This month we took a different approach to the usual themes and dove into a hot topic that’s been buzzing around the news — the future of retail. 

When corporate giants like Sears, Macy’s and J.C. Penney continue to shut down stores — and other staples like Toys “R” Us no longer exist — it made us question how the Denver retail game is reinventing itself. Besides the struggle big corporate entities are experiencing, more importantly, how will the small shops we love compete with online giants (*cough* Amazon)? 

What we found was ingenuity, and one of the most innovative approaches we heard about is from Guest House Founder Alex Ryden. He’s not playing by the rules of a normal retail experience. Ryden has combined available real estate with local makers furniture and goods to create shoppable homes. (More on Guest House in the main feature.) 

We also met with Becky Miller of Modern Nomad, who has also created a design shopping mecca in RiNo.   

Both of these retail reinventors have a similar goal in mind — supporting local small businesses and makers. 

We also went down south to Chico Basin Ranch where we experienced life beneath the brim of a rancher’s hat. Now that’s an opportunity you have to do in person. Not even the wild web can take away a genuine experience of the Wild West.

Lastly, check out how to make a simply DIY reusable bag from some of your retired tank tops you never used this summer. Plastic bags are so passé.

Happy shopping,