At Runners Roost, the staff members don’t just outfit athletes with shoes in the right sizes—they make sure the footwear matches each wearer’s individual needs with a thorough gait-and-arch analysis. As discussed during an interview with Colorado and Company, the staff records video of clients’ feet as they jog on a treadmill, then examines still frames to assess whether the shoes are offering proper support. With this method, customers can find the ideal footwear from brands such as New Balance, Saucony, and Nike for both women and men.
Channeling wisdom collected over the company’s 35 years in business, the pros at Runners Roost’s numerous Colorado locations also outfit athletes with accessories and sweat-wicking apparel perfect for triathlons over hot coals. In addition to supporting feet, Runners Roost has supported the local community throughout the years by sponsoring high-school cross-country and track meets, marathons, and other events.
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 16 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
Over the course of two decades, the glint of gemstones, polished beads, glass pearls, and sterling-silver chains on the shelves at Desert Gems have inspired countless crafters to create their own personalized jewelry. The shop's veteran staff leads workshops for novice and advanced beaders that cover foundational beading techniques, as well as leather- and wire-wrapping and advanced bead stitching. Between its stock of glass pearls and Turkish beads, Desert Gems carves out a third of the space in its store for rocks, minerals, carvings, and alien-crafted obelisks gathered from around the world.
Walking into Lehrer's Flowers is like walking into a massive botanical garden. This 30,000-square-foot facility stacks its pathways with plants from floor to ceiling. Down one aisle, the light bouquet of roses tantalizes the nose while a wall of green delights the eye in the next. Customers can pick and choose individual flowers or order specialty arrangements to celebrate weddings or mourn a passing. The shop also runs flower design classes for those who want to use their individual artistic touch to create their own arrangements.
123Mountain outfits nature enthusiasts with everything they need to enjoy the great outdoors, from sleeping bags and tents to men's and women's clothing. Hike from classroom to campsite with a light yet durable Kompressors Lowe Alpine bag ($40), or sport a silkweight Patagonia long-sleeve, which is made of moisture-wicking fabric ($45). A serious selection of sunglasses ($20+) keeps woodland creatures looking cool, and men's Skins half tights ($75) improve circulation while minimizing the body's drag coefficient. Shoppers can also pick up functional fashion accessories such as the M-9 Suunto wrist compass ($33.95) to avoid getting lost in the forest or in a particularly poorly groomed backyard.
Famous Footwear offers an array of fashionable hoof-hammocks, humanely branded with well-known names like PUMA, Skechers, and Naturalizer, and ready to anchor the wanderings of children, juniors, and adults. Outrun gravity’s painful punches with a pair of Nike Dual Air Fusion running shoes (women’s and men’s models), or cool off your overly hot dogs with a classic duo of Converse Chuck Taylors. Famous Footwear’s extensive selection of women’s dress shoes perform fancier footwork, adorning the fashionably frugal with such pedal accouterments as Madden Girl Fawwns, which have a trendy taupe tone that camouflages stealthy feet in an underbrush of leg. The shop features plenty of girls’ and boys’ options as well, including Crocband clogs made with antimicrobial materials to repel the germs that scour youngsters’ feet for fallen cookie crumbs.