In a attempt to cozy myself up within this city, I’ve been looking for hidden nooks I know I’ll want to visit over and over again. On days when temperatures in Colorado soar to the sixties as we must squint forcefully at the thermometer, willing it to reach just a smidge higher to hit the thirties, I need an extra dose of encouragement. English Building Markets is cosy, warm, and well-suited to the greyest of days. For those of you who have fond memories of wandering through flea markets in the heat of summertime, I’m willing to bet it’d be nostalgic in June as well.
Outside, it looks like Anthropologie suddenly decided to take on a local antique store as a pet project. Their window displays are lovely and ever-changing. Anthro doesn’t get any credit, though; Carol and her artists (cleverly disguised as part-time shopkeepers) have created a beautiful space full of beautiful things. It is exquisitely curated, perfectly wanderable.
I spent the afternoon there yesterday, taking photos and looking for something to decorate the baby shower I’m planning for a friend this summer. I guess I just want to throw the shower there, amidst their vintage fabric, letterpress type and deep blue glassware. I kept thinking about how our city is full of students, most of whom I have a suspicion have filled their dorms with IKEA furniture. Come on over here, I want to say to them all. Pick out something pretty.