Rows of lofty wooden bookshelves sweep across $2 Buck Books, each packed with new and used books in a range of genres. Corridors of fiction and nonfiction books meander across the 4,000-square-foot shop, brimming with both hard and soft covers. The entire back corner of the store dedicates itself to romance novels, and a wall of children's books towers over child-sized chairs and tables. In addition to books, the store purveys a variety of DVDs, CDs, and records, along with Melissa & Doug children's puzzles. The store's exchange policy invites customers to trade in books or a sister's professionally bound diary in exchange for store credit, and its online Amazon store allows the shop to special order newer or rare selections.
Colorado Co-op carefully curates a collection of home and bath products and fashions for every budget, which has helped to earn it features in major fashion magazines including Lucky. The asymmetrical draping of the Aryn K red velvet cocktail dress ($148) flatters figures and conceals vestigial tails, and the black lace midriff shift dress with a lace inset ($108) highlights svelte head props with a chic boat neck. The gray Aryn K cape with accent black side pockets and wrap neck ($118) offers up a funky fall silhouette. Day-to-day necessities such as wallets and cartons of Fabergé eggs fit handily into a George Gina & Lucy Principessa bag, a brown purse embellished with silver studs and a decorative silver lock ($218). Colorado Co-op customers can also add excitement to boring bathing rituals with Votivo candles, Marianella soaps Kiehl’s products, and bubble-wrap baths.
Sports Authority's ski and snowboard rejuvenations mend mountainside wear and tear to help improve performance during gravity-fueled sojourns. Stonegrinding sessions score underside surfaces with striations, cutting down on suction and allowing the precise directional control needed for conquering moguls, slaloms, and decorative rosettes on slope-sized birthday cakes. P-Tex candles provide restorative wax drips across battered board bottoms, filling in gashes and gouges created by errant roots, protruding rocks, and bites from board-eating snow leopards.
For the last 10 years, The Colorado Running Company has wooed the local running community with its commitment to fitness, high-quality running gear, and friendly, attentive customer service. To find the best-fitting shoes for your leg stoppers, staff members will thoroughly examine your stride through video-recorded gait analysis, a technique recently recovered from the Russians. These expert shoe shamans will measure your foot snakes both sitting and standing to determine the most comfortable, supportive fit. Whether your arch is as lofty as a Gothic cathedral or as flat and glyph-covered as the Rosetta Stone, The Colorado Running Company has an impressive variety of famous footwear brands and orthotics from Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Saucony, La Sportiva, Inov-8, Sole Custom Footbeds, Superfeet, Newton Running, and more (starting at $90). For jealous legs, hips, and torsos, The Colorado Running Company also stocks an array of athletic apparel (starting at $30), including Skirt Sports running skirts and SUGOI tops.
Blindside, which CityVoters named Best Ski and Snowboard Shop in 2009, is home to knowledgeable local riders and board menders with its owner possessing more than 18 years of experience. The owner or a friendly staff member has personally tested all of the assorted name-brand apparel, gear, and products that line the stocked store shelves. The ski and snowboard rental packages allow thrill-seekers of all ages to scale the mountain snowscapes in chunks, ranging from a one-day kids ski package ($10, aged 12 and under) to an adult snowboarding package for one day ($22) or three days ($42).
Through its mission of providing sustainable income to families in under-developed nations, Yobel Market serves responsibly harvested coffees and teas and sells the wares of myriad artisan groups. Purchasing a pound of BuyWell coffee in one of five different roasts ensures livable wages for global coffee growers ($10), while Divine cocoa powder benefits both Ghana's working families and whiny sweet teeth at 3 p.m. ($5.80). Those seeking a more tangible relic of sustainable spending may browse hand-crafted accessories, such at the Freeset jute freedom tree bag, a durable, earthy tote that captures the essence of urban flora ($15.99). Ugandan jewelry, including wild honey ovals ($10) or suubi confetti necklace ($17) adds polished, earthy accents to any ensemble.