We all know that girls run the world, and nowhere makes that more apparent than Denver’s small business culture. March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than to highlight a few of the incredible women-owned businesses killing it in the Mile High. This amazing round-up has everything from your favorite gift shop to that trendy cat café you’ve always wanted to try with places to sip, savor and treat yourself.
With multiple locations throughout the city, the Amethyst Coffee Company is the place to get a java boost. From espresso shots to flavored lattes, the coffee at Amethyst is always on point and of the highest quality with rotating artisanal roasts from around the world. Their unique business model focuses on developing coffee professionals – especially women, trans-gendered, and non-gender-conforming individuals. With a mission like that, you can’t help but support the cause.
Part-studio, part retail store Candelaria aims to encapsulate the maker’s spirit in the Sate Fe Arts District. Showcasing a variety of crafts and artisans. You can find everything from beautiful candles to houseplants with a rotating selection of products. But if retail therapy isn’t your thing, why not learn a new DIY skill? Their in-house studio offers a wide range of art classes from candle making to macrame, soap making, and more. Come in and shop and leave with your own creation too!
As one of the first cat cafes in the country, the Denver Cat Company spearheaded the feline-therapy trend. And for a flat fee of $10, you can spend all the time you want cuddling with your favorite kitten (note: during COVID-19, guests are limited to one-hour by reservation only). The café features adoptable cats so you can enjoy a cup of tea and take home a forever friend or enjoy the company of a furry companion for the meow-ment. Cat lovers can also stock up on their favorite goodies since the café also doubles as a pet supply shop.
More than just a salon, the Ella Bliss Beauty Bar also features a whole (you guessed it) bar! Perfect for a blowout before a big night, you can sip on your favorite beverage and relax your way right into the weekend. Soak up a scalp massage and get pampered while you enjoy a mimosa toast. Featuring top-notch stylists, leave feeling great and a bit giddy. With three locations around Denver, you’re never too far from a spa day.
With an eclectic offering of products, Hope Tank is one of Denver’s best gift shops for its social mission. The concept is simple: every purchase contributes to a specific, local non-profit, so you’re giving a gift that makes an impact not only on the recipient but on the community. Each product has a tag that gives you the exact details of the charity it donates to and what it does. There’s a heartfelt gift for everyone at Hope Tank from children’s toys to hip jewelry and everything in between.