I can’t believe Thanksgiving is coming up so soon! Where does time fly? Coming to the Unites States from Norway, I was always fascinated with the notion of Thanksgiving. As my people’s traditions do not include feathers, pies and pumpkins or turkeys, this holiday symbolizes something truly unique to America. The first Thanksgiving I ever experienced was when I was 12 years old. It was our first November in the States, and as we got the week off from school my parents took my little brother and I to New York City. It was fantastic. Our Thanksgiving eve was spent in a hotel where we enjoyed our first taste of turkey and cranberries prepared by a real American chef. I remember us discussing this strange new tradition around the dinner table as we anticipated what in the world potatoes with marshmallows on them would possibly taste like.
Little did we know, that a major part of this unique tradition is shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Something few of us probably have a problem with. But my grandfather used to always tell us that every time you open your wallet, you’re casting a vote as to what kind of world you want to live in. With these words of wisdom in mind, I’d like to invite and encourage everyone to shop small and local November 28th, as it is Small Business Saturday. Enjoy special promotions and even in-store events at participating businesses downtown. Personally I don’t think a shopping experience spent supporting at a huge commercial corporation can come close in comparison to the feeling shopping and supporting a local business owner and his/her family brings.
As Downtown Boulder’s Marketing and Communications Intern, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with many of the local business owners down on the mall. As a true immigrant, I believe supporting small businesses and their owners transcends into supporting the American Dream. Now what kind of foreigner would I be if I didn’t support that? ;) Till next time, hade på bade! -Maria Bond
As I approached the scene, bright yellow light bulbs spelled the word “Love” above the entrance staircase. I could hear laughter and music flowing from each level of the party. A little VW bus turned into a photo booth stood neatly parked in front of the event. I had arrived at “Create & Celebrate,” Rembrandt Yard’s anniversary party.
Though events as special and intricate as this are somewhat of a rare occurrence, I felt blessed to attend such an extravagant work function. Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes aligned an entire wall, professional jugglers tossed glow in the dark balls while balancing on a ball, waitresses offered me bite-size gourmet appetizers from some of Boulder’s finest caterers, two complete open bars, arts and crafts stations plopped up on every floor, and all while a live jazz band kept us grrovin and movin.
After many appetizers and a cocktail later, the promise of winter lingered in the night’s cold breeze. As we left the venue, I felt excited and uplifted despite the fact that the skies had already fallen completely dark. As we gear up for winter, I’m looking forward to all the family-related joys this new season brings. For me, the Christmas holidays are always best spent with children. There’s something about experiencing children’s thrill and amazement during the season. I cannot wait to get to go back home to Norway this December to spend some well-needed time with my little nieces and nephews. This month we’ll be ringing in the holidays with “Switch on the Holidays” November 22. This annual event really is the perfect way to warm up to the cold months ahead. Take your niece, little sister, cousins, or kids down to the Boulder County Courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall where Santa himself will be there. The Boulder Chorale will perform to keep you entertained until the grand illumination of the courthouse and the mall. It’s going to be a beautiful sight! The festivities start at 5 pm, details can be found here.
Till next time fellow Boulderites, hade på bade! -Maria Bond
It’s officially November! I can hardly believe it. After an unseasonably warm fall, I am starting to feel extra excited and ready for those fresh powdered slopes of the Colorado winter. As my internship has officially passed its half-way point, I’m starting to transition my thoughts and energy onto what kinds of possibilities could lie ahead. Living in the greatest college town ever definitely has its perks. When it comes to career advice and connections, there are lots of great resources right outside my door around the Boulder community. Like this week’s bi-monthly Boulder Open Coffee Club at Boomtown Accelerator! Technologists and startup folks get together between 8 and 9 am to talk startup jobs, events, and news.
Another great opportunity is happening November 19th. Graduating college and joining the “real world” can be a scary and overwhelming process. The first and perhaps most fundamental step is deciding what field to start your professional career in. As this is often a difficult question to answer, sometimes a little inspiration from the professionals is needed. This month the NewCo Boulder event offers a day filled with just that. You’ll have the opportunity to meet startup leaders and industry insiders as Boulder’s finest entrepreneurs share their journeys and tales of success. Some of my personal downtown favorites include: Organic Sandwich founder and owner, Marcy Miller and David Farnan with the fabulous Boulder Public Library. I think Marcy’s panel will be extremely interesting for the food and nutrition conscious, as she will discuss the influence the local food movement had on her decisions to start her own local farm to table sandwich shop, and how her decision is helping to support the local economy. The reason I’m excited to hear David’s panel is not just to get to re-visit one of my favorite alone-time spots in Boulder, (if you haven’t already checked out the Public Library…you will be blown away at its aesthetics) but David will also talk about how libraries hold the power through space and atmosphere to transform communities, something I believe the Boulder Public Library has achieved very well. (For a complete list of these and other NewCo presenters please see here).
For those of us that may be a little short on cash this month, there is also the opportunity to volunteer during the event, instead of buying tickets. Not a bad deal as it still grants the opportunity to hear all the speakers and make some connections with downtown insiders!
Though it all seems overwhelming right now, it’s community opportunities like these that make me feel optimistic for what’s ahead. In its second year, NewCo is sure to offer inspiring direction to everyone from college students to seasoned professionals.
And speaking of professionals, I’d also like to give a special shout out to everyone that attended the Munchkin Masquerade this past weekend! Over 100 businesses participated this year! It’s so great to see business and community come together for a good time. Lots of sweet little treats and happy kiddoes faces all around. Till next time, hade på bade! -Maria Bond
Nothing smells as refreshing and crisp as rain showers in the Fall. It is scheduled to rain on and off all week, so Boulder’s air is filled with this revitalizing aroma. The best thing about rainy weather is the excuse it grants to spend some time treating yourself indoors. I was so excited to spend some time this morning in a new location I hadn’t yet experienced. As part of this week’s downtown spotlight interviews, I had the pleasure to stroll around the Boulder Public Library to capture pictures of their café Seeds. Walking in, I was greeted by large windows complete with a breathtaking view of the changing leaves around Boulder Creek. Various flowers in vases and bright orange pumpkins decorated the barista countertops and window-side tables. The sweet smell of butternut squash in a toasty Panini sandwich lingered in the air, as content customers sipped hot beverages and enjoyed their books or conversations.
Seeds left me feeling uplifted and inspired, there’s something about the relaxing combination of rain and books. Speaking of that combination, one of my favorite places to spend a rainy afternoon is the Boulder Book Store. The colored spines of all the different books piled high in the bookshelves is such a striking contrast to the grayness outdoors.
The colder weather makes it extra pleasant to be able to wrap your hands around a hot mug of something to warm the throat. A dedicated arts-and-crafts lover, a few hours spent painting my own mug at Color Me Mine feels truly therapeutic. Those rainy evenings snuggled up on the couch wouldn’t be complete without a little sweet treat. Piece, Love, & Chocolate has you covered, as you can either grab a sweet treat to go or spend some time in one of their little store nooks sipping their delicious house-made hot chocolate.
So let the rain pour, and the relaxation begin. Try to stay warm and dry, till next time fellow Boulderites, -hade på bade! –Maria Bond (“see you later alligator” in Norwegian)
SKO BUFFS! It’s Homecoming weekend in Boulder and you can feel the school spirit. With CU alumni flooding back to town, and bringing everyone along for the ride, expect a busy and packed downtown. On Saturday the CU Buffs take on the Arizona Wildcats in the big game, but you know the homecoming festivities get going long before the 7 pm kickoff!
This year the Homecoming Parade moves from University Hill to Pearl Street to join the Stampede Pep Rally on Friday night before the game. This will be a great chance to stroll the shops and have some dinner downtown, (can’t go wrong with Pasta Jay’s, with their amazing carb-a-licious menu and cozy interior- it’s the perfect family spot) then catch the parade and pep rally just a few blocks away!
You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Saturday morning at the Farmers Market (located on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe) before the BBQ’s and tailgating begin. This Saturday marks a very special day at the market because it celebrates local hero, Bob Munson. Munson was a Boulder Farmers Market staple, who shaped and enriched the local food community until his passing just this year. Shopping at the market this weekend will feel extra good since 10 percent of the proceeds go to the scholarship fund that was founded in honor of Munson. It’s a perfect way to scoop up some healthy tasty produce and start feeling the generosity and love vibes as we head into the holiday season.
Homecoming in Boulder is a special time where Buff fans from all over join forces once again to bask in their CU pride. School spirit is thriving around town with returning alumni and other visitors flocking to town to support Buffs football. Take Piece, Love & Chocolate for example, they’ve dished out their custom truffle in true spirits for the weekend. Sink your teeth into this mighty TRUFFALO!
“Shoulder to shoulder, we will fight, fight, fight!”
Till next time, hade på bade! –Maria Bond