There's no denying the unique charm and community that makes Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley special. One of the best ways to experience the true essence of Steamboat Springs and its surrounding towns is by shopping locally. By supporting small businesses in the area, you not only get to discover one-of-a-kind products and services, but you also contribute to the growth and vitality of this tight-knit community.

Why Shopping Local Matters

Supporting local businesses is crucial for the success and growth of any community, and the same holds true for the Yampa Valley and Routt County. When you choose to shop locally in Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Hayden and other surrounding towns, you are directly investing in the local economy, helping to create jobs, and supporting the dreams and aspirations of locals. Shopping locally also allows you to discover hidden gems and unique products that you won't find anywhere else. It’s about more than just buying products; it's about supporting and strengthening the heart of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley.

Discover Unique, Locally-Owned Stores

Stores throughout the Yampa Valley offer an incredible array of products that you won't find anywhere else. From charming boutiques and specialty shops to art galleries and antique stores, there's something for everyone. Explore the Routt County area and discover handmade crafts, locally sourced goods, and authentic Steamboat Springs souvenirs.

Need some guidance on where to go? Download the Steamboat Springs app here and take a tour of Steamboat Springs’ businesses or check out our complete business directory here.

Participate in Shop Local Bingo

A new way we are encouraging visitors to shop locally for holiday gifts and more this year is by participating in digital bingo, organized in partnership by Main Street Steamboat, Steamboat Pilot & Today and Steamboat Springs Chamber. From December 1 to December 17, 2023, you can $ get a digital bingo card by scanning the QR code below and making purchases at the stores and restaurants with squares on the bingo card. Those who make any kind of bingo will be automatically entered into a drawing for a prize. Winners will be contacted via email.

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Easy Ways You Can Start Shopping Locally Today

Ready to start supporting the Shop Local movement? Here are a few easy ways to get started today.

  1. Explore the downtown area and make a list of locally owned stores that catch your eye
  2. Set aside a specific day or time each week to visit these stores and make a conscious effort to support them (don’t forget to mark them off on your bingo card as you make purchases!)
  3. Spread the word on why small business matters


This small business season and beyond, we hope you find some local gems in Steamboat Springs and around the Yampa Valley that you love. Our small business owners work hard to provide quality goods and would be honored to have your business. As you shop at small businesses this holiday season, consider posting your favorite purchases on social media with the hashtags #ShopLocalSteamboat and #SmallBusinessSeason to help us spread the local love and cheer. See you around town!