This is the second mall in Colorado Springs. Although when you go in, it may not seem like much. However, it has many different shops to offer, including a Discovery Channel Store that Chapel Hills Mall does not have. Also, check out the food court when you are there. Palm trees and much greenery!
You can't go wrong here. You name it, you will probably find it. TONS of clothing stores; everything from Dress Barn for women to Timberland for guys. There is also a Levi's Jean outlet, and many others.
What to buy: I recommend Timberland, because they have a lot of hiking cold weather gear.
What to pay: You can actually save quite a bit...the best times to go are seasonal changes. Buy all your winter stuff in the spring when it is 60-80% off, and vise-versa.
This mall has everything you could want. Neiman Marcus, Saks, Anthropologie, Burberry, Gap, Banana Republic.
Then across the street you have the Cherry Creek North with the cute botiques and smaller name shops. And good restaurants throughout. They have an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter.
Some of the sweetest and juciest melons that are available (in season) throughout much of the United States go by the name of Rocky Ford. I did not know that they come from the desert southeastern corner of Colorado until I passed through here on US Hwy. 50 in mid-August. I stopped and put a couple of ripe canteloupe in my ice chest, and they were still in good shape when I got home to Ohio and presented them to Karen three days later. If you happen to be in Rocky Ford in late summer, it would seem a shame not to stop and taste the melons.
In addition to being a farm stand with an abundance of fresh produce, Smith's Corner is also an antique shop. I enjoyed browsing around the many dusty western items found here, and bought an old Colorado auto license plate for my collection.
This is a fairly good-sized gallery with an astonishing selection of jewelry -- mostly of the geometric persuasion -- and a few other delightful items: collages, ceramics, etc. If you want angular stack rings, crocheted beadwork, jewelry with interchangeable pop-out stones, or a brooch in 5 kinds of worked metal, this is your place.
What to pay: There's a good range of prices -- everything from about $20 for a skinny stack ring on up.
This tiny but attractive shop carries paintings, craft items (glass art, ceramics, wood, mobiles), and some very handsome jewelry. Their preference is for the angular, but they have a surprisingly varied selection (be sure to go through the drawers of the jewelry case!); so if you want to buy a special present for someone, you're likely to find an item that they'll love, whatever their tastes.
What to pay: Prices are good for what you get -- they have everything from $35 glass paperweights to multi-hundreds-of-dollars jewelry.
This is a combination store of practically everything you can possibly think of. Primarily, it is an antique store, but there is also furniture, books, collectibles, and anything else you may be seeking. I found a few things here to finish a couple of my collections. Prices vary, so check around within the store, because there may be more than one.
This is a coin collector's shop. The owner has a few antiques, but a lot of the stuff I saw was nothing but junk. He has old indian arrowheads for sale, gold nuggets, and a few bowie knifes. However, the owner is very nice, and seems to be very respectable.
I needed to obtain some coins for my collection, and he was willing to trade me instead of having me fork out much money. I managed to almost finish my collection because of him. I also bought a few 2005 Silver Eagles from him, at a good price too!
He has coins from practically everywhere in the world, and has so many contacts, he can put you up with someone who has something you are looking for in case he doesn't have it. If you are a coin collector passing through, stop in and see what he has to offer.
What to buy: Coins mostly...some paper money as well.
Everything from camping, hiking, fishing, exercise equipment, etc. It's all here! Used to be called Galyans...now called Dick's Sporting Goods.
What to buy: Tents, Yoga Mats, baseball gloves, ski goggles, (you get the picture...basically everything).
What to pay: Dick's has very good quality stuff, but expect to pay a little higher than average prices than you normally would.
This shop is just like Galyans, but not as expensive; especially if you go through the REI outlet. If you go online to the REI outlet link below, you can order what you want or need at the outlet price, and then turn around and pick it up at the REI store! Just remember....if you go through the REI outlet, it is cheaper than going through the actual store.
What to buy: Camping, rockclimbing, and other outdoors equipment.
What to pay: Expect to pay average, unless you go online to the REI Outlet. (Be sure you click on the REI Outlet tab).
Everything from Borders to JC Penney. This is the best mall to go to if you are a mall going type of person. There is also a second mall, called Citadel Mall, but I haven't been there yet to check it out. Chapel Hills Mall even has an indoor ice skating rink.
What to buy: Everything you could possibly think of.
This is an area of Colorado Springs called "Old Colorado City." It was a thriving city in the 1800's; today it is full of shops and restaurants. Everything from custom made rustic wood furniture to military surplus, this place has it all.
What to buy: Anything you want.
What to pay: Prices depend on the store you are in.
Cute little store where they sell imports from Sweden. They do carry some Swedish candy etc. so you Swedes abroad can satisfy your cravings. If you speak Swedish, ask for the owner, he speaks Swedish (with a heavy American accent) and he would be happy to chat with you for a while!
Colorado Springs does not lack in the shopping department! All along Academy Boulevard are numerous malls and shopping centers. What I liked was that you were not limited to one store owner's high price for an item, you had many similar shops to "price" compare with. The boulevard is busy with traffic, so shop early.
What to pay: Colorado is not overly expensive if you're away from the tourist and resort areas.