Shopping Guide: The Best Showrooms for Your Renovation

Here, our totally subjective and almost (but not quite) comprehensive list of the shops 5280 Home editors recommend for home-renovation projects. You asked, nudged, and begged, so we’ve done it: Our editors have compiled our list of favorite places to buy all those fixed-in-place finishes: cabinets, tile, lighting, appliances, and bath and kitchen fixtures. Most of the stores are locally owned, but a few chains made the list (there are no big-box stores, though). And all of our choices were derived independently—not based on advertising. So: For your next reno, bookmark list as a place to start! Here you’ll find high-end, Colorado-made cabinets sold out of a charming showroom (in a flawlessly renovated bungalow) on Tennyson Street. “Typically, people view cabinetry as serving a functional purpose, but now we’re seeing it become a design focal point,” says Aspen Leaf business developer Chad Nichols. 4338 Tennyson St., 303-433-6110, alkl.com Housed in an ultra-sleek storefront in Golden Triangle, this offshoot of Littleton’s Kitchen Distributors is the only Colorado retailer for its namesake German cabinet manufacturer. (Trending now: anodized-aluminum finishes.) We love: B3 draw...

The Cookware Startups Coming for All-Clad and Le Creuset

How a new wave of direct-to-consumer brands like Great Jones are giving big names a run for their money My second job ever was as a food demonstrator at Williams-Sonoma, the California-based cookware store founded in the 1950s. Before I was allowed to serve samples of the shop’s popular pumpkin quick bread (made from a mix), I had to attend a two-week training session during which I learned everything about the store’s products, from chess piece-like pepper mills to hand-cut glassware to extremely pricey sets of cookware. That’s when it was drilled into a young, impressionable me that All-Clad — created by the same guy who patented the process of bonding copper onto nickel for U.S. pennies — was the best cookware money could buy. All of the new recruits, myself included, were gifted a small stainless steel All-Clad butter warmer for our time, and I cherished this pot — which now retails for $69.95 — for years. But one day, in the process of hard-boiling an egg, I burned the pan badly. I scrubbed it and treated it with every remedy Google suggested. Nothing worked. When I finally called Williams-Sonoma, they told me that the All-Clad warranty did not cover a pan replacement “in t...