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Shopping in Estes Park is a great form of entertainment. Elk Horn Avenue in Estes Park is several blocks long and this main street is lined on both sides with shop after shop. Some of them carry unique items that undoubtedly could never be found in another store anywhere in the world. While there are plenty of touristy shops that carry souvenir-type items such as snow globes that say, "Estes Park ” on them, T-shirts with a picture of a mountain and personalized bookmarks that have a picture of a bighorn sheep on the front. However, there’s a real market for these items and people buy them by the truckload!
For anyone interested in more specialized items, Estes Park ’s downtown also has shops that carry art created by locals, jewelry unlike any other, and plenty of antiques. There is also locally made candy, candles, chocolate, and a whole bunch of items made in the State of Colorado .
The shops in town are positioned next to most of Estes Park’s restaurants, so most people spend the day doing a little bit of shopping, eating lunch, doing some more shopping, and finally enjoying some locally made ice cream. An entire day can be spent browsing the stores here, and some truly original items can most definitely be found.
Shopestesparkcolorado.com is a virtual online mall of 50 merchants from Estes Park. Gift shops, Christmas shops, Artists, etc.
Just a note on newer shops and a couple of old favorites:
TrendZ At The Park has some of the most unique items and many are made by local or regional artists. This beautiful shop at 100 East Elkhorn offers an eclectic blend of modern home furnishings, cookbooks, handbags and more decorative items than can be mentioned. What makes Trendz At The Park stand out is its clever floor design. The different categories of merchandise are not all grouped together, but broken up into themed displays. For example, you might find cowboy-themed dishware, cookbooks, pillows and candleholders together in one display. Similar merchandise is displayed in another area of the floor, but they are grouped to evoke a different theme. TrendZ also carries authentic handmade Native American art, jewelry and one of a kind gifts.
Mary Jane's They say they are "A Girls Best Friend" and it's true. This fun upbeat trendy boutique carries lots of name brand handbags, fashion clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, baby items & home accents. Located on main street right next to Starbucks this store is a must visit if you are spending the day shopping in Estes Park. They also have a sister store called J. Stevens located at 111 w. Elkhorn ave (main street). This store also caters to ladies but does have some mens wallets,watches and sunglasses. J. Stevens has a completly different vibe than Mary Jane's and is well worth a visit.
Blueskies and Dragonflies is a gift shop, only open in the summer though. It is located across from the big water wheel.
Plum Creek Shoe Station has a great selection on shoes with a well trained staff, ask for Jeff or Bob, they have been there forever. It is located across from the old theater downtown.
Brownfields is a great shop even locals wear their tourist shirts. They have high quality merchandise, from souvenirs or hiking gear.
If you are looking for a great Italian store in Estes Park, it is called Tesora Bella. Ask For Mike or Brian. They have some lovely jewerly and Larimar plus a large collection of Fairys.
Earthwood Artisians and Earthwood Collections are great stores for truly unique, nice "art for the home" items. They carry metalwork, paintings, pottery, jewelry, frames, woodwork, and glass items.
RMC Clothing is a very good ladies clothing store. They have a good selection of Foxcroft ladies blouses, and many other fine lines, plus purses.