In 1993, the publishers of 5280 canvassed the Denver area with the intention of getting at the heart of what's important to its citizens. With its name honoring Denver's mile-high elevation (5,280 feet)—the name 63,360 inches was already taken—the magazine's editors and writers seek to represent their city with in-depth, honest, and exciting stories about local arts, entertainment, and dining. Each glossy, full-color issue comes loaded with restaurant reviews and profiles of locals making an impact on the region. With recurring stories such as "Top of the Town," "Top Doctors," and the annual restaurant guide, 5280 aims to guide locals and visitors to healthy, enriched lives.
Today, the magazine boasts a distribution of 85,000, making it one of Colorado's top-selling magazines. It was also named one of the five best city magazines in America by the City and Regional Magazine Association.
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.
Skeins of yarn form a colorful rainbow of shades from square cubbies lining the walls of Lamb Shoppe. Knitters can find all the materials and accessories, such as buttons or needles, necessary to carryout everyday projects or reanimate injured sock monkeys. Lamb Shoppe also provides a handful of classes and events for students to pick up new skills and create cool accessories.
Independent Records & Video stocks a superb selection of new and used CDs and LPs, DVDs, and games. Invite the eccentric musical stylings of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two ($9.95) into your eardrums, pick up Jimi Hendrix's recently released posthumous studio album, Valleys Of Neptune ($6.97 used), or pan for gold in stacks of classic and contemporary blues, jazz, electronic, and pop music. To rest eyes weary from searching old copies of National Geographic for photos of giant pinecones, take a look at Independent's stock of movies, which are available on DVD and Blu-ray and span every genre and time period. Classic comedies such as Caddyshack ($9.99) line shelves alongside newer releases that dive deep into unexplored depths of Earth and man (Oceans costs $28.99, season seven of Curb Your Enthusiasm costs $32.99.) Though stock varies in each store, Independent is committed to customer satisfaction and will place a special order at no extra charge.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.