Shop, don’t drop

Laura Ball
Special to the Daily

Summer inspires us to reinvent ourselves. We rid ourselves of the layers that protect us from winter’s freezing temperatures. Long days are now spent frolicking under the sun followed by magical evenings passed with friends by the glow of stars long into the night. We see things in a whole new light.

We crave newness.

Luckily, the Vail Valley offers world-class shopping to fulfill a summer shopper’s enthusiasm. Local shops, situated between New York and L.A., feature the best of both coasts.

Ladies first

If you’re looking for something unique, the Charm School Boutique next to Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village offers one-of-a-kind clothing and jewelry. An eccentric and worldly shop with an attitude all its own, it’s perfect if you’re looking for something fun for a night on the town.

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Roxy, across from Charm School, carries classics and trends for all ages. They have a large Michael Stars collection and a great jean selection. Laughing Monkey, near the Children’s Fountain, features great knits by Vail-based Planet Earth Imports.

Their funky and sophisticated mix of items makes it a longtime favorite among visitors and locals alike. Passages, a hidden gem next to the French Deli in Lionshead, has some great finds. It’s original and fresh.

Guy things

Men love to shop. OK, maybe “love” is too strong a word. If you’re in dire need of some hip new pants or shoes, head to The Other Side across from the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek or the new Billabong store on Wall Street in Vail Village. Beaver Creek Sports near the covered bridge in Beaver Creek Village has a great selection of casual basics. If you’re looking for something dressy, Gorsuch in Vail Village and Beaver Creek Village specializes in tailored classics.


The Riverwalk in Edwards has become a one-stop shopping mecca for the whole family. Ptarmigan Sports has the hottest gear around when it comes to recreational wear. Gypsy Boutique offers sophisticated, elegant looks for women. P.E. 101 offers fresh fashion straight from L.A.

Vail Boot and Shoe has your feet covered with clogs, sneakers, heels, menswear and kids’ shoes. For the youngsters, Kid’s Cottage has fashion on miniature scale that’s irresistible. For gifts, the eclectic White Balcony sells a plethora of decorative accessories, as well as beauty products and second-hand threads.

Laura Ball, arts and entertainment writer for the Daily, has been a fashionista since birth, sadly.

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