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Category: Small Business Spotlight

Published: December 20, 2016

Terri Garbarini’s brainchild, Garbarini, is a haven for approachable runway fresh looks. The store’s latest and largest iteration exudes an intoxicatingly funky femininity. Here, the Denver native discusses her newest venture as a landlord in Cherry Creek North, and the current trend towards more casual, dressed-down fashion.

In three words, describe your store, Garbarini.

Accessible, well-curated and eclectic.

Where did you get your eye for fashion? 

I have a degree in Art and Art History. I'm very visual and crave constant visual stimulation. I enjoy seeing beautiful things. 

Tell us about the evolution of your store…

More than 30 years ago, I opened in Larimer Square as a shoe store in 1,000 square feet. Today, we're over 8,000 square feet and carry everything. We’ve been in Larimer Square, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, two different locations in Boulder, Aspen, 3rd Avenue in Cherry Creek North and now our current location on Detroit Street in Cherry Creek North. 

…And now you actually own the building where Garbarini is located?

Yes. It was an incredible investment; the building has basically doubled in value. I'm also not at the mercy of a landlord anymore.

What are you looking for when you go on buying trips?

I try to represent all the strongest trends. I’m looking for new brands to balance with the tried and true.

Most people never get to see your office, which is as unique as your store. Can you describe the space?

It's rather Hollywood Regency; girly and glam. I love my Christian Lacroix pink and black leopard wallpaper and my white feather chandelier. 

Much like the fashion trends you follow, it seems like your store is constantly evolving. What can we expect in the next chapter?

Fashion is about change. Currently, the trend is going in a more casual, dressed-down direction. Lots of lower-heeled and flat boots and shoes, especially sneakers. But we will always have a great variety and we will always follow what my customer wants. It's always a collaboration between the customer, my staff, and the brands. We edit the best things from the millions of pieces we see in New York. It's so much fun to recreate the mix every season. 

Who knows what the next chapter might be... I will say, you can look for a "face lift" of the building's exterior in the next couple years!

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