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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West Elm celebrates local goods with a launch party Friday

Categories: Events, Shopping

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Watercolors by Kelsey McNatt will be featured at West Elm.
West Elm Local will launch on Friday, June 13, celebrating a partnership between the home-decor store and Denver artists. Bringing a Mile High flair to high-end furniture, the gathering is also an opportunity to meet the artists behind local goods. "We'll show a lot of unique, handmade art and it just adds some interest and intrigue to what we're doing here," says West Elm manager Barbara Sidey.

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Unleashed by Petco wags its tail for a new location on Colfax

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The inside of the brand-new Unleashed by Petco at Colfax.
Unleashed by Petco, a chain that's popping up all around the country, prides itself on being butt-sniffing friendly. "We make it a priority to be involved in the community that surrounds us," says Margaret Aareberg, general manager of the Unleashed by Petco that will open this weekend at 3615 East Colfax Avenue. "We are hoping to take part in the events that happen in our part of town, we would like to set up a table at City Park Jazz and hand out free goodies."

But first, to celebrate the store's grand opening, it will host festivities for pets and pet lovers alike the weekends of May 31-June 1, June 7-8 and June 14-15.

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Clothes to Kids Denver is expanding its space -- so it can expand the kids it helps

Categories: Shopping

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Clothes to Kids Denver, a non-profit organization that provides free clothing for school-aged children, has temporarily closed its doors for a construction project. But when all of the work is done, Clothes to Kids will have doubled its physical space -- allowing the organization to serve more kids.

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