For 34 years, Dick Kelly and his team of friendly sofa herders have collected fine specimens of used furnishings of all stripes and styles. The spacious showroom lays out an impressive spread of household accessories ideal for every room, such as a serpentine front sofa table ($165), or a Belmar sofa ($375), cushioning popcorn-chomping movie buffs and competitive couch-surfers alike. In addition to peddling cushiony recliners and sofas, Platte Furniture swaddles sleepers in a full set of colorful Egyptian-cotton bed sheets ($40–$50), decking out mattresses with flat sheets, fitted sheets, and two pillowcases. Like the sheets that graced King Tutankhamun's racecar bed, the more than 1,000 thread-count textiles soothe snoozers with the silky texture of a high-strength microfiber.
The enthusiastic coaches at Soccer Buddies educate youngsters on the value of physical fitness and impart much-needed confidence through drills and practices that refine fundamental skills. Lessons aim to build on the foundations of balance, agility, and coordination for budding athletes as young as 10 months old. As kids get older and their skills begin to mature, they’ll also have the chance to advance through age- and skill-appropriate classes, which increase the chance that students will be fully prepared for advanced moves such as bicycle kicks and the act of kissing a World Cup trophy. Youngsters will find new physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges at every leg of the training track, and those who excel will be eligible for an invitation to the Soccer Buddies Select class, a higher-level learning environment for competitive-minded players younger than 12.
At Puttin’ on the Paint, brush-wielders peruse more than 300 mugs, plates, and figurines before selecting a piece to paint. Idea books and a rainbow of pigments inspire artists before items are decorated, covered with a coat of glaze, and placed in the kiln. Objets d’art are ready for pickup six days after firing, and can be immediately displayed on coffee tables, in trophy cases, or affixed to a chain hanging around your sweetheart’s wrist. Puttin’ on the Paint welcomes walk-ins and happily hosts parties for birthday boys and girls and pre-brides.
Strands of icicle lights punch pearlescent holes in smoke, which trickles from a doorway beneath a sign emblazoned with two pyramids. Inside Pyramid Hookah, patrons inhale cool vapor through hoses as shisha, a fragrant type of tobacco, smolders in bowls crafted from clay or fresh fruit. Smoke rings punctuate the low murmur of conversation and drift up toward the ceiling like letters addressed to astronauts. Beside hookahs, popcorn and cookies rest in bowls, and glasses of Egyptian tea and Turkish coffee click together against the baritone murmur of water bubbling in the pipes. Belly dancers show off on weekend nights, twisting and jangling between wreaths of fruit-scented smoke.
From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 14 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, KitchenAid, Sealy,and Tempur-pedic.
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.