Shop Local Steamboat
Shopping local is the act of everyday consumers, like you, making the decision to buy your produce, clothing, and day-to-day items from a local business instead of going to a large retailer. Right now, small businesses need us more than ever. Here are 7 reasons to shop local throughout the year!
1. Helps create local jobs
Small companies account for 64% of new jobs created in the US annually.
2. Keeps tax dollars in our community
When you spend at local retailers, approximately $70 of every $100 spent will be reinvested in your community. These dollars help fund schools, police, fire services, parks, and many other local amenities.
3. Be sustainable and environmentally friendly.
In addition to avoiding late holiday deliveries, shipping costs across the country create an estimated 1 billion metric tons of C02 per year. Shop local, ship less.
4. Small businesses give back to the community
92% of small business owners personally donate to local charities and nonprofits.
5. Help keep our community interesting
Imagine Routt County with no small businesses, only franchise stores from major retailers and restaurants. Enough said.
6. Celebrate your community
Spend the day appreciating what made you fall in love with our Valley in the first place. Enjoy being greeted by a warm smile, browse local shops, your favorite hotspots and the latest joints in town, catch up with friends and neighbors, enjoy a beverage at your favorite watering hole, reconnect and rediscover what makes Routt County thrive.
7. Find unique gifts
Skip the overrated, mass-produced items and be rewarded with an array of unique and quality products for everyone on your list.
Steamboat Springs has a large selection of retail stores to fit every shopper’s needs. Take a stroll down Lincoln Avenue, a walk around the mountain area, or a short drive to the multitude of stores throughout town to find everything you could possibly need. It’s never been easier to shop locally in person or event online! Bring a piece of Steamboat into your home and support small, local businesses.
Show your love for your favorite restaurants! There are 130 restaurants, bars, breweries, chophouses, and cafes that need your support. Oftentimes these restaurants source their ingredients from local farms meaning your support stretches further than you might think. Even if you can’t make it to your favorite restaurant this summer, you can buy a gift card now to use later.
Immerse yourself in Steamboat’s rich culture by visiting one of our many museums, galleries, or escape room. Summer outdoor experiences are better than ever, choose from hot air ballooning, biking, hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, or even stand-up paddleboarding! Check out some of our performing arts venues offering shows throughout the summer. Why not blend in like a local while here?
Health and Wellness
There’s never been a better time to give yourself, a friend, or a loved one the gift of wellness. Whether you’re interested in physical wellness including high-impact training and a yoga flow or rejuvenation and relaxation with a facial and massage – Steamboat has you covered. Purchase a gym membership or take advantage of virtual experiences, or visit one of our many spas this winter to help you find that ultimate high.