2020 hit independent boutiques and family-owned businesses harder than ever. This holiday season, bypass the mall and big-box stores and do your shopping at these locally-owned shops and boutiques. You’ll find more unique gifts and can rest easy knowing you’re doing your part to support a local Denver business, many without big price tags, while avoiding the crazy Black Friday crowds.
Denver has a few different shopping districts sprinkled throughout the city, perfect for perusing. Some of our favorites to check out include: Old South Gaylord Street Shops, RiNo, Tennyson Street, Cherry Creek North, and the 17th Avenue Shops. Hit the town and treat yourself or find a gift for that special someone.
Note: During these uncertain times, many of Denver’s stores have online shops, concierge experiences, and appointment-based visits. Check out each one to learn how you can shop small safely and in a socially-distanced way this holiday season.
A locally owned, independent gear shop that offers new and used clothes and camping rentals, Feral Mountain focuses on building up Colorado’s outdoor community. They often host outdoor movie nights and events throughout the summer. 3936 Tennyson Street
Voted best gift shop and baby boutique for five years running, Wish has everything from kid’s clothes to men’s apparel. Featuring plenty of Colorado-made products and curated gift boxes, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. 750 S. University Blvd.
If you’re looking to give back this holiday season, every purchase at Hope Tank supports a specific local charity that’s detailed on the price tag. A small South Broadway shop featuring unique gifts made by local artisans, there are toys, trinkets, and stocking stuffers. And couldn’t we all use more warm fuzzies this year? 64 Broadway
Featuring beautiful jewelry, clothing, handbags, and accessories, Billie’s Boutique is a must- for fun and funky contemporary clothing and vintage pieces. It’s a treasure hunt for the trendy woman in your life. 4162 Tennyson Street
Denver’s premier children’s shoe store, Little Feet, specializes in custom fittings and personalized service. Featuring everything from Crocs to Keds, their lineup of kid’s shoes comes in all shapes and sizes. 201 University Blvd
For the thrift queen in all of us, Rags Consignment is where to head. A high-end women’s consignment boutique, it’s a sustainable, budget-friendly way to find your favorite brands. 201 University Blvd #120
Mod Livin’ is your one-stop-shop for modern and vintage mid-century furniture. Stunning hand-crafted pieces and top brands can turn your domicile from a house to a home with everything from desks to sofas. 5327 E Colfax Ave
Featuring best-in-class climbing, mountaineering, and camping gear, the Wilderness Exchange has been Denver’s outdoor hub for over a decade. They specialize in selling sample clothing at a huge discount and gently used athleisurewear. 2401 15th St #100
As Denver’s favorite independent bookseller, the Tattered Cover is the place to find gifts for bibliophiles or hideout on a rainy day. Browse the shelves in search of your favorite titles or cozy up with a classic. Multiple locations around the city.