(Image: MomentuM on 16th & Pearl St.)
The wait is over! I know you have been dying to hear the second half of my East End explorations and the time has finally come. When I last blogged, I had made it as far as the scent-ual experience that is Boxcar Coffee Roasters and Cured. One might not believe that cheese, meat, wine, and coffee could all come together in one delightful aroma, but it certainly does.
As I reluctantly walked away from the tantalizing scents, I decided to give my eyes something to savor too. Last year, Buffalo Exchange moved to its new location on the East End and it could not be a better fit. It has always been a fun store with a retro, yet contemporary, (still funky) sort of vibe, but they have really taken their new space to the next level. There are racks of clothes and shoes in a variety of styles for both ladies and gentlemen, as well as some of the most unique accessories to layer on top. And in case you weren’t sure about the “exchange” in their name, you can bring in your gently used or unwanted clothes and trade them in for either cash or store credit.
Another fun place to shop for unique and fashionable clothing is Lilli. A sister store to Violette just across Pearl Street, Lilli strives for a casual and funky look to compliment the more classy fashions available at Violette. Lilli’s clothes have a feminine look that is just the right amount of girly and casual to work with anyone’s style. Along with clothing for the young adult audience, there is an adorable little girl’s section where there is never a shortage of pink, tutus, or fairy wings. I would highly recommend talking to the friendly staff and let them help you find a great new dress for spring. You deserve it!
There is always some special occasion coming up that merits a gift, but it is never easy to find that perfect present. Allow me to introduce MomentuM. Fair trade is the name of their game and it has never looked better than it does at this inviting and vibrant shop. The worldly music gets you in the spirit to check out the trinkets, clothes, jewelry, toys, kitchen ware, and other hand-crafted items from various corners of the world. Each item also contains a tag cluing you in to where the item was made and the background on the person who made it. You can have a clear conscience when buying any gift here; that is, if you decide you even want to give it away anymore.
If you are like me and somehow manage to work up an appetite while shopping, then go no further than Snooze. Snooze made its way to the East End last year and I have yet to see a short waiting line on any given weekend. I suppose this is because of their phenomenal pancake menu, or the five unique ways they can serve up hollandaise, or maybe the way it feels like you’re in some sort of space ship eating an out-of-this-world breakfast. Point being, Snooze is always hopping for a reason and you should join the movement.
I feel as though I was exploring the East End for hours, poking around the awesome stores, talking to super friendly people (thanks for answering all my questions!), smelling so many delicious foods and coffees, and yet I didn’t even get to make it into every store or restaurant. I hope I have given you all a reason to go beyond the bricks and see that not every east side should induce a panic attack. For all the restaurants and shopping venues you could ever want, click here and I hope to see you on the east side soon.
And as promised, I hope you’re ready to la bamba on over to Boulder Theater this Friday Mimi Mather, because you just won two free tickets to see Los Lobos! Congratulations Mimi!