I came across a picture of Lore on somebody else’s Instagram profile on one fateful day. The rustic decor grabbed my attention first, and when I visited their website, I fell in love with the idea. Lore is a tea shop, that also sells home goods, textiles, women’s clothing pieces, and hosts an array of classes, like calligraphy, cooking, tea brewing, etc. It sounded like such a unique place that when Alex and Kiley, the owners, agreed to let me come and take photos of their space, I was beyond ecstatic.
When I met these two, I knew right away why it was such a cool place. An establishment like this is only as cool as the ones who founded it! Kiley and Alex are the perfect pair, best friends, business partners who share the same vision: a vision to create a place where people can come together as a community.
On my very first day that I went to Lore, Alex greeted me with a smile. I could tell she was busy, but she still took the time to brew some sweet-ish tea for me (I should ask her what tea it was…) We chatted, I took some photos of the space, and that was that for the first day. Kiley couldn’t be there on the first day, so I went back a few days later to get some photos of the two of them together.
In between taking photos of the space, I asked them about how Lore came to be. It was funny, Kiley said, that she had always wanted to be an entrepreneur. When her husband asked her what she wanted to do, Kiley said that she wanted to have a tea shop that also carried women’s clothing. Apparently it wasn’t something her husband felt too inclined to do. So, when Kiley met Alex (whose husband is friends with Kiley’s husband) and they just happened to talk about their dreams, and Alex said she wanted to have a tea shop, it was obvious that the wheels of fate had started to turn long before these two even realized it themselves!
Things change, as Kiley put it. Lore started as a pop-up shop way before they opened the doors to their current brick and mortar shop for the community; and while it was meant to be a place to sell tea and clothing, it was clear from their experience with the pop-up shop that people really loved the home goods they carried. So, when Lore finally opened its doors at the Welton Street store, that’s what they primarily focused on.
They still carry tea, as well as women’s clothing, but their collection of Moroccan textiles and wooden home goods is spectacular! I can totally see myself going back over and over to pick up tea, learn how to properly brew tea at home, or may be for something else… who knows what they will have in store next time?!
2952 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado