Since 1927, Zonin’s Gourmet Market has crafted hearty Italian sausage from a family recipe and surrounded it with a robust menu of bold-flavored paninis, wraps, and salads. The Zonin's special transforms the signature sausage's taste-bud aria into a flavor opera with peppers, onions, sauce or cheese, and an epic death scene ($6). Otherwise, fulfill equally red-meaty desires with the roast-beef wrap's zesty blend of asiago cheese and horseradish ($7.50), or the Aquino panini, a cold press of mortadella and salami highlighted by roasted red peppers ($7.50). For a slightly lighter repast, treat pocket-sized pet rabbits to the Mauro’s special salad, which showcases candied walnuts, pears, and gorgonzola on mixed greens ($7.95). Zonin’s Gourmet Market also hooks up patrons with an assortment of prepared dishes, such as lasagna, fresh calamari salad, and stuffed shells.
During premieres of shop videos, Theory Skate and Snow fills with the staccato snap of wood against rails and wheels slipping away from asphalt into the air. Alongside a knowledgeable staff, patrons cheer on the store’s team of sponsored snowboarders and skaters, who appear in the clips. Around them, shelves groan beneath all manner of apparel and gear from brands such as Vans, Forum, and DC, and staff circulate, helping shoppers select a suitable deck or figure out how to out-skate their shadows. Dan and Frank, Theory’s owners, also demonstrate their love for skating by raising funds to help build local parks.
Flowers By Webster's florists have arranged blossoms of all shapes, colors, and scents since filling its first vases in 1963. Today, they create bouquets for all occasions, such as the red roses, pink carnations, and white daisies of the anniversary-themed Hugs and Kisses bouquet. Flowers By Webster also tucks houseplants into decorative containers, such as wicker baskets, and rounds out its showroom with year-round and seasonal home decorations.
Colorado Ski Shop outfits outdoor athletes with everything they need to explore Mother Nature's picturesque playgrounds by ski, snowboard, cycle, or snowshoe. Keep Jack Frost's chilly embrace from getting awkwardly personal by bundling up in a Roxy Jewel riding jacket ($84.95). Rossignol's PMC black ski poles ($34.95) will help skiers maintain equilibrium and provide a last line of defense against both abominable snowmen and unusually aggressive regular snowmen. Add an element of peeper protection with Spy Targa II goggles ($49.95), or leave mitts dexterous enough for après-ski shadow puppetry with Dakine Element gloves ($39.95). Slopephobes can comfortably cross countries with Rossignol X1 cross-country boots ($74.95), stroll across the most thoroughly flaked landscapes in Tubbs Xplore snowshoes ($129.95), or cruise wooded trails long after the snow has migrated north for the summer with the help of a mountain bike. An easily navigable website helps online shoppers sort through Colorado Ski Shop's broad selection quickly and easily, and a seven-day return policy lets customers make their purchases with the obnoxious confidence of an adult playing dodgeball with blindfolded children.
At Lux Boutique, shoppers browse eclectic fashions from an oft-restocked inventory with the assistance of a friendly, dedicated staff skilled at assembling stylish, seasonal ensembles. Fashionistas can array themselves in items such as a paint-splattered dress—a far cheaper alternative to full-body paint-splattered-dress tattoos ($38)—and a lace-detailed chiffon top, ideal for denim-accented outfits ($42). A motorcycle jacket ($48) stylishly protects wearers against chopper-grade winds, and an asymmetrical wool jacket ($50) strikes a blow against the tyrannous forces of symmetry. A selection of accessories, including a topaz necklace-and-earrings combo ($25), add sparkle to lobes, throats, and scarecrows in need of a makeover.
When Kathleen Duffy founded Herbarium in 1978, she'd never worked in a shop before. Luckily, a tight-knit network of friends and family were on hand to support her. An aunt donated a cash register, and a cousin with retail experience taught her to use it. After Kathleen learned from trial and error that 5 pounds of herbs could fill a small container or an entire bathtub, depending on the plant, friends begged her to buy a calculator to use while ordering supplies. Eventually, even her customers pitched in, offering everything from suggestions for organizing the store to calligraphy labels for the bulk herbs. As her business took off, Kathleen—a former critical-care nurse—became more and more curious about how herbal treatments worked in the body. She began studying constantly, testing out new cures on herself and her family, and taking classes everywhere from the Gaia Institute to Harvard Medical School. In 1990, she turned over the shop to her daughter Andrea to focus on her studies full time, earning her certification as a clinical aromatherapist in 1999. Today, Kathleen still takes time out of her hospital-teaching schedule to personally train all of the staff members at Herbarium. Under Andrea's attentive eye, these herbal gurus guide customers through shelves stocked with aromatherapy products, potpourri, bath salts, and glycerin soap as well as natural remedies.