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Summertime in Colorado means barbecues, garden parties, cocktails or simply hanging out on the patio. Since you’re probably spending so much time out there, why not make your patio your own with some furniture and other touches from local shops? Ditch the standard garden furniture and check out one of these shops instead.

Howard Lorton Galleries
12 E. 12th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-1212

Outfitting Denver homes for more than 85 years, this shop is a South Broadway fixture. With contemporary and elegant designs, stop by if you want a cocktail party patio. With furnishings from more than 400 designers, and a design team on staff, this shop is a great place to go for chairs, tables and much more. Whether you’re going for a bistro set-up or an outdoor living area, this shop has furniture for you.

Home & Again
66 S. Broadway Ave.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 781-1400

This furniture and home accessories consignment shop offers cute, vintage items at discount prices. The shop employs several individuals who know just how to restore and refurbish furniture. If you just want to give your existing furniture a makeover, stop in and ask for some tips and tricks, and pick up some table decorations and other accents while you’re at it. This is a good store for people with many different styles, so check it out.

Lehrer Fireplace & Patio
2085 S. Holly St.
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 756-3567

Even in the summer, Denver nights can get chilly, especially during monsoon season. Check out this retailer for a backyard fireplace or fire pit and stay warm and toasty even when it’s cold. Offering installation services as well, you can be sure that your fire will stay in the pit. Lehrer Fireplace & Patio also carries patio furniture of many designs from rustic to modern. Pick up a grill too, and get everything you need for your patio party.

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Home & Hearth Outfitters

999 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 722-6698

Home & Hearth Outfitters offers outdoor fireplaces and heaters to warm your patio. With chic and elegant furniture and stone fireplaces, this store has everything you need to create an urban oasis in your backyard. With French-inspired lighting and other accessories, this shop has everything you need to create a backyard worthy of hosting everything from birthday parties to black-tie celebrations.

Creative Living Interior and Exterior Décor
1101 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 222-9509

Located in the Santa Fe Arts District, this shop is owned and operated by local artists Will and Gita Hyde. All of the furniture here is designed and made in the U.S.A., and several pieces are created by local artists. With handmade, high-quality furniture, this is the place to go for unique furniture that stands out. From hanging chairs to picnic tables, this shop offers distinctive, yet crisp and clean furniture.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.