That’s South Downtown Area for you neophytes; a hidden gem of Downtown Boulder, but one that holds some unique treasures for all lifestyles. Many of us have had the pleasure of visiting one of Boulder’s largest selection of fine liquors, beer and wines at Liquor Mart (1750 15th St.), but did you know that great coffee is only steps away on 15th Street? Drop your dry cleaning off at Art Cleaners (1715 15th St.), who has been helping Downtown stay stylish for over 90 years and while you are there experience the fine java sensations of 15th Street Coffee, replete with delicious munchies and offering a true respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life
Making your way to 15th Street you will find Arapahoe Animal Hospital (1730 15th St.), who has been helping our four legged friends since 1954 and is the only Downtown veterinarian. Close by is People Productions (1737 15th St. - Suite 200), a company with more than 20 years of experience in transforming any vision into a digital masterpiece whether your needs are, film, photography or web or interactive. Whatever the service or retailer, SoDa businesses are run by consummate professionals with decades of experience. Take the 15 Street Studio (1708 15th St.), a 25 year veteran of SoDa, offering specialty framing and art gallery. The Pita Pit (on the corner of 15th and Arapahoe) is a wonderful alternative to fast food restaurants — a place with great tasting food that’s healthy, fresh and still served fast.
Ready to plan the vacation of your dreams? Let the travel destination specialists at James TravelPoints (1750 14th St.) owned by local brothers Don and Andy James, make all of the arrangements.From corporate to leisure, they have been sending Boulderites abroad since 1957. Before your travels, make sure that all of your footwear is in the best possible shape at Perry’s Shoe Shop (1711 15th St.), open since 1922 in Boulder,where you can resole, re-shorn or just pick up some laces. Owner George Perry is a second generation cobbler and brings his over 30 years of expertise to the happiness of your feet.
For all your courier needs, let Boulder/Denver Couriers (1722 14th St, #105) get that document across town or across the state. Utilizing a fleet of bicycle, car and bus couriers, Denver Boulder Couriers is able to handle all of your delivery needs, from small to large items, rush delivery to next-day delivery.
The Dushanbe Teahouse (1770 13th St.) is a must-see for all visitors and one look inside should tell you why. The carvings, made from over 40 artisans in Boulder’s sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, astound the eyes and the selection of brews and food will tantalize your taste buds. During the spring & summer months on Wednesdays and Saturdays, SoDa is pulsing with people and excitement as they navigate 13th Street’s tree -lined corridor as farmers and their foods are lovingly displayed at the Boulder County Farmers’ Market (13th Street from Canyon to Arapahoe). From their multi-ethnic food court, where you can find delectable creations from Fast Eddie’s Chicago Dogs to Sister’s Pantries divine Asian dumplings, the market dishes up whatever your palate desires. This freshness fair brings the best in local and statewide meat and produce to fabulous foothill dwellers twice a week: Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. While you’re on 13th street visit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (1750 13th St.) which has provided local, regional, national and international artists with a significant venue as well as. Reopening in May with a refurbished, fresh look, it hosts classes,events and shows all year long.
For the Pièce de résistance and a chunk of even more Boulder flavor, spend your Saturday evenings with the Boulder Outdoor Cinema, showing the best films in an ‘only in Boulder’ setting all summer long (located behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art). Bring a chair, a bean bag, some blankets and plenty of friends and catch a flick under the stars. Who knows, there may be live music, trivia and prizes while you wait! From contemporary businesses with out-of-the box approaches to fresh, healthy food that your taste buds will savor and a variety of entertainment options which can only be found in the heart of the city, take some time to get to know the South Downtown Area.