Whether you’re in Old Town, Jessup Farm, Front Range Village or shopping elsewhere around town, you’ve likely come across a boutique offering an inventory of items you didn’t know you needed for your wardrobe, your home or your outdoor gear collection. Now, we’re making it easier to shop local and stock up on these must-haves!
We already rounded up 14 Colorado Brand That Got Their Start in Fort Collins, and today we’re looking into the small shops and boutiques that up our neighborhood charm and local mentality. Peruse our favorites then share yours in the comments below!
We categorized the boutiques and shops for added convenience. If you’re interested in jumping ahead, simply select the category from this list:
Akinz is a lifestyle brand for stylish adventurers. Their handcrafted goods are produced in the flagship Fort Collins store — from the hand printed shirts to the handmade beanies. Inspired by the Colorado lifestyle (think snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, craft beer and more), their goods highlight mountains, wildlife, Colorado pride and local brews.
Heyday is a retail shop filled with clothing, accessories, apothecary items and more. Created by local Bucking Horse residents, Ryan and Jennifer Little, the shop features an adorable inventory of lifestyle items from organic cotton clothes to leather boots — all handpicked to take your fashion game up a few notches.
Knapsack is a Jessup Farm lifestyle shop with an inventory of home and supply goods for everyday living. From candles and kitchen accessories to stationery and baby essentials, they have everything you need to make your life easier and more stylish!
Photo courtesy of Lemons & Lace Boutique and Jordan Cannon
This adorable one-stop shop offers contemporary women’s apparel and athleisure clothing, footwear, apothecary items, home decor, gifts, jewelry and other accessories. Peruse their handpicked items from brands around the country and make a statement with your wardrobe!
Blue Harvest Apparel offers lifestyle and clothing products perfect for any NoCo woman. They specialize in premium denim, simple basics and one-of-a-kind treasures with an assortment of Colorado necessities.
Magnolia Moon blends contemporary women’s apparel with professional day-to-night pieces, special occasion dresses, cozy basics and unique accessories. Now, they also offer a curated selection of women’s shoes, handbags, home and gift items as well. With a little something for everyone, the entire family can shop together!
RusticThread Boutique is a California-meets-Colorado style fashion boutique in the heart of downtown Fort Collins. The team has a passion for helping women feel great while looking effortlessly chic. Dress yourself up for the season or stock up on stylish gifts!
Photo courtesy of Storm Fine Apparel and Holly Jones
With the creation of Storm Fine Apparel, Traci Gendron and her son, Tanner, are on a mission to raise awareness for Cystinosis. All proceeds from the store go to researching and finding a cure for this little known incurable metabolic disease. Shop men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories — all in support of a good cause!
Owner of GG Boutique, Laura Ludwin, strives every day to make women feel incredible about themselves. Her inventory of women’s tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories is housed in a cute yellow house in the heart of Fort Collins. Items are updated daily to keep up with trends and confidence levels so stop by as often as you’d like!
Alpine Arts has been offering local products and handpicked items in the historic Avery Building since 1981. Their family-owned and operated shop is filled with clothes, jewelry and amazing gifts for every Colorado native and fan!
As you look through shelves and shelves of sweet, savory, spicy and inventive blends in this Old Town shop, you may find you’ve spent your entire shopping day in one place. But that’s not a bad thing! From teas and coffees to salts and sugars, they have something for every kitchen and many of the spices are freshly ground in the store!
At The Cupboard, they believe the kitchen is the heart of the home and should be filled with the decor and the appliances to prove it. Stop by for expert advice, top of the line products and specialty food to fill your cabinets this season.
Inspired by the power of natural and herbal healing methods, Golden Poppy stocks bulk herbs and tea blends, custom herbal extract formulas, essential oils, flower essences, body care products and more. You can stop by to shop, learn about functional nutrition, and meet with their clinical practitioners to discuss specific ailments.
Photo courtesy of Fox + Clover Market Shops
Fox + Clover is a locally owned and operated marketplace that brings together more than 40 local makers, artisans and businesses. Emphasizing the urban chic farmhouse feel, the shops feature everything from handmade soaps and clothes to upcycled home furnishings and decor. With surprise pop-up markets, design classes, painting classes, gift cards, local delivery and layaway options year-round, this is an easy place to support small business.
Though resident shops may come and go, you’ll often find businesses like Eclectic Grey, Vines Vintage, Rachael’s Revelry, Silver Bird Creations, Caroline’s Upcycled Antiques, Cottage Nest Designs, House of Blois and Rachel Dawn Designs.
Specializing in unique and edgy merchandise, White Balcony has been offering their mix of clothing, accessories, gifts and greeting cards in Downtown FoCo since 2003. Though they offer a bit of everything (including a pop-up men’s shop called Killer Rabbit), we put them in the Home Goods section because we’re a bit obsessed with their inventory of home decor.
Walnut Creek features an eclectic mix of artisans, crafters and goods located in the historic P. Anderson Mercantile Co. building. Nearly everything in the shop is one of a kind — perfect for incredible and memorable gifts and home decor!
Magpies is both a gift shop and a place where you can come to create art, build community and celebrate life events. Whether you’re dropping in to shop The Nest or attending a craft party, you’re in for a good time at this favorite neighborhood destination!
This Downtown Fort Collins store is filled floor to ceiling with garden and nature-inspired gifts. Whether you need a new ornament for your Christmas tree, a stunning statement piece for your living room, or home decor that shows off your CSU pride, it’s the perfect one-stop shop.
In an effort to fund their charitable organization, the Nash family opened A Place for Grace in 2014. The nonprofit boutique serves to help women in our community by building a bridge from crisis to stability and self-sustainability. Inside the shop, you’ll find accessories, scarves, jewelry, pins, hats, purses and distinctive clothing as well as shabby chic furnishings, home decor and vintage items. And every time you make a purchase, you assist the Grace Program!
Cozy Cottage is a locally- and family-owned company offering a variety of home decor, antique furniture, jewelry, candles, seasonal merchandise, and so much more. Stop by in their Front Range Village shop, or swing by Cherry Creek Mall in Denver and the Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland!
Owner Carrie Rothones has been repurposing furniture since high school. Today, her passion comes to life through Artistic Re-Creations. From pallet art and hand-painted furniture to wall hangings and antiques, you’ll always find a statement piece for your home inside this cozy shop.
Photo courtesy of Topo Designs and Abigail Demyanek
Rooted in mountain culture and outdoor living, Topo Designs makes packs, gear, clothing and accessories for city life and mountain adventures. Built right here in Fort Collins, their packs have become known across the country for a reason. They use the highest quality fabrics, hardware and materials, and overbuild everything; then, they stand behind it all with a lifetime warranty for repair or replacement.
As the local shop for Otter Products, the Old Town Otter Shop is a retail store showcasing OtterBox and LifeProof products – from cases to coolers and tumblers to speakers. Their gear is designed to withstand your everyday life and the Colorado outdoors — and it’s all made in their FoCo headquarters! Learn more about the company in our blog post 14 Colorado Brands That Got Their Start in Fort Collins.
Though it has changed hands a few times over the years, Brave New Wheel has been a Fort Collins destination since 1983. In the shop, they focus on bike service and repair, custom builds, wheel building, suspension work and basically anything you need to make your ride better. They also serve beer, so you can stop in to socialize and shop at the same time!
Photo courtesy of The Gearage
Camping, hiking, cycling, climbing, winter and water sports gear — The Gearage has it all. Also operating as one of FoCo’s favorite bike shops, this Old Town store can tune-up your gear, buy your old gear, sell you new and used gear, and offer local expertise for every adventurer!
Famous amongst local disc golfers, The Wright Life has everything you need to take your frisbee game up a notch. It’s also a great place if you’re looking to become a skateboarder, a snowboard pro, and more. Founded in 1981 by Bill Wright, the store has served as the hub of alternative sports in Northern Colorado for decades.
The Fort Collins flagship store is where Khumbu Adventure Gear showcases their newest products — whether that’s a stylish beanie to keep you warm, the famous Click & Go Dry Bag, or just about anything in between. Every item is made exclusively in the Himalayan country of Nepal and a portion of proceeds goes towards Khumbu Foundation, a nonprofit organization actively involved in the enrichment of lives of Nepalese families.
Photo courtesy of Gryphon Games & Comics
Whether it’s comics, board and roleplaying games, miniature war games, or novelties you’re looking for, Gryphon has it! As Fort Collins’ premiere comic and game store, they offer the collectibles and games you didn’t know you needed alongside refreshments at Purple Cup Cafe and gaming events and workshops.
Owned by sisters Jenny and Becca, Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys is a children’s shopping haven. With clothing, accessories and toys, you can stock up on adorable necessities while the kids play!
Fort Collins’ Old Firehouse Books is Northern Colorado’s largest independent bookstore. Mainly offering both used and new books, you’ll also find journals, cards, bookish t-shirts and clever socks inside this historic shop. Stop in to talk books, buy a novel or two, and find a perfect gift!
If we missed your favorite local boutique, let us know in the comments below!