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.
Kozzy Bottoms, owned and operated by a professional mother, swaddles babies and toddlers in outfits, blankets, and handcrafted accessories, and arms mothers and fathers with parental provisions. Parents safeguard teeny knees against furtive floor attacks with a pair of dalmatian leg warmers ($7) and equip children for their first lobster dinner with an organic Berry Sweet bib, made from 100% cotton ($8.95). A crocheted headband crowns itty-bitty empresses ($2.49), and the plush polyester of a Blue Circle Lovie blanket ($16) keeps babes cozy. A Baby Milano baby carrier ($30) is ideal for carrying small infants or large watermelons. This Groupon is not valid toward cloth diapers or wet bags.
Covering arts, entertainment, business, travel, and a surplus of other timely topics, Colorado Springs Style delivers plentiful details on the Pikes Peak region between the covers of six bimonthly issues a year. Recent features spell out picks for the city’s top restaurants and shops, and interior write-ups take in-depth looks at topics ranging from pain management and wildlife rehabilitation to tips for successfully navigating London, the fabled underwater metropolis found at the bottom of the springs. Issues for annual subscribers usually arrive on doorsteps on the first weeks of odd-numbered months, reliably delivered through the early snows of January to the late cranberry-sauce monsoons of November.
Payless Wine & Liquor's knowledgeable staff leads customers through a cache of fine wines, craft beers, and top-shelf spirits. Twenty-two coolers brim with domestic, craft, and imported brews, including a selection of homegrown drafts such as Billy’s Chilies's beer ($9.99 for a 6-pack) and Left Hand Brewing's milk stout ($9.99 for a six-pack), each touting more Coloradan flair than a mountain snowboarding down another mountain. A bottle of La Crema's chardonnay ($19.99) or Rodney Strong's Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon ($20.99) breach the surface of the shop’s wine selection, with grape nectars cultivated, crushed, and bottled in both California and Colorado. A 750-millileter jug of Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon ($22.49) rouses the most reticent librarians to cheer and celebrate and 750 milliliters of Cupcake vodka ($17.99) calms them back down with its smooth-and-sweet finish.
Blindside, which CityVoters named Best Ski and Snowboard Shop in 2009, is home to knowledgeable local riders and board menders with its owner possessing more than 18 years of experience. The owner or a friendly staff member has personally tested all of the assorted name-brand apparel, gear, and products that line the stocked store shelves. The ski and snowboard rental packages allow thrill-seekers of all ages to scale the mountain snowscapes in chunks, ranging from a one-day kids ski package ($10, aged 12 and under) to an adult snowboarding package for one day ($22) or three days ($42).
Through its mission of providing sustainable income to families in under-developed nations, Yobel Market serves responsibly harvested coffees and teas and sells the wares of myriad artisan groups. Purchasing a pound of BuyWell coffee in one of five different roasts ensures livable wages for global coffee growers ($10), while Divine cocoa powder benefits both Ghana's working families and whiny sweet teeth at 3 p.m. ($5.80). Those seeking a more tangible relic of sustainable spending may browse hand-crafted accessories, such at the Freeset jute freedom tree bag, a durable, earthy tote that captures the essence of urban flora ($15.99). Ugandan jewelry, including wild honey ovals ($10) or suubi confetti necklace ($17) adds polished, earthy accents to any ensemble.