Include Local-owned Stores When Shopping in Jackson Hole
Here’s how patronizing Jacksonite-owned shops in and around Town Square enhances your experience. “Shop Local, Buy Local” is always the best mantra.
by Elizabeth Lopeman
Check out Jackson’s amazing list of locally-owned shops that are filled with curated collections of treasures that include everything from one-of-a-kind art to T-shirts for the kids. There are jeans and cowboy boots for all, or if you’re game, go for the locally crafted jewelry or a chic handcrafted cowboy hat. Most shops are owned by local characters or informed local outdoor experts who will help you choose something great as they share a love for Jackson Hole.
Teton Mountaineering is an institution that every world-class mountaineer worth their salt has dragged their ragged soul through to get last-minute supplies for their peak- conquering obsessions. All the equipment you could ever need for any pursuit in the backcountry is here as well as local mountaineering expertise and some amazing photos from Teton expeditions. Whether you’re climbing the Grand Teton, or just want a puffy and some local flavor, Teton Mountaineering will set you up.
170 N Cache Street; 307-733-3595
Go to MADE if you need a unique or whimsical local gift. You’ll find ceramics featuring bucking broncos and moose, or stickers, patches, jewelry, wallets, local T-shirts and the list goes on. There’s a lot of local charm to be found at MADE with products created by more than 100 artisans.
125 N Cache Street; 307-690-7957
Belle Cose has seven stores in Jackson, each featuring a million things you can’t live without, from cooking supplies to engagement rings, couches to cowboy boots. The King Street shop next to Haagen Dazs has women’s clothes and around the corner at Shoppe it gets real western. Visit each store for exquisite collections of beautiful things. For locations visit bellecose.com.
48 E Broadway; 307-733-2640
JD High Country Outfitters is a Jackson Hole standby for everything from hiking boots and gloves to long underwear. They also have a well-stocked fishing department with rods, reels and local expertise. In the winter you’ll find cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals and everything you could need for fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.
50 E Broadway; 307-733-3270
Skinny Skis has been the primary purveyor of Nordic ski equipment in the valley since 1974. But that’s not all: They carry clothing that will transform you to be a local-for-a-day with lines from Patagonia, Royal Robbins and Prana. Get your running and hiking shoes with hiking, running and Nordic skiing trail recommendations from the locals who know the scoop. No matter your outdoor passion, you’ll find something you need at Skinny Skis.
65 W Deloney Street; 307-733-6094
Hanging with a reader? Valley Bookstore opened in 1949 and has been supplying Jackson Hole with reading material ever since, much of which features local writers and topics. Special orders are always welcomed.
140 E Broadway; 307-733-4533
Follow Deloney Street just off the square to find Workshop. It’s filled with wonderful treasures of art, jewelry and charming crafts. Everything is handmade by either the proprietor, Susan Fleming, or an artisan from her carefully curated stable. This little house is a perfect trove to pick out gifts for someone special.
180 E Deloney Street; 307-203-7856
Two Grey Hills has long carried the finest of Native American jewelry from Navajo, Hopi and Zuni artisans. There is additionally Pueblo pottery and traditional rugs from Navajo craftspeople. These folks have personal relationships with their artists and know how to select for quality.
110 E Broadway; 307-733-2677
New West Knifeworks “makes world-class tools for the culinary artist” which includes an array of chef’s knives and accessories, many with beautifully crafted and colorful handles. This locally owned store is the vision of Cory Milligan who designs exquisite tools that feel like extensions of the hand. New West also takes custom orders to help you realize your dreams of the perfect knife. This is a shop with soul. In partnership with Jackson Hole Winery, wine tasting is available from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and noon until 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
98 Center Street; 307-733-4193
Grit General carries the exclusive Ralph Lauren RRL line, as well as other small-batch apparel lines that give a nod to the Old West while inspiring the urbane with exceptional fabrics and designs for men. The shop has old trading post vibes that make you want to hang out for a good story. You might even be lucky enough to find yourself in the space at an event such as a wine tasting, art show or to see a film.
165 N Center Street; 307-200-6373
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About the writer: Elizabeth Lopeman is a freelance writer for Jackson Hole Traveler and a long time local. She started skiing at the age of two and alpine raced in Jackson Hole. After some time in Munich, she fell in love with traditional Bavarian sweaters. “For apres-ski there’s nothing better looking anywhere” Take it from her, and check out her imported Schuss Fine Knitwear 100% Lambswool sweaters from Bavaria—sold locally at Bella Cose, and Teton Village Sports and online schussfineknitwear.com.