When people are ill, they usually either make a doctor's appointment or lie in bed and wait it out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has created a third option. Visits to its stores, which are scattered across the western US, are more casual than a doctor's visit but less passive than bed rest. Each location's team of health experts, including credentialed pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, and more, consult with customers?no appointment needed.
But Pharmaca aims to serve its customers every day, not just on sick days. Its stores have been drawing droves of clients since 2000, partly because they meet so many needs in just one spot. In addition to a full-service pharmacy, Pharmaca offers organic and food-based vitamins from MegaFood and New Chapter; professional-grade skin care and cosmetics from Jane Iredale, Sanitas, and Dr. Hauschka; and therapeutic-grade supplements from Metagenics and Thorne Research. Customers can also choose from an assortment of homeopathic remedies, herbal formulations, medical supplies, toiletries, gifts, and fair-trade chocolates.
At HW Home, owners Jim Hering and Ron Werner curate a luxurious collection of living-room, bedroom, and dining-room fixtures that have earned a slew of industry awards, including a Retailer of the Year title from the National Home Furnishings Association in 2013. Friendly, knowledgeable staff members guide shoppers through the selection of contemporary and classic chairs, sofas, beds, and tables from collections such as HW Interiors, Ralph Lauren, and DwellStudio. Their insight can help create ornate interiors filled with mahogany tables and leather upholstery or modern settings decorated with metal, glass, and nanobots. After purchasing their artisan buffet cabinet or bedroom set, customers can enlist the help of handy movers, who deliver, unwrap, and assemble all pieces.
Flawless skin, rosy cheeks, and red lips are the trademark of the vintage pin-up girl. Inspired by this classic look, the trio of licensed aestheticians at Sweet Cheeks Boutique paint faces with Jane Iredale makeup products, but without clogging pores. As they apply micro-pulverized minerals and pigments to the skin, flat overlapping particles allow pores to breathe while deflecting environmental pollutants such as exhaust fumes and jealousy. The aestheticians also buttress their makeup applications with skin-care treatments that range from gentle facials and waxing to on-site Botox injections.
Voted 5280 Magazine’s wine shop of the year, Incredible houses 13,000 square feet of fine wine, strong spirits, and bubbly brews. Conveniently located near the Sunflower Farmers Market, Incredible features a gargantuan grab bag of global wine. A 2008 Chilean Valdivieso merlot flaunts a micro-oxygenating technique that enhances the elixir’s natural oakiness ($9.99), and a 2006 Cataldi Madonna Trebbiano d’Abruzzo from Italy smacks of crisp fruit and a Pinocchio-wood finish ($18.99).
Lauded by 5280 Magazine in 2008 as one of Denver's 20 best new boutiques, A.Line enlivens the boutique scene with a shrewdly curated collection of apparel and accessories from both well-known and up-and-coming designers. Visitors browse breezy, patterned pieces from Splendid ($70 on average) and luxury denim from Citizens of Humanity and J Brand ($170 on average). Chic spring styles from Etoile by Isabel Marant ($295 on average) and T by Alexander Wang ($90 on average) look great amid April showers, May flowers, and June power hours, and a pair of Fiorentini + Baker boots click smartly along sunny sidewalks ($525). Fashionistas complete their looks with elegant accessories from Dogeared ($65 on average) and Alkemie jewelry ($135 on average) crafted from reclaimed heroically resuscitated metals.
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.