If you're in the market for warm-weather gear, forget the big-name brands and opt instead for the hand-stitched, high-end Polartec gear from this local outdoor clothing company. The Leadville-based employees design, cut, sew, and sell their creations in their main street storefront. Young employees are bent over sewing machines behind the register while you shop for a plush, fuzzy hoodie, or water- and windproof vest. It's a source of local pride to be caught wearing Melanzana.
The -20 degree winters may require you to stock up the next time you're in town any way.