Twelve local artists will take to the street on January 27 and 28 to paint the widows of the Walnut Street businesses with unique designs that reflect the local character of each establishment. The public is invited to park for free in one of the downtown parking garages and walk Walnut Street to watch the artists create their work. Pick up a voting card and parking coupons at any Walnut Street business and cast a vote for your favorite artist. Voting period ends February 15th with cash prizes for first, second and third place being awarded at the February 16th Fort Collins Foodie Walk.

All public voting cards collected will be entered into a drawing for a giant Shop Walnut gift basket featuring a collective sampling from all the businesses impacted by the construction: Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro, La Luz Mexican Grill, Walnut Creek & The Merchant Room, Happy Lucky’s Teahouse, Old Firehouse Books, Curiosities Gifts, Salus Bath & Body, Nature’s Own, The Right Card, Hearne’s Shoes, Studio Be, Spoons, The Wright Life, and Magnolia Moon Boutique.

Shop Walnut to support local business! Shop Walnut is a coalition of local small Old Town businesses who are taking a proactive approach to mitigate the economic impacts of the Walnut Street closure to replace 100 year old water pipes, expected to last from January through March 2018. Extended street closures can result in a 30-50% drop in sales when customers perceive difficulty finding parking and accessing buildings, even though sidewalks are open and all businesses are accessible. The group launched as a community webpage to keep customers engaged in the life of the street.

Shop Walnut businesses are offering free parking garage coupons with a purchase to mitigate the impact of the street closure. These coupons add an additional free hour to the one already provided by the Remington and Civic Center (LaPorte) parking garages, both one block from Walnut.


  • Casual Clothing for an Active Lifestyle, handmade in our store.

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    15 Old Town Square, Suite 132
  • Vintage and boutique goods

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    Walnut Creek
    222 Walnut Street
  • La Luz is quintessentially Fort Collins!

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    La Luz Mexican Grill
    200 Walnut St.
  • Locally owned cheese shop. Come in, sit down and enjoy cheese flights paired with wine or beer.

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    The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Shop
    216 Pine St.
  • Footwear and clothing with perfect combination of classic style and comfort

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    Hearne’s Comfort Clothing and Footwear
    15 Old Town Square Suite 133
  • Unique, quality, and affordable women’s and men’s apparel

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    Magnolia Moon
    172 N. College Ave., Ste. A3
  • Old Firehouse Books
    232 Walnut St.
  • Natural Body Care

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    Salus Natural Body Care
    240 Walnut Street
  • Quirky and one-of-a-kind jewelry, gifts and accessories.

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    242 Walnut St.
  • Fast, Fresh, Local, with Passion

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    Spoons Soups, Salads, & Sandwiches
    172 N. College Ave, Suite C
  • Making life more least on paper

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    The Right Card
    17 Old Town Square #135
  • We were one of the first action sports retailers in Colorado and were established in 1981

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    The Wright Life
    200 Linden St.
  • Come Visit. We're Serving Up World Change.

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    Happy Lucky’s Teahouse
    236 Walnut St