The ten best stores on Broadway

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Jesse Dawson
Lowbrow's Tymla Welch and Lauren Seip.
We gave the Broadway/Baker retail strip the award for Denver's Best Neighborhood Shopping District two years in a row -- in 2012 and 2013 -- for so many good reasons: The area is spilling over with hip, modern creative ventures. But some of that contemporary spark flares further south, too, along Antique Row. Here are ten of our favorite local retailers on Broadway: Some are old, some are new, but every one of them rocks.

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Decade
10. Decade
Decade is the grand old lady of South Broadway, and she's earned her longevity by keeping it fresh, year after year. Here's what we said about Decade way back in 2001, and it still holds true today:

This small, stylish retro boutique is a welcome alternative to the pricey stores farther down Broadway on Antique Row. Decade always has a reasonably priced selection of antique armoires, vanities, couches and chairs; you may also find 1950s- and '60s-era dinette sets. And that's just the furniture stocked at Decade. The store also has authentic and reproduction homeware from decades past, including deco-style kitchen clocks, vases, pillows and lamps -- everything you need to dress up your home. Venturing into the back of the store -- with its assortment of vintage faux fur-collared coats, snap-shut purses and white gloves -- is like visiting grandma's closet, but Decade stocks plenty of hip, new attire too. The store's inventory changes frequently -- giving you a good excuse to go there often.

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True Love
9. True Love
This affordable -- and sassy -- shoe emporium, a favorite with drag queens and shop-till-you-drop girlfriends alike, hit Broadway just as the street began transitioning into the hipster haven it is today. We laid on some shoe-fetish love in 2007:

Sarah Lilly-Ray has raised the cheap shoe to stiletto-heel heights at her Broadway footwear emporium, where the prices rarely climb above fifty bucks a pair. And what pairs! Lilly-Ray's shelves are proficiently stocked with nearly 100 styles of inexpensive shoes, from ballet flats to knockoff wedges, made predominantly from vegan-friendly materials and oozing with personality. Walk on!

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Hazel & Dewey
8. Hazel & Dewey
We named Hazel & Dewey Best Kitchen Store in 2012:

Don't go into Hazel & Dewey looking for the ordinary: Clean, sparse and, oh, maybe a little bit precious, the independent kitchen shop sports a Scandinavian aura, though it's not specifically Scandinavian in scope. Billing itself as a "modern mercantile," the foodie-forward boutique carries everything from Helvetica-character cookie cutters and Moroccan glassware to elegant Japanese wooden dishes and stylish La Théière cast-iron tea kettles in cool green shades; these wares, hand-picked by owner Jenna Miles according to her own discerning taste, are served like cake on round tabletops and tidy shelves. It's the perfect place to buy a memorable hostess gift or a be-good-to-yourself secret splurge. (While not bargain-priced, most of the merchandise costs less than $100.) Coming up this spring? Fresh-cut flowers, sold out of the shop's wood-paneled walk-in cooler. Broadway will be blooming!

Continue reading for the rest of the best stores on Broadway.


Location Info

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True Love Shoes And Accessories

42 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Hazel & Dewey

70 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

ArtsMyths

1454 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Indy Ink

84 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Fancy Tiger

55 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Ironwood Gallery

14 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

SEWN

18 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Lowbrow Denver

250 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Cabal Enterprises

1875 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General


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18 comments
deceptekonmc
deceptekonmc

This list is laughable. Obviously you've never been to Community Service Apparel. Blows all these places out of the water, except for maybe Lowbrow cuz they're cool like that ;)

Craig_Houston
Craig_Houston

Decade is my favorite. Think it should be higher. Also, no Boss vintage clothing? That store is great.

Ezra-David Darnell
Ezra-David Darnell

Me and my girls treat ourselves to that cute little boutique called the HiDive and try on just the cutest little whiskeys you'd ever seen!

Cassandra Tafoya
Cassandra Tafoya

I like True Love, but don't expect amazing customer service when you go in there. Everytime I stop by for a new pair of work shoes or cute going out heels, I get completely ignored by the sales people who bend over backwards for anybody else in there. I look really young and I usually stop by in my weekend warrior jeans and punk t-shirt outfit, so I am assuming they are discounting me based off of appearance. This lack of service has caused me to significantly diminish my visits to this boutique. Small stores are supposed to have good customer service, but at True Love, you have to dress right for it.

Kevin Disney
Kevin Disney

...haha...punch bowl...a big ol' pile of LODO pissing all over an amazing neighborhood...

Thanatos Gross
Thanatos Gross

Punch Bowl Social no doubt. Best thing about that whole trashy street.

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

Have you not been to Mutiny Information Cafe? It's nearly the epitome of Broadway.

S F
S F

@Thanatos Gross 

Unfortunately, Punch Bowl is not a retail store.

 

S F
S F

@Blayne McMillan 

I have been to Mutiny! Maybe next year!

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