Editor’s Note: As a small business ourselves, Reign Magazine appreciates our fellow entrepreneurs who have supported us from issue one to what we’ve grown into today. And while we love our incredible shopping malls and will never shy away from them entirely, we openly admit an aversion to crowds and Black Friday bonanzas. We’re happy to spend a tad more, knowing that those dollars are going to the doers and the dreamers who like us, have put it all on the line to build a business. Today, we celebrate local by sharing our picks from the small Colorado retailers who have supported us in return with their hard earned advertising dollars. We appreciate them more than they’ll ever know. And if you ask us, there’s nothing small about their style. Visit them tomorrow for Small Business Saturday, or any day for that matter. They’re the backbone of our community…and our economy.
1. HW Home // Zents Ore Holiday Gift Set, $46
We adore HW Home’s furnishings, textiles, tableware and gifts. From outfitting your entire abode, to a quick hostess gift, they’re one of our go-tos. Zents, pictured here, is a Colorado-made favorite. We can’t get enough of their Ore scent – perfect for both men and women alike.
2. Ooh Aah! Jewelry // Yellow Gold + Black Diamond Ring, Price upon request
If you haven’t sauntered in to this Tennyson Street gem (pun intended) you are missing out. Their wares are brilliant in every sense and range from fine jewelry to bridal baubles, to playful accessories, cards and gifts.
3. The Perfect Petal // Kate Spade Glitter Coasters, $35
Oh the Petal, how we love thee. This posh purveyor of florals, gifts, bath and body amazingness and TDF accessories gets us every time. Leaving empty handed is highly unlikely.
4. MAX // RASK Fine Jewelry Diamond Leaf Chandelier Earrings, $2,400
MAX is Colorado’s chicest contemporary boutique where one can shop big names from a small independent business. We love RASK Fine Jewelry, which MAX carries season after sparkly season. These earrings are at the top of our holiday wish list.
5. Gracie’s // Voluspa Candles, $24
This South Pearl Street charmer is chock full of affordable on-trend apparel, fun jewelry and plenty of gifts for everyone on your list. We think a Voluspa Candle is the perfect little something for almost anyone – mom, friend, teacher, hostess – everyone loves Voluspa.
6. Sugarlicious // Jonathan Adler Martini Napkins, $5.95
Colorful, cheery and full of sugar? Sign us up. This Cherry Creek North shop has plenty of sweet treats, plus a bevy of fab gifts – from Monogrammed wares to cocktail napkins and everything in between.
7. Willow // Clare V. Foldover Clutch, $220
Willow is our fave Boulder destination for fashion and accessories. With well-edited, hard-to-find labels, the boutique gets it right every time. We’re particularity smitten with this Clare V. animal print clutch. Dressed up or down, it’s the perfect pop of fabulous for any outfit, any time of year.
8. Christina’s Luxuries // Hanky Panky Peppermint Stripe Thong, $23
This longstanding Boulder go-to is a haven for all things frilly, yes. But Christina’s also carries an impressive array of contemporary apparel – perfect for honeymooning, vacation, lounging and every day. We think these candy cane Hanky Pankys are the perfect stocking stuffer.
9. Bloom Jewelry // Bezel Stone Leather Bangles, $148
Lindsay Bloom’s designs continue to wow us, collection after collection. We’re obsessed with these bangles, and plan to stack one in every color on our wrists this holiday.
10. The Lark // Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Onion Jam, $7.95
The Lark is one of Denver’s oldest and most incredible boutiques, having been housed in the Denver Country Club enclave for almost five decades. It’s an off-the-beaten-path gem that you have to see to appreciate – with its tasteful selection of gifts, goodies, furnishings and home accessories, The Lark is as classic as the stately homes that surround it.
11. Kismet // MZ Wallace Jane Tote in Ruby Bedford, $385
Kismet is one of the city’s best spots for whimsical home accessories, playful fashion, artisan jewelry and fantastic handbags. Case in point? This MZ Wallace number that we cannot get enough of. Shop their locations in Lowry, The Highlands, Streets at Southglenn and Belmar – all local and all amazing.
More not-to-miss small businesses we love…
Carla’s…A Classic Design // A Streets at Southglenn haven for all things home decor.
Oster Jewelers // The ultimate fine jewelry destination in all of Colorado. We love them.
Heloise // Cherry Creek North’s sweetest shop for children.
Baby Does // Funky and fun all rolled into one in downtown Golden.
Barbara and Company // With Wash Park and Boulder locations, this women’s clothing store is a must-visit.
Flower Power // Holiday centerpiece anyone? Kam Snyder and her team never disappoint.
Hutch + Fig // A Cherry Creek North winner for tabletop and gifts.
Melrose + Madison // On Denver’s South Pearl Street, with a fantastic array of designer apparel for women.
Moxie // Greenwood Village has never looked so chic. Love their selection of denim and casual clothing.
Nest // Caroline Evascu has an eye for clothing that kids will wear and moms will love.
Wish // One of Wash Park’s cutest little gift stores.
Rags // Consignment that doesn’t look like it. Or feel like it. Shop Boulder, Highlands or Cherry Creek.
Soignee // Elegant attire in old town Littleton that’s perfect for holiday soirees.
SOL // Denver’s favorite lingerie store, brimming with holiday gifts.
The Paper Lady // We love Rosie Wiedenmayer’s flawless taste and her shop is as classic and fun as the “lady” behind it.
Stay tuned for more local love as we unveil our series of online gift guides throughout the coming weeks…