Looking for some retail therapy or just basic goods? You can eat, shop and play all over the region with this guide.
Old Colorado City
The original capital of the Colorado Territory is now a local-biz hub that thrives on an eclectic mix of Wild West ethos, stylish boutiques, fine to funky galleries, souvenir kitsch and chef-driven dining hot spots. visitoldcoloradocity.org
Play: Live music at Front Range Barbecue. Monthly First Friday ArtWalks. Seasonal happenings, such as Christmas Stroll and the annual Territory Days festival.
Downtown is the heart of the city, and the epicenter of its booming local dining scene. Tejon Street is the main artery for shopping, dining and nightlife. There are too many hot spots to name them all, but here a few to get started with. downtowncs.com
Eat: CO.A.T.I. Uprise, Brakeman’s Burgers, Streetcar520, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Mood Tapas Bar, Denver Biscuit Co./Atomic Cowboy/Fat Sully’s, Lucky Dumpling, The Rabbit Hole, Dos Santos, Phantom Canyon, Loyal Coffee, Colorado Craft Tejon Social, Cork & Cask, Pikes Peak Lager House, Oskar Blues
Historic, quirky, funky, weird—the lovable little enclave at the base of Pikes Peak offers a unique collection of small businesses, restaurants and galleries, including the region’s only recreational marijuana dispensaries. manitousprings.org
Play: Soothing mineral springs soak at the SunWater Spa. Vintage video and mechanical games and rides at the old-school Penny Arcade. Live music at Lulu’s Downstairs or Kinsfolk. Ziplines at Adventures Out West. Via Ferrata and underground tours at Cave of the Winds.
Looking for a big-box retailer on the east side? You’re sure to find it along Powers at shopping centers like First and Main Town Center. With residential neighborhoods booming to the east, the centers of goods and services have kept pace. Local restaurants and microbreweries have been on the uptick too. 3650 New Center Point,
Shop: Costco, Super Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, you name it
Play: Join Toasty the S’more (pictured above) and the Rocky Mountain Vibes for minor league baseball. Summer concerts and farmers markets at First and Main.
The northeastern ’burbs are filled with retail services, especially Chapel Hills Mall and surrounding N. Academy Boulevard. Nearby Promenade Shops at Briargate is the epicenter of upscale chains. 1885 Briargate Pkwy., thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com, 1710 Briargate Blvd., chapelhillsmall.com
Shop: Apple, Anthropologie, Athleta, Lululemon, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Best Buy, Whole Foods
Play: AMC Chapel Hills 13, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Glowgolf, Sky Zone Trampoline Park
The heartbeat of this ’hood is the Ivywild School, with Bristol Brewing Company as its anchor for community events and gatherings. Development along Cheyenne Creek and South Nevada Avenue is transforming once-blighted areas with popular fast-casual dining and retail chains.
Near the fast-growing campus of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), University Village Colorado is a retail epicenter. 5262 N. Nevada Ave., uvcshopping.com
Play: Hike up nearby Pulpit Rock. Catch music, dance and theater at the Ent Center for the Arts.
You’ll find big-name home-improvement warehouses and groceries, but there’s a dining and entertainment boom happening in this north-side enclave too.
Shop: Sprouts Farmers Market. Bass Pro Shops’ restaurant, bowling alley, aquarium, archery range, or fishing and hunting workshops.
Tri-Lakes: Monument, Palmer Lake, Woodmoor
Among the northernmost bedroom communities, Monument and Palmer Lake boast quaint historic downtowns filled with noteworthy eat-and-drinkeries nestled against the Rampart Range.
Shop: Twenty1Five custom furniture and design
Play: Stand-up paddleboard on Palmer Lake. Concerts and exhibits at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts.
Interquest is scorching hot, with more than $1 billion of private investment fueling a north-side commercial boom around Interquest and Voyager parkways. interquestcolorado.com
Shop: Massive sports and entertainment retailer Scheels opens this spring.