The past year or so has been extremely difficult for small businesses of all kinds — from shops and boutiques to salons and spas, to bars and restaurants. Artisans and makers have been especially impacted by the current economy, as many haven’t had the same exposure from in-person markets and events that they typically rely on.
One way to support the incredible small businesses in our midst is by signing up for a subscription box to receive regular shipments of the latest goods and gadgets — all made by local businesses. And Colorado has quite a few to choose from!
Get to know the variety of subscription boxes in Colorado, shipping everything from lemonade mixers to candles, and craft beer to flowers. Becoming a subscriber is an excellent way to support small businesses and makers — while also getting some unique items for your home (without having to leave the house!).
NoCo Box is “in the business of supporting small businesses.” They do this by sending artisan goods exclusively sourced from Northern Colorado to give back to the community we all love. Fort Collins entrepreneur Aisha Martinek shipped out the first NoCo Box this past November, during a time when local makers and small businesses were struggling amidst the pandemic. Now, the box includes products from more than a dozen businesses based in Loveland, Berthoud, Fort Collins and elsewhere in Northern Colorado. Subscribers receive a new box on a monthly basis, but you may also order one on a one-time basis as a gift for someone — or yourself!
Colorado Springs residents are familiar with Pikes Peak Lemonade and their delicious homemade lemonade and syrups. Thankfully, those living elsewhere in the state — and the country — can get these unique flavors delivered straight to their door. Pikes Peak Lemonade offers a monthly subscription, for three, six or 12 months, which includes a lemonade concentrate, a metal daisy lid and three paper straws. The box is neatly packaged and shipped on the 5th of every month; simply place your order before the 22nd to receive the current month’s box! The cost of shipping is included in the price.
One of our favorite local shops, Makerfolk, has started offering subscription boxes! Choose from three subscription options: for one month, two months or four months. Makerfolk boxes go out mid-February, mid-May, mid-August and mid-November, but when you sign up, you’ll receive your first box right away (if the current box is still in stock!). Each box contains a book they love, a product from PAGEFIFTYFIVE, a product from Beldamia, and a product from a local maker.
Calling all locavores! Locavore Delivery is here — offering subscriptions of exclusively local meat from family farms in Colorado and wild salmon caught by Colorado-based fishermen. They believe (and we believe!) that eating local is better for you, your community, and the environment. Locavore Delivery has a variety of subscriptions, including a beef bone broth kit, grass–fed ground beef box, lamb ribs, pork chop box, spice club and much more. Simply choose the box and the frequency!
What is a list about all things craft and homegrown in Colorado without mention of beer? Beer Drop ships out five types of beers from microbreweries in Colorado. When you sign up, you’ll choose what type of beer you wish to receive or if you’d prefer to be surprised. You get complete control — you can skip any “drop,” cancel any time, and swap out beers before your shipment is sent. At about $4 per drink and with a $5 flat-rate shipping fee, this is a good deal for Colorado craft beer connoisseurs! Check out their impressive list of breweries and become a Beer Drop member to get unique craft brews shipped to your doorstep on a regular basis.
This isn’t a “box” necessarily, but this NoCo subscription just had to be added to the list. Join the Colorado Flower Club to receive regular flower deliveries, exclusive access and discounts at all four Palmer stores throughout Northern Colorado. The subscription includes weekly or monthly flower deliveries of custom vase arrangements created with hand-picked blooms. After you subscribe, you’ll be contact by a Palmer designer to understand your style and space. Subscribers save money in the long run — as there is no charge for delivery or for the vases your arrangement comes in. You can choose the day of the month for your delivery — and choose to have it go to another person as a gift if you wish!
Pasture Provisions is committed to being the Front Range’s premier farm-to-door subscription service, providing 100% Colorado-raised grass-fed beef and lamb, heritage breed pasture-raised pork, free-range chicken and eggs, and vegetables grown using organic principles. They offer a variety of subscription options based on your preferences and dietary needs, including meat only; mixed meat, egg and vegetable; seafood; raw dog food; and more! Denver Metro and Boulder residents can use their local delivery services, but Pasture Provisions offers shipping elsewhere for an additional charge.
If you can’t choose between any of the many incredible roasters in the state and want to support them all — Native Coffee Club is for you! Native Coffee Club is a Colorado coffee subscription service. Each month, subscribers receive a bag of coffee, a free drink card and some merch from the featured Colorado coffee roaster, from Colorado Springs to Denver and Boulder to Fort Collins. Join the club today to receive a monthly surprise of local coffee and help #SaveColoradoCoffee. And if you’re looking for more coffee subscriptions directly from Northern Colorado roasters, click here.
Old Pine Candle Co. is a small women-owned candle company in Evergreen, inspired by the mountains and focused on sustainability. All of their candles are hand-poured with all-natural, 100% American-grown soy wax for a clean and even burn. You can get a steady rotation of their candles delivered to your home by joining the Candle Club, which includes a new candle shipped monthly, bimonthly, or every three months. Shipping is free and the first order includes an Old Pine x Less is More Ceramic Design handmade matchstick vessel. Candles are handpicked each month to match the time of the year!
Thank you for shopping small to support our local makers and businesses!