A little West Coast, a little Southwestern, Colorado moves to the fun, free-spirited beat of its own drum. Denver, its vibrant heart, has quickly become a thriving hub of young creatives over the last decade, topping lists of best places to live in the country and boasting a world-class dining and drinking scene. We checked back in with Madeleine Zinn, one such creative and owner of one of our favorite local shops Sub Rosa Mercantile, to get the scoop on the goods being made in her fair state.
"Mike McDowell’s pieces are as functional as they are sculptural. His epically amazing Khamsa amulets and skull planters make great gifts... Or, you know, stick a succulent in it and put that skull on your windowsill, because you deserve it!"
"I adore Moore’s hand beaded jewelry—the colors to the materials and patterns... Her pieces are an investment, but well worth it. And while majorly versatile, you can’t go wrong with pairing one of her killer necklaces with a plain tee and jeans."
"Their waxed canvas bags are definitely investment pieces, but it's worth it—I carry mine more often than any other bag. Functional and meticulously crafted, they're built to last."
"With flavors like Strawberry Limoncello and Colorado Whiskey Peach (made with Palisade peaches and bourbon whiskey from Colorado’s Laws Whiskey House), RedCamper’s preserves are insanely tasty on bread, cheese, yogurt... or straight out of the jar."
"Marsha Robinson’s work is almost hauntingly beautiful with its Art Deco, botanical vibes. You can find her pen and ink illustrations on prints, textiles, and patches (perfect for that denim jacket that’s probably in your closet). And she’s just come out with glassware, so there’s even more Strange Dirt to lust after."
"Founder Shae Whitney forages for many of the herbs that go in her products. New this year is her Palo Santo cocktail bitters. This 'holy wood' has been creeping up in everything from candles to perfumes, but it’s especially unique in the form of something digestible. These bitters pair perfectly with almost any spirit and work equally well simply in tea or soda water."
"Though Carrot & Yuzu is my all-time favorite soap from Chatti Brown’s line of bath and body products, but as we move into colder weather, I’m loving her Pumpkin, Milk Stout, and snowfall scents. Her rose balm and Java Body Polish are things you should probably just have on hand at all times."
"Ava Goldberg is the talent behind Animal Handmade's stunning leather clutches and wallets. Embossed with magical designs and handmade from start to finish with Wickett & Craig leather, these bags are practically works of art."
SxS: "A little seductive, a little sweet, this bourbon and vanilla scent is top notch. We love that the small-batch cream and soap are made with the best natural ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter."
SxS: "This award-winning small-batch vodka is distilled in Longmont, Colorado. We're betting the old-timey bottle would look great on pretty much any home bar."
"This Denver company’s Mexican drinking chocolate is amazing and reminds me of growing up in Santa Fe. Their chocolates (and chocolate infused teas) are made in small batches by hand using every part of the cacao bean, and during the summer months they even offer mole sauce/"