The ten best shops on Sixth Avenue
While Sixth Avenue may be less celebrated than other Denver streets, the lineup of unique shops between Grant and Downing streets definitely make this strip one of the city's most convenient shopping areas. One of its most charming, too: The quirky specialty stores in historic brick bungalows and storefronts from every era are almost impossible to resist. Where else can you get an old-school barber shave, stock up on medical cannabis, shop for fly-fishing gear and get your dog groomed during a short walk? Unlike Broadway, its perpendicular cousin where seemingly half the storefronts are occupied by self-consciously kitschy antique stores, or parallel Colfax, with its long stretches of nothingness, Sixth Avenue has plenty to offer in a small stretch of space. Here, in no particular order, are the ten best shops on Sixth Avenue.
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10) Moon Dance Botanicals, 601 Corona Street
Moon Dance Botanicals is a boutique and spa specializing in products made from fresh, organic ingredients. The shop, open since 2002 in the building it shares with the trendy Table 6 restaurant, carries gourmet bath and beauty products. In addition to handcrafting its own product line, Moon Dance Botanicals offers natural living classes, with curricula like hula-hoop crafting and natural liquid- soap making. Customers are included in the craft madness: The store features an "Artistic Alchemy" corner where patrons can design their own aroma-therapeutic pillows, potpourri and customized potions. Moon Dance is also available to host private spa parties that serve organic wine, cheese and chocolate to green-clay-masked guests.
9) Pablo's Coffee, 630 East 6th Avenue
Sixth Avenue is full of interesting restaurants -- so much so that they deserve a list all their own. But Pablo's Coffee is much more than a coffee shop. Founded in 1995, Pablo's is a legit small business success story: Owner Craig Conner was functionally homeless, sleeping on the coffeehouse sofa, until his business venture paid off. And how: Today the Pablo's brand is sold in coffee shops all over town and the store itself recently expanded to a second location. The original Pablo's is populated with bookworms and hipster parents having hushed conversations. To keep this a neighborhood gathering place and discourage lurkers, Pablo's makes a point of not offering wireless Internet access to its customers.
8) The Wine Seller, 600 East 6th Avenue
Though there's little on the shelves to distinguish the Wine Seller from your average neighborhood liquor store, the friendly staff behind the counter make it easier to reconcile slightly overpaying for your bourbon. The employees' quirkiness extends to the store's exterior sign, which they fill with beer puns and funny sayings, offering passersby something new to smirk at each week. The message right now? "Cold Beer, Hot Clerks."
601 Corona St., Denver, CO