Changes in Latitude (credit: Audie Streetman)
Whether the occasion calls for business or pleasure, unique and quality luggage is more important than most give credit to. No one wants to be that traveler at the baggage claim scanning through a turntable of black suitcases in search of their own. The importance of a good quality and unusual suitcase, handbag, briefcase and even a diaper bag cannot be overlooked. While away from home base, it is the luggage that holds one’s life together and the following Denver-area stores offer the variety the savvy shopper needs.
Colorado Bag’n Baggage
3000 E. 1st Ave.,#169
Denver, CO 80206
Colorado Bag’n Baggage is the first luggage and accessory store on the tip of most everyone’s tongue. Based right here in Colorado, it offers a variety of luggage, travel accessories, handbags, wallets and briefcases that meet the needs of most travelers. Conveniently located in Denver, Cherry Creek, Boulder, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Aurora and Lone Tree, visitors to these stores will find everything they are looking for including a few things they didn’t even know they needed. The novice traveler will be in luck with the friendly and knowledgeable staff to help the shopper find exactly what they need within their budget.
Changes in Latitude Travel Store
Boulder, CO 80302
The front page of the website says it all with a palm umbrella on a sandy beach. Changes in Latitude offers smart and light luggage and accessories to prepare for whatever adventure awaits. This locally owned store offers everything from travel clothing, gear, guidebooks and maps. It even offers a series of free travel programs hosted by the staff. Programs include classes on topics such as Packing Light Clinic, India: A Kaleidoscope of Spirit, The Mongol Rally and Nepal and Tibet. This company focuses its attention on easy-to-pack, lightweight and easy-care clothing that will make the trip as smooth as possible.
1655 Jasper St.
Aurora, CO 80011
Quality luggage is rarely inexpensive and when a part breaks, the last thing a person wants to think about is replacing a piece of their travel set. The Luggage Doctor in Aurora is just the place to bring a traveler’s trustworthy suitcase. Its helpful staff is here to save that favorite piece of luggage with a replaced handle or repaired wheels, making it almost as good as the date of purchase. It is a bonus that Luggage Doctor will even ship a bag to the person’s next travel location. Luggage Doctor’s reasonable prices and very friendly staff keep customers coming back.
The Giggling Green Bean
3929 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
Whether a father is traveling across the country or just down to the hardware store, men are never keen on carrying a teddy bear-designed diaper bag across their shoulder. Dadgear was designed by two dads, John and Scott, who knew exactly what it felt like to be dads with babies in tow. This shop sells vests in sharp dressy colors that hold everything from a changing pad, diapers, toys and food, all in style. For the active dad, the vest even has a hole for the iPod headphones. The diaper bag looks like a laptop satchel people would never know contained Pampers and baby wipes stashed away in the secret pockets. There might even be room for the laptop. There’s even a cool looking backpack that can hold five books, crayons, changes of clothes, a first-aid kit, snacks, wallet, cell phone, camera, bottles of water and the almighty sippy cup.
5500 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., #160
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
For the traveler who does luggage and accessory shopping on their lunch break, there is a great online store which meets the needs. Based out of Greenwood Village, eBags is an online seller of everything from luggage and backpacks to purses, wallets and laptop bags. This convenient online shopping experience carries more than 500 brand names such as Samsonite, JanSport, Kate Spade, Fossil and Nike. Founded by five guys with every type of luggage and retail experience, it’s become a go to site since hitting the web in 1998.
Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.