From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 14 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, KitchenAid, Sealy,and Tempur-pedic.
At each location, knowledgeable staffers shepherd patrons through sprawling showrooms, which collectively tout more than 150,000 pieces of equipment, including laundry machinery, kitchen appliances, microwaves, and macrowaves. They can special order items not in stock or tap into a stash of spare parts to repair busted apparatus. In addition to appliances, the staff can point patrons toward a fleet of mattresses and overstock items.
At Urban Mattress, patrons can sprawl out on comfy, soporific mattresses from brands such as Sherwood, Tempur-Pedic, Lumina, and Urban Organics in search of firm billows. The owner-operated stores also offer sustainable options that leave little to no carbon footprint and are biodegradable, making future archaeologists' jobs easier when they go to uncover the cans of peas hidden under our beds. Two percent of all proceeds finds its way to local nonprofits, ensuring that customers can sleep better at night in more ways than one.
Whether you've got a flair for flares, an addiction to cigarette jeans, or you push toward pedal-pushing pedal pushers, The Blues Jean Bar has the stone-washed, pre-torn, or impeccable indigo of your dreams. The shop is designed like a tavern, keeping the savory styles of more than 40 top labels (for both men and women) “on tap.” Saunter up to the wood-hewn bar and ask the friendly denim-smith to whip you up a pair that combines your favorite wash, size, cut, and aroma. He or she will rifle through shelves stocked with labels such as Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and Red Engine to find your fittingest fit in the latest fashion, eliminating the drudgery of surfing wave after indistinguishable wave of blue. D Magazine, which recently named the bar the Best Place to Buy Jeans, calls it "almost as fun as a real bar." Prices range from $150 to $225, depending on the label and style.
Voted the Denver area's Best Garden Center in ABC 7's A-List contest for the past four years, Tagawa Gardens houses an army of leafy soldiers in 160,000-square-feet of indoor greenhouses. A VeriFlora-certified sustainable garden center, the store emphasizes eco-friendly gardening methods, stocking a large selection of organically grown herb and vegetable plants, and encouraging natural plant care alternatives, such as letting them grow up completely nude. Inside the center, visitors can stroll past fairy-garden displays before settling on flowery finds such as the hybrid tea-rose bush ($36.99).
Looking for a way to combine a passion for interior decorating and a way to spend time with her family, Carla McElroy abandoned the long hours and late nights of a lucrative commercial job to open her first small design studio in her garage. Years and several relocations later, Carla's small business has blossomed into an award-winning design firm. Amidst Centennial's specialty boutiques and restaurants, her 5,500-square-foot retail store showcases home furniture and accessories from around the globe. Ornamental rugs stretch across the floor, cushioning tasteful arrangements of lamps, bedding, and artwork. Meanwhile, chic clothing, shoes, and jewelry dangle from racks. Carla and her seasoned design staff extend their expertise to a range of commercial and residential services, including room makeovers, space planning, and poltergeist exorcism.
For more than 30 years, there has been a frame shop at Dry Creek and University. And, despite a decade of ownership shuffling, framers coming and going, and a name change, Studio C Framing has carried on as the community's frame shop. Today, husband and wife owners Matt and Bethany—who met at the shop 10 years ago—have distilled Studio C's operation into a team of talented professionals. Combined, that team boasts more than 50 years of experience in preserving special objects behind glass, from guitars and photos to entire refrigerator doors. The shop also provides such services as picture installation, design advice, and canvas stretching, and every month, it showcases pieces of art from students at Arapahoe High School.