Locally loved shops for bringing a little (or a lot) of your adventure home
We’ll say it – no one wants a snow globe! Finding a unique, creative, and hopefully locally made souvenir is no easy task. Explore the top four shopping destinations and small businesses that will simplify your hunt for the perfect Colorado souvenir.
This aviation factory turned marketplace is a hub for tasty treasures and handmade goodies. With more than 56 businesses inside, shopping is a pick your own adventure. Are you looking for something eco-friendly? Stop by the ZERO market for reusable straws, canvas bags, bento lunch boxes, and dozens of travel-made items. Grab a hoodie that doesn’t say some worn-out manta about the mountains from a hometown fashion designer, Devon Taylor. His men’s line is featured inside Squadron alongside funky socks and unique ties. Even if your mind isn’t made up, wandering around Stanley Marketplace is bound to spark any souvenir finder.
The keyword here is local. This store stocks only handmade goods from the city and around Colorado and is located in Southlands. You can expect home decor items, including posters, hanging signs, and framed mountain vistas. If you prefer to walk out with wearable items, consider a pair of socks adorned with the Colorado flag, some recycled mittens, or even a pompom hat to ward off the cold. The LOCAL also has outerwear, t-shirts, salsas, dips, soaps, and more. It’s a collection of different vendors sharing one space.
Don’t let the name fool you, Nick’s Garden and Farm Center isn’t a feed supply store. Let your gifts do the talking. Nick’s stocks dozens of local products, including soap, honey, salsa, hot sauce, and the infamous Colorado Green Chili. If you’re on the quest for something sweet, grab one (or two) of their packaged sweets like chocolate-covered peanuts, jellybeans, candy-covered chocolate, and more. Whether these items will make it home without a few nibbles is up to you.
Every coffee drinker appreciates a bag of locally roasted beans. Owner and Aurora native, Peter Wanburg, turned his at-home passion into a fully operational coffee shop complete with retail space, ten artist studios, and a roasting facility along with wholesale distribution. Stop by to grab a bag of Moonbuggy Blend melded with notes of chocolate and toasty nut. Or purchase some of their unique retail items like diner mugs, logo hoodies, and insulated camp mugs perfect for exploring the great outdoors.