As the holidays rapidly approach, now is the most important time of the year to head Downtown and support local businesses.
Whether you’re dining with family, shopping for yourself or for loved ones, make sure you pay a visit to Old Town and #ShopSmall this holiday season!
Kim and Tony Curtis, owners of Pinot’s Palette Fort Collins
Pinot’s Palette is where people gather to Paint, Drink and Have Fun! Tony and Kim Curtis opened Pinot’s Palette in Old Town Fort Collins almost 6 years ago. Being in Old Town has been very rewarding and we have had such a great experience getting to know other business owners and repeat customers.
Owning a Pinot’s Palette means more than just operating a Paint and Wine business and going through the motions. We are in the business of creating an experience where people can go, have a great time, hang out with friends and family, and all the while, they happen to be painting a one of a kind masterpiece. Our customers feel a sense of something special the very first time they step foot into the studio. This excitement builds when their friends and family arrive, they get their drink and apron on and the fun begins! If it’s someone first time or twentieth, it shows that we are ready to provide them a fantastic time once they get here and not to worry about a thing.
We offer entertainment for all ages! Holiday time is friends and family gathering time – host your own gathering with the generations doing something fun that everyone can relate to. We have a fantastic wine and beer selection too!
Stop in and say hello, we will give you a tour and explain how our shows work!
Sisters Becca and Jenny Bramhall, owners of Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys
Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys is a large, rambling, eclectic store that has been part of the Old Town Fort Collins community for 14 years! We love our downtown community from our amazing business neighbors to the children and families that fill Clothes Pony with joy and fun.
As a local business and part of Old Town Fort Collins we get to be more than a store- we are a space for kids of all ages to experience wonder, the joy of play, and feel connected to community.
We provide a place for the whole family to discover something magical whether it's little ones loving our story time, or a mom being fitted for the perfect baby carrier. Building relationships with new customers and treasuring connections with kids and families who have been coming in for years are close to our hearts. We proudly provide the most unique, charming, well-made, wonderful children's clothing, shoes, books, toys, baby gifts, maternity clothing, diaper bags, women's shoes and more! And our tween boutique upstairs, Urban Blossom, is a fun space for growing girls filled with clothes, accessories, and fabulous finds galore!
Holiday time at Clothes Pony is especially magical as we stock our store with treasures and become Santa's elves ready to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! AND we have our special Story Time With Santa that begins the Friday after Thanksgiving at 11:30 am and happens every Thursday and Friday at 11:30 am until Christmas! We can't wait to see you this holiday season!
Nina and Mike Stanton, owners of The Metal Forest
Years ago when my husband, Mike, and I decided to market our metal art designs as The Metal Forest in Downtown Fort Collins, we knew metal but nothing of retail. We expected to learn more “after a few months experience” - sixteen years later we are still learning and have expanded our metal art collection far from the mountains and forests we started with. Some ideas are our own while many are due to requests and challenges from our customers. From conception to crafting and sales, it’s just the two of us with a little help from our friend, Janis. We’re as Colorado-made as it can get. We started out at Christmas time, so we have a broad choice of holiday gifts for customers from all walks of life. Please come by to see our gift shop and gallery at 1 Old Town Square Suite #107 on Small Business Saturday!
Susan Kirkpatrick, owner of Savory Spice
Savory Spice is a locally owned and operated shop with more than 400 spices, blends and seasonings. Our spices are ground fresh weekly. In addition to providing our tasty products to customers, we support the Northern Colorado community with donations. The Savory Spice Shop Scholarship, in the Food and Nutrition Department at Colorado State, provides financial support to one graduate student per year. In 2017-18, our scholarship is held by Philip Gasser who is investigating turmeric and its effects of the body. Congratulations Philip!
Linda Roth, owner of Walnut Creek
If you have never experienced Walnut Creek, we are located in the Old Town shopping district in Fort Collins, CO and you are in for a treat! Fort Collins is a thriving entrepreneurial community located in the lovely foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Our store carries over 70 small shops inside a historical building, all created by local artisan entrepreneurs. You will find the most unusual and delightful blend of old and new items!
Our 100 year old building is an adventure and worthy of a visit, all by itself. We host the FOCO ghost tour and have the largest working freight elevator in town!
We also have an escape room game called Somewhere Secret (www.somewheresecret.com) for you to enjoy to complete your visiting experience!
Please check us out at our other social media links or contact us today for more information. We hope to see you soon!
Christie Rogers, owner of Alpine Arts - The Colorado Showcase
Alpine Arts is the Colorado Showcase, selling gifts, jewelry, souvenirs, shirts, art, and more that's made in Colorado or representing the Rocky Mountain West. We're local family owned in Old Town for 36 years, raising 2 generations of kids in the store! In fact, you’ll often notice our kids in the shop and Grandpa, the original owner, coming in and out! We are proudly the place to go that specializes in local items and Colorado merchandise. As thanks for shopping at our local business we are giving away a FREE ornament on Small Business Saturday with any purchase over $25!
Cheri Corrado, owner of Wagz Pet Market & Grooming
Wagz Pet Market & Grooming has been a part of Old Town Fort Collins for over 10 years. The founders, Matt & Cristin Gauthier sold the store to Cheri Corrado in January 2017 and they have continued to cheer her on as she leads the team forward in the Wagz spirit.
Wagz is a place that’ll make your tail wag! Maybe it is because our knowledgeable staff helped find just the right toy or treat, or our groomers give lots of love while making our furry clients look and feel their best, or maybe it’s the hugs, pets and treats given by our Wagz team. There are so many reasons for a good tail wag here! We care about all pets like they are our own and we do our best to make sure their visit to our store or grooming salon is full of love.
Our Mission at Wagz is to be a force for good in our local pet community. We participate in many local fundraisers as well as having a few ourselves like our Sunday Doggie Sundae™ event in the summer. We also have created Rescue Wear ™ which not only extends the life of pet products and makes them more affordable for pet parents, but it also raises money for local rescues and pet care charities.
George and Kari Grossman, owners of Happy Lucky's Teahouse
Happy Lucky’s is more than your average locally owned teahouse; it’s a place to connect with culture and community. The teahouse is a unique slice of Fort Collins culture. It’s sprinkled with the vibrant colors of origami and journals filled with stories of joy and gratitude. The warmth of the teahouse comes from the people who make the space special and the incredible assortment of tea that is brewed there.
If the aroma’s from the shop haven’t pulled you into Happy Lucky’s yet, it’s time to take a moment to explore the Great Wall of Tea. Let the hectic noise of the world slip away while you open each tea tin and inhale. From the first sniff to the final sip, tea is more than a drink: it’s a fully immersive experience.
Choosing the perfect gift doesn’t have to be difficult - let your nose do the work! Tea is a sensual experience that evokes feelings and memories. Simply sniff your way through Our Great Wall of Tea until you smell the feeling you want to convey. Your special someone will get more than a gift, he or she will get a memory. Every time they brew it they’ll think about you. Each warming sip brings you closer, even if you’re miles away. Feelings are forever, and tea is the perfect way to brew up a feeling that will last a lifetime.
With over 200 teas to choose from, there really is something for everyone. Our experienced tea experts are always happy to help you find the perfect gift for any occasion, so feel free to pick their brains about tea! Give the experience of outstanding tea, and Nourish Your Happy!
Carey Hewitt, owner of The Cupboard
The Cupboard is a locally owned kitchen store started by Carey Hewitt in 1972. With one store, owned by one family for 45 years, The Cupboard is the epitome of a local small business success story. It currently employees 31 local citizens and sells and helps to foster and support many local vendors of food, coffee, and more.
Customers can purchase items from a 35 cent piece of candy to a $300 set of cookware, and more. There are prices and items for everyone. All customers are welcome to enjoy the smells and sights of The Cupboard while sipping on a free sample cup of gourmet coffee. The Cupboard has become a cornerstone of shopping in Old Town and we are very thankful for the amazing Fort Collins community that has helped The Cupboard grow over these last 45 years!
Nora Hill, owner of Kilwins Fort Collins
Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream has been a sweet part of downtown Fort Collins since 1996. Our busy employees make hand-paddled fudge, kettle-cooked caramel for caramel apples and other chewy treats, caramel corn, brittles, and hand-crafted chocolates. We scoop 32 flavors of our original-recipe ice cream! Stop in for a taste, and leave with a delicious treat.
Original owners Jack and Donna Vogt build a quality confection shop with a loyal following. Current owner, Nora Hill, was looking for a new direction in her life, and when she saw that Kilwins was for sale, she knew that this was the right choice. Kilwins provides top-quality sweets to Northern Colorado and beyond and is a solid presence in Old Town. Being a part of the downtown business community and being able to contribute to the local economy has been very satisfying for everyone at Kilwins.
Nichole and Lindsey Crisanti, owners of Rocky Mountain Olive Oil
Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company is excited to be part of the expanding food scene in Old Town Fort Collins. Owners Nichole and Lindsey Crisanti celebrate the use of quality ingredients to make mealtime an experience of family, friendship and enjoyment.
The Crisantis have been involved in the premium olive oil business for more than eight years. Rocky Mountain Olive Oil carries lab-certified extra virgin oil, bottled on premise, and imported aged Italian balsamic vinegar. Customers are encouraged to sample products and flavor combinations, and staff tasting specialists help find just the right combination of flavors for each individual taste.
The store is a popular destination for out of town visitors as well as loyal local shoppers. A custom gift package is the perfect present for almost every occasion and price range. Let us help you select the perfect pairing.
Come by and browse on your next Old Town visit, or stop by during monthly Foodie Walk. Our friendly staff will be happy to help with everything from what dressing to make for dinner to what gift package to ship to your in-laws out of state.
Jerell Klaver, owner of Salus Natural Body Care
The journey began in 2004 when the seeds for SALUS® took root as we set ideas to paper and laid out our goal to provide quality personal care products to as many people as possible. In 2005, SALUS started small by bringing products to sell at various local markets, and in early 2007, we launched SALUS’ online website. By the spring of 2012, Salus opened a storefront in the beautiful Old Town Fort Collins, CO.
SALUS is a natural bath and body care company specializing in handcrafted premium bath bombs, shower bombs, lotions, creams, soaps, bubble bath, facial care, body care, essential oils and more made right here in Fort Collins.
Right now for the holiday season we have many festive, handcrafted products that make excellent gifts for everyone on your list, or even to enjoy for yourself! Step inside our stores and pick some out, or even create your own luxurious products with our extensive line of fragrances and essential oils. Each creation is designed by you, and made to perfection by our Suds Team!
Tom Stoner, Founder of Spoons
Spoons has been serving Fort Collins since 2003. Our first location is in Old Town at the Northern Hotel, and it’s filled with a rich history of small-town growth and memorable stories. Our other five Fort Collins locations are easily accessible to students, families, business, and individuals.
Spoons was founded by Tom Stoner, a passionate executive chef with an appetite for superior food and a knack for picking aromatic flavors that make all of Spoons’ foods tempting and delicious.
Over the years, Northern Colorado’s colorful array of residents and visitors have inspired us to sharpen the edges of our culinary skills. Our goal has always been to bring you the same savory, wholesome meals that we set at our family tables.
We love flavor, so our homemade soups, fresh salads, and hand-crafted focaccia sandwiches are never boring. Daily specials at each location accommodate varied tastes, and our main menu houses the most popular items. All menus and specials are posted on our website, espoons.com. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available as well.
Spoons is more than your average restaurant. We’re sensitive to the growing need for clean food, so we’ve focused a lot of attention on food education, especially concerning our ingredients, the farmers we work with, and the values that make the base for our restaurants.
Whether you want to sit in or grab it and go, the Spoons family is dedicated to making your experience pleasant and satisfying. At Spoons, you’ll get the palate-pleasing healthful food you crave from a friendly and efficient staff.
So, when hunger strikes, visit your local Spoons for some Fresh Eats and dine with distinction!
The Opera Galleria
Fort Collins' Opera Galleria has a long and colorful history. Originally built in 1880, it housed not only the opera house, but a bank, a store, a hotel and several shops and had a 3-4 story facade in front.
Opera houses in the 19th century West were quite popular and served as community entertainment centers. They hosted all kinds of activities, everything from Shakespearean plays, to fundraising dinners, temperance speakers, and political orators, to traveling singers and minstrel shows. The originally building design had eleven different stage backdrops for various productions.
A fire in 1885 destroyed most of the shop and hotel space and the rebuilt space was two stories tall. The Opera House was used as a court room and a graduation venue and performers including acrobats and wrestlers appeared there, as well as a stirring and ever popular Uncle Tom’s Cabin production. William Jennings Bryan spoke there in 1906.
It was renovated in the late 1890s with the addition of a gallery, new seating, and a widened stairway. By 1917, the Opera House was dated, and the whole front except for the old bank portion was torn down. The old false floor, built to accommodate the weight and vigor of miners’ boots at dances, was removed and a new maple floor and balconies were installed. The bones of the old Opera House are apparent in the layout of today’s Opera Galleria.
1 Old Town Square
239 S College Ave
420 S Howes St A105
162 S. College Avenue
15 Old Town Square, Suite 132
177 N. College Ave.
112 North College Ave
Amara Massage Therapy & Wellness
100 W. Olive Street
259 S College Ave
140 N. College Ave.
Bas Bleu Theatre Company & Gallery Bleu
401 Pine Street
205 N. College Ave
Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop
1 Old Town Square 104B
Big Al’s Burgers and Dogs
140 West Mountain Ave
120 S. College Ave.
Blue Agave Grill
201 S. College Avenue, Suite 100
Blue Federal Credit Union
163 W Mountain Ave
Blue Harvest Apparel
115 E. Mountain Avenue
Bondi Beach Bar
11 Old Town Square
Brand Spanking Used Thrift Store
227 S. College Ave.
Burt’s Logo Apparel
142 Remington St.
Butter Cream Cupcakery
172 N. College Ave
212 Laporte Ave.
Canyon Spirit Gallery
246 Pine St
21 Old Town Square
209 N. College Ave
Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys
111 North College Avenue
Colorado State University Ram Zone
172 N. College Avenue, Suite D
126 W. Mountain Ave
Carnegie Center for Creativity.
200 Mathews Street
CooperSmiths Pub and Brewing
5 Old Town Square
Craft Tacos + Tequila
230 S. College Ave.
242 Walnut St.
Daddy Cakes Bakery
514 S. College Ave
Dishrags & Dustruffles
227 Jefferson Street
Downtown Ace Hardware
215 S. College Ave
252 Linden Street
El Burrito Mexican Restaurant
404 Linden Street
Elevations Real Estate, LLC
106 East Oak Street
Europa Colour Salon Spa
123 N. College Avenue
130 W Olive St
100 S. College Avenue
First National Bank
205 West Oak Street
150 West Oak Street
Fort Collins Coloradoan
1300 Riverside Ave.
Fort Collins Food Co-op
250 E. Mountain Ave.
Fort Collins Local Development Company
PO Box 1774
Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S College
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
408 Mason Court
Fort Collins Rescue Mission
316 Jefferson Street
131 South College Avenue
Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures
200 W Mountain Ave
Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
223 N. College Ave
23 Old Town Square #156
Great Western Bank
101 S. College Ave
Happy Horse Tack and Saddle Shop
113 Peterson Street
Happy Lucky’s Teahouse and Treasures
236 Walnut St
Hearne’s Comfort Clothing and Footwear
15 Old Town Square Suite 133
Horsetooth Hot Sauce
832 E. Lincoln Ave Unit 1A
320 Walnut Street
Illustrated Light Gallery
1 Old Town Square #103
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
123 N. COLLEGE AVE
Jax Outdoor Gear
1200 N College Ave.
164 North College Avenue
Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream
114 S. College Ave.
Ku Cha House of Tea
128 S. College Ave
La Luz Mexican Grill
200 Walnut St.
Larimer County Workforce Center
200 W. Oak Street, Suite 5000
Larimer Small Business Development Center
320 East Vine Dr. Suite 303
Lucky Joes Sidewalk Saloon
25 Old Town Square
LuLu Asian Bistro
117 South College Avenue
172 N. College Ave., Ste. A3
125 S. College Avenue
Mary’s Mountain Cookies
123 N. College Avenue #106
Meanwhile Back At The Ranch
3 Old Town Square #3
Mulberry MAX Liquor Store
460 South College Ave, Suite G
214 Pine Street
Odell Brewing Company
800 E. Lincoln Ave
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.
Old Town Athletic Club
351 Linden Street Suite 100
Old Town Spice Shop
130 A S. College
One Tribe Creative
200 S College Ave #140
346 E. Mountain
151 W. Mountain Ave
Paul Wood Florist
114 N. College Ave.
Peak Design Interiors
204 Walnut Street Suite F
Pinot’s Palette Paint and Sip Studio
159 W. Mountain Avenue
Poudre River Public Library District
301 E. Olive St.
Pour Brothers Community Tavern
220 Linden St.
Prost Brewing Company
321 Old Firehouse Alley
185 N. College Avenue
228 S. College Ave
101 S. College Ave
130 W. Olive St., Unit B
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
143 W Mountain Ave
1235 Riverside Avenue
123 N. College Avenue, Suite 180
Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company
123 N College Ave #170
200 Jefferson St.
1 Old Town Square #101