As temperatures continue to drop and the winter season sets in, many people are turning to indoor activities to pass the time. Whether you’re trying out new recipes at home, making phone calls to friends, or watching your favorite movies, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. However, for some, appealing to your more crafty and innovative side when trying out new art projects can be an especially fulfilling hobby. Recently, as many of us have been stuck at home, DIY fashion or clothing and wardrobe changes have grown in popularity.
Today more than ever, many of us may need a boost of enthusiasm and creativity in our lives. There are dozens of ideas that encourage people to try and mix up their style and embark on a new fashion project. These trends include knitting, embroidery, sewing, personalizing, weaving, tie-dyeing and more. You will probably find that you are only limited by your own imagination. To get you started, Review 303 has assembled five craft stores in the Denver area that can provide you with all the tools and equipment you might need. Likewise, each store offers its consumers unique supplies and experiences based on their personal mission as a creative source in the community. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced craftsman, these stores support any creative dreams or ambitions you may have.
Fantasy Tiger Crafts
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Or: Fancy Tiger Crafts is located at 59 North Broadway, Denver and is currently open for curbside pickup only, available Monday through Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The truth : Located on South Broadway, Fancy Tiger Crafts offers its customers a wide variety of materials and products. Opened in 2006, the store offers individuals the opportunity to purchase supplies and attend classes. Owners Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran founded Fancy Tiger Crafts to engage individuals in creative pursuits using high quality materials and resources. Therefore, this store generates an ideal atmosphere for customers to develop their creativity and find a supportive community.
Currently, Fancy Tiger Crafts is not open for in-person purchases. All purchases must be made on their website with the options of shipping or curbside pickup. Further information and inquiries can be directed through their website.
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Or: The LambShoppe is located at 3512 East 12th Avenue, Denver and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The truth : Located on 12th Avenue, the LambShoppe offers a wide variety of threads, tools, instructions and everything in between. As the oldest yarn store in Denver, the store has a long history of providing customers with quality items for their latest project. The Lambshoppe also offers courses and one-on-one assistance (with owner, Mary Carol, herself) for each manufacturer, regardless of their skill level. Further information and specific prices can be found on their website. They also sell a unique selection of handmade clothing, called Sympli clothing, in the store. This not only offers inspiration, but also presents the opportunity to support local artists.
The LambShoppe is currently open and enforces the security rules in the store. However, you can also order products online or over the phone and have them delivered directly to your home.
Photo of Amanda Piela.
Or: ReCreative Denver is located at 765 Santa Fe Drive, Denver and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The truth : ReCreative Denver is a boutique and art center located in the Arts District of Santa Fe. They provide guests with a unique experience both in the materials they offer and in their mission to make an impact in the community. ReCreative Denver stocks its store with supplies donated by individuals or businesses. Therefore, not only do they feature unique finds, but their shelves are constantly changing. The store offers items such as yarn, picture frames, gift wrap, art supplies and more. Additionally, proceeds from material sales are reinvested in the community by funding arts programs and providing material throughout Denver. ReCreative Denver also offers a plethora of workshops, classes, and exhibits.
ReCreative Denver is open, although face masks are required by regulations and only credit or debit payments are accepted. Donations are made by appointment and more information is available on their website.
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Or: Guiry’s has a number of locations throughout Colorado. Stores offering art supplies can be found in Boulder, Centennial, Cherry Creek, Denver South and more. Specific locations and times are available on their website.
The truth : With a total of 12 locations in Colorado, Guiry’s has been a staple for artists since 1899. Originally, it started as a paint and wallpaper producer, founded by Joseph and Herb Guiry. Since then, the store has remained a family business while constantly expanding and improving its inventory over the years. As an art supplier, Guiry’s offers products related to painting and drawing, while stocking items such as easels and canvases. The store also strives to be involved in the community, whether that’s helping you find the perfect painting for your next project or supporting arts education and nonprofits.
Guiry locations are currently open for in-store purchases and curbside pickup. Orders can also be placed through their website and shipped directly to you.
Meininger art supply
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Or: HR Meininger Company is located at 499 Broadway, Denver and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The truth : Located on South Broadway, HR Meininger Co. was founded in 1881 and has been a family business ever since. Their history strengthens their credibility as a successful art supply store, as their large inventory satisfies a multitude of customers and needs. They carry items ranging from crafts and painting to drawing materials and more. In total, HR Meininger Co. offers more than 80,000 art-related products, making it one of the largest art supply stores in the West. They also opened another location in Colorado Springs, with an equally large choice.
HR Meininger Co. is currently open for in-store purchases and curbside pickup. You can also place orders online or over the phone and have them shipped right to your doorstep. More details and information can be found on their website.