Photos: Tracks on wax at the Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo 2014

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Big K Productions, which celebrated its twenty years of putting on record shows last year, kicked off the Denver Record Collectors Expo's next twenty as fans stampeded into the ballroom at the Northglenn Ramada Sunday in search of musical holy grail. The platter-covered vendor tables served up everything from rare vinyl classics to hard-to-find bargains: Here are a few of them, as captured by photographer Ken Hamblin.

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Hotel Monaco will host Under the Gunn pop-up shop tomorrow

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In case you didn't get enough of Under the Gunn, whose first season ended last night, from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, April 12, the Hotel Monaco will host an Under the Gunn pop-up shop featuring designs by Under the Gunn mentor Mondo Guerra, a Denver designer; local contestant/designer Stephanie Ohnmacht; and Michelle Uberreste.

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Rustic Thread Boutique brings boho-hip fashion to Denver

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Sarah Markway and Barley.
Now that spring has arrived, the fashion faithful have a bouquet of shopping options to help with the transition out of winter sweaters. If you are looking for unique, boho-hip, stylish designs to add to your spring wardrobe, head to the Rustic Thread Boutique in Highland. We recently chatted with Sarah Markway about the boutique and its brand-new partnership with RVCA (pronounced: roo-kah).

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Nine best fashion events in Denver in April

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Time to clean out your closet, putting away all the cold-weather clothes. Need to update your wardrobe for spring? There are plenty of events where you can find inspiration this month, from the much-anticipated Denver Fashion Weekend to trunk shows. Here are our nine favorite fashion events for April.

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Cherry Creek Shopping Center welcomes a new four-story Restoration Hardware gallery store

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Aerial rendering of the new four-story Restoration Hardware, which will be called RH.
The empty space at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center once occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue is slated to become a four-story Restoration Hardware gallery store, officially rebranding as "RH." The 53,000 square- foot showroom will be four times the size of the current Restoration Hardware store and feature an atrium, outdoor garden and rooftop park, as well as the brand's product lines for living, dining, bed, bath, lighting, tableware and more. The original Saks will be demolished to make way for RH, along with 38,000 square feet of additional speciality merchants.

See also: Best of Denver 2013 - Best Indoor Mall: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

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Vaux Vintage closing Weathervane location to go back on the road

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Aly Barohn is closing Vaux Vintage's physical location.
Thrift shop Vaux Vintage started as a nomadic venture, as owner Aly Barohn traveled the country with her vintage garments. She opened a brick-and-mortar location above the Weathervane Cafe last summer, but has decided to close it in order to go back on the road. And so the shop will disappear after a moving-out sale this weekend. "I'm moving out to do more pop-ups around Denver and nearby cities," Barohn says.

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A sad goodbye: Kazoo Toys prepares to close after three decades in Cherry Creek North

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If you grew up in Denver, you've probably shopped at or at least heard of Kazoo Toys -- or remember the interactive toy store by its original name, Kazoo & Company. After taking on a new space in Cherry Creek North for less than a year, Kazoo Toys is closing up shop, leaving behind the legacy of a well-loved store in an area that's losing a lot of its onetime institutions as the boom continues.

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Found Above Ground men's consignment shop celebrates grand opening Friday

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Found Above Ground carries high-end men's consignment clothing.
Rising up from its underground predecessor, Found Above Ground, a men's consignment shop and gallery, opened its doors this month in Louisville -- and will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, February 7. The high-end shop features men's clothing and accessories, as well as local art. "It's a really cool mixture of retro to vintage to cowboy cool to really chic Ralph Lauren cashmere coats," says owner Lia Cooley. "I really wanted to keep an open range of items that would sort of touch everyone from Denver to Louisville to Boulder."

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100 Colorado Creatives: Jil Cappuccio & Kirsten Coplans of SEWN

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#21: Jil Cappuccio & Kirsten Coplans

Long before seamstress/designer JIl Cappuccio and upcycled-clothing designer Kirsten Coplans opened their South Broadway boutique SEWN, the two handy friends found ways to market their lines as a duo -- at gift markets and craft fairs and special events they threw themselves. Then the plans for their concrete joint business solidified, and they've never looked back. In fact, as they share below, they are now considering ways to expand their brand and concept.

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100 Colorado Creatives: Meghan Throckmorton Collar

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Play shoes designed by Meghan Throckmorton Collar.
#24: Meghan Throckmorton Collar

Meghan Throckmorton Collar likes to think small, and that's in no way a putdown: A creative crafter, designer and owner of the Rakun boutique on Santa Fe Drive, she's both the product of and a mover in her own immediate little world of local trade -- which is not only more personal, but also a rising economic trend in the urban marketplace. A founder of the loose alliance of Denver Independent Boutiques and involved as well in the Denver Handmade Alliance, Throckmorton Collar is a loud but gentle voice in the local entrepreneurial art movement. She steps on that soapbox for this 100CC questionnaire; continue reading for her homey point of view.

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