It's no secret that we think Salida and Colorado are the best places to live in the WORLD. Yes, we said it. One of the things we love about our hometown and state is the rich ecosystem of locally-owned businesses.
Oveja Negra Backpack
Oveja Negra is technically a bikepacking company, but we are so happy they have expanded into other products since opening a brick and mortar in downtown Salida this year. This roll top backpack is super fun, super light and super durable. Even better, it's completely crafted here in Salida. Head into the new downtown shop and you can literally see the sewing machines at work in the back!
$165 Whack Pack
Sex Plants and Rock 'n' Roll Golden Age Balm
I have super sensitive skin and this balm is a jack of all trades for me! I use it every day as a lip balm which is the only thing I have ever found that actually keeps my lips from cracking in the winter. I also use this for minor cuts and burns!
This brand has grown a lot in the last few years and has many more amazing products like biodegradable glitter, makeup, and skin products.
$15, Golden Age Salve 1 oz
Custom Tea Blend from Copper Kettle
This year we decided to up our tea game at the Lodge and stopped in to Copper Kettle to create a custom blend. When you create a blend you'll be asked about the desired effects, flavors you like and even how "pretty" it should be! The shop is extremely knowledgable and will quickly create an ideal blend! We also love Copper Kettle's cute, earthy gifts.
Baked Goods from Blush and Blue
If you follow us on instagram you probably know that Blush & Blue's treats are our favorite thing to post about! (After dogs). We order everything from cookies to cupcakes from B&B and we never have a problem dreaming up a "special occasion" that merits a treat! Surprise your honey next time you're in town with a sweet surprise!
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Howard General Chai Tea Latte
If we are having a bad day, nothing lifts the spirits like a mid-afternoon chai latte from Howard General (the seasonal pumpkin spice is to die for). Minutes from Blue Coyote, Howard General is the place to go for espresso drinks as well! The store is a fun trip even if you're not craving a beverage: the shelves are filled with interesting food and gift items from around the world. We've picked up hot sauces, cured meats and cheeses, stroopwaffles and more!
$5.50 Chai Tea Latte
River Station Dry Bag
This company is based in neighboring Canon City (keep your ears open, we hear a brick and mortar is in the making).
The company sells river gear like dry bags, throw bags, and mesh bags, all locally sewn. Fans of a certain Leadville company may also be excited to find very similar apparel options available without the appointment!
$110 Thwart Bag
$99 Fleece Hooded Dress
Native Nectar Spa Products
We've been carrying this Crested Butte brand for more than a year now and we love them! The all-natural ingredients are selected with care. I love the scents of each product, they smell like a high end spa (which is actually exactly what their brick and mortar is)! Our guests love the charcoal body wash (it's black!) and we get great feedback on everything from their foot balm to shampoo.