Let’s face it. Sometimes you just need a day (or sometimes just a couple of hours) to relax, unwind and pamper yourself. So many of us here in Boulder lead a go, go, go lifestyle that we forget to take a little of that oh-so important “me time,” but finding a good massage therapist, aesthetician or spa can add another knot in your already tense back. Relax; we’ve done the leg work for you! For those of you looking for a little luxurious spa time, here’s a list of some of the best Boulder spas.
Shopping in Boulder
One cannot live by spectacular outdoor recreation and fantastic food alone. Sometimes, you've got to shop. Fortunately, Boulder has you covered in the shopping department as well.
As expected, we've got your hipster vintage clothing stores, independent book stores, and (of course) the Apple Store. But what will surprise you about Boulder is the lack of the "same ol' same 'ol" when it comes to just about every category of shopping destination you can imagine.
In the heart of downtown Boulder is the Pearl Street Mall, a four block pedestrian shopping, dining, and entertainment zone free from cars and full of fun. This part of Pearl is a historic district, housing many of the the oldest buildings in Boulder -- and some of the best shopping anywhere. But don't forget the Twenty Ninth Street shopping district, which houses some of the world's favorite retail brands, including Macy's, the aforementioned Apple Store, and coming in 2013 -- Trader Joe's.
Something about this post makes me want to bust out a Macklemore song. Is it just me?
Who says you’ve got to shell out the big bucks to look fantastic? Sure, big time shops and designer retailers want you to think that great fashion comes with a hefty price tag, but that is simply not the case! Savvy shoppers know that right now, thrift stores are a wealth of great finds from vintage looks to slightly loved designer apparel.
While I have a hard time equating downtown Boulder with “fashion,” Boulder does have its own unique style. We keep the outdoor industry’s hottest retailers showing record numbers year after year, from Patagonia to Prana and everything in between.
But this Thursday, fashion comes back to Boulder for the third year in a row for Fashion’s Night. Produced by Downtown Boulder, this event brings together over 25 retailers for an evening catwalk event starting at 6PM. Where, you ask? Why, on the Pearl Street Mall catwalk between 13th and 14th Streets, of course. The kickoff for the evening starts with the fashion show. Individual retailers will be sponsoring their own in-store events for the evening as well.
Dad’s t-shirt drawer is overflowing, he has plenty of nice ties that he dreads putting on, he just bought himself a nice set of golf clubs and you really, really don’t want to resort to buying him socks. Now what?
Thanks to Wishlist LLC, a Boulder-based company, you can sit back, relax and give Dad the best gift he has ever received with just a few clicks of the mouse. You can give him an experience.
“An experience doesn’t devalue overtime and you don’t have to take care of it,” said Suzan Bond, Wishlist’s chief marketing officer. “I think about how experiences bond people –if you have ever had a life altering experience you remember who was with you or who gave it to you. That is what drew me into this company.”
Maybe you’ll hop down to Pearl Street for Boulder JazzFest. And if the weather holds for another week, maybe you’ll back that SUV or Subaru out of your driveway and head down to the tent sale at McGuckin — it’s coming Thursday through Saturday (May 9-12) only!
An admitted bibliophile, I’m all about picking up books about destinations. Ones I’m going to, those in my dreams, places I’ve been…they’re all on the shelf. Local Boulder book stores are great at stocking books about Boulder’s history and culture, so if you’re apt to pick up some location-centric reading, here’s a list to get your bookshelf started.
Boulder: 1859 – 1919 — Get into Boulder’s historic gold rush beginnings with this 2008 publication. Everything from railroads to precious metals await.
The Best Boulder Hikes — Boulder and surrounding areas are ripe with hikes. Here’s your must-have guide to getting out on foot into the wild in your own backyard.
Spring has sprung (in spite of yesterday’s freak mid-day snowstorm). That means it’s time for the Boulder Farmers’ Market once again! The market is open twice per week (Wednesday evenings begin in May) and it’s your go-to destination for healthy shopping, eating, and supporting local merchants.
The Boulder Farmers’ Market has been a city fixture since 1986. Today, it’s the place for vendors all across the Front Range to share their wares and meet their customers. The market is located on 13th and Canyon, adjacent to Central Park. If you’re heading down, I definitely recommend taking a bike as parking in the area can be brutal. However, if you don’t mind parking in a garage, there are multiple city lots within walking distance and it’ll only cost you $1.25 per hour and an elevator ride (or a few flights of stairs).
There’s no surprise that Boulder has more than its fair share of organic grocery stores. If you’re new to town — student or new resident of any ilk — and organic food fits your lifestyle, we have the ideal list of organic grocery stores to complete your shopping lists.
Natural Grocers (Pearl Street between 28th and 30th Streets): Natural Grocers is a Colorado company, dedicated to bringing a no-frills shopping experience to the health-conscious across the Front Range. Bring your own bags or grab an empty box at the checkout — they’re super eco-conscious and reduce their impact by not adding more bags to the environment. Here, you’ll find one of the widest arrays of natural supplements, local and Colorado-proud grocery items, as well as grade A organic produce, meats, and other foodstuffs.
Well then, your closet is like everyone else’s! But it doesn’t have to be.
Boulder has more than it’s fair share of clothing recyclers and consignment shops. They’re the perfect location to unload your closet, trade-in (or even sell!) your don’t-wants and make room in your closet for the must-haves.
Maybe you’re not a lady who’s into “used clothing”. Understandable. But see, you’ve probably never been to Common Threads, a delightfully upscale resale and consignment boutique located in central Boulder.
If you’re a lover of flash sale sites like 6pm.com or Ruelala.com, you owe it to yourself to duck into Common Threads. Inventory changes daily and you’ll be feasting your eyes on treasures across the upscale spectrum.
Joe’s Jeans and 7forallMankind? They have them (and in multiple sizes).
Looking for a Prada wrap or a pair of Chanel shoes with delightful kitten heels? Hang on to your hat — you just might score one of them. And the best part for the fashionista in Boulder is you’ll be scoring some select fashion treasures for a song!