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Denver's Pearl Shines

Magazine article Sunset

Denver's Pearl Shines

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Shop for gifts and enjoy holiday cheer along South Pearl Street

The redbrick-accented sidewalks of South Pearl Street run through the heart of one of Denver's oldest commercial districts. Stretching between East Iowa and East Arkansas Avenues, this enclave of the Washington Park neighborhood has the feel of a small town in the early 1900s.

Edged with ornate Victorians, the neighborhood is full of unique bookstores, specialty shops, and restaurants. The mood is friendly and unhurried, and that atmosphere is heightened this month when twinkling lights brighten the shops and evergreen swags soften the iron lampposts. On December 6, Winter Fest adds the songs of carolers and the scents of spiced cider and roasted chestnuts to the mix.

One of the street's newest establishments is Book Buffs (closed Sun-Mon; 1519 S, Pearl St.; 303/722-3630), with new and used first editions, handcrafted books, and poems printed on letterpress and framed. Across the street and a few doors down, a crimescene chalk outline marks the entrance to Murder by the Book (closed Sun-Man; 1574 S. Pearl; 303/871-9401), a collection of mystery fiction in an 1882 Victorian.

A whiff of baking spice cakes may draw you into Mulberries Cake Shop (closed Sun-Mon; 1568 S. …

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