Shop local this holiday season

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What happens when you shop local instead of at a big box store? According to, when a consumer buys local, significantly more of that money stays in the community. In fact, one Chicago study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 of additional local economic return ultimately is generated after additional spending cycles while only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer does so.

When You Shop Local

Specifically, shopping at your local, independent businesses improves your local economy. Local business owners often have incentive to support other local businesses, patronizing local establishments for both business and personal reasons. When you personally know the people behind the business where you’re buying local products and services, you enjoy a connection you would not otherwise have. Along with the rest of the community, you celebrate when a favorite local business succeeds and you mourn when it’s forced to shut its doors.

Local businesses give a community its flavor. Towns across America have similar chain restaurants, grocery and department stores but that diner down the street where you have breakfast every Saturday morning is one-of-a-kind. When you shop local, the business owner is usually directly connected to every employee in the store. That leads to a personal approach that often means any problem you have is taken seriously.

Having the owner nearby also means that owner personally knows his customers. He knows the products you buy or the services you request on a regular basis and can tailor services to make your experience even better. Buying local has benefits beyond mere convenience. When you support local business owners, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live.

Shop New Castle

An Exquisite Design (303 West Main Street) provides outstanding floral arrangements for any occasion. Owner Dawn Ellis has more than 30 years of experience as well as a degree in floral design, event planning and interior design. Stop by the shop for a collection of gifts and locally made treats as well!

DK Thrift (298 West Main Street) is a locally owned thrift store.

Eventos Bridal (331 West Main Street) is your one-stop shop for your next special event with their collection of wedding, prom and quinceañera dresses, party supplies and decorations, and even tuxedo rentals.

New Castle Gardens (6501 C. R. 214 – Peach Valley Road) is a full-service garden center serving the Western Slope of Colorado with annuals, perennials, shrubs, organics, succulents and terrariums. Offering educational and crafty classes, along with a spectacular Pumpkin Patch in the fall.

New Castle Liquors (820 Castle Valley Boulevard #104) is home to an incredible selection of beer, wine and spirits, ranging from top-selling national and international brands to small-batch, locally produced beverages from Colorado’s craft industries. Owners Scott and Mandy Gauldin lived in Glenwood Springs for 13 years before settling in New Castle and taking over the business in 2015. They’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for and can make great recommendations.

Speckled Feather Mercantile (820 Castle Valley Boulevard #102b) offers an incredible assortment of gifts, clothing and home goods, from craft supplies and upcycled décor to locally made chocolates, jewelry and artwork. Nearly everything inside comes from local artists and vendors, and the shop also hosts a variety of craft classes.

Dine Local

Black Dog Saloon (219 W. Main St.) a.k.a. “The Dog,” is a locals’ favorite for delicious food, cocktails and great live music.

Eat Bistro (316 W. Main St.) serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday, all made from scratch from the finest ingredients.

Elk Creek Mining Co. (502 W. Main St.) is a full-service restaurant and sports bar with daily specials and happy hour offers.

Hogback Pizza (457 W. Main) has been serving authentic stone oven pizza since 1998. Homemade dough made from scratch every morning.

New Castle Diner (820 Castle Valley Blvd.) is a 1950’style diner with lots of neon and a real Soda Fountain.

Taqueria ELIAS (275 W. Main St.) is a Mexican restaurant and shop with fresh bread daily.

2 Coronas (201 W. Main St.) is a Mexican restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stay the Night

Book a room at the Ore House Inn, a 130-year-old building at 502 W. Main St. in downtown New Castle! It offers fully furnished, individually themed short-term vacation rentals that sleep from 2-8 people, with laundry facilities, kitchenettes, wi-fi, cable and security system.


These are just some of our favorite independent retailer businesses in town. You can visit the New Castle Chamber of Commerce website for a listing of additional locally owned businesses and service providers. Don’t forget to support independent retailers and shop local this holiday season!



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