You don’t have to be an antique aficionado to love Denver’ South Broadway. But it does come in handy.
Whether you need a little vintage to accent a modern living space or additional history to spruce up your collectibles, this section of Denver known as “Antique Row” is a beloved avenue of shops and boutiques sure to quench your need for a dip into the past.
In this historic Denver district between the 1200-1700 blocks of South Broadway, you’ll find merchants in a thriving commercial, artistic and residential neighborhood. Known locally as “Antique Row,” a variety of shops and services occupy these stately structures along this iconic stretch of Broadway.
Antique Row merchants, many of whom have been in business 30 years or more, offer quality antiques, garden supplies, fine wines, records, antique rugs, handcrafted picture frames, tiles, vintage lighting, custom furniture as well as several dining establishments, bars and even a tea room. From beautifully crafted furniture of the 1880s to toys, coins and tchotchkes, you are sure to find the perfect “must haves” for your home. It’s no wonder Antique Row is “the” antique stores Denver hub.
If you’ve never been to Antique Row, this weekend is the perfect time to explore the shops. Every August, the merchants host the Annual Antique Row Summer Block Party. This year, the festivities are Saturday, August. 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy sales, live music, face painting, a vintage car show, and restaurant and drink specials.
The world of antiques is changing as result of the millennials. This generation has a much different set of values that those of the baby boomers, and most likely isn’t interested in family china, bulky furniture or any non-portable items. But don’t discount their ability to spend money. According to recent studies, millennials spend upwards of $600 billion per year and it’s more likely they are interested in specialized goods. According to Ebay, millennials favor antique goods that key in on smoking, drinking and gambling, classic books, jewelry, posters, records, unusual items, coins and anything mid-century modern. Typically, they are looking for something unique or classic that fits their mobile and austere lifestyle.
Featuring over 30 shops, Antique Row is bound to have items to satisfy the most discriminating millennial shopper. In addition to the wide selection of antiques, you’ll find great restaurants and a wonderful tea room. Don’t miss Adelita’s, which serves up some of the best Mexican fare in Denver, and Capital Tea, specializing in gourmet tea, sandwiches and small plates.
Here are few of the notable antiques Denver stores in Antique Row:
Frontier Gallery, 1452 S. Broadway
Find classic firearms in this truly western store. Antique Colts, Winchesters, Civil War carbines, Springfield muskets, miscellaneous old (investment opportunities) guns, Western memorabilia, saddles, chaps, etc. Indian artifacts, western art, bronzes and general antiques can be found here.
Printed Page, 1416 S. Broadway
One of Denver’s hidden treasures — a used book store tucked away in a charming Victorian house. You’ll find interesting books in a wonderful venue.
Bowman’s Vinyl & Lounge, 1312 S. Broadway
Record store selling new and used records, and featuring a full bar with signature cocktails. Live music on weekends and special events through the week.
Azari Rug Gallery, 1410 S. Broadway
Amazing collectible rugs at good prices. Be sure to barter!