You won't want to miss the Canyon Gallery on the corner of Main and Townsend downtown, "Colorado's Gallery of Fine Landscape Photography " featuring the work of photographers who specialize in Colorado mountains, landscapes, and wildlife. Some other downtown shops/galleries:
Tiffany, Etc., Ouray Silversmiths, Simpson Gallery, Around the Corner Art Gallery, The Canyon Gallery
There are several antique stores, (a big one just south of Montrose on the west side of the highway, can't think of the name) and there's a really fun, eclectic little row of shops just south of Montrose (Rusty Moose is one) and I can't for the life of me remember what it is called. Now I'm going to have to drive out there, lol! But, yes, there are some fun little shops in Montrose, and a downtown of historic buildings, (Montrose was a transportation, agriculture and supply hub for the mines in the surrounding mountains, so there's lots of history, just as in Ouray, Telluride, etc) plus some sculptures scattered around downtown--the PAX (Public Art eXperience) I could find last year's "map" but didn't see an updated one for 2012. www.cityofmontrose.org/index.aspx?nid=194
When you are heading north toward Montrose, be sure to stop several times to look toward the south for views of the San Juan Mountains that you just passed through! One of the best places for a great photo is at the Visitor Center Overlook at Ridgway State Park. You can go to the visitor center and park for about 10 minutes, I believe, without having to pay the park entrance fee.
And again, you have to stop at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, esp. if you like art, nature, views. The eagle sculpture there is just magnificent. The pictures on the website don't do it justice, because it is huge!
Edited: 10:53 am, April 23, 2012