The LoHi neighborhood of Denver is a pretty hip place. Two years ago, when I first moved here, I used to go on short drives around the city and I remember chancing upon Platte Street in LoHi and thinking to myself — this is cool! Denver is not New York City by any means, nor is it Dallas, but despite being much smaller, this city does offer it’s own, very unique streets and corners.
Back then, I was doing a series of location based stories for Lomography Magazine, and since stumbling upon Armitage & McMillan during one of my local trips, I had decided to include this shop to my story. The photos here are from that series.
Since moving to Denver, I have been to many local shops and boutiques; so, you may ask why A&Mc of all places? Honestly, it’s simply because of it’s cozy and rustic decor. I do not usually wear men’s clothing, so it’s not like I stopped by to shop, but with just a peek inside the first time I spotted the store, I was sold. Ever since, I have gone back to buy small things, such as magazines, tea, etc. (yes, they sell those small items too) just so I’d have an excuse to go inside the store.
When I first did the photoshoot, I had the opportunity to chat with Daniel Armitage, one of the owners of A&Mc. Both Daniel and Darin used to live and work in New York City before they moved to Denver. This to me was intriguing as I used to live in NYC myself! Every time I meet someone who used to live in this beloved city, I cannot restrain myself from reminiscing the old times and the good vibes. So, that’s what we ended up doing… chatting about life in the city, the hustle and the bustle, and THE hustle!
I don’t know if it is because of a shared experience, or the rustic interiors, or some of my favorite magazines that were being sold, but I kept going back there over the last two years. Sometimes one of the owners would be behind the counter, other times, a part timer would be manning the shop; but regardless, this shop had since become one of those places that makes me feel at home in Denver. You know the feeling? You go to a new town, you meet people, and find a couple of places that you like to go back to over and over… they become your anchor, things that tie you, an outsider, to the new city, help you assimilate, finally making the city your own.
A&Mc sort of did those very things for me.
Armitage & McMillan
1550 Platte Street, STE D, Denver, Colorado