Quality Inn Central
200 WEST 48TH AVE
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: (303) 296-4000
Fax: (303) 296-4869
The Source is an indoor marketplace that houses bakeries, bars, breweries, restaurants, cafés, bookshops, grocers and florists. Here, upcoming artisans and food entrepreneurs get a chance to exhibit their culinary skills through classic and innovative dishes. Shop for gourmet meats, cheeses and sauces and sample tacos, seafood, fruit juices and cocktails at the stalls. Beer connoisseurs will delight in the brewery while those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the French pastries at the bakery. This market is located within a 19th-century iron foundry and the architects retained its original elements such as high ceilings, metal beams and semi-open spaces while designing the marketplace, to preserve the industrial look of the foundry. Keep checking their website for updates on frequent culinary events and sales.
Hammond's Candies has been creating some of the world's sweetest confections since 1920. You will enjoy their heavenly sweets like sugar sticks, caramels, ice tea sippers, everyday twist lollipops, fruit slice crystal cuts and much more. Hammond's also sells candy made specifically for holidays such as Christmas, Halloween and Easter. This old-fashioned shop enjoys sharing the magic of the candy making process by having extensive factory tours which show that making candy is just as fun as eating it. Hammond's Candies is sure to be a delightful experience for kids of all ages.
If you are from Colorado, you know that your clothes and accessories must be sturdy. Fortunately, Topo Designs' items are just that - sturdy, and not only just durable, but fashionable as well. The brand features various duffels and backpacks, with shirts and different accessories such as accessory straps and totes, all in different colors.
Confluence Kayaks allows you to experience a wild mountain adventure without ever leaving the city. Conveniently located a block off the South Platte River and within walking distance of downtown, these river-running specialists offer daily and weekly kayak rentals. If you need lessons, no problem, for the shop's river-savvy staff provides beginner classes for the novice and advanced river techniques for the experienced. It also offers the largest selection of kayak gear in Colorado, including top brands like Lotus Designs, Mountain Surf, and Eskimo.
The great outdoors will seem even greater after visiting this discount outdoor adventure shop. Unlike other stores that make the same claim yet sell gear that is best suited for a backyard slumber party, this shop features only top-of-the-line gear by such makers as Sierra Designs and Moss. Everything on the shelves is either used, discontinued, overstocked, cosmetically blemished or closed-out. This allows for markdowns at 20 to 60 percent below retail. Ropes, tents, climbing shoes, clothing, sleeping bags, cookware and binoculars are just some of the items in stock.
Come practice Spanish at this popular and wonderfully authentic Mexican bakery, and pick up a tasty Torta. Bite into the Carnita, or try out a hearty ham and cheese sandwich! In addition to cookies and cakes, Rosales Mexican Bakery offers traditional candies such as Membrillo and Grenudas. Groceries are also available. Chiles, Masa and Nopales are among the regular goods, and as an added bonus you can even drink the water here.
Located downtown in Sakura Square, the Pacific Mercantile Company imports a wide variety of Asian grocery items including noodles, rice, seasonings, frozen food, cooking utensils, Sanrio products and more. The shop looks more like something one would find in San Francisco, or Seattle's Pike Street market. Nevertheless, the selection is the best in the Denver area. Because it is so un-Denver like, it is just fun to roam around this store. Sakura Square also has a Japanese gift shop and bookstore.
Whether you are in search of an old map for decorative wall purposes or for historic reasons, this antique cartography shop can probably satisfy your pursuit. The Old Map Gallery carries maps of the United States as well as individual state maps, many of which date back to the 1700s. There are also period maps of just about every country in the world, including such tiny lands as Sri Lanka and mystical Tibet. The shop tries to carry old books by Hemingway and such, but its selection is small at best.
This massive flagship store is not only a shop but also a tourist attraction. Housed in the historic Tramway Building, the folks at REI coughed up over USD28 million to transform the old structure into an outdoor retail mecca. Besides the usual array of outdoor gear and clothing, it also offers a 45-foot climbing wall, mountain bike test trail, children's play area and a cold room to test winter parkas. It is the only store in the world where one can possibly leave with frostbite, rope burns and bike saddle sores.
Rockmount Ranch Wear is the only company you need to know in Western wear. This family business first opened its doors in 1946, and it's still selling high-quality cowboy clothing to the people of Denver. Their style is so iconic that their signature shirt is on display at the Smithsonian. Come in and see their line of hats, shirts, boots, belts and more, for men, women and children.
Tattered Cover used to be a small bookstore in Denver. Now it has become one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States, boasting an unbeatable selection of books and impeccable customer service. If you need to find something or would like a recommendation for a book, the staff will bend over backwards to help you. If you are craving a relaxing day, pay a visit to Tattered Cover, grab a book and enjoy the comfy atmosphere - all cozy chairs, sleek hardwood floors and brick walls.
The Tabor Center, located on the 16th Street Mall, is a two-block, glass structure housing a small shopping galleria and the Westin Hotel Tabor Center. An expansion and renovation to the Center has added the mammoth ESPN Fun Zone. The complex sports a variety of ever-changing specialty stores peddling fashion, accessories, cards, gifts, toys and games. The food court is a happening lunch destination, but for something more upscale try the popular Cheesecake Factory, or the stylish Palm Restaurant.