So, The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., broadmoor.com) is known for many things; the only 5-star hotel in the Springs has hosted a wide variety of presidents and celebrities in its hallowed halls. But a less-discussed strength of the estate is its high-end shopping.
Find handmade jewelry, hand-blown glass and an assorted collection of other made-in-America crafts at Luma (577-5835). Gibson's Gallery (471-6153) shares a taste of Colorado's natural beauty turned luxurious: board games carved from petrified wood, jewelry from agate and jade, and an enviable selection of polished mineral displays.
Hunting designer? Find Kate Spade and Diane Von Furstenberg at the Boutique at The Broadmoor (577-5860), an intimidatingly chic storefront off the main drive with clothing, jewelry and purses in excess. Almost equally striking men's clothing is housed at The Broadmoor Haberdashery (577-5751), a few steps inside the main hotel. Rounding out the luxury experience are Tory Burch, Toms Shoes and UGGs at Yarid's Shoes (yarids.com).
Those of us with (ahem) budgetary constraints can find a little token at The Library (471-6269), an eclectic yet homey book and gift store stocking not only beautiful copies of the classics, but Colorado-themed travel books and stationery. Or we can just enjoy the stone Schnauzer lounging outside The Broadmoor Pet Boutique (577-5788) — although one step inside the store is guaranteed to tempt gift-buying for your four-legged pal.
Even if it's just to play pretend, The Broadmoor is worth a visit. But if you'll feel more at home outside the manicured grasses and burbling fountains, the south end is a paradise for bargain shoppers.
Two of Colorado Springs' thrifting megastores have branches in the area; hunt through the stores of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado (2007 S. Circle Drive; 6725 Camden Blvd., Fountain, goodwill-colosprings.org) or Arc Thrift Stores (2780 S. Academy Blvd., arcthrift.com).
Other gems include RE-Generation Teen Consignment (118½ E. Cheyenne Road, regenerationteen.com), a classy little boutique that offers store credit to trade in your old look for a new one. Browse through the racks or set a consignment appointment to update your wardrobe.
Just up the street, Summerland Gardens (124 E. Cheyenne Road, summerlandgardens.com) stocks a large number of indoor and outdoor plants and housewares, hosts low-cost gardening classes, and features local artists in an upstairs gallery.
For more all-natural shopping options, visit the aptly named Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (1825 S. Nevada Ave., vitamincottage.com). You can also drop by Sage Woman Herbs & Clinic (108 E. Cheyenne Road, sagewomanherbs) and peruse its herbal pharmacy or schedule a consultation with owner Valerie Blankenship.
Health isn't all about the pills and organics, however. If you drive down the chain-store-laden North Academy Boulevard, consider a stop at Christal's (2582 S. Academy Blvd., christals.com) to peruse its full selection of edible body-decorations and other nightstand toys.
Finally, finish your shopping venture in the Southgate area by pampering yourself with a massage, blowout or lip plump (!) at Veda Salon and Spa (2110 Southgate Road, coloradoaveda.com). Hey, you're worth it, and so is Veda — one of the city's most community-minded businesses.
Other stores with South locations: Big R (165 Fontaine Blvd.); Independent Records & Video (5680 Highway 85/87, Fountain); Meeker Music (6330 S. Hwy. 85/87, Fountain).