Make the girl in your life feel special this year, with a thought-out, creative, and out-of-norm idea. Whatever the occasion, or for no occasion at all, surprise her with a sassy new hand bag- that’s not from Coach, an antique piece of jewelry she’ll treasure forever, a well-deserved pampered spa treatment she’ll be thanking you for over and over, a sure-bet box of sweet chocolates, or even a new pair of running shoes for her daily jogs. Even be so brave to shock her with the dancing lessons she’s always talked about! Evoke the creative or romantic side of you when shopping for your girl.

Pandora Jewlery


Pandora Jewelry

220 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-7073

Get her something with sparkling fashion at Pandora Jewelry, located in Capitol Hill. There are so many unique goodies in here, including its core of modern and vintage style jewelry. You can select a Mexican design embroidered purse. A beaded journal waiting for its pages to be filled with her imagination. Find a swirling photo frame and jewelry box to match. Or maybe just a gag gift of mini flying ninjas to make her laugh. Pandora Jewelry is a city girl’s treasure chest of ideas!

Ahh Mobile Spa


Ahhh Mobile Spa

At your home!
Based in Longmont, CO
(720) 252-4516

Arrange a girl’s day-in of facials, massages, pedicures and wine tasting, with Ahhh Mobile Spa- where the services come to your house! Prices average about $100 per person depending on package, and it promises to be a time she’ll never forget! It’s privately owned by Amber Murray, and her and her staff of trained spa professionals will be happy to customize the perfect event. They bring all their own massage tables and spa equipment, all you need is a comfy spot in your home. A favorite combination is to have a few girls in a group getting spa treatments, while a few others sip wine and learn about wine tasting basics, regions, and pairings, and then swap chairs to finish the full package. You can also select pampering packages for couples, including entire bridal parties. Browse through the website and give Amber a call to reserve your spa day at home for the ladies.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

1512 Larimer St., Space #44-R
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-1887

There are so many cute chocolate shops opening all around Denver every day. But one can’t forget about the Durango born Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, who still has some of the best mouth-watering chocolates and candies around. Even if it’s not Valentine’s Day, you can get her a box of assorted truffles and nougats. Select an assortment of dark, milk and white chocolate dipped goodies, such as pretzels, graham crackers and cherries. Wrap up her favorite caramel covered apple. Remember to pet the signature giant teddy bear on your way out for good luck, though, you won’t need it, because no girl can deny the sweet goodness you’re about to give!

Antique Row Broadway

400-2000 Block of South Broadway

Any man can get a woman a fancy tennis bracelet from some high-end jewelry store around town. But a thoughtful and creative man can get his lady a treasured antique piece of jewelry that’s one of a kind. Do some gem hunting along the Antique Row of South Broadway, and you’re bound to find something unique. There are a lot of antique stores to choose from, some to try for a start are: Shirley’s Chapeaus & Vintage Boutique, and Somewhere in Time, for a good selection of costume jewelry; The Treasured Scarab, for all eras of antique jewelry; or the Manhattan West Timeless Jewelry, for the very old, but elegant styles, including gold and silver pieces, and vintage wrist watches.

Outdoor Divas (credit: Lorne Eric Fultonberg)

Outdoor Divas

2717 E. 3rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 320-3482

If you live in Colorado, chances are you have a girl in mind that necessitates shopping for anywhere-but-trendy fashion hubs and gaudy jewelry stores. She’s a runner, a rock climber, a yoga goer, a mountain camper; she needs practical, yet, still feminine goods for all her activities. Outdoor Divas in Cherry Creek is just the place for her! They have rock climbing gear and wear, swim suits, for training and for leisure, running shoes and outer wear, hiking backpacks, shoes and jackets, yoga outfits and accessories, biking shorts and tops, including ski and snowboarding clothing, bindings, boots and boards. Your girl might need some essential items to make her outdoor activities go smoother, and she can look good in them too!

Mercury Cafe (credit: CBS)

Mercury Café

2199 California St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 294-9281

You know your girlfriend or wife has been begging you for years to go dancing! If even just to do a lesson to get the feet moving and the smiles widening. The Mercury Café is one of the best places to go dancing in Denver, and it’s such a fun and different way share the evening together, and even get some exercise! It’s a combination restaurant, bar, stage performance and dance hall, all within a wide space and two levels at 21st and California, next to Downtown Denver. Upstairs, you’ll find seasoned wood floors, fuzzy-feeling strands of lights, sometimes live jazz bands, to host your dance lesson. They offer swing dance lessons Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, for $10 and under, and Tango Classes on Friday evenings. Locals from all ages and all abilities attend these classes, so don’t worry about impressing anyone but your girl!

– Sarah Carpenter lives in Littleton, where she was born and raised. She spent a decade in Downtown Denver, and its surrounding neighborhoods, going to school for writing, working in the service industry, and getting to know Denver’s diverse culture. She has a passion for travel writing, local and afar, focusing the story on its people, culture and region.