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Hello Windsor!

Live Local and Explore Our Downtown

Article by Michelle Vance and Brittany Bisceglia

Photography by John Robson Photography

Originally published in Windsor City Lifestyle

Nestled in the heart of Northern Colorado, Windsor is a charming town with a rich history that dates back to the late 19th century. Founded in 1882, Windsor began as a small agricultural community, benefiting from the fertile lands of the Cache la Poudre River Valley. The arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1902 spurred growth, transforming Windsor into a bustling hub for sugar beet farming and processing. Downtown Windsor became the epicenter of this growth, with businesses and homes sprouting up to support the burgeoning population.

In the early 20th century, downtown Windsor was characterized by its classic Main Street, lined with essential services, general stores, and family-owned businesses. As the town grew, it retained its small-town charm, fostering a close-knit community atmosphere. The architecture from this period still stands, offering a glimpse into the town's historic past.

Today, downtown Windsor offers a delightful blend of historical charm and modern amenities, making it a vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike. The variety of shops and stores reflects the town's evolution while staying true to its roots.  Main Street is home to an eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants, and specialty stores. You can find everything from specialty boutiques to fine dining. For those who appreciate handcrafted goods, there are stores featuring local artisans’ work, including handmade jewelry, pottery, and textiles. Food enthusiasts can enjoy a range of culinary delights, from cozy cafes serving locally roasted coffee to upscale restaurants offering farm-to-table dining experiences.  Windsor downtown also hosts several seasonal markets and events that showcase local vendors and artisans. The Windsor Farmers Market, for example, is a popular destination during the warmer months, providing a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, and handmade crafts.  The Summer Concert Series at Boardwalk Park on Windsor Lake draws family and friends to the downtown area for relaxing evenings.  Chalk on the Walk is a fun and creative event for young and old hearts to showcase their artistic talents up and down Main Street! These events, to name a few, not only offer unique shopping opportunities but also reinforce the community's commitment to supporting local businesses.

Shopping locally in downtown Windsor offers numerous benefits, both for consumers and the community at large. One of the most significant advantages is the economic impact. When residents spend money at local businesses, a larger portion of that revenue stays within the community. This helps to create jobs, support local entrepreneurs, and generate tax revenue that can be reinvested in public services and infrastructure.  Local businesses are also more likely to source their products and services from other local suppliers, creating a multiplier effect that further boosts the local economy. This interconnected network of businesses fosters a sense of community and collaboration, contributing to Windsor's unique and vibrant local culture.  Socially, local businesses play a crucial role in building community ties. They are often involved in local events, sponsorships, and charitable activities, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual support among residents. Shopping locally allows consumers to build personal relationships with business owners and staff, enhancing the overall shopping experience and creating a sense of trust and loyalty.

Looking ahead, downtown Windsor is poised for continued growth and revitalization. The town's strategic location, strong community spirit, and commitment to preserving its historical heritage while embracing modern development set the stage for a bright future.  One of the key aspects of Windsor's future is the ongoing efforts to enhance and beautify the downtown area. With the creation of a new master Plan, Windsor Downtown Alliance has planned several initiatives to improve infrastructure, pedestrian accessibility, and public spaces.  These efforts aim to create a more inviting, pedestrian-friendly, safe, and vibrant downtown environment that attracts redevelopment, residents, and visitors.  New potential developments and investments are also on the horizon, with plans for mixed-use buildings that combine residential, commercial, and retail spaces. This approach not only maximizes the best and highest use of prime property, but also promotes a lively, 24/7 downtown atmosphere, uniquely combined with the lake and the water activities it offers. The introduction of more housing options within the downtown area will encourage people to live, work, and shop locally, further strengthening the community's economic base.  Furthermore, Windsor is actively exploring opportunities to promote cultural and recreational activities in the downtown area. The planning for a potential plaza, art installations, and increased parking will provide spaces for residents to safely gather, socialize, and enjoy a variety of cultural experiences. These initiatives aim to enhance the quality of life in Windsor and create a downtown area that is both dynamic and inclusive.  In conclusion, downtown Windsor boasts a rich history, a variety of shops and stores, and a community-driven approach to economic and social well-being. The benefits of shopping locally are manifold, contributing to a stronger economy, a healthier environment, and a more connected community. With a clear vision and ongoing efforts to enhance and revitalize its downtown area, Windsor is well-positioned for a prosperous and vibrant future.

"Loving where you live creates a sense of place, leaving behind a legacy for others to enjoy and foster." - Michelle Vance, Executive Director- Windsor Downtown Alliance

  • Main Street, Circa 1905. Photo Courtesy of The Town of Windsor Museums
  • Chalk on the Walk
  • Summer drinks and fresh bites
  • Locally Roasted Coffee
  • Every great downtown has an ice cream spot!
  • Fine shops and stores with even better packaging!
  • Summer Concerts at the Lake
  • Downtown Windsor makes for an afternoon well spent!