Colden is essentially a tourist area, with only a few businesses besides the seasonal ski resort. Shopping options are just a short drive away. For groceries, Colden residents head to East Aurora, only 11 miles northeast, for Tops Friendly Market. The closest Wegmans supermarket is 20 miles northwest, on McKinley Parkway in Buffalo. For retail shopping, there’s a Walmart Supercenter in Springville, 13 miles south.
The Boston Free Library, 9475 Boston State Road, serves the Holden area. It’s only three miles west of Holden. The closest hospitals serving Colden are both about 12 miles away – Bertrand Chaffee in Springville to the south, Mercy Hospital in Orchard Park to the north. Students here attend the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District, which has one high school, one middle school and two elementary schools.