Student Friendly Leadville Businesses


Leadville student shares favorite local businesses

Downtown Harrison Ave is decorated with local businesses; proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Leadville. Each shop is as unique as our mountain community. Below are a few of our favorite student friendly Leadville businesses, as chosen by Sarah Duprey. Sarah is an outdoor and environmental student at Colorado Mountain College and has enjoyed exploring Leadville for the past several years.


IMG: High Mountain Pies in Leadville is a student friendly hangout
Every CMC Leadville student LOVES High Mountain Pies.

High Mountain Pies

Pizza places are a must in any college town, and lucky for us, we have High Mountain Pies. After a long day spent on the slopes of Copper, or when those late night pizza cravings kick in, this is definitely the place to go. The Crocodile pie with its combo of BBQ sauce, shrimp, bacon, jalapeno & cream cheese, is the Leadville favorite (trust us), but if you’re wanting a vegetarian option, the Mediterranean pie is equally amazing. Really, though, it’s hard to go wrong with any pizza choice at High Mountain Pies.

Tennessee Pass Cafe

The Tennessee Pass Cafe is the best place in Leadville for a relaxed sit-down meal, with some pretty amazing food, if you ask us. They use organic & locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, and their buffalo burgers with Colorado-raised bison meat is one of our top-picks on the menu.

IMG: Chocolate chip muffins made by Cookies with Altitude in Leadville
Cookies with Altitude serves breakfast, lunch & coffee.

Cookies with Altitude

Swing by Cookies with Altitude if you need a sugar fix. Try their homemade cookies, fudge, donuts or other delicious sweet treats. Their menu doesn’t stop there though, as they also offer breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and… freshly baked bagels (yum!). Did we mention they had donuts?

El Mexicano Food Truck

We understand why food trucks are so popular, as this is hands-down the best Mexican food in town! Located in the Safeway parking lot, El Mexicano is a must-stop if you’re looking for out-of-this-world tacos. Do yourself a favor, and check it out; you’ll thank us.



IMG: La Resistance is a new steam punk themed coffees hop in downtown Leadville.
La Resistance is a relatively new steam punk themed coffee shop in downtown Leadville.

City on a Hill

We can’t say enough good things about City on a Hill. The place to go if you want to grab a cup of joe, relax with friends, or get your study on. They have free WiFi, delicious pastries, sandwiches, cozy atmosphere, and of course, a mean cup of coffee. This is definitely our favorite hang-out spot in town.

La Resistance

The new kid on the block in our mountain town food scene, but swing by this steampunk inspired cafe for a scone or muffin & some coffee to-go!



Fire on the Mountain

If you’re feeling crafty and want to design your own pottery creations, paint a masterpiece, or knit something cozy to give as gift (or gift to yourself!), this is the place to come! Classes are listed on their website, or pop into the store during business hours to find out what they’re offering and when.

Harper Rose Studios

Featuring the work of some of the best local artisans, from local photography to pottery, leatherwork, and handmade jewelry, Harper Rose Studios offers a beautifully curated selection of handcrafted art & gifts.

RE+/RJS Designs

Stocked with all things eclectic and handmade, this little boutique has everything from mittens made of recycled sweaters, to ornaments, bumper-stickers, goats-milk soaps and more. You’re bound to find the perfect gift here.



The Mule Kick is a vintage clothing/ thrift store located at the corner of 8th & Harrison Ave in Leadville.
The Mule Kick has unique pieces you will not find anywhere else.

Community Threads

If you need to buy some equipment for an OUT classes, but don’t want to pay full price, or if you’ve got gear that you no longer use and want to consign, Community Threads is a CMC student’s best friend. Stop in chat with the owner, Smokey, and browse around at the great selection. Community Threads has clothes, outerwear, ski/ snowboard boots, backpacks, climbing shoes and more… If you’re lucky you may find a Melanzana for a super great price!

The Mule Kick

Leadville’s one and only Mule Kick, a treasure trove of vintage clothing, with everything from ski onesies to flannel shirts, funky old-school Tees, and old western wear that will make you fit right in at our annual Boom Days. We love this place!



IMG - Melanzana logo, Made in Leadville since 1994
Melanzana is a Leadville staple.


The iconic “melly”is the daily wear of pretty much everyone who lives in Leadville. Locally owned and operated with 20 employees who craft all the clothing in-house with only US made fabric, Melanzana makes some of the best (and most comfortable) outdoor clothing you’ll own. Grab one of their micro-grid hoodies for your next trek up a 14er, or their Wind Pro 200 sweats for lounging around your dorm…. you’ll see why we live in them.

Leadville Outdoors

With all of the outdoor activities we mountain-living folks love, Leadville Outdoors is a staple here in town. An independent gear shop located right on the main drag, they’ve got you covered with camping essentials, maps, climbing equipment, running shoes, plus a bunch of other things all of us gear nerds live for. Oh, and CMC students get a 10% discount… what’s not to love?


1 Comment

  1. Veronica says: Reply

    The Dee Hive! I can’t say enough about them. 1978 to 1980

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