Cooper Avenue Changes

Shop Swap

Aspen’s retail scene has long been a game of musical chairs, and this season the game is being played on Cooper Avenue. Here are five points of interest offering the latest slant on shopping.

By Erik Hesselman November 1, 2015 Published in the Holiday 2015 issue of Aspen Sojourner

High tech and high fashion intersect in our neck of the woods, making Aspen the perfect place for Aether Apparel’s new specialty shop, which has alighted in the space previously occupied by Anna Trzebinski on the Cooper Mall. Snowsports and motorcycle enthusiasts alike can find functional, durable, and stylish technical clothing that takes great turns on the mountain and turns heads in town.

At the first-ever Kristals Cosmetics boutique, debuting this winter in the Aspen Grove Building next to 212 Gallery, ancient and holistic traditions inform luxurious products that blend gemstones and metals, organic botanical extracts, and cutting-edge science. Kristals’ Diamond Collection, in particular, should appeal to local clients, as it offers supreme hydration for skin exposed to dry environs such as ours.

Upstairs in the Aspen Grove Building, Rescue Lounge offers IV hydration therapy, booster shots, and oxygen in its new location. A first-of-its-kind wellness service in town, Rescue (formerly Aspen RevIVe in the Sky Hotel) also makes house calls with its cures for altitude sickness, acute hangovers, and other made-in-Aspen maladies.

Kimberly Wilson has reestablished Kali’s Aspen just a flight of stairs from its old location at 525 E. Cooper Ave. (yes, in the Aspen Grove Building). Wilson has partnered with Drita Rosin of KCOR Design to create a fun, laid-back shopping experience at one of the last places in town to get unique clothing and accessories (including denim, tops, dresses, leather coats, handbags, jewelry, and more) at affordable prices.

A few doors down from Kali’s, Full Circle luxury mobile services has taken over Salon Myo: “We’ve found our home base,” says owner Christine Morris. The salon offers haircuts and coloring—including the popular balayage effect—alongside myriad other beauty treatments, massage therapy, and fitness instruction. And did we mention the pedicure platform?

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