Store We Adore: Metalmark Fine Jewelry

1600 Boulder St., Denver Around the block from Denver landmarks Little Man Ice Cream and Linger (the Olinger mortuary turned restaurant) is a new regional hot spot for local artisan jewelry. Metalmark prides itself on its community-friendly atmosphere. Each night, before or after grabbing a coveted cone at the Little Man milk jug, families freely stroll through the boutique. Metalmark, which welcomes passersby with a simple desert-pink outline of its namesake butterfly, is the 1-year-old collaboration of ­Indianapolis natives and childhood friends Mary Leppert (pictured, above left) and Samantha Larkins (above right). “I never thought I would open a store,” says Leppert, who started in jewelry retail and recalls her employers taking little time to enjoy life outside the store. “But we have good ­priorities.” As for Larkins, a designer with her own brand, Samantha Louise:

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