With Small Business Saturday upon us, how about walking around to do your shopping, rather than braving the parking nightmare of mall adventures? We’ve got two good walks that will do two great things: support local Denver businesses and get you outside for a bit of urban hiking.
Let’s start with the short urban hike first. If you eat and shop at these first two stores, you’ll walk about a mile round trip.
Start at the SAME Cafe to grab lunch before starting out on your shopping adventure. The first non-profit restaurant of its kind, SAME’s constantly changing, fresh, and healthy menu invites all to eat. You pay what you can afford, and you get a meal you’ll talk about all day. The last time we were there, we got a stuffed portabello mushroom on risotto, with roasted heirloom vegetables. As an extra bonus, you can make an additional donation to SAME and get tokens to hand out free meals throughout the season – it’s a double-double win-win.
Once you’re stuffed, walk on over to the best bookstore in town, Tattered Cover . With several locations throughout Denver, you can support your local bookstore from anywhere in the Denver metro area. But today, walk down Colfax a few blocks. While there, buy one of the local books by a local author. Of course, we’ll suggest The Best Urban Hikes: Denver by Chris Englert! Other good locally-authored books to buy are Walking Denver by Mindy Sink and The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson.
Next door to Tattered Cover, you’ll find the coolest record shop in town, Twist and Shout . We understand that the hottest gadget to get your teen is a turntable. Why not pick up a few LPs from your favorite decades to start their collections? Or, simply support your local musicians and buy Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats: “Live at Red Rocks”; Ian Cooke: “The Flight I Flew”; and The Flobots: “Noenemies”.
If you’re still up for some more shopping, keep your feet pointing east on Colfax. There are a ton of funky shops and great eats all along Colfax. So tack on another 4-or-so miles and make your way to the Stanley Marketplace. Aurora’s newest hot spot, the Stanley has over 40 merchants selling the Small Business Saturday credo. We love Poppy & Pine for some fresh smells, Zero Market for oils and teas (bring your own bag!), and Miette et Chocolat for a treat for Santa.
The advantage to walking to the Stanley is two-fold! First, you get to eat again. The choices are many, but our favorite is Yellowbelly. Make sure you get their Brussel Slaw on the side. It’s yummo. The second advantage to walking is you can try out the new RTD app and take 15 bus back to where you started at the SAME Cafe. It’s an adventure on Small Business Saturday, so have a great time on all fronts!
Chris Englert is throwing on her walking shoes and favorite backpack, and heading out by foot to shop. Look for her at any of these locations.