First Look: FashioNation Opens on South Broadway Friday

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FashioNation's new location at 1594 South Broadway.
If you were ever a patron of FashioNation's iconic location on 13th Avenue in Capitol Hill, the new store on South Broadway -- which "officially" opens this Friday, October 10 -- should be comfortingly familiar. "If we took a screw down at the old store, it was used here at the new store," says co-owner Pam Italiano.

Pam and her husband and co-owner, Paul Italiano, have been hard at work over the last few weeks, transforming the former Packrat Antiques store into a bigger and better version of their counterculture haven for clothes, accessories and more. Along with their devoted staff, the Italianos brought to the new spot not only FashioNation's entire inventory, but the hardware, racks and even some of the doors and trim from the old location. Pam also built many of the store's fixtures by hand to fit this new and improved version of the classic shop.

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Sully & Co., a Menswear Boutique, Opening in Jefferson Park

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All photos courtesy Sully & Co.
"Our brick-and-mortar business is focused on allowing a comfortable and inviting location where shoppers can touch and feel excellent-quality, American-made apparel," says Mark Snipe, owner of Sully & Co., a menswear boutique opening tomorrow at 2443 Elliot Street in up-and-coming Jefferson Park. Snipe is a New Yorker who moved to Denver last October; the name of his place is based on the premise that Sully is Snipe's dog -- and he is the company. The name isn't the only thing that sets Sully & Co. apart from other local stores. The style Snipe is emphasizing here is "Urban Preppy." What is that? See for yourself at the opening reception October 2 -- and keep reading for more details.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Amy Yetman

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Doug and Amy Yetman at northwest Denver's Horseshoe Market.
#54: Amy Yetman

Amy Yetman knows outdoor markets. Wandering through the big-city craft and flea markets of Boston and Chicago gave her a good idea of the kind of fair she'd like to see in Denver -- and she finally realized it was up to her to bring the concept here. "It was a little dream of mine," she told us right after launching the first Horseshoe Market in the fall of 2010. "But I was always waiting for someone else to do it."

We're glad she stopped waiting: That market was a hit, and she's never looked back. Smartly curated and buzzing with street food, one-of-a-kind wares and all kinds of people, the Horseshoe has become the step forward that others now follow. In advance of this weekend's market, we invited Yetman to answer the 100CC questionnaire; read on to learn what drives her to excel as a street-market entrepreneur.

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Leslie Horna Talks Shopping and Celebrating Fashion to Raise Funds for Denver Health

Categories: Fashion, Shopping

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Keely Asbury, Caitlyn Dehn and Leslie Horna (left to right).
Cherry Creek North has been one of the top shopping destinations in Denver for decades -- and on Friday, September 19, it will celebrate that status with the much-anticipated CCN Celebrate Fashion Show. Leslie Horna, CCN director of marketing and communications, took time out from her packed schedule to talk about the Celebrate Fashion Show, the partnership with the Denver Health Foundation and the derided CCN construction.

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John Varvatos Pop-Up Shop at Goldyn Tomorrow -- Fashion and Rock and Roll!

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Photo courtesy of John Varvatos
The John Varvatos menswear line will pop up tomorrow at Goldyn, the high-style boutique in Highland, which will host a pop-up shop. Varvatos is a legend in the menswear industry, known for offering the best in design, tailoring and fabrication, all with a rock-and-roll edge. The fall/winter 2014 collection will be on display from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 6, with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m.

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Retail and the Lost Art of Customer Service

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Beware: beneath these clothing racks, a sales person is lurking.
This past weekend, I decided to take a trip back to my old stamping grounds, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Working there off and on from 1996 to 2013, I spent a lot of time wandering the building's hallowed shopping-mall halls (when you work retail, you do a lot of on-the-clock ambling and hiding behind racks of clothes to avoid authority figures). After quitting my job at Shirt Folding Store, I had only been back to the mall a handful of times, but I recently fell into some money and needed to stock up on my freelance writer essentials of stretch pants, Uggs and a new laptop case.

Upon entering the first store of my mall return, I set off what would be the beginning of many retail greeting booby traps. If you've shopped in a big-box store or mall-only chain store in the last ten years, then you should be familiar with this phenomenon, too: Once you cross the threshold into a retail outlet, someone hidden deep on the sales floor shouts "HEY, GUYS!" at the top of his or her lungs. You try to spot the source of the scream, but are tricked by well-dressed mannequins and racks of shiny things. They scream again. "GUYS, be sure to check out our awesome T-shirt promo going on alllllll weekend!" This is the state of customer service in retail in 2014.

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Suitsupply Thinks Denver Men Are Ready to Look Good This Fall

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Photo by Mauricio O. Rocha
Suitsupply in Cherry Creek
Suitsupply, a super-hip men's suit store in Cherry Creek North, is specializing in tailoring and style for its upcoming fall collection, in stores next month. Suitsupply is an Amsterdam-based company with dozens of stores in Europe; over the last few years, it's spread to the United States. Earlier this year it opened its seventh U.S. store at 299 Detroit Street in Denver -- which means this city got the high-quality brand before L.A., San Francisco, Dallas or Miami. One of the reasons the company put the store here was the online purchasing habits of Denverites: Sales here through its website were high, showing that Denver wanted a store such as Suitsupply.

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COjacks, a Colorado Currency, Starts Circulating Tomorrow

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Meet Colorado's own local currency, COjacks.
When the phrase "buy local" is uttered, what does it really mean? Friends Deacon Rodda and Brok McFerron spent a long time thinking about the concept and saw many opportunities within the local business community to make "buy local" a true reality. So on Friday, August 22, Rodda and McFerron -- along with an ever-expanding network of businesses -- will launch COjacks, Colorado's own local currency.

Working in conjunction with the U.S. dollar, COjacks is an alternative currency that will circulate only within businesses in its network, providing the groundwork for a truly regional-specific, sustainable local economy. To find out how, exactly, this new currency will work, Westword chatted with Rodda about the vision behind the creation of COjacks.

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Fancy Tiger celebrates its eighth birthday with a bash on Saturday

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Photo by Mauricio Rocha
The owners of Fancy Tiger, the clothing store, and Fancy Tiger Crafts will celebrate their eight-year run of keeping Denver stocked with stylish wears on Saturday, June 28. Although both stores are throwing parties, each will have a different atmosphere and festivities.

"The anniversary is a celebration of the customers and the staff," says Fancy Tiger Clothing co-owner Matthew Brown. "My staff and designers help me to express and realize my vision. It is also a celebration of the Denver community. My vision alone is not enough. I need creative people to help bring it together."

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The hidden beauty of West Side Books and the indie bookstores of Denver

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I scored a bounty of Dare Wright books from West Side Books.
I don't read books. Really. I used to be ashamed of this, but then I realized that I read thousands of words every day -- they just come in the form of online articles and, when I'm lucky, physical copies of magazines. I've been a voracious magazine reader since I learned how to read; I love longform, investigative pieces, clips, tips and factoids. I love well-curated publications, beautiful photo spreads and regular columnists. My favorite authors are those with a magazine past, people like Joan Didion and Chuck Klosterman.

But despite the fact that I don't read books, I do love book stores. This past weekend, during the Highlands Street Fair, I was working a table for a friend's non-profit and I wandered into West Side Books to see if I could use the bathroom. But I was stopped in my restroom pursuit by a handful of books I hadn't seen in twenty years sitting high on a shelf, too far from my reach. I had to see these books.

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