Winter in Denver, Colorado can be magical, especially if you know the best spots in town to get active, rent your winter gear, sip on a festive drink, cozy up with a good book, shop for unique holiday gifts, and more.
But it’s not all fun and games — getting through winter in Colorado requires some practical planning too. You’ll want to make sure your home and vehicle are prepared to handle the sometimes harsh weather conditions.
We put together this list of fantastic businesses in Denver to help our community not only survive, but thrive during the winter season. There are so many great local businesses to support in Denver; this list is really just the tip of the iceberg!
15 Fantastic Denver Businesses to Get You Through the Winter
The best way to get through a Colorado winter is to get outside and live it to the fullest! Denver is home to more winter sports stores per capita of any city in the U.S., so it can be hard to choose the best place to get your winter gear. FERAL, a locally-owned, independent outdoor gear shop, is a favorite place in town to rent or buy new or used gear for any and all winter activities.
3936 Tennyson Street, Denver, Colorado 80212
2. CAM Services
If it’s a particularly snowy winter, you may find your home or business in need of snowplow, shoveling, or property maintenance services. CAM Services has been providing these services and more to the Denver, Greenwood Village, and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Conveniently, they have a 24-hour service line in case of urgent or emergency situations.
2525 W. 64th Ave Denver, CO 80221
3. SJ Tire Company
There are some laws in Colorado, such as the I-70 Traction Law, that mandate the use of snow tires or traction devices during the wintertime. SJ Tire Company is a local, family-owned business that can help with any of your tire needs, from snow tires to off-road tires, seasonal tire storage, and more.
SJ Tire Company
3350 S Knox Ct, Englewood, CO 80110
4. Aspire Tours
Aspire Tours is a Denver-based, family-owned tour company specializing in outdoor adventures for individuals, groups, and corporate outings. If you are new to the Denver area or just want to try out a new activity, one of their many half or full-day tours is a great way to get outdoors and see some new sights in the winter.
5. Winter Park Resort
Winter Park Resort is the closest major ski destination resort to Denver, voted the #1 ski resort in the United States in 2019. The resort has more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, 3,000 feet of vertical rise, and 7 distinct territories designed for every skill level, so there’s something for everyone. If you don’t have a car or don’t want to drive to the slopes, you can hop on the Winter Park Express ski train.
Winter Park Resort
6. MCA Denver
Visiting a museum is a great way to spend a cold, dreary, winter day. Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art features a wide range of unique and inspiring regional, national and international artists. According to their website, “MCA Denver prides itself on being Denver’s creative center of gravity, sparking connections and curiosity through contemporary art and culture.” It’s also free for children under 18!
MCA Denver (Museum of Contemporary Art Denver)
1485 Delgany St., Denver, CO 80202
7. Chocolate Lab
Denver CO Hot Chocolate
What’s more quintessential than a cup of cocoa on a cold winter night? The Chocolate Lab’s menu is full of decadent, chocolate-inspired food and drink, but their hot chocolate is not to be missed. The restaurant uses signature chocolate to make white, milk, or dark hot chocolate deliciousness and tops it all off with lightly whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
2504 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
8. Tattered Cover Book Store
Tattered Cover Book Store is a cozy bookstore and cafe in Denver — the perfect place to curl up with a good book and warm drink in the winter. It has a large selection of new and used books, comfy furniture, and hosts great community gatherings and events. They have several locations in Denver: Aspen Grove, Colfax Ave., Union Station, and Historic LoDo.
Tattered Cover Book Store
Colfax Avenue – 303-322-7727
Aspen Grove – 303-470-7050
Historic LoDo – 303-436-1070
9. TeaLee’s Tea Co.
Denver CO Tea House & Bookstore
TeaLee’s is a wonderful black-owned and managed business to support here in Denver. Its welcoming atmosphere, top-quality loose leaf teas, specialty food and drink, and books galore make it the perfect place to spend a few hours in the wintertime.
TeaLee’s Tea Co.
611 22nd Street, Denver, Colorado 80205
10. The Artisan Center
If you’re looking for unique, locally-made gifts for the holiday season, look no further than The Artisan Center. This woman-owned storefront for local artisans sells beautiful jewelry, pottery, textiles, home decor, and much more. The curated products available are always changing, so you’re sure to find something special.
The Artisan Center
2757 E 3rd Ave., Denver CO 80206
11. The Game Lounge
The Game Lounge in Denver has more than 500 board games in-house waiting to be played! You can play while you sip on signature cocktails or rent games to take home with you. They also serve delicious food and host great community events.
The Game Lounge
1490 Eudora St., Denver CO 80220
12. Knotty Tie Co.
Another great place to find holiday gifts during the winter is the Knotty Tie Co., a store selling custom-made ties, bowties, pocket squares, scarves, COVID-19 face masks, and more. We love this company because they work closely with Denver Refugee Resettlement organizations and offer quality employment opportunities for resettled refugees. You can shop and support an important cause at the same time!
Knotty Tie Co.
Denver CO Art Gallery & Axe Room
If you’re feeling cooped up in the wintertime and want a unique and memorable experience, visit DAGAR downtown to look at art, throw some axes, and/or drink a Colorado-centric beer. If you want to try ax throwing, be sure to book a reservation in advance! What better way to deal with wintertime cabin fever?
2000 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205
(720) 204 1878
14. Fancy Tiger Crafts:
Denver CO Craft Store
Another way to avoid boredom during the winter is to get crafty. At Fancy Tiger Crafts, you can purchase art and craft supplies to use on your own, or take one of their many classes to learn a new hobby, from sandal making to knitting and much more. You can make beautiful homemade crafts and give them to family and friends for the holidays!
Fancy Tiger Crafts
59 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
15. Rocky Mountain Exteriors:
Denver CO Roofing Company
Last but not least, be sure to protect your home and family from the winter elements with a roof inspection. Preventative maintenance will help you avoid bigger, more costly problems down the line. If your roof needs any updates or repairs, you’ll definitely want to get those done before the winter weather kicks in. Rocky Mountain Exteriors is an experienced, local Denver roofing company with over 3,000 roofing projects completed. We’re ready to help with any and all of your roofing needs!