Literally “hidden” in a pedestrian alley among the murals of the RiNo Arts District Presentation and its sister store, Recital, Still. The stores feature masterfully curated collections of clothing, jewelry and home decor by recognized designers and indie brands. The stores provided opportunities for many local manufacturers to showcase their designs in a retail environment.
Formerly known as Queen City General Store, the boutique has undergone a rebrand and expanded with a new addition next door, called Recital, Still. Once a space in the alley behind Denver Central Market opened, it became the ideal place for the Recital vision to be realized.
“We’re grateful for those Queen City General Store years to inculcate our point of view,” said Olivia Meininger, Recital store owner. “We felt like we had a very clear vision of what we wanted our progress to be.”
Today, Recital is an eclectic womenswear boutique that carries an exclusive selection of prestigious designers and local creatives such as Batsheva dress, Sandy Liang and Meçlâ. Meanwhile, Recital, Still features houseplants, home decor, cookbooks, chocolates and more. When Meininger developed the concept for Recital, Meininger loved the idea of helping someone dress head-to-toe for a party and then sending them next door to Recital, Still to pick up a hostess gift.
“I always envisioned having a space that allowed for creative freedom in which we could celebrate other makers, create things ourselves, and have a little fun,” Meininger said.
Shopping at Recital is an immersive experience for fashion lovers. On every rack and rack of clothes, precious pieces have been lovingly selected by Recital’s fashionable team. The team’s curated selections are typically inspired by their tastes in fashion, music, interior design and food. Their appreciation for artistry and flair for funky aesthetics give the store a unique character unlike anywhere else in Denver.
“I think that determines it [our aesthetic] Most of it is our trust in whatever incites or excites us,” Meininger said. “We don’t see ourselves as trend-driven and hope that people keep and cherish things for longer than just a season.”
Meininger hopes to continue bringing her team’s favorite designers and makers to the stores. The Recital team is currently looking forward to launching internationally recognized designer brand Regina Pyo to the store this fall.
“We’ve been big fans of hers for a long time and hope our customers love her as much as we do,” Meininger said.
Meanwhile, Recital is always bringing in new arrivals and even does secret sales for customers subscribed to their mailing list. To keep up with all that is recitation and recitation, follow them Instagram for creative content, new arrivals and pop-up event announcements.
All photography courtesy of Recital.