My Crash Course in All Things Downtown Boulder

Posted on February 27, 2014

Oh, hello there!

Kierra, here! As you may or may not know already, I have been here at Downtown Boulder for the week and it has been an awesome experience! I’m not sure how much Intern Molly has told you, so here’s a little blurb about me: I am a Denverite, born and raised, although you might not guess that were you to solely base that guess on my body’s increasing intolerance to these Colorado winters. It’s quite sad, really – although, I suppose it’s only normal, considering that I attend Pepperdine University eight months out of the year in Malibu, a place devoid of any signs that four seasons actually exist in our world (there was that one time that I saw a single leaf fall from a palm tree). Make no mistake, though; rain or shine (blizzard or flash summer, more appropriately), when I found out that I had the opportunity to participate in a week long marketing internship in Boulder, I knew I had to apply! There’s no place quite like Colorado, in my 100% correct opinion, and if there is one city that I regret having not explored as much as I should have, it’s Boulder. You can imagine my excitement when Terri Takata-Smith, Downtown Boulder's Director of Marketing and my wonderful “externship” host, informed me that my first assignment was to accompany Intern Molly on a tour of the entire Downtown Boulder area.

We grabbed our purses and stepped out on to Pearl Street (fortunately, it was one of Colorado’s happy days and we were comfortable in our light jackets). Where to go first? I looked across the street from our suite on Broadway and saw Ku Cha House of Tea, a lovely little place where I had a tea with a dear friend; beyond that and the Starbucks down the street, I can honestly say I haven’t been much anywhere on Pearl Street. So we started walking down towards the West End and thought we’d circle back around. Our first stop was at Island Farm to drop off some brochures; we then made our way past the “bricks,” as Molly referred to Pearl Street (local jargon, yes!). Molly is an awesome tour guide, and she was careful to point out some of the famous eating spots – Rio and Pasta Jay’s, I’m coming for you soon, and I’m bringing friends!

Speaking of places where you want to bring everyone and their moms… Piece, Love & Chocolate? Tears of joy, people. I was ready to end the tour right then and there and spend the afternoon devouring all chocolate in sight, but alas, there was so much more to see!

We then headed over to Two Hands Paperie, a gorgeously arranged shop selling every thing made out of paper that you could ever want. Yet again, I could have spent the entire day in this store. That’s the beauty of Downtown Boulder; every place is a little treasure chest, and you can see the hard work that these business owners put into perfectly placing each item so that each patron leaves their stores having embarked on his/her own mini scavenger hunt.

As we headed back down the West End and onto the bricks, I could not help but notice some interesting features popping out from my surroundings. Wow, literally everyone is wearing Patagonia and North Face jackets, I thought. And I’ve never seen so many Subaru Outbacks in my life… I brought it up to Molly and she chuckled knowingly. Apparently owning a Subaru isn’t as cool where she is from; quite the different story here in Boulder! Even as a Colorado native, it really is a funny thing to see these harmless stereotypes come to life, especially since I know many residents that proudly don their active gear whenever they get the chance. Such lively culture in Boulder– so diverse and yet everyone is somehow bound by a mutual love for food, the outdoors, and experiencing life to its fullest!

I am still in awe of just how many businesses fit into this 49-block area. I feel as if there is still so much more to explore, but I think we made a decent dent in the feat! Walking down into the East End, Molly introduced me to gems like the hipster hangout that is The Cup, the classic wine and cheese shop with an earthy twist called Cured, and Starr's Clothing Co., a.k.a. my dream closet. One of my favorites was definitely Bliss, a huge boutique that will have you convinced that you accidentally walked into Pinterest. It had this intentional messiness about it – that same scavenger hunt feel that I mentioned before.

Now that I think about it, almost all of the businesses we visited share this quality, and it’s a quality that I deeply appreciate about Downtown Boulder. Every store is a fun conglomeration of things from all over the world; each item is uniquely awesome on its own, and yet somehow even more awesome when they’re all gathered together in one place.

Hmm… that reminds me of a city I’ve been to recently. :)

Thanks for reading!

-    Kierra (The Temporary Intern)

Thank you to everyone at Downtown Boulder for having me and making this week one to remember!

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