Vintage markets open in downtown Aurora

Vintage markets are popping up in downtown Aurora. In September, three shops featuring multiple artisan vendors opened to join the already popular Wyckwood House and Branch Gardens.

They are The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, L & L Vintage, and Warehouse 55. 

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, is a new creative marketplace. Veteran owner Yvonne Thompson opened the location in September. A majority of the items are handmade, re-purposed, painted, or created by each creative partner. They offer a small selection of retail items to accent their creative inventory.

Cousins Laura Monroy and Lily Munoz opened L & L Vintage, a vintage shop, in September at 30 N. Broadway. The space is filled with welcoming displays that highlight repurposed furniture and unique finds.  Shop a variety of vendors from antique to kitsch. 

Mark Allen, of Mark Allen Inspired, recently opened Warehouse 55 at 55 S. Lake St. The 5,000-square-foot newly renovated warehouse features unique, independent vendor collections of vintage and mid century modern finds and repurposed furnishings mixed with many one-of-a-kind accessories. The store is ideally curated for customers shopping for MCM, rustic farmhouse, cottage chic, and modern contemporary. Learn more at

As mentioned, they are nice additions to a couple of stores that opened in 2018. 

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 16, offers a unique shopping experience featuring goods from local artisans. Owner Shannon Gutierrez collaborates with several local small business owners to offer coffee, clothing, oils, handbags, and more. Visit

Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., is a lush oasis in downtown with a storeroom full of house plants as well as an outdoor patio with seasonal landscape selections. Owners Kori and Bryan Kasper are frequently on hand to give helpful tips and recommendations. See more at

If you haven’t been shopping in downtown Aurora lately, now is the time to spend an afternoon stopping by these quaint and well-curated home decor stores.

Photo by Amy Nelson/Courtesy of Aurora Downtown

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