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Aspen's Annual Holiday Season Shuffle

Our time-stamped guide to explore everything that's opening and relocating in the downtown core.

By Cindy Hirschfeld November 15, 2017 Published in the Holiday 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Marcus, a women’s boutique curated by owner and entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, takes over the iconic Burberry space at 501 E. Hyman Ave.

It’s been a crazy fall. Enough new openings, seasonal pop-ups, and moves have occurred among Aspen shops and galleries to fill up your day. Here’s how to do just that (and if you, as many Aspenites do, follow directions in terms of “what used to be there,” you’ll find that info here, too). 

7 a.m. Rev up at SoulCycle, which returns to the pop-up space it occupied during last year’s holidays. The indoor cycling studio offers its signature high-energy classes (Dec 21–Jan 1, $40 includes shoe rental and Smartwater) with the lights low and the music elevated. Reserve early—the 58 spots per session go about as quickly as your heart will get beating.
534 E. Cooper Ave.
Formerly: Boogie’s

9 a.m. Breakfast at the new Tiki Mana Island Grill, opening mid-December from the owners of Bangkok Happy Bowl, and fuel up with Hawaiian favorite Loco Moco (coconut rice, ground beef, fried egg, onion, homemade pan gravy), plus standard morning fare. Lunch and dinner follow a Polynesian theme with poke, grilled fish, kalua pork, and, natch, mai tais.
300 Puppy Smith St.
Formerly: Upper Crust 

10 a.m. Stop into Sweaty Betty, the British activewear brand known for its technical pieces with cool-girl style. Of its 14 stores on this side of the pond, only the Aspen one carries the entire ski collection. The pop-up boutique stays open until April 1.
529 E. Cooper Ave.
Formerly: The Andi-Le Gallery

10:30 a.m. Mosey on down to Kemo Sabe’s new location to find all the same covetable cowboy boots, hats, belt buckles, and other Western accessories, plus items from house brand Grit.
217 S. Galena St.
Formerly: Georgia Brown (now at 501 E. Hyman Ave.)

11 a.m. At the new boutique Marcus, find an array of easily wearable women’s clothing from a slew of brands like Elizabeth and James, Haute Hippie, Minnie Rose, and Ella Moss, curated by owner and entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis (and host of CNBC’s The Profit).
501 E. Hyman Ave.
Formerly: Burberry

11:30 a.m. Pick up a python-skin bag or an alligator cap at pop-up store Real, purveyor of exotic leather goods handcrafted in the US.
315 S. Galena St.
Formerly: Zema Lingerie (now at 555 E. Durant Ave.)

12:00 p.m. Wrap up your morning shopping spree at Shari’s Place, a new outpost of the East Coast boutique that offers women’s styles from luxe brands like Alberta Ferretti, J. Mendel, Stella McCartney, and Jason Wu.
208 S. Mill St.
Formerly: Fendi 

12:30 p.m. For lunch, settle in at Jing restaurant, which got a new name and a facelift that added a sit-down sushi and raw bar, but offers the same popular menu of Asian specialties with a modern twist.
413 E. Main St.
Formerly: Asie (but under same ownership)

2 p.m. Call ahead to book a viewing at the new KMJ Cooney Gallery, then head out to the Aspen Airport Business Center, where Martin Cooney displays his collections of ethereal marble sculptures, sourced from the quarry in Marble; his unique method of carving shaves off unnecessary weight.
111 AABC, Ste. D
Formerly: Aspen Property Management

3:30 p.m. Browse the unusual merch at Maker + Place, which tested out its concept of sustainably handcrafted home wares and accessories last summer, enhanced by artists-in-residence on site. The store has now moved into a permanent home.
614 E. Cooper Ave. 
Formerly: Élu

4 p.m. Find contemporary pieces in various media from artists like Jack Bender (who has also directed episodes of Lost, Game of Thrones, and The Sopranos) at the new Taylor Daine Goulet Gallery.
420 S. Hunter St.
Formerly: Gallery 1949

4:30 p.m. Feel at one with nature while viewing the immersive images of Maui-based photographer Christopher Egan at his new eponymous gallery, the first outside of Hawaii.
406 S. Galena St.
Formerly: SQN Sport

5 p.m. Channel your inner rock star at the pop-up D’Angelico, a showroom for the exquisite archtop guitars made by the legendary (and recently revived) New York–based brand.
240 S. Mill St.
Formerly: Of old, Footloose and Fancy Things

7 p.m. Dinner is at the Velvet Buck, the latest reinvention of the St. Regis Aspen’s house restaurant opening mid-December, which promises a “modern mountain” vibe with seasonally based cuisine.
315 E. Dean St.
Formerly: The [email protected] 

9 p.m. Finish up at Silver City Mountain Saloon, the new bar opening mid-December in the lowest level of the Elks Building; plans call for a solid selection of whiskey and tequila, a stage for live music, a vintage jukebox, and a light food menu.
210 S. Galena St.
Formerly: Whiskey Rush

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