I am not a good shopper, mostly do what needs to be done, then go home. Sometimes it is a slice of my life, however. And there are a few places I love to go, usually interesting streets of small independent shops. Much of the time I shop there to look, enjoy, and to discover gifts for friends and family. Serendipity reigns! I started writing about a shopping trip I made last week, but it's also turned out to be a memory too. Funny how that happens when writing!
The following photos show a shopping district in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, a wonderful shopping area next to a large enclosed mall, too. I go to the mall occasionally; it has an Apple store and Nordstrom's, after all. This small shopping area is "up" the street from where our store was for thirty years. My husband owned and operated an auto sound store, selling, installing and repairing car stereos and alarms, etc. We were fortunate that we ended up finding a great location, and my husband was a wonderful businessman. After we closed the store, the property was sold and there is a three story bank there now. So many memories linger. Many hours were spent there by my husband and by our children growing up, learning how to clean a shop as well as wait on customers. Owning a small business becomes everyone's job! I did the accounting all those years.
This introduction shows my link to this area. I spent time on this street many times, took my grandson to Noodles around the corner when he was a little boy, have taken friends and out-of-town visitors shopping and out to breakfast, lunch and dinner on the street. Some stores are still there; many have changed. I admire every person who takes the leap and puts their heart and soul, and a lot of sweat, into a dream, a little business all their own.
I don't get to the area often although I'm lots closer than I used to be, but once in a while. . . Last week was the annual sidewalk sale, and I went. Here are some pictures of just a few places. There are many others. I love the art, the flowers, the benches and the attention to making visitors enjoy the outside as well as inside. I love the store names. What would you name a store if you had one? Do you have that dream?
|a lovely indie store-here a long time|
This final picture is my favorite shop, filled with beautiful things, all kinds of things, and all made by artisans from many places. I found some lovely things this day here at this shop, on the sidewalk and inside.