Tattered Cover Opens in Downtown Colorado Springs

Colorado’s largest independent bookstore opens its newest location on N. Tejon. featuring an extensive literary collection, full-service bar and cafe, and kid zone.

Tattered Cover, Colorado’s largest independent bookstore, has opened its first location outside of the Denver Metro area in downtown Colorado Springs. At 8,000 square feet, the Springs store will be the company’s second largest, after its iconic Colfax location in Denver. It features an extensive selection of books, a full-service bar and cafe, and a kid zone at 112 North Tejon Street


“This opening feels very similar to the opening of Tattered Cover’s beloved LoDo location as both are in historic buildings in the heart of burgeoning downtown areas,” says Tattered Cover CEO Kwame Spearman. “Our goal is to be a community institution for Coloradans, and this new location will offer the perfect setting to connect with the Colorado Springs community.”

Tattered Cover CEO Kwame Spearman at the opening of the Colorado Springs store
Tattered Cover CEO Kwame Spearman helps to shelve the 70,000 books for the grand opening of the Colorado Springs store. Photo by Allison Daniell, Stellar Propeller Studio.

Spearman says finding a location on Tejon Street was a can’t-miss opportunity. “The vibrancy of downtown just comes out and slaps you,” he says. “You can just feel that something really cool is happening here. There’s a serious vibe of authenticity and a changing demographic from what I think people have historically viewed Colorado Springs as, and downtown feels smack-dab in the heart of it.”

“Downtown Colorado Springs is in the midst of a renaissance, and we are thrilled that Tattered Cover will become part of our downtown landscape and an important part of our growing community,” said Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs.”

Similar to its six Denver outposts, Tattered Cover’s Colorado Springs location will focus on connecting with residents of the Springs through a variety of community programming, such as children’s storytime, in-store author events, community forums, fundraisers and more. The new store will also host special events that celebrate a love of books and promote literacy across generations.

Inside the new Tattered Cover bookstore in Colorado Springs
Inside the new Tattered Cover bookstore in Colorado Springs. Photo by Allison Daniell, Stellar Propeller Studio.

The new bookstore maintains the style of its historic building with exposed brick and steel and high ceilings. The building dates back to the 1880s, and it has functioned through the decades as a market, upscale clothing retailer, jewelry store and, most recently, a costume shop. In 1918, famous Colorado Springs architect Thomas MacLaren redesigned the storefront and rear of the building. MacLaren, who is known for such works as the St. Pauline Chapel and the Trianon, added features such as Van Briggle tile, intricate brickwork and leaded glass transoms, which are still present today and are key design features in the new bookstore.

The shop boasts a warm, friendly atmosphere, meant to welcome patrons to settle in, book in hand. A glass, roll-up garage door at the front provides open access between the patio and store. Best Cellars, a full-service bar and cafe, serves locally made Attimo Wine and craft brews by Denver’s Fiction Beer Company. There is also a full menu of cocktails, coffee beverages and light food offerings.

For more info: tatteredcover.com

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Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is Springs’ co-founder, editorial director and chief outdoor officer. He loves building community by telling stories about all the people, places and culture that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. And he’s especially stoked when exploring new places in the Springs, Colorado and beyond. Watch for him hiking, running or mountain biking the local trails with his wife and kids.

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