Shopping in Downtown Fort Collins can be a magical experience. Quaint boutiques, historic architecture, and unique shops line the streets of Old Town Fort Collins creating a window-shopping experience with every amenity you could want. This area was the location of the original settlement for the city of Fort Collins in the 1800’s and holds a rich history around each corner.
Downtown’s boutique shops offer many clothing and fashion options as well as hand-crafted jewelry and accessories. Custom made scarves; fashion jeans, high-end lingerie and the latest in fashionable footwear are some of the items you can find along Downtown’s historic main street, College Ave., and of course, pampering yourself is easy with a visit to some of the salons, apothecaries, spa, fragrance and soap stores.
Your shopping experience isn’t limited to personal items. The area businesses include cooking and kitchen related stores, as well as art galleries to help you find the perfect thing for your house. Fort Collins’ iconic stores like the Cupboard and Sense of Place anchor a walkable stretch of Downtown shopping. Finding the right piece of jewelry is easy at stores with well-established names to international shops.
Art abounds at more than a dozen art galleries specializing in a wide array of art. Collectors love to peruse the walls and displays at the galleries around Oak Street Plaza and College Ave. There are many collective art galleries selling local artisans’ creations ranging from glass art to paintings and pottery to fiber and wearable arts.
Make a quick visit to some of the ever-changing art shows while you’re out on your shopping trip. And, each month you can enjoy the Fort Collins First Friday Gallery Walk, the Fort Collins Foodie Walk, and Shop Fridays.
If you are looking for the perfect gift or memento of Fort Collins, the shops lining Mountain and College Avenues have many options. Novelty shops in the areas focus on gardens, house décor, and mementos of your trip to Fort Collins. The hippest of DIY home décor come alive in this shopping district including teacup candles, leather bracelets, felted soaps, bath soaks, and quilted purses. And, if you’re shopping for a furry friend, you’ll find great options at our pet boutique with in-house baked goodies, costumes, toys, and pet essentials. (Many of the businesses are pet friendly and you can often find water bowls sitting out for thirsty dogs.)
Holidays mean finding the perfect gift, which is easy do at the area’s home shops, the Christmas store, or the Colorado memento shop. Memorable stocking stuffers can be picked up all around the Old Town Square area, or feel free to entertain your sweet tooth at the candy stores, with Fort Collins made toffee and hand-rolled caramels.