Big, Bad Buffaloes

Posted on May 19, 2015

The wait is over! That anticipated time of the year has come again.  No, I am not talking about those teary-eyed Buffs graduating, or even the start of Bands on the Bricks.  I am talking about something equally as exciting: me. That's right, Downtown Boulder has a new Summer Intern and it's me! My name is Jessica. Hold the applause. I will be taking you through my summer as I eat and shop my way through downtown Boulder. Hard work, I know. I want it to be clear that I will be seeking a very large fan-base with this blog, so I figured I'd start this post with the two things that everyone loves: money and a big, bronze buffalo.

In case you haven't noticed, the Pearl Street Mall has a new resident who lives right in front of the Boulder Book Store.  He's cool and calm.  He's big and oh, is he bad. He's an exact replica of the buffalo statue that sits outside Folsom Field and he, or she, has yet to be named. 

Downtown Boulder is having a Name That Buffalo contest! From now until May 26th, you can comment on Downtown Boulder's Facebook post with a name suggestion. The top ten names with the most likes will move on to round 2! Stay tuned for more details. I'll be live blogging the cutthroat competition as it unfolds. 

Imagine, gently caressing the buffalo's horns to ensure luck on your finals and thinking, "I named that." Imagine, watching a newly 21 year old mistakenly, kissing those cold, bronze lips and thinking, "I named that." Okay, now you can applaud.

If sheer honor and bragging rights aren't enough for you crazy people, Downtown Boulder is offering a $250 gift card to the winner of the Name That Buffalo contest.  I'll repeat that: Downtown Boulder is offering a $250 gift card! As of now, "Bruno" is in the lead, but competition is getting fierce. Come prepared with A+ material. At this point, I'm not sure why you haven't stopped reading this post and frantically logged on to Facebook with your name suggestion. 

Look, you named that.

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- Jessica

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UNTIL NEXT TIME!

Posted on April 30, 2015

I can't believe it, but my semester interning with Downtown Boulder is coming to an end. It's been an amazing, action-packed four months that have slowly but surely prepared me for that thing they call "The Real World." I've had an unforgettable experience. As I sit here writing my final blog, I find myself reminiscing on my favorite moments of the semester and feel it's only appropriate to share them with you!

Back in February, I had the opportunity to join the awesome DTB team at the Annual Awards Luncheon! (I'm also a Broadcast News Journalism Major at CU, so I brought my camera equipment and filmed the entire thing!) It was such a unique experience to see all of the downtown business owners and employees come together to celebrate each others' successes. I'd say this event made me appreciate small business communities in a completely new way. It also made me feel very proud of the work that Downtown Boulder does on a regular basis. Go us!

As I'm sure you can notice from my past blogs, I am a huge food lover. I'll try anything, anytime, anywhere. A perfect trait for this semester, because conveniently, Danielle (the other intern) felt the same way! We made it our mission to try a new place for lunch every day for the entirety of our time at DTB. Because of this pact, I went to multiple new spots that I know I never would have tried otherwise. I'm now a regular at T/ACO, obsessed with the Turkey Cranberry at Organic Sandwich and a huge fan of the Cucumber Mint juice at Lyfe Kitchen

Lastly, I'd like to personally thank DTB for showing me Boulder in a completely new way. Despite having lived here for four years, I had no idea about the amazing community, excitement and friendship that the downtown district has to offer. It allowed me the opportunity to pay attention to the little things and really get to know the place I live in before it comes time to move away in three weeks. 

After a lovely semester at DTB, I'm ready for the next chapter of my life after college!

I'll miss you, Boulder.

xx Chloe.

 

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That's All Folks

Posted on April 29, 2015

The day has finally come for me to say goodbye to this incredible internship. As a student and lover of all things Boulder, I can't think of a better way to have spent my semester than exploring Pearl Street and all that downtown has to offer. In typical Danielle fashion, I've made a list of the top 10 things I've learned from my time here. Get ready friends, it's almost last list.....

10) A small office setting is awesome! It's so nice to chat with my boss about the latest happening downtown or who's running to get us lunch today or even sharing an adorable puppy video without having to leave my comfy chair!

9) I'm practically a pro at transcribing interviews thanks to my quick typing skills. I can finally tell my dad that all those "Learn to Type" computer programs paid off! 

8) Once I turn 21 (T-minus 71 days...get ready Boulder), the Downtown Boulder Happy Hour Guide will be my bible.

7) There are some AMAZING restaurants here! Although Chloe and I didn't accomplish our goal of eating lunch at every restaurant downtown, some of our favorites were LYFE Kitchen, T/ACO, and West End Tavern

6) Regardless of what we're doing or where we're going, I will always stop to pet a dog, like in my Love The Locals interview with Zeal Optics (view embarrassing picture of me petting a dog here).

5) EVERY HOUR is coffee hour! Special shoutout to Starbucks and Woody Creek for getting me through the day. Yes, I've already established that I have a caffeine addiction....

4) Working here is dangerous for my wallet. There so many amazing stores and restaurants, I can't resist!

3) On a similar note, my "Downtown on a Dime" blog series (please read them here and here....there's a third one on the way too!) has taught me it IS possible to dine, shop, and have fun in Boulder on a college budget.

2) I will always shop small! It's so incredible to see how passionate and hard working the independent business owners of Boulder are. It's truly inspiring!

1) Lastly, I'm in no way ready to leave this incredible city. Thank goodness I have one more year left! :)

This spring semester has been absolutely incredible, but it wouldn't haven been possible without all the support and the laughs of the Downtown Boulder Team! Thanks for taking a chance on a bright-eyed, caffeine-addicted, journalism-loving college girl! With all these fantastic new experiences, I'm ready to take on senior year. :)

Until next time! 

xoxox, 

Danielle

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Downtown on a Dime--Shopping

Posted on April 28, 2015

For those of you who enjoyed my first two “Downtown On a Dime” posts (If you haven’t, read them here and here!), get ready for more fun and discounts coming at ya! As a shopaholic, there is really nothing I love more than buying an adorable outfit. However, sometimes I find myself questioning whether that top was really worth all the money. As a college student, my shopping budget is pretty tight, so I hit the bricks, did a little shopping, and found the best shops with the best deals!

  • Shop the Sales!: Let me be the first to tell you that the sale rack is where it’s at! Pitaya and Savvy are two of my favorite stores downtown with killer sale racks. From unique fashion lines to bigger name brands, these two stores cover all the bases! If you’re on the hunt for something other than clothes, check out the sale racks at Peppercorn for kitchen supplies, POSHSplat for beautiful paintings, or unique collectibles Bliss!
  •    Gift shopping: Of course, we love splurging on gifts for those we love, but sometimes we don’t have the ends or means to do so. Have no fear, there’s plenty of affordable gift options downtown. I love getting gifts for friends at Where the Buffalo Roam! They sell    everything from Broncos and CU gear to funny shirts and gag gifts! Similarly, Jackalope and Company has great items that are perfect for gift giving, and they’re frequently on sale! They just got the cutest Boulder Spirit Jerseys in store that come in a variety of colors; a perfect gift for a girlfriend, daughter, or sister!
  • Consignment stores: Before I started working here, I had barely set foot in a consignment store, but now over half my closet is made up of clothes from the many second-hand stores downtown! Some of my favorites are Buffalo Exchange and Common Era. Buffalo Exchange is awesome because not only can you find adorable and fashionable items, you can also bring in and sell or trade in your old clothes! Vintage fashion is making a comeback and Boulder’s Common Era is the best place to stock up on all your vintage needs! From patterned shift dresses to simple accessories, this place really has it all for a great value! In addition, downtown Boulder also has many second-hand bookshops! Trident is one of Boulder’s most famous bookstores, and it’s my personal favorite. Located on the West End, this bookshop sells delicious coffee as well as all genres of used books! If you like Trident, make sure you also check out Beat Book Shop and the Boulder Book Store!

 

This is just a brief list of all the inexpensive shopping opportunities downtown (see the full list of all shopping options here!),  I encourage you to get out and explore all the stores downtown Boulder has to offer. Next time on “Downtown on a Dime”: I’ll be back with low-cost entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy downtown!  (*insert dramatic theme music*)

 

-Danielle

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Downtown on a Dime--Entertainment

Posted on April 27, 2015

I’m back with more money saving tips! This time, I’m reporting on discounted entertainment for you, your family, and all your friends to enjoy. There’s live music, painting classes and more so make sure to check out the cultural offerings downtown!

  

  • Blue Grass Jam: Every Monday, West Flanders Brewing Company has live Blue Grass music at 6:30! This jam session is awesome because anyone can bring an instrument along and join in on the fun. Stop by the restaurant on the 1100 block of the mall and try their Chicken Guac Burger (my personal favorite) while listening to some great live tunes!
  • POSHSplat Kids Night Out: Wanting to go on a date night but don’t have a sitter? Look no further! Drop the kiddos off at POSHSplat for an evening of painting and fun! They host a monthly Kid’s Night Out, where they’ll entertain your children while you hit the town. This month, your kids will get step-by-step instructions on how to paint “Red Rocks Amphitheatre” and leave with a masterpiece of their own!
  • Chief Niwot—Legend and Legacy: For those museum fans out there, this one’s for you! The Boulder History Museum is hosting this award-winning historical exhibition through December 2015. It displays Chief Niwot story, struggles, and contribution to the advancement of Colorado’s history as well as artifacts of the Southern Arapahoe People. If you’re willing to make the quick drive to the Museum on the hill, admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children & students. The best part is they have FREE admission for all on the first Sunday of every month!
  • UnbelivaBUBBLE BOULDER!: On May 1st, the 1300 block of Pearl will full of bubbles, great music, and lots of creativity and imagination, and it’s all FREE! Bring the whole family to the event and listen to the Mayor of Boulder read a proclamation of the day and Dr. David Brain from CU Boulder give a talk about getting humans to Mars. After the fun event, take the family out to dinner at either Pizza Coloré or Lazy Dog for an inexpensive, but delicious meal!

Whether you’re a college student on a limited budget or a busy family of 4, there’s something fun to do downtown for everyone! I try to bring you the “best of the best” in discounted events, but make sure to check out the events calendar so you don’t miss any of the wonderful things happening downtown.  Next time on “Downtown on a Dime”: I’ll be back with low-cost shopping options for you and your friends to enjoy downtown!  (*insert dramatic theme music*)

That’s all for now! 

- Danielle

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