Castle Rock Shops!
If you haven’t explored all those Castle Rock boutiques, restaurants and shops five minutes from your new home in Crystal Valley, it’s time you ventured out and sampled some of downtown’s hotspots! Whether you’re looking for something to wear, something to drink or something to eat, you’ll find clothes, gifts, specialty coffees, European pastries and super tasty cuisine, right down the road.
322 Wilcox St.
Open Mon.-Fri., 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
For a casual and tasty breakfast or lunch drop into the B&B Café. The staff is friendly, the patrons are, too, and the food is hearty and yummy.
370 Perry St.
Open Mon.-Fri., 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dream Pastries is great place to get unique food in Castle Rock with a European flair: pastries with Illy coffee, crepes and fresh baked bread, soups, sandwiches and custom desserts.
Tues.-Sat., 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Classic beef, fish and fowl dishes are served along with deliciously innovative salads and desserts in an elegant 1902 Victorian home. Some of the standouts include salmon with lemon dill cream, duck confit and rack of lamb, or you can order the daily chef’s special. Reservations are recommended for lunch and dinner. The Augustine Grill is the perfect place to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and milestone birthdays.
Tamarind Indian Cuisine
514 Perry St.
Open Mon.-Sun., 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
No matter where you look online, Tamarind Indian Cuisine gets rave reviews for its authentically delicious Indian cuisine. From the assortment of appetizers (momos, samosas and wings) to the different varieties of Masala, Curry, Korma and Vindaloo, you won’t want to leave without sampling a little bit of everything. Don’t forget the Naan!
390 Perry St.
was started by two Castle Rock residents, John Paulsen and Scott Gaerte. Together with skilled baristas and staff they strive to combine “speed and quality in a cup™.”
Crowfoot Valley Coffee Co. and Crowbar
734 Wilcox St., #102
Crowfoot Valley Coffee is a local boutique roaster and retailer and has been in business for over 17 years. Billed online as a “chill hangout,” it features coffee and espresso drinks as well as cafe bites and a variety of craft beers. On the brew side, the Crowbar features local musicians and rotates upper-end craft beers on nine taps with a bevy of refrigerated bottles, too.
Open Mon.-Sat., 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sun., 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
This Russian-themed coffeehouse serves organic coffees along with pastries and sandwiches, and a great selection of teas (Tropical Pineapple Green and White Earl Grey to name two). Started by two immigrants of the former Soviet Union, Anatoly and Leonid Yuffa, Dazbog’s tagline is, “Russians make the world’s strongest vodka. Think they’d make a wimpy cup of coffee?”
200 Perry St.
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
You could almost spend the day here shopping, dining and unwinding among the unbelievable collection of art, jewelry, home décor and more. The Emporium offers fine antiques and artifacts from Colorado artisans, food, accessories for your home, clothing, as well as garden accents and eclectic finds. Shops include Tesla Lamps, Keja Jewelry, Antiqued and Chickadee’s. (To see all the many merchants, click here!)
The Barn Antiques
400 Third St.
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
The Barn was built in 1905 and is a collection of antique and specialty shops. From The Dented Lampshade to Bohemian Rags-N-Bags and The Plum Creek Mermaid, the structure houses lots of vintage, imported, upcycled, hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind items. Strolling the shops is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
420 Third St.
Open Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
This 112-year-old store has been family-owned and operated since 1994 and is the oldest business still operating in downtown Castle Rock. Rich in Colorado heritage, Bennington Mercantile is more than a feed and livestock supply store. It carries Ariat and Carhartt clothes, Double H, Sorel and Corral boots and shoes, gifts and toy collectibles like Breyer Horses and John Deere Toy tractors, Western-inspired home décor, as well as Colorado-made salsas, sauces, spices and sausage!
350 Third St.
Open Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Run by local alpaca breeders, Everything Alpaca carries fashions imported from mills in Peru, the largest manufacturers of alpaca fiber. Some of the items in the store have been hand-crafted by the owners, and their selection of fine yarns are at least 50 percent alpaca.
The Smells Good Store
313 Third St.
Open Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun. 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Smells Good Store has so many wonderful products to see and to smell. Owner Vicki Willis offers candles, home fragrances, body lotions, soaps, shower and bath accessories, laundry and kitchen cleaners and shaving products all made from simple ingredients that smell great and work even better.
Castle Rock’s Hottest Address: Crystal Valley
The master-planned community of Crystal Valley is so near downtown Castle Rock residents can sip, shop and dine at a moment’s notice. Don’t live here yet? Then visit Richmond American Homes and scan the stunning new home designs. Designed for varied lifestyles, the new homes are available in ranch or two-story models, priced from the $300s.