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The rooftop cafe at the Aspen Art Museum is the perfect place to recharge.


Mixing It Up

By Kelly J. Hayes

SO cafe photo by Michael Moran / Otto; Maker photo by Alexis Ahrling


Retailers are increasingly spicing up the shopping experience with caffeinated beverages, sweet treats and spirited drinks.

Craftsmanship abounds in the eclectic Maker, tucked behind Mezzaluna on Cooper Avenue. Not only will you find the best of globally sourced textiles, clothing and furniture for the Aspen lifestyle, you can also sit and sip locally roasted organic coffees and homemade chai at the store’s Local Coffee House. Enjoy delicious doughnuts and other curated breakfast and lunch bites while deciding which goods to take home. The vibe is about community and nurturing rather than the hard sell. Daily, 7am-7pm, 614 E. Cooper Ave.,

Aspen Art Museum
Cruise through the Aspen Art Museum and its always-free exhibitions of important evolutions in international contemporary art, and be sure to stop in the expertly curated design shop on the ground floor. When done, simply follow your flow up the stairs to SO, the best-kept secret in Aspen nibbles. With an exquisite view of Aspen Mountain, there is no better place to contemplate the works you have just experienced. Julia and Allen Domingos create cuisine that pairs perfectly with the art. Enjoy a glass of wine or a Colorado craft beer. Tue.-Sun., 10am-5pm, 637 E. Hyman Ave.,

Retail temptation comes with a cup of tea at Maker.

Gorsuch Ski & Café
No ski-country establishments are more emblematic of the mountain ethos and lifestyle than retailer Gorsuch. This past winter, a new Gorsuch Ski & Café opened at the base of Aspen Mountain, pairing a European cafe with high-end ski equipment. (In the summer, cycling gear and post-exercise recovery goods are also on sale.) Ever had a pair of Dalbello ski boots custom-fitted using a 3D ShooIQ scanner (the latest in boot fitting technology)? Even if you have, you likely didn’t do it while sipping a glass of Austrian Zweigelt. Coffee and pastries in the am and a glass of wine or beer in the pm let guests linger long amid the Alpine luxury. Daily, 8am-6pm, 555 E. Durant Ave.,

Kemo Sabe
“Our best customers are our friends, and our friends are a best customers,” says Wendy Kunkle, general manager of Kemo Sabe. So it only stands to reason that when customers/friends come a-callin’ for the best in hats, belts, boots and buckles (and authentic Native American jewelry), they would be offered a drink. Upstairs, in the Watering Hole, sits an 1860s wooden jewel box of a bar that Kunkle found in Denver, Pa. “It’s a part of the West to treat your guests well,” she says about the fully stocked liquid amenities, which are offered gratis as a part of the Kemo Sabe experience. Not even a year old in its new location, the upstairs bar has already hosted celebs—and Kemo Sabe friends—like Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Mariah Carey as they partook in a rite of the Old West. Daily, 10am-8pm, 217 S. Galena St.,