A "Shop Denver" Holiday List

1. Mom's book makes a lovely gift for ladies who like to chew on life's meaning and colors. It can be found locally at The Bookery Nook or sourced online at the usual spots.

2. Speaking of books, if you have a bibliophile on your list, consider visiting our neighborhood bookseller, The Bookery Nook. They are most congenial and are happy to order the rare and the regular, including that pictoral history of barbed wire you've always wanted. And they'll let you bring your dog in, besides.

3. In need of holiday togs? Mona Lucero can hook you up. Celebrating her eighth year in business (which, as she puts it, is 96 in boutique years), Mona is a Colorado girl, who not only designs most of the apparel she sells, she hires (and pays good wages to) local seamstresses to make her goods. At her altelier you'll also find the work of other local designers, jewelry makers and other treats. (Psssst, her annual fashion show is Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.!) The item pictured here. Forget about it. It lives with me!


4. Want more indie merch? Fancy Tiger has culled a gaggle of local Esty-ians, makers, knitters, jewelers, designers and creatives for its third alt craft fair, Holiday Handmade, this weekend, Friday, Dec. 3, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sherman Events Center, 1770 Sherman.

5. Who doesn't need a little more spice in their life? Savory Spice is a local company that now has four metro locations and a franchise in Colorado Springs. We're particularly fond of the reasonably priced gift sets, such as Coco Loco, featuring five differents kinds of coco, and Curry Lovers with six different sub-continent blends.

6. What wine do you serve with that? Ask the folks at Colorado Winery Row. A tasting destination featuring Colorado wines from Bonacquisiti Wine Company, Cottonwood Cellars, The Olathe Winery, Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery and Verso Cellars, Colorado Winery Row will give you the amunition to look your California friends in the eye and proudly recommend the fermented fruits of the Centennial State. (See if you can score the 2007 Garfield Estates Syrah, OMG!)

7. Love, love, love these shops: Five Green Boxes, Decade, Peppermint Boutique. Truly something for everyone, unless you happen to be male.

8. And if there's a little leftover, support your local yarn shop.







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