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15 Jan 2024
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There's no disputing that Aspen is famous for its skiing and snowboarding, but it's also home to numerous high-end stores and local boutiques perfect for indulging in some retail therapy.

Downtown Aspen offers roughly a dozen walkable blocks at its core and more to explore in the vicinity. The pedestrian-friendly retail centers are perfect for leisurely shopping and exploring everything from thrift and consignment to high-end boutiques. No matter what you are looking for, there are plenty of options available.


Aspen Outdoor Gear & Apparel

Whether you are looking for ski and snowboard gear, rentals, or apparel, there are a variety of ski shops clustered near the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain. Four Mountain Sports has a great selection of ski and snowboard equipment with locations at each of the four mountains and free overnight equipment transfers between locations.  The Ute Mountaineer located on Galena Streeet, is a family-owner and operated store that has served the Aspen community since 1977.  The Ute offers ski, snowboard, and uphill rentals in addition to a large selection of men and women's outdoor apparel.

If you seek top-of-the-line skiwear and rentals, consider Gorsuch, Performance Ski, or Miller Sports. ASPENX is a high-end luxury retail store that offers clothing, ski and snowboard rentals, seasonal experiences, and gourmet food; and Ogier features high-end ski and snowboard gear,

Aspen Consignment & Thrift

Those seeking unique treasures will be excited by the array of thrift and consignment stores that Aspen offers. Frugal shoppers can find gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories at Aspen Thrift Shop, where there are sure to be some hidden gems donated by Aspen locals or visitors. Bonus: every purchase gives back to the community!

Shoppers looking for more upscale clothing, accessories, and ski gear should check out Susie’s, a favorite of locals since the 1970s. Susie’s has stylish, high-end, and designer items at reasonable prices. 

Designer clothing and accessories are also the focus of The Little Bird, Aspen’s luxury consignment shop which is home to some serious gems. If you are shopping for kids, Twinkle carries a well-curated selection of clothing for babies and children with an eye on sustainable fashion and fair trade companies. 

Local Boutiques in Aspen

If you want something more unique to Aspen, check out one of the local boutiques. Pitkin County Dry Goods is an Aspen staple that’s been in business for over 30 years. With a mix of local boutique designers and a wide array of wardrobe essentials, shoppers can help create that special luxury resort vibe that Aspen does well.

Just steps from the gondola lies Nuages, a couture women’s boutique with an exclusive selection of European and American designer’s ready-to-wear pieces for style-savvy customers. Nuages prides itself on carrying more mountain casual pieces specifically edited for Aspen shoppers. Nuages stands out as a tried-and-true personal shopping experience, worthy of checking out for something uniquely Aspen.

Wyld Blue’s Aspen location is perfect for those exploring curated luxury items such as timeless vintage handbags, clothing, jewelry, and accessories. At the same time, P.E. 101 is a high-end boutique with modern, edgy clothing geared towards the different body types of women. It’s another Aspen gem that is a favorite of many looking for a distinctive shopping experience.

Luxury Apparel & Brands in Aspen

Luxury shoppers will feel at home with shops like Gucci, Dior, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Moncler, and other international brands that are set along Galena Street. The storefronts in Aspen also offer stunning pieces that are designed specifically for the Aspen location, making them true unique treasures. Marcus, a high-end boutique, is another fantastic location for high-end items as they carry all the major brands with the latest styles.

Aspen Home Decor

Aspen also offers some fabulous home finds for those looking for distinctive home accessories, furniture, or gifts. Considered to be one of the top home decor stores in Aspen, Paris Underground specializes in mid-century modern French antiques and accessories for one-of-a-kind finds for your home. The eclectic mix of treasures found here are hand-picked from around the globe and are favorites of interior designers and homeowners alike. 

If contemporary pieces are more your style, then Chequers is a great go-to for contemporary modern luxe furniture, an extraordinary tabletop collection, and beautiful one-of-a-kind accessories, all set in a beautiful, stylish space for browsing. 

Res Ipsa is another local favorite with its collection of boho chic furniture and home goods that are responsibly sourced and custom-designed in Morocco. The blend of Moroccan, mid-century, and colonial styles make for pieces that are unique in character and beauty, and perfect for any home space.

Gourmet Food

Colorado boasts amazing growing regions and a strong tradition of ranching which means an impressive amount of locally grown produce and local products. Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop is a celebration of food with a robust selection of local products. Local goods are also part of the selection at Aspen’s Butcher’s Block with a variety of local, regional, and international specialty foods including charcuterie, caviar, cheese, chocolate, and the finest selection of aged steaks, fresh seafood, and chicken available in Aspen.

Aspen Gems

One of the coolest stores in Aspen is Daniel’s Antiques. Family-owned and operated by the Daniels family, stepping inside the store is like stepping back in time. Come check out their unique Black Forest sculptures circa the late 1800’s, vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, or even binoculars from WWII. 

Bookworms will love Explore Booksellers, an Aspen institution in a Victorian home in the center of town. You can find books on everything from business to history, art, and travel. Regional titles fill the shelves, as well as gift items, cards, and journals. The shop also regularly hosts events with local and visiting authors. Pyramid Bistro is located on the second floor and offers healthy fare for patrons to grab a veggie-forward lunch. 

If you are in search of Western ware, then a visit to Kemo Sabe is a must. Custom-design your own hat while soaking in a true Western experience, all with some of the most friendly service around. 

We’d be remiss not to mention Carl’s Pharmacy, a legendary Aspen pharmacy that is oh so much more than any ordinary small-town drugstore. While it’s stocked with the usual medicines, first aid provisions, make-up, and beauty supplies, it also features a basement “wine cellar,” filled with wine, spirits, and over 100 kinds of beer. The unique second floor is full of just about everything a person could want, including household goods, sports and outdoor gear, arts and crafts supplies, and toys and games. On the way up the stairs, visitors can pin to mark where they are from on the map!

Come to Aspen for Shopping and So Much More

Aspen is home to stores that offer luxuries in clothing, home goods, and more for a truly amazing experience during your time here. As a guest of Frias Properties, you have access to our concierge services and other amenities to help make the most of your stay. Concierge services also include shopping recommendations, dining, and other suggestions as requested. 

Explore our Aspen vacation rentals or our slope-side condos in Snowmass Village to find the perfect place to stay! Guests of Frias Properties receive airport transfers, health club access, front desk check-in, housekeeping, and 24/7 maintenance and support, along with their Aspen or Snowmass vacation rental.

Contact our Reservations Team today at (970) 920-2010 with any questions. 

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