Shopping Local during the Holiday Season in Boulder, Colorado

Posted on November 25, 2014

Expedia Viewfinder partnered with Downtown Boulder to showcase some of the older and newer locally owned shops open for business this season.

’Tis the season for holiday shopping at small, local businesses. At Expedia Viewfinder, we believe in supporting the local community during our travels, and purchasing local goods is an easy way to do so. Choosing to shop local is a socially responsible decision. It helps serve the community by reducing environmental impacts, supporting non-profit organizations, and creating local jobs.

As buyers begin drafting their holiday wish lists, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to partner with Downtown Boulder to highlight some of its locally owned shops. From one of the oldest family-run business in town, Starr’s Clothing, to two of the more recent additions to the shopping scene, Island Farm and Cedar & Hyde Mercantile, there are a number of boutiques downtown where visitors can stock up on unique gifts, apparel, and accessories this winter:

Starr's Clothing Co.

Starr's Clothing Co. is located on Pearl Street’s East End. Family-owned for four generations, Starr's has been a Colorado favorite since 1914. Back in the day, the shop sold work clothes for miners and trendy attire for residents, and today it presents a variety of “lifestyle clothing.” Starr's was one of the first jean stores for women in Boulder in the early 1980s, and denim continues to be a large part of their signature style offerings. Celebrating its 100th year in business, the seasoned shop has maintained its friendly service and wide selection of goods over the years, appealing to generations of customers looking to embrace Colorado’s casual yet cool lifestyle.

Island Farm

Opened in April 2013, Island Farm is an exciting addition to the shopping scene downtown. Inspired by the alluring ambience of Martha's Vineyard, this youthful shop strives to offer one-of-a-kind items that stir up a sense of nostalgia. Gathering goods from trips to antique shops, flea markets, and trade shows around the world, the buyers at Island Farm have brought a global selection of nostalgic goodness to the Pearl Street Mall. Browse the original jewelry, home décor, accessories, and apparel, which exude effortless, whimsical style at this new shop in town.


Cedar & Hyde Mercantile

In October 2013, sisters Christie and Poss Lambert opened Cedar & Hyde Mercantile. As one of the newer storefronts in downtown Boulder’s West End district, it features a variety of items, from regional drink mixes, jewelry, stationary, and skincare products to American-made denim and exquisite Turkish rugs. Inspiration for their ethically made goods comes from wood, cedar, hide, and other natural materials. Cedar & Hyde is a true mercantile in that it offers an assortment of events in addition to its large product selection. The newly opened shop hosts wine tastings, calligraphy workshops, trunk shows, and even happy hours for moms. Head down to 10th Street in downtown Boulder’s West End to find some unique treasures and holiday gifts.

While traveling in Boulder this winter, beeline to a wonderful variety of locally owned shops in downtown to find trinkets and treasures for all your holiday shopping needs. From the perfect stocking stuffers to ideal gifts for eight days of celebration, these small businesses won’t disappoint.

Expedia Staff Writer

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