Here in Denver we are blessed to have some of the best shopping and overall retail options within the 8-state Rocky Mountain Region. Our Cherry Creek Mall is one of the top attractions in Denver and we excellent regional shopping centers throughout the metro area.
Yet @ShopSmall promoting Small Business Saturday after what is traditionally known as Black Friday in retail continues to gain momentum. I reside in Cherry Creek North and while national and international retailers continue to expand beyond the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, there are still many local independently owned and operated retailers in the district. Some of my favorites include:
Tam O’ Neill Fine Arts and Framing – looking for that Audubon print or the perfect bespoke frame for a cherished piece, look no further.
Artisen Center: Yes this is my go-to when I need uniquely Colorado oriented gifts. For housewarmings in the mountains I usually pick up one of their Colorado hand sewn and decorated pillows.
Andrisen Morton: For the well-dressed gentlemen, the shrine which I have shopped at since they were downtown and I still wear my private label tux throughout the holiday season. Tell John J I sent you.
Lawrence Covell: For the well-dressed couple looking for a little stylish edge throughout the year. Ask for Gary, a fixture on the fashion scene for two decades.
Oster Jewelers: Jeremy and Melissa will take care of you for fine jewelry to complicated watches. Truly items that will be passed down to the next generations.
Enstrom: Beyond the decadent toffee pay these guys a visit, bound to find a few stocking stuffers as well as host/hostess gifts.
Even if a national brand, usually owned and operated by a local franchisee:
European Wax: My wife says the staff is experienced and gentle.
UPS Store: Dave Hall and his staff make shipping gifts and packages absolutely seamless.
HMK: Love this store for unique gifts in all price points. Not to mention their warm sugar cookies offered while you browse are sinfully delicious.
All have a very enjoyable holiday weekend and hope to see you out there supporting your local businesses throughout the region.