Shop Small for Big Cheer!

Published: October 30, 2021

Why shop local

The gift that keeps on giving

It’s no secret that our small businesses could use a little cheer amid navigating a pandemic that has been neither merry nor bright. There are so many reasons to shop small this holiday season—from shorter lines to more thoughtful selections. And unlike the fluorescent lights and packed parking lots of big box stores, Christmastime in Manitou Springs is quaint enough to be right out of a Hallmark movie. 

01: Enjoy a more meaningful shopping experience

When you walk into a shop in downtown Manitou, you know each item has been thoughtfully curated—and many items have even been hand-crafted by our local artists. Store owners and employees are delighted to answer your questions and help you find the perfect gift.

02: Find thoughtful gifts that show you care

Sometimes it really is the thought that counts. From nostalgic games at Theo’s Toys to gourmet oils and marinades at The Olive Tap, there’s something special for everyone on your list. And maybe even something nice for you, too. 

03: Avoid the crowds and skip the lines

Waiting in line to checkout is just so 2019. Despite Santa’s plans being, er, deer-ailed due to the pandemic—holiday spending increased 8.3% in 2020. And 2021 spending is projected to surpass that. Shopping small in Manitou means smaller crowds and shorter lines—and that means bigger cheer! 

04: Invest in and support your local community.

When you shop local, you’re directly supporting the store owners and employees—and their families. Nearly 50% of money spent at locally-owned businesses stays right here in our community (compared to just 14% at chain stores). Shopping local is the gift that keeps on giving.
Nov. 3 - Dec. 28
Holiday Market at Commonwheel Artists Co-Op

Stop by Commonwheel Artists Co-Op for their annual, hand-crafted Holiday Market—featuring ornaments, clay art, photography, glass, cards, soap, fiber, sculpture, jewelry and wall art.

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100+ reasons to shop Manitou Springs

With over 100  unique stores and a downtown quaint enough that you’ll think you’re inside a snowglobe, Manitou Springs has everything you need to have yourself a merry, little Christmas—or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa or even a merry, little Winter Solstice.

Visit us downtown for a warm cup of hot cocoa and an even warmer welcome—or shop online in the comfort of your own Charlie Brown Christmas jammies. 

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