Amy M. Spagnola


TBT: Where Denver Shops Feature Article 11-12/2010

Where Denver Shops (Nov/Dec) Amy Spagnola

‘Tis the season for stressful shopping...
Fear not, with the right strategy and a little know-how, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will issue in sublime shopping mode and leave any sense of Scrooge-itis behind. There are many options in Denver for the savvy seasonal shopper to find the perfect gift items for family and friends. Denver’s diverse neighborhoods, major suburban shopping centers and offbeat boutiques offer the perfect buffet of retailers for any gift-giver in need.

Park Meadows Retail Resort
Combining the Colorado outdoors, with a shopping spectacle of 185 retailers and restaurants, this Mall on the South side of Denver defies the traditional mall setting and offers scenic vistas, lush landscaping (including a bubbling brook) and grand timber ceilings.

Stop and Shop: Weekdays before 5pm are your best bet in having a hassle-free shopping trip.

Seasonal Events:
Santa Claus makes the rounds in December and each child who visits him receives a coloring book and adults receive a coupon for 20% of Gymboree (2009 event).

Dine and De-Stress: Grab some comfort food like a Chicken Pot Pie, Crispy Fish and Chips or Braised Yankee Pot Roast at Grand Lux Café. Finish off a tasty meal with New Orleans Beignets or Warm Sticky Bun Bread Pudding.
Stress Buster: Stop in for an Oriental Chi Massage in Zone E of the upper level.

Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Boasting 169 shops, including Tiffany & Co, Saks Fifth Avenue and Burberry, Cherry Creek is Denver’s ultimate upscale shopping experience.

Stop and Shop: Weekdays are less busy but still attracts the kiddie crowd, while valet parking is available. Seasonal Events:
During the months of November and December, Cherry Creek Shopping Center presents The Polar Express; featuring a larger-than-life 20 foot snow globe animated with scenes and characters from the Polar Express.
Don’t Miss: ROC, Republic of Couture, this South-Beach style boutique offers high-end designer brands in an edgy, can’t miss spectacle of trendy eye candy.
Dine and De-stress: Try the Sweet Factory for some coffee bon bons or triple layer caramels.
Stress Buster: Try Posh Nails, offering manis, pedis, artificial nails and MINX graphic nail design art (worn by many Hollywood starlets).

Cherry Creek North
With a large collection of independent and international shops (320 in total) this premier retail, dining and mixed-use neighborhood is home to an array of jewelry, furnishing and fashion shops.
Shop and Stop: The best time to visit CCN is on evenings or mid-week (Tuesday or Wednesday) mid- morning during the week. This cuts out the high times for traffic for visitors and local workers. Free valet bicycle parking is available.
Seasonal Events:
Last year, “celebrity Santa’s” visited Cherry Creek North and included Denver Bronco Darrell Reid and Chris Andersen (the “Birdman”) from the Denver Nuggets. All money raised went to charity. Look for another Santa stop this year.

Don’t Miss:
The Anastasia Collection-a European art gallery with a collection of wearable art in the form of women and men’s apparel. Located at 201 Milwaukee Street, this gallery is owned and operated by third generation European designer and her daughter who creates couture for the younger crowd. Offers custom designer apparel and accessories.

Dine and De-stress: Toast (Fine Food and Coffee) for the Chai Tea infused French toast.
Stress Buster:
December 12, 2010 Paint with Canvas and Cocktails-includes unlimited complimentary house wine.
Also, in December, lululemon athletica complimentary yoga.

Flatiron Crossing
Featuring a staggering 1.5 million square feet of retail, set in a two-level enclosed shopping mall and with an adjoining 50,000 foot outdoor pedestrian shopping village, this mega-mall is one of Denver’s newest shopping spectacles. And with 30 acres of parks landscaped with plants, streams and waterfalls, this shopping experience is one-of-a-kind.

Stop and Shop: This Broomfield mall ushers in consumers from Boulder and North Denver and is least crowded during the middle of the day during the week.
Seasonal Events: In early December, Pottery Barn is offering holiday decorating classes (attendees receive a 10% discount at the store upon completion). Check the Flatirons Crossing website for visits from Santa.
Don’t Miss: The ‘Denver Autographs’ store, coming soon to the Upper Level of the mall which will house sports related memorabilia as well as hold in-store autograph appearances.
Dine and De-Stress: Try a Bananas Foster Crepe at Crepes A La Cart
Stress Buster: Practice your Picasso at Color Me Mine and paint a pottery masterpiece. This pottery studio offers the perfect meditative outlet for your creative and artistic skills.

Belmar is a shopping district mere minutes from Downtown and offers 70 stores and 14 restaurants in Lakewood. This hip artsy shopping center is super satisfying for Denver’s urbanites that crave a contemporary shopping center comprised of culture mixed with boutique shopping and trendy eateries. Don’t miss the Belmar Arts District or the frequent live music events (often taking place at the Baker Street Pub). For some great gifts, hit up Fluff Paper, a new, unique store offering distinctive stationary and paper goods.

Shops at Southglenn
The Shops at Southglenn is one of Denver’s newest shopping destinations; this upscale urban utopia located in Centennial is perfect for the outdoors-mined consumer who enjoys window shopping in an environment featuring flowers and fountains and loves the idea of all-in-one shopping (including electronics stores, jewelry, floral, furnishings not to mention grocery and grooming stores). Don’t miss the marquee of the Hollywood Theaters stadium with an exterior that looks pulled straight from 1940’s Hollywood.

Aspen Grove
This shopping center located in Littleton, offers an array of classic merchants like American Eagle and Talbots, in addition to the perennial favorites, the Apple store, Pier 1 and Origins. Don’t miss GiGi’s Cupcakes for a sweet treat and be sure and check out the innovative new “dry bar” at Two Ten, Nail, Wax and Dry Bar, which offers ultra-affordable facials, hair styling and waxing. Sit at the bar, have a glass of wine and get a manicure. Not decadent enough? Enjoy the latest magazines on an iPad while getting a pedicure.

The Shops at The Landmark
Greenwood Village has a new hotspot with The Shops at the Landmark. This shopping center houses such novelties as Pure Barre, Comedy Works and Chez Cirque (a dueling piano bar). In addition to fulfilling the tab for those craving a laugh or workout, it also offers bridal planning (Bridalize), gourmet croissants (Rising Roll) and opportunity to try a cooking class (Kitchen Table Cooking School)

The Highlands
The transformation this neighborhood center has undergone has been described as “shady to chic.” Offering a selection of cozy restaurants, novelty stores and martini bars, three distinct areas comprise this diverse commercial district including Lower Highlands, Highlands Square and Tennyson Street.

Colorado Mills
A shopping center containing ten anchor stores and 200 regular retailers located in Lakewood, Colorado. Opened in late November 2002, it features 16 theaters, a skate park and many restaurants; this retail center is the perfect indoor series of shops for a long walk and lots of window-shopping.

Denver Pavilions
Located on the 16
th street pedestrian mall in the heart of Downtown Denver, this trendy hotspot includes 40 shops, restaurants, entertainment venues like a movie theater, Hard Rock Café, Jazz restaurant (Jazz @Jack’s) as well as a Lucky Strike bowling alley. It’s conveniently located next to the free 16th street mall shuttle.

Southlands Shopping Center
Fashion, dining and entertainment merge in this modern “Main Street” in southeast Aurora. Four-blocks of retailers and restaurants make this fun and comfortable gathering spot for the serial shopper. Look for frozen yogurt shop Juicy Berry, browse the Artistic Art Gallery and get thrifty at the consignment shop, My Best Friend’s Closet. In December, visit Santa at the Clocktower and watch the giant tree decoration in the Square.

Larimer Square
Downtown Denver’s historic, walkable, shopping and dining district, the variety of merchants in this neighborhood will delight serious fashionistas. There’s Blush, an upscale women’s clothing store, owned by a mother and daughter, Element, a contemporary furnishing store and Cry Baby Ranch, the ultimate retail stop for cowboy chic.

Old South Pearl Street
Filled with small community businesses, unique shops and delicious dining, this shopping center offers a host of fun and entertaining events and activities including an art walk, farmer’s market, and the Winterfest, a music festival in December this year.

The Shops at Northfield Stapleton
Featuring specialty shops and an open air shopping district, Northfield is located minutes from Downtown. Offering a pedestrian-friendly environment, there’s staples like Macy’s and JCPenny along with Bass Pro Shops and even and Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre.

Orchard Town Center
Located in Westminster, this shopping mecca boasts an ice skating rink (wintertime), outdoor farmer’s markets and music; this “restaurant, cinema, department” shopping center is perfect for those looking for major retailers like SuperTarget nestled next to novelties like Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café and Orchard Books (new and used book selection).

16th Street Mall
Located between Market and Broadway, this is Denver’s hub of shopping within the city. Within close proximity to Denver’s hottest attractions like the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Colorado Convention Center, this urban playground is home to shops like Niketown, Virgin Record Megastore and the Gap. Get your grub on with an Italian feast at Maggiano’s Little Italy followed by a pastry at Paradise Bakery.

29th Street Mall in Boulder
Boulder’s newest and most upscale shopping can be found at 29th Street. There’s super-specialty shops like “Knock Your Socks Off” catering to the ultimate sock seeker and a Cartridge World for all your inkjet needs; but 29th Street really capitalizes on the college crowd and finds its groove with awesome eateries like Smashburger, Daphne’s Greek Café and Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks.

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