Breckenridge merchants offer snacks, discounts, freebies for Shop Hop
Black Friday Shop Hop deals
More than 60 businesses around Breckenridge are taking part in in the Black Friday Shop Hop on Friday, Nov. 28. Here are some of the deals that are being offered. Deals are subject to change and will not be honored solely on the basis of the publication of this article. Visit www.gobreck.com/shophop for a full list and map of participating businesses.
• Arctic Attitude: $10 off select MV Sport Breck Hoodies
• Art On A Whim: 20 percent off all unframed prints
• B’s Modern Mountain Apothecary: As much as 50 percent off select items, free lip balm with any purchase
• Breck Bike Guides: 15 percent off entire store including gift certificates for summer/winter tours and rentals
• Breck Kidz: 20 percent off everything in the store from 8 a.m. to noon
• Breckenridge Cannabis Club: 15 percent off non-sale items for Summit County residents, buy three get the fourth joint free, 25 percent off Incredible Candy Bars, including the Boulder Bar, Cookies and Cream and Strawberry Bar
• Breckenridge Distillery: Free tasting and 15 percent off nonalcoholic merchandise
• Breckenridge Spice & Tea Merchants: Buy three 1-ounce bags of loose-leaf tea and get a fourth free
• Caamano’s Sweaters: 25 percent off all Caamano products
• Cabin Fever: Free gift with $50 purchase
• Captain’s Treasures: Free cookies and grab bags, offering various discounts on merchandise throughout the store
• Chantilly’s Brow Bar: 20 percent off all retail and free brow wax with purchases of more than $100
• The Christmas Store: Free gift with $50 purchase
• Columbia Store Breckenridge: 15 percent off all Columbia products
• Craniologie: 15 percent off all ski and snowboard helmets, hats and headbands
• Flourish: 15 percent off all purchases
• French Kiss: Mystery author Beth Groundwater will sign her books
• Fresh Soap Co.: Buy five full-priced soaps, get one free or buy 10 full-priced soaps, get three free
• Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory: 10 percent off giant candies and Christmas merchandise; serving one free truffle and a beverage
• Goods: 20 percent off everything in the store from 8 to 10 a.m.; winter boots from Ugg, Sorel and Tecnica will get a gift card back with purchase equal to 20 percent of purchase price, plus holiday specials in all departments
• Goods Outlet: 40 percent off all Under Armour Mountain Outerwear, plus an additional 20 percent off the lowest sale price on all jeans and pants
• Hub Breckenridge: Discounts on Apple accessories and headphones and 10 percent off Sonos products
• Joy of Sox & Excessories: 20 percent off Acorn Slippers
• The Local Market & Liquor Shed: 10 percent off locally crafted gift items and 10 percent off Colorado-made wines and spirits
• Lodgepole Interiors: 25 percent to 50 percent off select furniture and accessories
• Magical Scraps: Free gift with $60 purchase
• Main Street Outlet: 30 percent to 70 percent off on all skiwear, snowboard wear, sportswear and more
• Marigold’s Farmhouse Funk & Junk: Free gift with purchase while supplies last
• Mountain Goat: 10 percent off everything in the shop
• Mountain Outfitters: 20 percent off Mountain Outfitters logo shirts
• Mountain Tees: $10 off select MV Sport Breck hoodies
• The North Face Store: 15 percent off all The North Face products
• Olive Fusion: Buy one 60-milliliter bottle of oil or balsamic and receive one 60-millilter bottle of oil or balsamic free; specialty oils do not qualify for the free bottle
• Peak A Boo Toys: 10 percent to 20 percent off select items
• Ready, Paint, Fire: Free Christmas ornament for every painter
• Ruby Jane: 10 percent off all furniture
• Shine Nail Salon: $20 shellac or spa manicure, $30 shellac or spa pedicure
• The Shirt Mine: 10 percent off everything; buy one pair of Miss Me jeans, get a second pair half price
• Summit Soap Co.: 20 percent off all merchandise
• The UPS Store: 20 percent off decorative mailers and packaging supplies
• Valleygirl Boutique: 10 percent off all denim and select shoes
• Vertical Runner: Shoes as low as $40, buy one, get one 50 percent off on all current shoes, 20 percent off logo wear and all winter running apparel, grand opening of Second Wind Outlet & Thrift Section and clearance apparel from $2.99
• Wandering Daisy: 10 percent off all designer jewelry and Pacifica candles
• Young Colors: Buy two, get one free; all gifts 20 percent off
• YoYo Loco: 30 percent off select merchandise
Look for blue glow sticks hanging in Breckenridge shop windows on Friday, Nov. 28, when the town hosts its inaugural Shop Hop in conjunction with Black Friday. Participating retailers will be offering snacks, refreshments, discounts, freebies and more to welcome visitors.
The event, organized by GoBreck, was the brainchild of Cathy Cleary, owner of B’s Modern Mountain Apothecary. Cleary got the idea from a similar event in the artsy, college town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a sort-of retail version of a bar hop.
“They had a shop hop called the Art Hop, which featured local artists and small artisan businesses,” she said. “They got together, stayed open later, offered hors d’oeuvres or featured a local artist. … It brought people from around town, and it wasn’t just a focus on shopping but to hop around town to places you hadn’t been before because there’s something interesting happening.”
Local residents sometimes turn to online shopping for the holidays, forgetting about the many retailers in Breckenridge and what they have to offer, Cleary said. Having a social, festive event encourages shoppers to walk around town and check out the shops without any pressure to buy anything.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Steve Lapinsohn, owner of The North Face and Columbia stores and Main Street Outlet. “For one thing, Black Friday is becoming something you have to participate in because it’s become so widespread. … We’re making a big community effort to welcome all of our guests on top of getting some great deals.”
In addition to offering discounts, Lapinsohn’s stores also will be collecting donations and nonperishable food items for the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, and for every sales receipt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, The North Face and Columbia stores will donate one food item to the cause.
“Breckenridge Enterprises, our company, we do the best we can through The Summit Foundation, the running series in the summer, the speaker series through The North Face,” he said. “It’s our community, our home; we want to help anybody that we can.”
Crystal Otto, owner of Olive Fusion, said she chose to participate in the Shop Hop because she loves Breckenridge and participates in anything she can to drive local business.
“Shopping local is so important,” Otto said. “It helps small businesses survive, it keeps the revenue up. Any time I can shop local, I always shop local. Unless I absolutely can’t find it, everything I do is local because it helps my friends and neighbors make it, become successful, keeps them open, so it’s very important for me to shop local.
“And it’s unique. It’s so much more of an engaging shopping experience with the smaller stores and the owners that take such pride in their product, their line of what they have. …You can feel the hands-on pride with small business.”
GOOD FOR BUSINESSES, SHOPPERS
The Shop Hop is an opportunity for Breckenridge businesses to get face time with potential customers and clear out inventory to make room for new items, said Leslie Sikon, owner of Lodgepole Interiors.
“I think it’s going to be fun for the community and fun for our visitors to have an organized function at no cost to them,” she said. “It ensures that stores will be open, and … there’s a lot of shoppers who like to get a good deal when they are out shopping.”
Cleary said she hopes the Shop Hop will extend beyond just Black Friday, with additional themed shopping events during nonpeak seasons to encourage local residents to come into town and enjoy all that is Breckenridge.
“The restaurants have their two-for-ones, the bars have their Dew Tour, and the shops don’t really have anything,” she said. “People don’t walk through town unless family is visiting, so this whole thing is to get people to see what’s new, what’s happening in this little town, what everyone has to offer and make it fun.”
Although hours vary, most stores in Breckenridge are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit http://www.gobreck.com/shophop for more information.
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