Skip Black Friday and #ShopSmall for the Holidays
We hand-picked a list of our coveted local artisans, makers and shops. “Elf” is officially a line item on our resume. Keep scrolling to see this year’s picks for you to shop #SmallBusinessSaturday.
UNIQUE FLOWERS: Pickletown Flower Co.
Pop-up meets workshop meets phenomenally UNIQUE flower arrangements at this hybrid floral company. The ultimate resource for holiday wreaths, arrangements and everyday beauty well beyond the season, we’re in love with her monthly Bouquet Coterie service that promises to bring you breathtaking deliveries every 4 weeks.
PARTY DAZZLE: Bazar
From colorful satin blazers to the perfect LBD, Bazar is progressive yet accessible, creative yet casual. It’s the ideal mix of high vs. low, and our go to for party dresses, day-to-night basics and all of the best friend, sister and sister-in-law gifts you need to find.
CLEAN & BEAUTIFUL: Vert Beauty
For special occasion makeup, wellness, self-care and someone-else care, look no further than Vert Beauty, which is our go to for all-natural, non-toxic, organic beauty. From skin to body and hair, they are a one-stop for just about everyone on your list—including yourself.
CREATIVE CULINARY: Laradacky
A love child between designer Megan Hudacky and her furniture-maker husband David Larabee, Laradacky’s handmade cutting boards are the perfect collision of style and function. Choose from metal or wood, large or small, then add all the fromage, charcuterie, avocado toast, snacks and sundries your heart desires.
FOR WOMEN WHO BEHAVE BADLY: Afro Triangle
Denver artist and activist Adri Norris tells the stories of women in history through art. Translating these works to trading cards, t-shirts, prints and postcards, Norris’ work digs deep into the stories of women who have transformed the world. Her work also extends into schools where she conducts workshops, residencies and talks.
CREATIVE COCKTAIL HOUR: Block Distilling Company
Hostess, boyfriend, dad, foodie, martini-loving best friend—everyone benefits from the craft spirits by Block Distilling Company in RiNo. Wife/Husband + brother team Michelle Flake and Kraig and Kameron Weaver launched it back in 2015 with the goal to create refined, distinctive spirits. They succeeded, and the result is bottled in gorgeous packaging, ideal for holiday gifting.
FOR THE NON-BROS: Steadbrook
Chic, sexy, sophisticated, edgy, Steadbrook is an anomaly in a sea of Denver “bros” and the ultimate one-stop-shop for the stylish men (and womxn) in your life. Carrying lines ranging from Rick Owens to Levi’s to Raf Simons, they are our go-to for edgy, casual, urban style.
ORGANIC SPARKLE: Kate Maller
Sustainable jewelry has a new address in Highlands. Kate Maller, one of our long time TARRA members is FINALLY opening a space on 32nd. Her new boutique features her signature pieces showcased alongside a curated selection of artisan jewelry, ceramics, accessories, scents and sundries. Suffice to say, it’s your one stop for unique presents.
GIFT OF EXPERIENCE: River North Workshop
Instead of “stuff”, give an experience through River North Workshop. With classes on calligraphy, notecard making, soap, mala beads, knitting and more, we are ready to join their 2020 lineup of group classes that help us tap into our inner creative spirit.
VINTAGE LOVER: Shop Rizzo’s
For the vintage queen who loves her ’70s jumpsuits and ’80s Levi jackets, Rizzo’s is your place. “Wrangle and adorn your inner Rizzo and make all the babes sweat your style and grace… or your middle finger and resting bitch face.” ‘Nuff said.
WORD NERDS: Wordshop
Wordshop, an independent stationary shop in Highlands always manages to have EXACTLY what we need to say in folded card format, plus a million other meaningful, must-have gifts. Beyond the cards, you can also get incredibly special invitations, personal stationery and announcements…all the things that are a lost art in our digital age.
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: Hope Tank
One of the classic, eclectic shops on South Broadway, Hope Tank is the place to go for gifts that give back. Founder and social worker Erika Righter founded Hope Tank on the belief that you don’t have to have a lot of money to make an impact. Every item sold supports their 20 local nonprofit partners. It’s the ultimate “purchase with purpose.”