DENVER — Antique stores denning the nation’s capital are coming back.
A year ago, the city of Denver shuttered its oldest, most popular chain of antique shops.
Now, the nation is waking up to the stores as it begins to recover from the devastating winter storm.
“It’s a bit like going to the mall and you don’t know where you are going, you don´t know if you are even going to find anything,” said Julie Zielinski, a Denver native who has been living in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years.
“I think it’s a very good thing to have the opportunity to go to a store, and be able to browse, to see what is going on,” she said.
For Zielinks, shopping at the stores has been like going out to a restaurant, she said, adding that the shops are often “very nice, very nice.”
“We have so many different kinds of stuff, it really just feels like a shopping experience,” she added.
The city has already started to reopen stores.
Restaurant and department store chain Cipriani has closed six stores.
The Denver area has a strong coffee scene and a strong craft beer scene.
There is also a flourishing food scene, and Zielinskis is hoping to see that continue.
She has noticed an uptick in sales in the last few months.
For the first time, the number of orders at some of the city’s oldest shops has been over 30,000.
“We were having a hard time keeping up with the volume of orders,” Zielinsky said.
Some of the older stores, such as the one at the corner of North 12th and Broadway, were already closed.
But as of early December, those stores are back open.
The chain, which opened in 1957, has had a busy fall season, as the country has been hit with severe winter weather.
But Zielkis hopes this spring, the stores will reopen for the first week of April, before it starts to fill up again.