What's that you say? Enough with the experiences already — you want stuff?
Alright then, let's find you some stuff.
Tejon Street between, say, St. Vrain Street and Colorado Avenue is downtown's main shopping drag. Among the longest-tenured spots are Terra Verde (208 N. Tejon St., terraverdestyle.com), which provides high style to local women, and Mountain Chalet (226 N. Tejon St., mtnchalet.com), where "high style" means Gore-Tex clothing that'll keep you warm atop a fourteener. Sparrow Hawk Gourmet Cookware (120 N. Tejon St., sparrowhawkcookware.com) features walls and shelves stocked to the brim with cookware and knives, small appliances and gadgets, while Savory Spice Shop (110 N. Tejon St., savoryspiceshop.com) and Venice Olive Oil Co. (109 N. Tejon St., veniceoliveoil.com) offer more than their names suggest. Independent Records just off Tejon on East Bijou (one of a few locations citywide) affords the chance to dig through bins stacked with CDs and vinyl, while Poor Richard's Book Store on Tejon does a similar new-and-used thing in the book realm. The latter shares a building with Little Richard's Toystore (324 N. Tejon St., poorrichardsdowntown.com), your stop for "classic, whimsical, and educational toys." If you're more into magic supplies and zombie makeup, that's Zeezo's (112 N. Tejon St., zeezos.com).
Old Colorado City's shopping district does the brick-sidewalk thing for a few blocks around Bancroft Park, but stretches for blocks farther to the east and west. You can get a taste of the neighborhood's eclecticism at Barracuda Bazaar (2603 W. Colorado Ave., barracudabazaar.com), which manages to sell both vegan leather purses and bacon wallets; Republic of Paws (2411 W. Colorado Ave., republicofpaws.com), home of organic pet treats and eco-friendly dog beds; and The Honey Cottage, "your one-stop shop for local and Colorado honey and beehive products." Other boutiques abound, as do art stores and places selling lots of T-shirts with the words "Pikes Peak" on them.
Farther west, Manitou Springs offers a plethora of quirk and quality. One of the long-time favorite spots is Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., commonwheel.com), where you can pick up a locally made piece of pottery, jewelry or art. If you came to Manitou because it is home to the area's only recreational pot shops, you may also be interested in The Hemp Store (2 Ruxton Ave., toddshempstore.com), which features on-site glass blowing for all your accessory needs. Or hit up The Poppy Seed (123 Cañon Ave., goo.gl/mlgaRn) for some pot-friendly fashion.
For those who feel bigger is better: Up north there's The Promenade Shops at Briargate (1885 Briargate Pkwy., thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com) a polished, high-end development featuring the likes of Banana Republic, Pier 1 and Pottery Barn. University Village Colorado (4880-5342 N. Nevada Ave., uvcshopping.com) offsets big boxes (Kohl's, CostCo, Trader Joe's) with a smattering of locally owned spots. Along Powers Boulevard, you'll find a bumptious universe of chain-store shopping with a few independents sprinkled in. And then there are the malls: Chapel Hills (1710 Briargate Blvd., chapelhillsmall.com) and The Citadel (750 Citadel Drive East, shopthecitadel.com), both of which offer plenty of chain shopping and dining without your getting wet on rainy days.
— Indy staff