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Top of the Town 2022: Shopping

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editors Choice

Best place to buy houseplants

The plant room

Victor Sosa-Meza, owner of The Plant Room. Photo by Daniel Brenner.

“Follow me to the engine room.” It’s the phrase Victor Sosa-Meza found himself saying over and over again when he started selling houseplants in his parents’ spare room six years ago. At the time, it was a way to relax from his daily corporate work, but Sosa-Meza quickly discovered that giving one-on-one advice to plant beginners could become a full-time career. In 2020, he moved from his parents’ home to his first physical location, in Jefferson Park. Sosa-Meza gives detailed care instructions for each plant and even answers the panic: “Why is my prayer plant dying?” Instagram messaging. (Hint: you’re probably overwatering.) But the plant room isn’t just for beginners. Sosa-Meza makes frequent trips to Florida, a hub for rare plants, to catch silver Philodendron hastatum and other hard-to-find varieties in the Centennial State. Acclaim among collectors has catapulted it to a new, larger location just down the street from its original location earlier this year. —Angela Ufheil


Top Home Accessories/Furniture

South Platte Trading Co.

Jessica Larson knows what a conversation looks like. As a buyer for South Platte Trading Co., a Furniture Row concept that opened just before the pandemic, her job is to scour the world for merchandise that will spark conversations in your living room. Unlike other Denver-based Furniture Row brands that typically sell mass-produced items, South Platte Trading Co. is a unique outpost that specializes in pieces that Larson describes as “fun, unique, vintage, salvaged, often unique. kinds of global finds” that broaden the aesthetic scope of the company.

Walking the North Denver showroom floor with Larson is a treat, as she knows the origin stories of her purchases intimately. For example, there are the side chairs, upholstered in the centuries-old tradition of kantha, an art form originating in the Bengal region of India in which cloths are sewn together to create larger sheets of fabric. For these brightly colored chairs (shown below; $469) from Jodhpur, the embroiderers sewed together pieces of recycled sarees.

Inside South Platte Trading Co.. Photo courtesy of South Platte Trading Co..

Bringing such treasures to Mile High City has become an adventure in itself. Although Larson had enough international contacts and connections to maintain product flow when she was unable to travel internationally due to COVID-19, importing items became exponentially more difficult. “Before, it took us about 45 days to bring something from India or Vietnam,” says Larson, who has planned trips to Europe and Asia later this year. “Now anyone can guess with labor shortages and blocked ports.”

Fortunately, the 18,000-square-foot Bannock Street location isn’t exactly out of inventory, and Larson says things are still happening, just more slowly. “Items move through people’s homes pretty quickly once they get here,” Larson says. “I sometimes come to the store and I’m sad that one of my pieces is missing. But at least I know they’ll go to good homes. —Lindsey B. King


Editor’s Choice: Pick a Side

People’s styles are as unique as their fingerprints, making it extremely difficult to select a Top of the Town winner in certain shopping categories. So we picked two.

Local shop for women

Streetwear – CR Lee Designs

Although she launched her brand in 2013, Crystal designer Renee Lee only started racking up orders when she launched her Tomboi collection in 2019. The combination of high fashion and streetwear has become so sought after during the pandemic – when comfort became essential – that each new line continues to sell out, and in March, Lee opened its first storefront on Broadway. —Joce Blake

Old school – vintage label

Co-founder Carolyn Carrington travels the country to fill her high-end vintage boutique, traveling between private clients and estate homes to source unique pieces from timeless brands, such as Gucci, Dior and Prada. If you can’t make it to the LoDo store, which opened in March, Carrington is eager to meet customers in their home or office, providing an unparalleled level of customer service. —spencer campbell

Accessories

Sneakers – All access kicks

There’s no better local place to step up your shoe game than at All Access Kickss, which had to move to a bigger LoDo location in November 2021 after outgrowing its original store in less than a year. The new spot features everything from new high-profile releases to Adidas named after Towelie, the perpetually stoned South Park character. —CS

Bling- Sarah O. Jewelry

The boho chic brand recently opened a second location in LoDo’s Dairy Block, and founder Sarah Ortega remodeled her original location in Tennyson, creating more space for design consultations and a bigger showroom. . The expansion came just in time for Sarah O.’s latest collection, which will launch this month: rings set with rare stones, like Montana sapphires, which Ortega has spent years tracking down. —Philip Clapham

Jonas Conn-Parent/Courtesy of Steadbrook

Local shop for men

Town – steadbrook

This 11-year-old Five Points boutique offers a mix of contemporary brands, such as Rick Owens, Stüssy, Timex and Our Legacy (illustrated). But it’s the community it fosters that makes Steadbrook a gem: When the store isn’t serving rappers Jack Harlow, Trippie Redd and Slow Thai, it hosts clothing drives to benefit Denver’s Samaritan House Homeless Shelter. —J.B.

Outside – Acme Fine Goods

If you’re looking for the standard Patagonia uniform, don’t bother heading to Louisville to visit Eric Reed’s three-year-old men’s boutique. Reed, a former Denver-based Topo Designs sales rep, stocks mostly low-key quality outdoor brands — think Amundsen fleeces, Filson button-down shirts and Red Wing heritage boots — for the man who doesn’t need of tag, just high -quality yarns that make it look great. —CS


Reader’s Choice

local jewelry designer

John Atencio

multiple locations

Jewelry

Sarah O. Jewelry

4301 Tennyson Street, 720-502-3229
1825 Blake Street, Suite 120 (inside the dairy block), 720-708-2947

Home Accessories/Furniture

Rare Finds Warehouse

6500 E. Stapleton Drive South, Suite A, 303-990-9311
8575 S. Quebec Street, Highlands Ranch, 303-237-4470

Cooking tools

Element Knife Company

2501 Dallas St., Suite 104B (inside Stanley Marketplace), Aurora, 303-460-4628

Place to buy indoor plants

The Guardian

6400 W. 20th Ave, Lakewood, 720-688-1146

Baby/kids shop

Wish gifts

750 S. University Blvd, 303-722-2900
5014 E. Hampden Ave, 720-502-6081

Local shop for women

Nora’s retro

1509 S. Pearl St., 303-388-7999

Local shop for men

Berkeley Supply

4317 Tennyson St., 720-445-6818

wedding dresses

beautiful bride

2636 Walnut St, Suite 100, 720-452-1192

Gifts

Wish gifts

750 S. University Blvd, 303-722-2900
5014 E. Hampden Ave, 720-502-6081

Accessories

W-Shop

5014 E. Hampden Ave, 720-476-4990

Place to buy books

Tattered Cover Bookstore

multiple locations

Ecological products

Wagon Coffee Roasters

2122 S. Lafayette Street, 303-929-3325