clothing delivered to your doorstep. (Pay for the items you keep and send back any unloved ones within a week.) Or head to the Stapleton shop itself, which is stocked with business-casual standbys and cocktail dresses. 


When Sarah Markway moved from California to Colorado in 2011, she brought the West Coast’s Boho style with her. That’s why Cali-based brands such as Cleobella and Knot Sisters populate the racks in this Highland shop. Fortunately, the prices cater to Coloradans, not Angelenos, with plenty of items available for less than $100.

The Active Life 

Coloradans sport athletic wear for daily errands as often as for actual workouts. Keep your look fashionable with pieces from these new athleisure boutiques.

  • Our favorite thing about Boulderite Nicole DeBoom’s six-month-old Skirt Sports store is the “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” signs on the dressing-room hooks. It makes it oh-so-much easier to organize the piles of comfy running skirts ($55 to $95, pictured) we just have to try on. 
  • Fabletics opened its first Colorado location—and 11th in the country—in August to satisfy the hordes of women clamoring for Kate Hudson–designed activewear. Yoga pants start at $24.97. 
  • Local yogis already rock the same pants they wore to power vinyasa to post-half-pigeon happy hour. So they’ll appreciate Canadian retailer Kit & Ace’s high-fashion twist on that one-outfit-all-day mindset. The secret is a luxurious fabric the Lululemon spin-off developed called “technical cashmere,” a blend that incorporates the soft fiber but allows everything from dresses to bras to be machine-washable.

Photo credits (from top): Courtesy of Ily Iley; Courtesy of Melissa Hirsch; Courtesy of Dinea Boutique & Design; ourtesy of Michelle Rotter; Courtesy of Kim Cook