Nick Perkins, Upslope Media

If you’ve lived in Casper for any amount of time, you’ve probably driven past it a hundred times. It’s been a part of Poplar Street for years upon years. But the Sunrise Shopping Center is so much more than just a set piece and it’s time you found out why.

For decades, the Sunrise Shopping Center has played host to a number of different local businesses, from a furniture store to a boutique and even a bowling alley and more. The Sunrise Shopping Center has consistently served as a beacon for those who like to shop local.

On Oct. 14 and 15, the Sunrise Shopping Center is hosting its annual craft fair, featuring a variety of different vendors offering up art, home goods, treats and so much more. It’s one of the center’s trademark events and it’s sure to pack the house the entire weekend. But there’s even more to the Sunrise Shopping Center than meets the eye.

“Historically, this one-of-a-kind shopping center — with the inside walkway and the stores inside — this was the first of its kind when it was built,” said Janea Scott, the Office Administrator and Craft Show Coordinator for the Sunrise Shopping Center. “This allows for an excellent venue to host craft shows and other events for the community.  Community members also utilize the shopping center as a place to walk because of the long, continuous space inside from the wind and elements.” 

Walking in the Sunrise Shopping Center (which several people do, every day, as part of their exercise regimen), visitors will see a myriad of different stores, offering everything from clothes and accessories to mountain bikes, skis and so much more. There’s even a daycare, a nail salon, a gym, two physical therapy clinics and a drive-thru coffee shop!

There is truly something for everyone at the Sunrise Shopping Center, including Wyoming Downs, Wyoming’s premier live horse racing and simulcast off-track facility.

Wyoming Downs is one of the newer establishments to take up residence at the Sunrise Shopping, joining other anchors like Boomtown Blast — a bowling alley that features food, a full bar, an arcade and more. The former Sunrise Lanes has undergone a facelift and has become, arguably, Casper’s best bowling alley.

Speaking of anchors, Flanigan’s Furniture and Mattress Gallery has been housed inside of the Sunrise Shopping Center for years. Flanigan’s, according to its website, offers “brands you can trust, like Catnapper/Jackson, England, Best Home Furnishings, Simmons, Serta, and many more!”

When it comes to brands you can trust, Harbor Freight Tools is among the best. Open seven days a week, Harbor Freight Tools has “thousands of quality tools to choose from at the lowest prices, whether it’s A DIY project around the house, or on a professional jobsite.”

In addition to those three incredible businesses, the Sunrise Shopping Center is also home to the Babe & Ruthie Boutique, a women’s clothing store that also offers one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. There’s also the Merry Peddler Kitchen Store, Casper’s only fully dedicated kitchen store that offers thousands of kitchen utensils, from cookware to bakeware, cutlery, electronics and more. Sunrise has also recently added a new retailer: Schmidts Bootmaker. Once they are in full operation, they will be offering custom-made boots right from that very location.

There are more — so many more — shops inside of the Sunrise Shopping Center, all of which directly benefit local owners and local buyers.

Of course, in addition to the stores that are open every single day, the Sunrise Shopping Center also plays host to seasonal craft shows — held in October, December and April — which offer even more chances to shop local and stay local.

The upcoming craft show is taking place on Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fall craft show is one of the biggest of the year, and it will feature a wide array of local and regional vendors selling art, crafts, food items, clothing and so much more.

“This will be our 16th year doing the craft show,” Scott revealed.

Scott stated that many Casper residents know about the craft show at Sunrise, but she wants to spread the word to let everybody know what this event consists of and, more importantly, what it means to the community.

“We do it for the community,” Scott said. “The Sunrise Shopping Center with its unique set-up allows us to host the show several times a year. This provides opportunity for the vendors to showcase their wares to people who are looking to support small Wyoming-based businesses. Events like these also bring new customers to the shopping center to explore and support the unique shops that make Sunrise Shopping Center their home. In addition to the craft shows, the center also hosts an annual Trick or Treating event, allowing kids and their families a safe place for Halloween festivities as well as other events throughout the year.”

The Sunrise Shopping Center has been an institution in Casper for decades. It has given countless business owners the chance to live their American dream while providing shoppers with ample opportunity to buy handcrafted, heartfelt items. Now, it’s continuing that tradition with its annual craft shows. So the next time you’re driving down Poplar Street, remember that at Sunrise Shopping Center, there’s more than meets the eye. And there is truly something for everyone.

Sunrise Shopping Center is home to the following stores:

  • Crooked Creek Coffee LLC
  • Flanigan’s Furniture Outlet
  • Elevated Financial
  • Schmidt’s Boot Maker
  • Tumble Teas
  • Colonial Coins and Currency
  • State Farm Insurance – Jessie Florquist
  • Relaxation Nation Massage Therapy
  • Edward Jones
  • H&R Block
  • Code Ninjas
  • Giggles & Wiggles
  • Optimal Physical Therapy LLC
  • Harbor Freight Tools, USA Inc.
  • Blimpie Subs
  • Wyo Fitness
  • Redd Nails LLC
  • Keepsake Imaging Studio
  • Crypto ATM Center
  • The Merry Peddler Kitchen Store
  • Zeelo’s Cranks and Planks
  • Bullock Insurance Agency
  • Optimal Physical Therapy Pediatrics
  • Babe & Ruthie Boutique
  • Boomtown Blast
  • Wyoming Downs
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