No matter what or how you choose to celebrate this season, the holidays are a perfect time to let the people in your life know that they are special to you. If the gift giving season feels overwhelming, consider finding your next inspiration at one of these BIPOC owned businesses around Denver!
1. Flor de Jade shop–clothing shop
Founded by 2 latina women in 2021, Flor de Jade was inspired by the creativity of artisans throughout Latin America, and aims to bring a piece of Latin American culture to the United States. Their products range from apparel to accessories and feature multiple Latin American artists in their shop.
Check out more at their online shop here: https://www.flordejadeshop.com/collections/all
2. TeaLee’s Tea Co.--teahouse and bookstore
Looking for a cozy place to do some last minute holiday shopping? Check out TeaLee’s Tea Co! Located in Five Points and guaranteed to make you “feel better when you leave than when you came in”, this sweet spot has afternoon tea trays, books, and chocolate–all the makings of a perfect day!
Learn more about TeaLee’s Tea Co: https://www.tealeesdenver.com/
3. Maker General
This storefront was founded with the intention of creating a community space for artists working with textiles and fibers, as well as to provide high quality goods to their community. Whether it’s a DIY embroidery kit or a funky tote bag for your best friend, you can find it all here! Not only that, but you can sign up for workshops and classes to further your crafting skills!
Learn more about Maker General here: https://makergeneral.com/
4. Cultura Chocolate
Need more holiday sweets? Cultura Chocolate is the place for you! Located in the Westwood neighborhood of Denver, Cultura is a cafe and storefront where you can find countless varieties of chocolate and hot chocolate, and also uses their space to highlight local artisans and businesses honoring Latin American heritage. You can also take workshops and classes to become even more involved in the chocolate making process. Their active efforts to be a gathering place for their community with their many events makes them a wonderful addition to the neighborhood!
Learn more about Cultura Chocolate: http://www.culturachocolate.com/factoria--cafe.html
5. Shop at MATTER
The shop at MATTER is a black and woman owned business in Denver that specializes in products and books focused on Resistance, Typography, and Design Education. Their store is located in the Ballpark Neighborhood of Denver, and works to amplify voice of Black, Queer, and LatinX authors and artists. They also host book clubs, where you can connect with other readers with similar interests! From now through December 23rd, they are hosting a Holiday art market at their store from 12-8 pm, featuring over 70 Denver artists and community members.
Learn more here: https://www.shopatmatter.com/