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Best Eclectic Shopping

Jessa BuchalterThe shopping at Laughing Monkey in Vail is certainly eclectic.

Laughing Monkey

Moose’s Caboose


In the year of the monkey, Ghiqui Hoffmann opened Laughing Monkey in Vail Village. The shop is a veritable vaudeville show, with act after act of creative things. “We try to appeal a little bit to everybody,” she said. From Hobo handbags to hand-knit and hand-loomed South American sweaters, it seems like everything has a story attached. She sells tapestries by master weaver and Peruvian national treasure Maximo Laura, in addition to Hanky Panky thongs ” the most comfortable thongs in the world, Hoffman said. But the women’s jewelry selection is a real standout. From BB Becker’s quotation necklaces to mosaic jewelry from Israeli artist Ayala Bar, everything is beautiful and fun.

Moose’s Caboose on Bridge Street is nothing if not eclectic. From candy for the kids to jewelry, pottery and gift items, Candi and George Knox have been keeping their shop well stocked for decades. Creations by Colorado artists fill the shelves, but Isis and Lily, the Australian Shepherds, are the most popular attractions. They sit in the window and earn tips for the Humane Society. At his gallery Karats, Dan Telleen is a picky curator. An artisan himself, he has an unfailing eye. The space is filled with high-karat gold jewelry, be it the granulation works from Carolyn Tyler to Dhyan Sherri ancient-looking hammered designs. Mata Ortiz pottery ” contemporary pottery based on ancient Inca methods ” and figurative paintings on the walls keep the mix lively. But Telleen’s secret weapon is Steve Howard, a master jeweler. He translates Dan’s own designs into fluid work.

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