Aspen has a plethora of shops- some local, some regional, some international. The variety of shops gives visitors opportunities to window shop, pick up a few items, — or go on a spending spree.
If you do decide to go on a spending spree, you might want to venture outside of J Crew, Ralph Lauren, and lululemon and #ShopLocal. Here are some of our favorite locally owned shops in Aspen. Give them some love.
Pitkin Country Dry Goods
PCDGs is Aspen’s first clothing store, originating in 1969. It’s also Aspen’s second oldest retail store under continuous family ownership. Stop by for high end fashion brands and accessories.
Explore is Aspen’s local (adorable) bookshop founded in 1970 by Katharine Thalberg. Since her passing, it has become a central part of the community, inspiring locals and visitors alike. Stop by and get a reading recommendation from the well-appointed staff.
Owned by a local skateboarder/mountain biker/skier, this tiny shop is filled to the brim with high quality and fashionable gear that defines “Aspen casual.” Pick up new shoes, shades, and a durable sweatshirt for a reasonable price.
Meridian is Aspen’s local high-end jeweler, specializing in jewelry and watches. If you’re in the market for a timepiece, skip major jewelers and spend your money here.
You can rent skis and boards at many places in Aspen. But if you need to rent hiking gear, climbing harnesses, or outdoor apparel, head to Ute Mountaineer, a locally owned shop in Aspen. They also do repairs.
Rocky Mountain Pet Shop
If you’re staying at the Limelight, your pup is already spoiled. But if you need to pick up treats or toys, go to Rocky Mountain Pet Shop. This local place has been in business for over 40 years and knows exactly what your dog (or cat) needs.
Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop
If you’re in search for an afternoon pastry, go to Annette’s Mountain bakeshop. Freshly baked bread and cookies await.
Started in Snowmass, ink! Coffee now has locations all over Colorado. ink! Coffe has amazing mochas, dirty chais, and smoothies. When you’re coming off the mountain, stop by for a pick me up.
Aspen’s charm is partially due to the tenure of its local community. We love both local brands and high-end brands, so spend an afternoon shopping locally.