Shopping Loveland, Colorado for the Holidays
When Visit Loveland asked me to do a shopping trip across Loveland, I decided to start on the west side of town and make my way east with a stop in downtown along the way.
I set out on a bright and sunny Saturday morning and my first stop was Sunny Jim’s Candies, a Loveland tradition since 1964. The history of Sunny Jim’s actually goes back even further than the 1960s (when you visit be sure to seek out the photograph of the first Sunny Jim’s founded in the Midwest in the 1930s).
Sunny Jim’s is a family affair; Ida Suppes hand makes 90 percent of the candies in the store along with help from her three grown children. The store also sells artwork by two of Ida’s children and aprons by another.
The candies, unlike those from big brand name companies, aren’t made with paraffin or other fillers and only feature the finest ingredients, and you can taste the difference. From the melt-in-your-mouth fudge to sour cherry balls that literally burst with flavor, treat yourself and your family to some Sunny Jim’s Candies this holiday season.
If you have a wine lover in your life, Loveland has several places to shop for them including Sweet Heart Winery near Sunny Jim’s on the west side of town. Inside this new winery you’ll find lots of gifts for wine lovers. Find other gift ideas for wine lovers at Studio Vino in downtown Loveland and at their new shop opening soon at The Promenade Shops at Centerra.
If the people in your life prefer beer, Elevated Fermentations in west Loveland has got your covered. This cool home brew supply store offers a wonderful selection of gifts for beer lovers. From t-shirts to tap handles, you don’t have to be a home brewer to enjoy a shopping trip here
The selection of fun shopping stops in downtown Loveland has come a long way since I moved to town in 2003. Today, on a Saturday afternoon it’s a bustling scene of shoppers and diners. I stopped in at Vintage Willows Boutique to check out their new baby section. If you’re looking for a unique baby gift this holiday season (or any other season) this is a must-stop.The bright and airy boutique also features women’s clothing and accessories.
A downtown just doesn’t seem complete without a kitchen store and The Condiment Queen is the perfect place to buy a fantastic gift for the cook in your life. Of course with all the great mixes and sauces, jams and teas, you may want to pick up a little something for yourself too.
On the hunt for stocking stuffers? Stop in at Skimmez Sweet Shop on N. Cleveland, just two blocks north of 4th Street. They’ve got all the candies you remember from your childhood like ring pops and pop rocks and they also have lots of specialty sodas — so many that it’s mind boggling. My husband loves popping in this candy store for something sweet any and every time we’re in downtown Loveland.
Next up on my Loveland shopping trip was JAX, one of my favorite stores in Northern Colorado. Earlier this month, I bought my husband a gorgeous Bertucci watch here for his birthday. Part hardware store, part sporting goods store, part old fashion feed and grain, JAX sells everything from camping to gardening supplies and baby chickens in the spring.
Other sporting goods stores in Loveland include Sportsman’s Warehouse in Centerra near Target where we buy fishing gear and Dick’s Sporting Goods at The Promenade Shops in Centerra where my husband buys all his sports clothing and equipment.
On my way east I stopped at Games Ahoy!, the store you’ll want to shop if you have a gamer in your life. They have two Loveland locations; on the northeast corner of Madison Ave. and Highway 34 and another on W. 64th.
Whether you’re in the market for new or retro video games, cards, comics or collectables, Games Ahoy! will have it. They also buy, sell and trade at both stores.
Before heading to the mall on the east side of I25, I took a spin around the Outlets at Loveland. Turquoise & Tangerine is my favorite women’s clothing store at the Outlets because the owner of this shop is so good at finding unique products for her boutique. I love her selection of Colorado branded clothing and Broncos gear for ladies, and if you love sparkles on your hat, purse and wrist, Turquoise & Tangerine brings the bling.
The Promenade Shops at Centerra is a destination shopping experience. This outdoor mall features prominent brands like Barnes & Noble, Macy’s and Harry & David, but also smaller shops such as Scout & Molly’s Loveland and Medicine Bow Furniture.
I popped into Build-A-Bear Workshop where I found out that the Build-A-Bear stores have been around for 20 years. If you have kiddos (your own or nieces and nephews), this is the place to take them. It’s a full immersion sort of shopping experience for kids and the staff here are great. Watching their interactions with children in the store was a highlight of my entire Loveland shopping outing.
For more information on shopping in Loveland, Colorado visit the informative shopping page on this site.
The retail stores appearing in this post were chosen by Visit Loveland to represent a wide variety of shops across the City of Loveland.