Newcomers can walk into Colorado Springs' two regional shopping
malls or drive along the city's suburban thoroughfares and feel right at home;
most national retailers are here, and many have several locations around
town. Unique, unusual, or locally owned shops and boutiques are
clustered in the area's older, historic sections.
The recently renovated Chapel Hills Mall features JCPenney, Foley's,
Mervyn's, Dillards, KMart, and Sears, as well as a public ice
rink. Many national retailers are located in the surrounding area and
long Academy Boulevard.
Colorado Springs' first
regional mall, the Citadel, opened in 1972 and has been expanded several times
and extensively remodeled. The Citadel has more than 150 stores and
shops, and is anchored by JCPenney, Foley's, Mervyn's, and
DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS
The financial, cultural, and
governmental center of Colorado Springs, downtown also has a great selection of
shopping. Most stores are small, many are owner-operated, and all
pride themselves on offering personalized service. Among the
offerings are new and used books, sporting goods, upscale men's and women's
apparel, antiques, jewelry, costumes, cigars, home furnishings, and dozens of
restaurants, coffee shops, and brewpubs.
though Manitou goes out of its way to attract tourists, it has much to offer
local residents. Besides its myriad of T-shirt and souvenir shops,
Manitou Springs is a rich source of local art and has several of the region's
most interesting restaurants.
OLD COLORADO CITY
Many of the
buildings in the National Historic District date from around the turn of the
century. Located between 24th and 27th streets along West Colorado
Avenue, Old Colorado City offers shoppers an eclectic assortment of restaurants,
boutiques, antique stores and art galleries.
Some of the other shopping centers in the area are older malls,
several are strip centers, and others are new collections of national, big-box
retailers. Most of them are anchored by supermarkets and national
discount chains, but they also include a wide variety of local retail stores,
professional offices, and restaurants.
are available, but perhaps the best place to obtain current information on the
variety of dining options available in Colorado Springs is to open the Yellow
Pages or visit the website listed in the Contacts/Links. You will
find every type of cuisine, in every price range, in every part of
town. Cruise the main streets, especially Academy Boulevard, and
you'll pass all the well-known chain and franchise
restaurants. Downtown Colorado Springs offers everything from sub
shops to upscale eateries, brewpubs to coffee shops. Many of the
region's best and most interesting places are hidden away where you would least
expect to find them, so ask you new neighbors, coworkers, and friends to
recommend their favorite Mexican, Chinese, seafood, Thai, barbecue, Italian,
steak, French, pizza or Vietnamese restaurant.
The current combined sales and use tax rate for the City of
Colorado Springs is 6.4%. The breakdown is as
follows: 2.5% City Tax; 1.0% County Tax; 2.9% State Tax