Kitchen Alley outfits cooks with all the necessary devices for conjuring culinary masterpieces at home. On entering the cozy, charming shop, customers are greeted by a cornucopia of gourmet cookware that spills its contents across tables, onto shelves and the hardwood floor, and up against the exposed-brick walls. Add class to an upcoming tea party with a ceramic teapot from Fox Run ($17.50) or employ a 1.75-inch Norpro mesh tea infuser ($2.48) to permeate herbal libations with your favorite flavors, such as chamomile, lemongrass, or bangers and mash. A Joyce Chen bamboo mixing spoon ($6.25) prevents lazy soups and sauces from resting on their laurels, and a garlic twist ($18) reduces the hassle of mincing garlic with its set of cross-cutting teeth.
Verlo’s made-to-order mattresses support sleeping frames in custom comfort. A uniquely personal approach connects customers face to face with the mattress builders themselves, who create tailor-made dream cushions based on customer preference for firmness, texture, and sheep-ceiling clearance. The Nova mattress and foundation set ($199–$299) keeps dozing chassis comfortable with a breathable cotton cover and patent-pending VertiCoil undergirding, with springs that conform to body contours to reduce tossing and turning. The Glory flip-free mattress ($339–$619) adds upholstery-grade polyurethane foam to the equation and caresses sleeping skin with luxurious damask cotton covers. Physiques achieve royal recumbence on the Symphony’s motion-transfer-absorbing latex sleep surface ($889–$1,719), and its 100% biodegradable bamboo cover wicks away moisture and provides a healthy snack for stuffed panda bears.
From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 13 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, and KitchenAid.
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.
When brothers Joseph and Herb Guiry founded the paint store that bears their name, Denver was still an untamed frontier town, William McKinley was President, and the flag still had 45 stars and not a single cartoon dog. The year was 1899, and, in the hundred-plus years since, the store has remained a family tradition across four generations of shopkeepers. Today, the store’s seven locations carry paints for everything from houses to school projects, and supplement their stock with home decorations including lighting, wallpaper, and furniture.
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.