Curbside pick up, to-go, delivery, delivery apps, shipping, video chats, tele-consults. It’s a whole new landscape – one that none of us knows quite how to navigate. From the who to the how, we’re guiding you through the nuts and bolts of supporting Cherry Creek’s small businesses in the face of COVID-19.
NO. 1 REVAMP YOUR WARDROBE
You’ve been intending to clean out your closet for ages but typically, life moves far too fast. There’s no better time to ditch the duds you rarely wear and revamp your wardrobe with classic, quality pieces. After all, who doesn’t get a spring in their step from a new, perfect-fitting ensemble? While at present you cannot visit these shops in person, they’d be glad to set up a video conference or phone call to assess your style and needs. From there, the options are plentiful. These locally owned, well-curated boutiques will hand select options for you and ship or deliver goods directly to your home. Something doesn’t fit? Prefer another color? Most retailers are loosening their return and exchange policies to better accommodate virtual shopping (although we strongly suggest you check with each retailer individually). Plus, many of Cherry Creek’s small businesses have online storefronts or shoppable social media accounts that allow you to indulge in retail therapy from the comforts of home.
Laurie O’Connell’s Perch is one of Cherry Creek’s most touted women’s boutiques for a reason. With contemporary lines like Moussy, Vince and Veronica Beard hanging harmoniously alongside feminine faves Parker and Tanya Taylor, Perch has a little something for every gal. Stylists are experienced in dolling clients up virtually, and are on hand to do so via video chat or phone. Also try Perch’s Curate program – something the brand has been offering for years. You set the frequency and budget and Perch does the shopping for you, complete with a doorstep delivery and easy returns. You can also join the VIP program, whereby pre-purchasing a $2,000 store credit gets you 20% off everything for a full year, even after the credit has been spent. It’s an investment, but one you’ll thank yourself for later and one the small business will thank you for in spades now. Perch offers an online boutique via its website as well as a shoppable Instagram page for phone orders and quick-shipping.
Ring: 720.381.0290 / Web: perchvail.com / Social: @perchdenver
Terri Garbarini and her crew have been helming Cherry Creek’s women’s fashion scene for 30+ years. Situated in an expansive space on Detroit Street, Garbarini is a place where women can find wearable looks reflective of the lives they live. Considered Cherry Creek North’s retail pioneers, Teri and her Garbarini stylists have been customizing one-on-one shopping experiences and virtual try-on sessions long before it became a necessity. These days, they’re armed and ready to keep clients looking and feeling great. Get all of the DVF (cute top for your Zoom calls?), Camilla (Caftan challenge, anyone?), AG Jeans, Velvet and Splendid (all perfect for lounging while also feeling put together) you need via FaceTime or by DM through Garbarini’s up-to-date Instagram page. Free home delivery is available on purchases of $250 or more.
Ring: 303.333.8686 / Web: garbarinishop.com / Social: @garbarinishop
Karmen Berentsen’s A Line has grown from its original DTC locale to four Denver-area boutiques, including one in the heart of Cherry Creek North. The shop was known for its personal stylists and one-on-one appointments long before the COVID-19 outbreak and is perfectly poised to help clients browse via their website, FaceTime, Zoom or phone. Local deliveries and nationwide shipping are available, as is A Line’s Shop Box, an online profile Q+A that matches shoppers with a stylist, creates a custom box of looks and ships said box to your home. Try it on, keep what you love, send back what you don’t. Also shop designers like Alice + Olivia, Derek Lam and Chloe online.
Ring: 303.868.5522 / Web: aline-online.com / Social: @alineboutique
When pals Molly Fortune and Abby Perlmutter Miller decided to expand Miller’s popular blog into a Cherry Creek boutique four years ago, they did so with a vision of offering shoppers a taste of the vibrant and accessible style for which Denver Darling had quickly become known. Today, the store plays host to plenty of darling brands – think Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James label, Love Token blazers and dresses from Lucy Paris. Denver Darling’s well-stocked online storefront will provide you with plenty of eye candy and we dare you not to “add to cart” on at least a handful of items. We nabbed a colorful spring scarf for $30, an adorable pair of white tassel earrings and a tie-dye dress ideal for going nowhere at all.