First years are often tough for small businesses, but when Funky Find Boutique’s first birthday rolled around, it wasn’t shakily toddling around and covered in frosting. Instead, the boutique store was strutting proudly, fresh off a big win in Denver A-List’s 2012 Best Women's Accessories category. Olde Town Arvada and Copper Mountain Village locations won the favor of Denverites with their eclectic sweaters, cardigans, and jackets. Although the selection rotates constantly, unique jewelry and sequined handbags always can make a wardrobe more colorful or a tall robot with glowing eyes less terrifying.
Waxing and edging improves your board's handling, speed, and cornering, so fresh powder always feels like warm butter. Waxing also improves your board's durability and resistance to minor damage. It won't make the falls any softer, but this side deal has no purchase limit and is good for two years, so you can wax and edge well beyond September 17, 2010.
Knit Knack's passionate teachers hook students with easy-going instruction combined with a laser-like focus on essential yarn-smithing skills. Classes meet twice a week, with the first two weeks of the course committed to mastering the techniques and stitches necessary to complete most projects or become a teddy-bear surgeon. A fix-it intensive pits students against common first-time mistakes and provides tips to correct epidemic errors without suffering the frustration of a ruined project. At the end of the course, attendees will produce a Ratatouille-pattern beret and be prepared to start more complex projects. Knit Knack provides all yarn, needles, and reference materials and carries a full suite of additional supplies for those who assign themselves homework or are attempting to knit a new house.
Lovely Boutique drapes ladies in high-quality boutique-style apparel. Culled from American and fair-trade vendors, the hand-selected wares bear brand nametags such as T Los Angeles, Kensie, BB Dakota, Mixie, Ella Moss, and Big Star Jeans. Bury memories of last spring's water resistant but unwieldy barrel fashions under a sprightly new top ($29–$69), or cover chill-prone shoulders with a sweater or wrap ($32–$79). The boutique also proffers denim shrouds for human stems ($79–$139) and accessories such as handbags and scarves ($18–$59) to add extra elegance to outfits and bear-sized honey bears. A children's play area occupies tykes while moms try on new styles at the boutique.
Owner and former sommelier Brad Vanderpool and his knowledgeable staff curate an extensive collection of wines, liquors, and microbrews that line the shelves of Primo Vino. Customers, with the help of the store's passionate wine experts, can pair meals or upcoming events with the perfect wine, whether it be a Wyatt pinot noir from California ($18) or a Francois Pinon chenin blanc from Vouvray ($21) already chilled and ready to drink. Armed with two decades of experience in the wine industry and a toy nerf gun, Brad personally samples most of the wines before they come into the store, priming his palate with the Il Conte montepulciano from Italy ($11) before dying his tongue red with Hermosa Vineyards syrah ($20). In addition to sparkling wines such as a Moutard brut grande cuvee ($39), the store also stocks a wide array of scotches, microbrew beers, and empty bottles preloaded with SOS messages. All wines in the store, including those bought with this Groupon, are eligible for a 10% discount for purchases of at least six bottles and a 15% discount for purchases of a dozen or more.
Sojourning south from his native Minnesota, Jeff Chayer traveled to Texas, where he received his degree in viticulture and oenology. Not far behind was his brother Danny, who followed Jeff to Texas, where he began work at a local winery. Somewhere along the way, as their passion for wine grew, the two decided to travel to Colorado and open Silver Vines Winery. Since then, their tasting room has been named one of the 11 best tasting rooms in Colorado by the Denver Post. Amid massive swaths of exposed brick and gleaming hardwood, the brothers serve a collection of wines forged from Washington and Oregon grapes. The elixirs include a chardonnay, whose citric bouquet meshes with notes of oak, as well as a dessert-style chocolate wine and a range of merlots, syrahs, and cabernet sauvignons. Shelves cradle stacks of bottles, and glasses clink along the long wooden bar, punctuating the rhythms of the live bands who appear on weekend evenings and when they are locked out of the ZZ Top mansion.