This is a great place to experience extreme shopping — in other words, shopping that takes you from one extreme to the other.
The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., broadmoor.com) is where to go for the most extravagant shopping in town. The five-star, five-diamond hotel and resort contains shops across the property; the following are just a few.
The Broadmoor Haberdashery is an upscale men's shop featuring designer clothing and accessories, while The Boutique, Yarid's Shoes and Cosmetic Shop are dazzling destinations for women. The Broadmoor Childrens Shop offers adorable infant and children's apparel as well as games, toys, arts and crafts for kids.
Villiers Jewelry & Gift carries stunning items for special occasions, as well as more affordable designer jewelry and treats. Spirit of the West celebrates Western flair in clothing, jewelry and accessories, while Cheyenne Gourmet caters to cooks, aspiring cooks and everyone who likes to eat.
Art lovers can visit Gibson's Gallery or the two Hayden Hays galleries, or check out Luma, which holds a fascinating collection of beautiful crafts, including functional items for the home and garden. There is also the Library, for book lovers, and the Broadmoor Pet Boutique.
By now you get the idea. So let's go down the hill for something a little different: natural and organic food and nutritional supplements.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (1825 S. Nevada Ave., naturalgrocers.com) can be found in the Southern Cross Shopping Center and has great deals on fresh produce, bulk items, and a wide array of vitamins and herbs.
In the same neck of the woods is Sage Woman Herbs & Clinic (108 E. Cheyenne Road, sagewomanherbs.com) owned by Valerie Blankenship, a certified clinical herbalist with more than 23 years' experience.
Gardeners have a couple of excellent, locally owned nurseries from which to choose. Summerland Gardens (124 E. Cheyenne Road, summerlandgardens.com) stocks a huge selection of plants that thrive in our challenging conditions, plus an art gallery and a gift shop. In Fountain, Spencer's Lawn and Garden (4720 Center Valley Drive, spencersgardens.com) is the second area Spencer's, newer and larger than the South Tejon Street original.
Also in Fountain is Dick's Rock Shop (594 S. Santa Fe Ave., dicksrockshop.com), a great place to pick up beads, carvings, fossils and specimens from Colorado and around the world.
For bargains, the Goodwill Retail Center (2007 S. Circle Drive, discovermygoodwill.org) on the south side is one of the best thrift stores in town. Only five years old, the building is spacious, clean and nicely organized.
Shopping includes auto parts, too, especially if your car is just missing, say, a knob, switch or headlight. The U Pull & Pay (3745 S. U.S. Highway 85-87, upullandpay.com) is a wonderland of a junkyard, and the front desk can tell you if your make or model is out there, where to find it, and what parts remain. Bring your own tools, because you have to go get it — but that's the fun part.
Speaking of used items, check out B Street near Fort Carson. The Army Store (2045 B St., thearmystore.net) and the EZ Pawn (1995 B St., ezpawn.com) offer items you might not see in other parts of town.