Sure, hoomans are great shopping buddies, but dogs? Even better. Fifi won’t tease you for squeezing into those too-tight jeans, and Fido sure as heck isn’t keeping track of how many times you swipe your credit card.
Lucky for us Coloradans (and our pups, Aspen Grove caters to two- and four-legged patrons alike. Framed by majestic mountain views in Littleton, about 30 minutes south of Denver, the open-air shopping mecca is home to 40-plus restaurants and storefronts, many of which welcome furry customers inside. (Hint: Just look for the “dog-friendly” stickers in the windows.)
Beyond scoring a great deal on shoes or, ahem, spoiling your pup with a pupcake from Gigi’s Cupcakes, a robust social calendar makes Aspen Grove a true lifestyle destination. Here’s a rundown of derg-friendly fun on tap this summer and beyond. Don’t furget to snap some pics and tag ’em with #AspenGroveLovesDogs for a chance to be featured on the shopping center’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
A Paris Street Market
First Saturday May–October, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Ooh paw paw! Your pup will feel as fancy as a French poodle strutting down the aisles of this Parisian-inspired outdoor market—matching human and dog berets optional but definitely encouraged. Get your flea on (don’t worry, dogs, it’s a different kind of flea) with 120-plus vendors who’ve been delivering goods like antiques, clothing, jewelry, home goods, outdoor décor, and more for more than a decade at this location. Plus, fundraising for Humane Society of the South Platte Valley means you won’t feel a lick of buyer’s remorse. Expawt tip: Get there early to beat the crowds and the heat.
Family Film Nights
July 11, 18, 25, 7 p.m.
It’s a doggone can’t-miss lineup of movies this summer during Family Film Nights (pups included, natch). Fuel fun activities like face-painting, balloon art, and a bouncy house with concessions from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or a picnic from any of Aspen Grove’s restaurants, then wash it all down with a cold pint from Living the Dream’s beer garden. (Psst: They’re on our Dog-Friendly Brewery Pass!) With proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, this is a Thirsty Thursday you won’t regret the next morning. Just make sure your tail is settled into your seat by dusk, when your favorite four-legged actors—think Max from Secret Life of Pets, Scooby Doo, and Friday from Hotel for Dogs—take over the big screen.
August 24, 9–11 a.m.
Get your vinyasa on at Aspen Grove’s doggy yoga, where “downward dog” takes on a whole new meaning. In your excitement to work out with your favorite pawtner, don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat and water bottle, plus the minimum suggested donation of $20 to toss a bone to the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. The event, led by the pros at Outlaw Yoga, is open to all ages (those under 18 must have a parent sign a waiver), but space is limited to 50 peeps and their pups. Keep an eye on Aspen Grove’s website to snag a spot as soon as registration opens later this summer.
October 26, 3–5 p.m.
Bring the whole pack for free trick-or-treating for kids (ages 12 and younger) at more than 20 stores, dog treatos for the pups from pawticipating vendors, a free hayride, a monster movie at Alamo Cinema, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch benefiting Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. Aspen Grove doggo mascot Dakota will be there, too. Arooo!
Pup Pix with Santa
November 30, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Bring your furry friend for a visit with Santa at GoodTurn Cycles inside Aspen Grove. Donate a few bones to Humane Society of the South Platte Valley for pawfessional photos, or BYO camera to snap your own. Pets must be leashed ‘n sociable with other animals. Please RSVP at AspenGroveCenter.com/events.
(Top photo: Dakota is Aspen Grove’s 2019 dog-friendly mascot. Photo by Hanna Jerde)
Aspen Grove is Colorado’s dog-friendliest shopping destination and home to more than 40 pawesome stores and restaurants, with dog-friendly events year-round to boot.