Looking to do some shopping on your next trip to Steamboat Springs?
Steamboat Springs put itself on the map as a world-class skiing destination in the 1960s, and during the summer it’s renowned for epic hiking and outdoor adventures.
What most people fail to mention is that our Colorado mountain town also has all the amenities you’ll ever need within short reach. Steamboat is full of fine dining spots, and the cultural scene is thriving with live music and art.
But in this blog post, we’re going to talk about the shopping scene specifically.
Steamboat is home to many boutique shops, so you can “shop ’til you drop”.
Best Shopping In Steamboat: Clothes & Shoes
Maybe you’re visiting Steamboat in August but didn’t realize that the temperature drops significantly at night. Or maybe you got caught in a random snowstorm in June. It happens in this crazy mountain town of ours.
Rest assured, you can find all the clothing you need for Colorado’s (sometimes) erratic crazy weather. Here are 19 stores you need to visit while shopping in Steamboat Springs:
1. F. M. Light & Sons
One cannot simply visit Steamboat Springs without shopping at F. M. Light & Sons; it’s basically a right of passage
You also won’t be able to miss the series of yellow and black billboards while driving along Highway 40 toward Steamboat. These billboards also happen to be one of the longest-running advertising campaigns in the nation, as F.M. Light & Sons was founded in 1905.
F.M. Light & Sons opened its doors on Steamboat’s main street back in 1905 as a western clothing and goods retailer. Their goal was to serve the local ranching community.
Today the store has been run by the same family for five generations and holds true to its heritage. If you’re on the hunt for authentic western clothing and accessories, F. M. Light & Sons is the place for you.
Their sister shop is in Breckenridge, but the original Ohana is located in downtown Steamboat. This specially curated gift shop takes pride in its mountain roots and in turn, supports other local artisans. On the store’s website, you can see which local jewelry makers, artists, and local authors are currently selling their stock through Ohana.
We especially love buying t-shirts and hoodies from Ohana. The colors, unusual prints, and soft material make them a wonderful gift or comfy item for yourself.
The staff is really friendly and helpful too. You can take our word for it… our friend Sami works here!
Urbane certainly brings an urban flare to the Steamboat shopping scene. This boutique clothing store specializes in skateboarding and snowboarding apparel for men and women.
Here you can find the coolest brands to complete your look on the slopes or at the skatepark, such as Anti Hero, Blowfish, Sun Bum, Vans, and Volcom.
Founded in 2008 in downtown Steamboat, Urbane takes pride in supplying its clients with the finest apparel for outdoor lifestyles. The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable; they will go above and beyond to help you find exactly what you need.
4. Wanderlust Boutique
This one is for the ladies. Wanderlust Boutique brings affordable, high-quality fashion to Steamboat Springs for women of all ages and sizes.
Here you can find flattering tops, trousers, dresses, outerwear, and fun accessories.
Wanderlust Boutique started as one of Colorado’s favorite mobile clothing stores for women. Then in 2019, the shop opened the doors to its first retail store in Steamboat. The owner and operator, Tamara, vows to keep all items affordable (under $100) and has new, fresh arrivals each week.
5. Kali’s Boutique
Also located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, Kali’s Boutique is a fabulous place for shopping. It offers upscale clothing for ladies including anything from cozy flannels to glitzy ballgowns. Their selection really is a treasure trove.
All of the superb clothing items are hand-picked so that you can keep up with the latest shopping trends. Kali’s Boutique also carries international fashion brands such as Emil Rutenberg, Marina Bella, Leigh & Luca, Sogoli, and Desigual.
You’ll be sure to add some one-of-a-kind clothing items to your wardrobe after visiting Kali’s Boutique.
Another longstanding local business, Allen’s, has been an amazing place to go shopping in Steamboat. They’ve been in business for over 70 years.
This store has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations, and they really care about their customers’ experiences.
Allen’s is not your typical souvenir t-shirt store. Here you can find all kinds of things, from the warmest ski socks to formal attire for special occasions and everything in between. They even offer tailoring services.
The general clothing style follows an upscale mountain look, but if you’re in need of a suit, Allen’s will have you covered.
7. Steamboat Shoe Market Inc
The Steamboat Shoe Market is a truly unique family shoe store with footwear for any occasion. There is a beautiful selection of shoes for men and women. Here you will find a wide range of premium brands at reasonable prices such as Merrell, Keen, Salomon, Chaco, Ecco, Haflinger, and Dansko.
Mike’s brother recently bought a pair of shoes here, and the staff was really friendly and helpful (as are most Steamboat residents). So whether you need a new pair of trail runners or comfy boots to keep your feet warm for skiing, be sure to check out the Steamboat Shoe Market.
8. Deja Vu Consignment Boutique
If you’re looking for luxury on a budget, look no further than Deja Vu Consignment. Voted Steamboat’s best women’s clothing store, you can find gently used items and tons of accessories. From jackets to shoes, handbags to jewelry, you can find nearly anything at Deja Vu, Northwest Colorado’s largest resale clothing store.
But don’t worry, this isn’t your average thrift shop. Staff at Deja Vu carefully inspects all items of clothing they receive and only accepts the very best. After all, when you’re selling items from Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, and Jenni Kayne Cashmere, you need to be picky.
Deja Vu is also “locally owned and women-powered.” They do their part in the community and give back to many charities, too. Shopping in Steamboat should start with Deja Vu.
9. Steamboat Hatter
If you want to turn heads at the next family event or social gathering, be sure to pay a visit to the Steamboat Hatter. This custom hat maker in downtown Steamboat creates extravagant headpieces and restores vintage hats.
Best Shopping In Steamboat For Gifts & Souvenirs
One of the best things about going on vacation or visiting new places is the opportunity to collect unique souvenirs and gifts. And while shopping in Steamboat, you should do just that.
Steamboat is home to several one-of-a-kind shops selling interesting knick-knacks and curiosities. Here are five of our favorite gift shops downtown:
10. Off The Beaten Path Bookstore
Off The Beaten Path has been Steamboat’s largest bookstore since opening its doors in 1990.
Aside from the staggering choice of books, they also offer barista coffees and freshly baked treats for you to sip on and enjoy while browsing. We have literally spent hours at a time in this store.
The store itself is beautifully curated and laid out, making it easy to navigate your way through the hundreds of books. Off The Beaten Path also hosts regular events, which is a great way to meet locals and new people.
Be sure to say hi to Jenna when you stop in; she’s a part-owner of this store and a good friend of ours!
11. Mary Jane’s – Jewelry
Mary Jane’s is another family-owned store in Steamboat. They opened their first Colorado stores in Steamboat and Estes Park. This was followed by three more stores in Hawaii.
Here you can find jewelry for any occasion, whether you’re looking for that one special piece to complete your wedding dress or an item to love every day.
All pieces are carefully hand-selected by the owners. They carry international brands like Kendra Scott and Alex & Ani, and artisanal pieces from Megan’s Island Jewelry, The Soulful Fairy, and SilverWear.
Jewelry may be their specialty, but Mary Jane’s also carries handbags, wallets, and other accessories.
12. The Homesteader
If you’re looking for a unique and delicious shopping experience in Steamboat Springs, look no further.
The Homesteader is a delightful delicatessen specializing in luxury kitchenware, cured meats, fine cheeses, handmade chocolates, nuts, specialty sauces, and spices. It’s the perfect place to buy gifts for the foodies in your family. The chocolate turtles are a best seller.
The owners support local bakeries and farmers and always have the finest delights in stock. The chocolates and candies are made by the owner herself; they’ve even been shipped to New York for guests on The Tonight Show to enjoy.
13. Bjorn’s Colorado Honey
Colorado is brimming with beautiful wildflowers, and that makes for excellent honey! Bjorn’s sells pure Colorado honey, along with other honey and beeswax-based products like candles, lip balm, body lotion, and sunscreen.
Although Bjorn’s produces and sells all-American honey, its roots are in Europe. The company beekeeper, Pontus, grew up in Sweden and learned the art of beekeeping from his grandfather, Bjorn. Neat, huh?
14. Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory
Another family-owned gem in downtown Steamboat is Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory. This candy shop recently won ‘Best of the Boat’ as the number one sweets store in town.
The owners are veterans in the candy-making business and have been operating for over 25 years.
At Fuzziwig’s you can live out your childhood Willy Wonka dream. There are hundreds of different candies lining the store from floor to ceiling. Just grab a bag and roam freely around the shop, putting together your custom sack of treats.
Aside from candies, Fuzziwig’s is also known for its handcrafted chocolates, sea salt caramels, and ice creams.
Best Shops For Ski, Snowboard, & Camping Gear
As you probably know, Steamboat is world-famous for skiing and biking and proudly claims the title, “Ski Town USA”.
You can also enjoy hiking, camping, and pretty much any other outdoor activity here in Yampa Valley. So it goes without saying that there are excellent sports stores in our town.
We snowboard and camp around Steamboat Springs regularly, so we’re always on the lookout for the best shopping deals on outdoor gear. Here are our five favorite stores:
15. BAP Inc. – Big Agnes Factory Store
Big Agnes has been producing high-grade fleeces and softshell outerwear in the Rockies since 1985. They also carry camping gear like tents, sleeping bags, and cooking utensils.
Our backcountry camping tent is from Big Agnes, and we’ve been able to use it for 7+ years without any issues. It’s perfect for Colorado’s unpredictable temperatures.
The founder of BAP also created Honey Stinger Energy Waffles, so be sure to stock up on these delicious treats too; they’re great for a long hike.
16. Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
This is a one-stop shop in downtown Steamboat for all your skiing and biking needs. Here you can find a wide selection of skis whether you’re looking for all-mountain skis or freestyle skis. They carry big brand names like Atomic, Rossignol, and Salomon.
Their bike selection is even more impressive, with mountain and road bikes, hybrid bikes, electric bikes, and BMX bikes.
Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare also offers amazing ski and bike rental deals, so you can test out awesome gear before you buy. Or, if you already have your own set of skis or bikes, they can hook you up with any accessories or parts you may need.
17. Ski Haus
While they do have an incredible selection of skis, you can find more than just skis in the Haus. As self-declared “equal opportunity snow-sliding enthusiasts,” Ski Haus has also been specializing in snowboards since 1987.
With an impressive and affordable range of boards and skis, you’ll be tearing up the mountain like never before. In fact, I just had my new Jones snowboard tuned up at Ski Haus and I’ve been racing down the mountain this year!
Like many snowsport equipment retailers in Steamboat, Ski Haus also offers rental gear.
18. Christie Sports
A pioneer in snowsports gear (since 1958), Christie Sports has three stores in Steamboat Springs and sister locations in Breckenridge, Vail, Telluride, Park City, and Big Sky.
Their Steamboat stores are located at the Gondola Square, on Central Park Drive, and at Steamboat Village.
Here you can choose from a vast array of different skis, snowboards, and accessories. In particular, Christie Sports is known for fitting their customers with boots and helmets with expert accuracy, ensuring maximum safety and comfort.
They also offer equipment delivery services to your accommodation.
19. Boomerang Sports Exchange
If you’re shopping in Steamboat Springs for a pair of skis, a snowboard, or a bike but don’t want to pay a premium price, be sure to visit Boomerang Sports Exchange. This family-owned consignment store is committed to providing high-quality outdoor gear so that everyone can enjoy adventures in the Yampa Valley.
Here, you can find both new and used products, but rest assured, only pre-loved items in optimum condition are resold. I actually bought a snowboard at Boomerang when I first moved to Steamboat because it was a lot more affordable than buying a new one.
Now you know where to go shopping in Steamboat for the perfect gift, authentic western attire, and rad new snowboarding gear. But now you might be wondering what else Steamboat Springs has to offer besides fantastic shopping.
Here are some FAQs to help you plan your trip and activities in Steamboat:
Does Steamboat Springs have a downtown?
Yes, downtown Steamboat is located between 3rd Street and 12th Street off of Lincoln Avenue. So the shopping, bar, and restaurant scene stretches for about nine blocks in downtown Steamboat. Pretty impressive for a small town, huh?
What street is downtown Steamboat?
The main street running through downtown Steamboat Springs is Lincoln Avenue.
But Yampa Street, running parallel to Lincoln Avenue along the Yampa River, is also part of the downtown area. Here you will find some trendy restaurants like Aurum and funky bars like Sunpie’s.
Is the town of Steamboat Springs fun?
YES! Steamboat locals love any occasion to celebrate, so it’s no surprise that there are many events throughout the year. Steamboat is famous for its New Year’s Eve fireworks display, Texas Week, Winter Carnival, the Free Concert Series, Pro Rodeo, and much more.
And if you’re after some live music, there are several places in town that have bands every weekend like Old Town Pub or Schmiggity’s for a rowdier late-night scene.
Is Steamboat Springs worth visiting?
Absolutely! Adventure enthusiasts flock to Steamboat from around the world for epic hiking in the summer and snow sports in the winter.
Aside from the world-class outdoor activities, Steamboat is brimming with art and culture, too. And if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, you can soak in the natural hot springs, sample some fine foods, and browse the boutique shops.
There is so much more to Steamboat than just shopping.
Are there malls in Steamboat Springs?
No, there is not a traditional mall in Steamboat. The town takes pride in supporting local, independently-owned businesses, and as you’ve learned from this post, many shops have been in the same family for generations.
But, if you’re looking for a more convenient shopping experience, you could stop by the Outlets at Silverthorne on your way to or from Steamboat. Silverthorne is about 1 hour 40 minutes south-east of Steamboat along Highway 40.
So there you have it, our pick of the top 19 stores for shopping in Steamboat Springs.
Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind birthday gift, a handcrafted piece of jewelry for a loved one, fashionable ski gear, mountain foodie delights, or a cool souvenir hoodie for yourself, you’ll be sure to find it in Steamboat.