This place will bring out the kid in you. A lot of their amazing toys and gadgets are even hard for adults to resist. WARNING: If you visit the Discovery channel store with children, your wallet may suffer massive deflation. It's the best place to buy children's gifts.
PROS: almost everything they sell is appealing
CONS: You can't buy it all
S&S Optika has a reputation both for selling outstanding optical gear and for the depth of knowledge and expertise of the owner and staff. Here you can not only find the best binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, microscopes and more, but you get the expert advice that helps you pick the perfect model for you.
PROS: expert personal service
CONS: makes me drool over toys I can't afford.
This is the Walmart of local liquor stores. Some other places may have sale prices lower than Applejack's regular prices, but Applejack has frequent sales, too, and those prices are unbeatable. Their selection of beers, wines, and distilled spirits is just as hard to beat. For a bottle or two, it's not always convenient, but if you're stocking up, it's worth the drive to Applejack's.
PROS: Stocks an amazing selection of beverages
CONS: No credit cards accepted - cash or check only
Cross Home Depot with Goodwill and that's Buds in a nutshell. They sell building and home improvement supplies donated by builders, contractors and the public. It's a non-profit and the employees are in recovery programs. They always have plumbing, lighting, electrical, tile, cabinets, windows, doors, appliances, etc. Sometimes you can find a footed bathtub or granite slabs or stained glass windows. It all depends on timing as the turnover is fast. Also, donations to Bud's are tax deductible.
PROS: Can find unexpected treasures, prices are dirt cheap.
CONS: Be prepared to sift through a lot of stuff to find what you want.
The Denver Bread Company bakes some of the best bread I've ever enjoyed. The bsic style is Northern Italian paisano or rustic. It has substance to it and a crisp crust that is just perfect. THere are several types available and a few pretty good baked sweets, but the real winer is just plain good fresh bread that typifies the best of what we call homemade. Try it. You won't be sorry.
PROS: Taste, texture, & aroma
CONS: only one small, inconvenient (for me) location
Paulino's has a huge expanse of shrubs & trees and an unmatched selection of native and xeric perennials. It's also a good place to shop for roses as they have a good variety of healthy potted roses. For indoor plants and tropicals, I don't know of a bigger selection in the area, and they have water plants as well. One of our traditional "rites of spring" is a trip to Paulino Gardens (40+ miles for us) to stock up on the items that only they have and to buy tomato plants for my wife.
PROS: good source of unusual and new items
CONS: very crowded on spring weekends
Jared's is a smaller, neighborhood nursery whose strong point is annuals. They do have a reasonable selection of perennials and some shrubs, but annuals is why we go to Jared's. Prices are in line with other local nurseries.
What the iPod did for portable music the Apple Store has done for computer retailing. It's as different in appearance as a mac is from a typical clunky Wintel PC. You can also buy iPods, software, and accessories in thei elegant store. The Apple geniuses at the genius bar are there to give you answers to issues with your Apple product and various user classes are held throughout the month.
My wife draged me all over town to look at lights when we recently did some remodellig. We finally wound up at Garfields and were able to buy most of our lights there. I was impressed by their knowledgeable staff and the prices were low too.
Foss Drug is a lot more than a drug store. It has one of the best collections of Colorado souveniers and gifts. This is where I take out-of-state visitors to get the t-shirts, paperweights, and other souvenies & mementos. Well worth a visit.