Style Matters Helps Democratic Assembly Delegates Get Ready for Spring

Contributing Contributor

This year’s Democratic delegates are ideally positioned to fit in some power shopping when done with their party’s business. Style Matters is not encouraging skipping any caucuses or votes. Heaven forbid! But during down time... and with no major statewide primary contests for Democrats this year… why not? Denver’s best downtown shopping area is Larimer Square, which is actually not a square in the traditional sense, but one city block bursting with boutiques and restaurants housed in Victorian brownstones. Take advantage of Larimer’s proximity to the convention center. It’s just a free bus ride away on the 16th Street Mall.

Where to Shop — Downtown Denver



1413 Larimer St.

A gem of a boutique in the middle of Larimer’s hubbub, Eve stocks one-of-a kind clothing for the woman who loves to shop. Clothes are trendy and range in sizes from 0-8. Eve only carries one or two of each item, so when a size is gone, it’s gone. Charming cosmopolitan owner Sabine Rocho will greet you with a warm smile and within a few minutes you will feel like you’ve met your new best friend... one who has excellent taste.

The Larimer Square Walkway on the same side of the street as Eve, had some other new finds for Style Matters. Read for those.

Chocolatier Blue

Chocolatier Blue

1423 Larimer St. #080

Okay, you can’t wear them, but the chocolates in this store are unbelievable. SM has never seen anything like them. They are tiny, yummy works of art. Need a gift idea? Want a supporter to walk blocks for you, or need a little treat to thank a major contributor who has maxed out on your campaign? Pick up a six-piece box of chocolates for a reasonable $12 or a 12-piece box for $20. Your recipients will be forever grateful. (Be back in a sec. SM suddenly has the urge to get into the cooking chocolate.)

Hailee Grace

Hailee Grace

1423 Larimer St. #090

This urban chic boutique carries loads of trendy clothing at very affordable prices. Delegates, don’t be daunted by the youthful customers. There’s plenty of cute tops, sweaters, dresses and skirts to go around. (Note: SM indulged in a purchase.) Sizes XS-L.

Where to Shop — Denver Neighborhoods

Should you want to venture beyond downtown, other great shopping neighborhoods are just a short ride from the convention center. Head right to South Gaylord and Cherry Creek North. There are many great boutiques in these areas so make sure to leave plenty of time to explore.

Barbara & Company

Barbara & Company

1067 S. Gaylord St.

Denver fashionistas know that Barbara & Company is the place to go for that special ensemble put together by one of the best trained sales personnel in the metro area. Clothing here is what SM would call classic sophisticated. The boutique has all the hot new colors, but less bright and more muted. B & C is loaded with black and white dresses and tops in brands you won’t find anywhere else. Mr. Style Matters is particularly fond of the dressing rooms. Relaxing chairs face the dressing rooms so that your Mr. Style Matters can be comfy while you put on a one-woman fashion show.

Sizes 0-14.

Wish Boutique

Wish Boutique

1099 S. Gaylord St.

Formerly Pine Creek, this new incarnation looks remarkably like the old boutique. When SM was there, the store was packed with loyal customers checking out the goods. Merchandise is arranged by color, making it easy to mix and match. The Wish style could be described as “car pool couture.” If that’s your life style, you will jump at the trendy tops, one-of-a-kind jackets and adorable dresses priced reasonably for women on a car pool budget.

Sizes 2-12; XS-XL.



239 Detroit St.

Prepare to be wowed! Garbarini in its bright new double-the-size digs is a fashionista’s vision. Current styles by some of the hottest designers adorn the custom made racks and displays. This season the boutique is headlining the Robert Rodriguez line, and what a smart decision that is. His clothes are au courant and eye popping. Here’s the place to look for that special occasion dress or victory outfit. Don’t forget to visit the shoe section. Garbarini’s customers have discovered the comfort of flats, and the boutique maintains a trendy selection. Sizes 0-12; shoes 6-10.

Now that you have the clothes, complete your new wardrobe with the most current accessories.

Personal Shopper Services

If you’re staying on in Denver or Boulder for some R and R (or as SM refers to it — B and S, Browsing and Shopping) after the assembly excitement has worn thin, consider arranging for a personal shopper. Three of the most experienced shoppers work at the Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy’s at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, number two in overall Denver attractions.

Macy’s by Appointment

Elizabeth Owens

15 South Steele St. • (303) 390-2200 x 4610 • •

Owens is the only Macy’s personal shopper in Colorado. She heads up Macy’s by Appointment, the department store’s personal shopping services. These include a personal profile of your style preferences and a wardrobe consultation. Services are complimentary and you don’t need to buy a certain amount in order to engage the service. Call in advance.

Neiman Marcus

Nancy Sagar, Public Relations Manager

3030 East 1st Ave. • (720) 941-4507 •

Nancy Sagar is the undisputed doyenne of fashion in Denver. Call Nancy and let her know your shopping needs. Whether its casual or dressy, Nancy will match you with an experienced sales associate, who will pull outfits, stand by with a dressing room and accessorize your look. Services are free, and there’s no minimum purchase. Call 24 hours in advance.


Breona Madden

2810 East First Ave. • (720) 746-2424

Contact personal stylist department manager; call at least one to two days in advance. •

Nordstrom has two personal shopping services: beauty stylists and personal stylists. Both services are free. A beauty stylist recommends the best beauty, skincare, fragrance and grooming products. Nordstrom has four stylists for men and nine for women. Their services are complimentary and they will work within any budget. These talented and friendly professionals will dress you head to toe for an event or just select an item to update your wardrobe.

Judie Schwartz, AKA Style Matters, is the co-author of two best-selling books on the best places to shop in Colorado. Called “A Fashion-Lover’s Guide to the Best Shopping in Denver and Beyond,” the books are available at Schwartz is also a wardrobe consultant. She has one husband, three children, no pets and small closets.