Ten best Denver hipster shops
This week, we're covering all things hipster in Denver: best bars to run into them, best restaurants to eat with them, and now, best stores to shop with them. From do-it-yourself creative spaces, locally-made apparel, geeked-out workshops, and antique oddities, the Denver hipster scene is alive and well on all fronts.
Here are ten of Denver's best hipster-centric shops.
10) Fancy Tiger
Fancy Tiger is one of the original hipster tastemakers on South Broadway. Since its opening in 2006, it has served as a multi-concept headquarters for local purveyors, lesser-known apparel brands, handmade jewelry, leather and paper goods, and highly-curated rotating art shows. Fancy Tiger Crafts is a go-to for all possible DIY projects, with swatches and rolls of fabric and craft tools lining the walls, plus a slew of crafting classes held in its back-of-store studio. For a departure from the ordinary shopping experience, this is a Denver staple.
14 South Broadway
The best way to describe Ironwood's eclectic shop is as a collection of oddities: vintage shelving and armoires house all manner of succulents, rocks, gems, old (and new) books, and unusual antique finds. And every hand-picked item has a story behind it that any of the ethereal staff is happy to tell. The hipster clientele usually take their time, which is easy to do here, perusing the stacks of scientific volumes, shadowboxed insects, and dazzling jewelry case. The shop is fairly new, but it emanates old soul.
18 South Broadway
In a cluster of independently-owned South Broadway shops, SEWN is a showcase of all things handmade -- like jewelry from Phryne Metal, soaps by Clean Getaway and revamped concert t-shirts, along with items like needlepoint pillows and crocheted goods. Vintage garment racks take center stage, holding clothing made from recycled apparel of the past.
7) I Heart Denver
I Heart Denver Store
500 16th Street Mall, 264
Amidst Denver's burgeoning arts and creative scene, the I Heart Denver store has acted as an idea incubator for many of Colorado's makers. Designed to support Denver and Colorado's creative economy and raise awareness of its many artsy offerings, 70 percent of sales go directly to the artist, providing them more capital to grow their businesses. And with more than 135 artists and designers, both locals and visitors can pick up anything from handmade journals, screen-printed wall art, homemade botanical bodycare, and one-of-a-kind furniture.