Downtown Boulder Blog
Please note that blogs are listed in chronological order. Individual post dates can be found at the top left corner of each post.
A Heart to Heart: The Values of Local Businesses Downtown
Local businesses, like Apocalypse, Boulder Olive Oil Company, BCFM and Hurdle’s Jewelry, thrive downtown because of their values and their unwavering dedication towards supporting and welcoming the Boulder community. Learn more about what it takes to run a local business!
Take a Sneak Peak Into Downtown Boulder’s Annual Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival
The Tulip Fairy and Elf Fest is the perfect way for you and your loved ones to get out of the house and to celebrate the start of spring in Boulder. Swing by this Sunday, April 23 from 1 - 5 pm for free live performances, community activities, volunteering and more!
‘Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History’ at the Museum of Boulder
The Museum of Boulder's upcoming exhibit - 'Proclaiming Colorado's Black History' - will share Black Colorado stories from Black perspectives. The three year project began in 2021, with the exhibit planned to open in September 2023. Follow along as we update you throughout the exhibit development!
See You Around the Mall Downtown!
As my time with the Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) wraps up, I want to reflect on my experience. I’m sad to leave such an amazing team, but thankfully I live in town and can easily visit all the shops, restaurants and everyone else who keeps the 49 block district running. I have loved exploring old and new spots, as well as giving you the inside scoop on events and holidays! Every event, blog and social media post that I have created has been a great journey and an experience that I’ll never forget.
The Significance of Native American Heritage Month
As November draws to a close, it is important to understand the significance of Native American Heritage Month and the ongoing effort to learn about Native American history. This month celebrates and gives acknowledgement to many of the indigenous tribes across the nation.
Thanksgiving Dining Made Easy
As we get closer to Thanksgiving, the thought of creating a meal might be stressful to some, but fear not! We have several restaurants downtown who want to share their love and joy of Thanksgiving prep with you. So find a place you love, relax with some food and drinks and have a great Thanksgiving!
Halloween Happenings This Week
As many of us know, this week contains numerous events that culminate on Sunday with a few tricks and a lot of treats! From Munchkin Masquerade to a Speakeasy Halloween party, there are many events happening this weekend to dress up and enjoy a few nights of ghoulish fun.
This week I decided to explore some shops that are along the beautiful stretch of downtown. Even as someone who grew up in Boulder and around downtown, there are so many shops that I have never been to before. This week I decided to stop by some that caught my eye as I was walking around or ones that I have had my eye on to visit for a long time and I thought I’d share them with you!
Restaurants I Grew Up Eating at and Love!
We all like a good throw back to reminisce on our younger days, right? Well today, just in time for Throwback Thursday, I want to share a few of my personal favorite restaurants that I’ve either been going to since I was in elementary school when my dad worked at the Boulder Theater or that I discovered in high school.
Two Places You Should Grab a Bite to Eat at
There are many places to grab a bite along the four blocks of the Pearl Street Mall and even more delicious places along the East and West End districts. Today, I’m sharing two of my favorites. The first place is an old favorite of mine ( I used to go there all the time in high school with my friends) and the other is a new-to-me place that I can see myself returning to again and again in the future.
Hey Boulder, It's Cash
My name is Cash and I’m the Downtown Boulder Partnership’s fall intern. I have lived in Boulder for a large portion of my life and love downtown Boulder and its treasures. I am currently a Senior at CU Denver studying Communication with a minor in Sociology and a Certificate in Strategic Communications.
Farewell Downtown Boulder!
Unfortunately, this will be the last time I’m writing to you as my summer internship wraps up. In the last few months, I’ve had a fantastic time trying new places around downtown Boulder and learning more about the awesome people that make up the Boulder community. I have been fortunate enough to pick up lots of real-world experience while getting to work in our beautiful downtown district.
My Awesome First Experience at Bands on the Bricks
Last week I finally attended the event I have been excited about all summer, Bands on the Bricks. This was the first time I had ever attended an event like this, and I had an absolute blast! I got to see the Eagles cover band, The Long Run, perform. While I didn’t and still don’t know many Eagles songs, the Long Run put on an awesome show that people of all ages enjoyed!
My Perfect Day in Boulder
Since I came to Boulder almost two years ago I’ve had so many awesome experiences downtown! I’d normally say that one day to experience all of the amazing restaurants, shops and outdoor activities is just not enough but, I wanted to try to narrow it down so that if you only had one day, here are my top recommendations of the best way to spend one perfect day in downtown Boulder.
7 Things Must-Do Activities in Downtown this Summer
Summertime is here which means it is time to get outside and enjoy all the amazing things that downtown Boulder has to offer. This is my first summer in Boulder and I’m looking forward to taking in all of the super fun events and taking advantage of the range of outdoor activities available in Boulder.
Organic Sandwich Co: Downtown Boulder's Go-to Spot for a Fresh, Delicious Sandwich
This week, I stopped by the delicious breakfast and lunch restaurant Organic Sandwich Co, on the East End. As someone who loves sandwiches and has seen the menu numerous times while walking around downtown, I was extremely excited to finally try one of their mouth watering creations.
The Downtown Boulder Guide to Father's Day
Father’s Day is here, and it is time to celebrate the dependable and loving dads in our lives. It is time reserved to spend time with close family and appreciate everything that dads do for us. On Father’s Day, my family and I always get outside to enjoy the sunshine, whether playing catch with my dad and brothers, golfing or having a family barbecue.
My Experience at Tasty Iconic Downtown Restaurant: Foolish Craig's
This week I checked out the iconic Boulder breakfast and lunch spot, Foolish Craig’s. I had heard about Foolish Craig’s delicious crepes and locally famous Corned Beef Hash since arriving on campus last year, so I was excited to experience it in person!
School's Out: Where to Take your Kids in Downtown Boulder this Summer
Summertime is right around the corner, which means the end of the school year is here. Kids are ready to put their books down, get off of Zoom and start taking advantage of gorgeous weather in Boulder by playing outside and getting together with friends.
A Downtown Guide to Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times to get together with family and friends to enjoy beautiful weather and eat delicious food. I am excited to experience my first Memorial Day in Boulder because of the fantastic weather, scenery and food options that contribute to making downtown Boulder the perfect place to spend a long weekend!
Where to Be Your Most Productive Self in Downtown Boulder
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up our lives in more ways than one. One of the new normals we have had to adapt to is changing workspaces. While working from home seems ideal at first, it can quickly drain you of motivation and leave you dreading work.
Soak Up the Sun in Downtown Boulder
With warmer temperatures and blooming tulips, it has become more and more enticing to spend all day outside. One of the most fun ways to spend time outside is… you guessed it… on a rooftop! Downtown Boulder has a variety of rooftops and patios to choose from so you can sit outside and soak up the sun, all while enjoying great food and drinks.
Downtown Boulder is Here for You
The devastation of the past week has created a need for the Boulder community to support each other more than ever. The tragic events that unfolded have taken a toll on us all, and I want to use this blog to offer resources to help you cope through these trying times, as well as to update you on what the downtown Boulder community is doing to help.
Downtown Boulder is With You Through Sun and Snow
As I’m sure many of us know, downtown Boulder got quite a bit of snow this past weekend. I am personally a big fan of snow days, but I know a lot of people dread them (along with the shoveling that accompanies them). I am here to give you a few ideas of how downtown Boulder can help you prepare for future snowy weekends so you have a little bit more fun, and to give you ideas of what to do once it gets warm again.
How to Do St. Patty's Day... Downtown Boulder Style
It is mid-March which means one of my favorite holidays is right around the corner… St. Patrick’s Day! I always love seeing people and towns turn green, with smiles on their faces. To me, St. Patrick's Day always marks the start of Spring, whether it be 10 degrees and snowing or 50 degrees and sunny. In this blog, I will give you ideas of ways to celebrate in either circumstance!
A Downtown Boulder Date: Day or Night
I get to do a lot of fun things for my job. In addition to my most favorite thing, which is visiting businesses in downtown and catching up with staff or just saying hi, I have the opportunity to get creative with the ways we interact with our businesses and the general public.
Terri's Favorite Things
It’s Terri...Downtown Boulder’s VP of Marketing. It’s my pleasure to present my version of Oprah’s Favorite Things. Now, don’t get too excited...I’m no Oprah! But, I’ll do my best to inspire you - because, we can all use a little inspiration right now! This year’s theme as we enter the holiday season is similar to years prior BUT so much more important right now….local, local, local.
For the Love of Local Restaurants
I’m Mariel Kramer, Events Coordinator with Downtown Boulder, and I’m very excited to be joining you all here in the blogosphere!
One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to play an active role in building community in our public places by creating shared and inclusive experiences for locals and travelers alike.
One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to play an active role in building community in our public places by creating shared and inclusive experiences for locals and travelers alike.
Let’s Take Care of Ourselves & Each Other
Julie here - DBP’s Marketing and Comm. Coordinator - in case you didn’t remember ;) This week, I want to call attention to World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Saturday, October 10. World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
How to Enjoy Bands Above The Bricks This Summer - Virtually!
This Wednesday kicks off the first ever virtual Bands Above The Bricks concert series, and I have a few tips for everyone to enjoy these virtual concerts to the max! Bands Above The Bricks is a summer classic in downtown Boulder, so the shows aren’t going to stop just because of COVID-19.
Best of Boulder 2020 Recap
Boulder Weekly has rounded up the best Boulder cuisine for 2020 and the results are hard to argue with! Ranking everything from best veggie burger to the best fine dining, the list has both classic spots that you’re sure to recognize and some new contenders that’ll help you expand your foodie experience.
The History of Alfalfa's
When I started my sophomore year at CU Boulder, my best friend and I quickly discovered Alfalfa’s was the perfect spot to study for the math class we were in together. Located right in between our houses and fairly close to campus, the store was a great place to meet up and do homework or walk to after class for a quick snack.
How To Spend A Summer Day in Downtown Boulder
Summer is (and will forever be) my favorite season, and there is no better place to spend a summer day than strolling through downtown Boulder! Not only are there countless shops and restaurants to pop into, but nothing beats the sunshine and light breeze that accompany a Boulder summer.
Virtual Events from Downtown Boulder
The effects of coronavirus have definitely interfered with day-to-day life, but that doesn’t mean downtown Boulder has completely shut down. I’ve hunted down some of the best virtual events so that you can continue to experience the magic of downtown Boulder from the comfort of your home.
Brunch is My Middle Name
The trend of “brunching” has been lively over the past few years. From finding t-shirts that say “Brunch Squad,” “Viva la Brunch"....brunch seems to be everywhere. I happen to love brunch myself, and as an avid breakfast-food lover I have taken it upon myself to detail the best brunches in the downtown district!
Let Them Eat Cake!
I don’t know about you, but I happen to know a handful of people with birthdays at the end of August and early September. My sister just had her birthday, and she is coming to visit me this weekend from Dallas, so I plan on having a mini belated birthday celebration for her! I just need a cake...
Back to School Essentials
It can be stressful to think about all the upcoming assignments and tests so shift your thinking to all the good things that come with a new school year, such as new friends, new knowledge, and new school supplies! I have put together a list of Back to School Essentials that will help you thrive this school year...
Downtown Boulder… Will You Accept This Rose?
I am someone that loves reality television, and one of my favorite shows to watch is The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The finale is this week and I am so eager to see who Hannah will give the final rose to. To prepare for this monumental television event, you need to stop by some downtown Boulder shops to get some Bachelorette essentials.
Used is Better
In recent years the act of “thrifting” has become hugely popular. The used items trend could be attributed to Macklemore’s 2012 hit song “Thrift Shop”, the hipster fashion craze, or the influential green movement. Whatever the reason, thrifting has become one of my favorite things to do.
Cure to the Boulder Gloominess… Caffeine!
The weather in May is always unpredictable, yet instead of embracing it, I continue to be surprised and upset every year when I see rain and snow in the forecast. I am usually a morning person, but it has been really hard to leave my bed these past couple of weeks. Luckily, I am a coffee addict and I have a couple of go-to shops that feed my addiction to make my days much less groggy.
Greetings Loved Ones... Let's Take a Journey
Greetings Boulderites and visitors alike, my name is Lee Yamakawa and I am Downtown Boulder Partnership’s new Marketing and Communications spring intern. I am currently a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder, majoring in Communication with a minor in Leadership Studies.
Farewell Downtown Boulder!
As fall semester begins to come to an end so does my internship here at Downtown Boulder. This will be my last blog post as an intern! I cannot believe how fast this semester and my internship went by. I am walking away having learned tons of new skills. I’ve met a lot of amazing people and gotten to experience many of the great attributes of working downtown! I am just finishing up first semester of my junior year at CU Boulder, next I will be exploring Europe and studying abroad in Prague for the spring semester.
The Best of the Best Holiday Window Displays Downtown
It is really starting to feel like the holidays here in downtown Boulder. After a great kick off to the holiday season with Switch on the Holidays, the grand illumination of the Pearl Street Mall, it's beginning to feel like the most wonderful time of the year! Along with festive lights and the holidays fast approaching comes show stopping window displays! I love strolling downtown this time of year for the sole reason of looking at the beautiful holiday displays the stores downtown have created. I wanted to showcase the best of the best of the best this year so all of you can see for yourselves the craftsmanship that goes into curating these festive displays.
Today I am Grateful
This time of the year always inspires me to step back and reflect on things that I am grateful for. This year especially I am grateful to the downtown Boulder community for curating an environment unlike anywhere else, some place that truly feels like home. I feel privileged to live in such an incredible community where there is something for everyone to enjoy, an abundance of delicious food and drink options, events that bring the community together, and a beautiful city to learn and create in. I want to highlight five things downtown that I am grateful for and embody the lively downtown community.
Lovin' the Local
Growing up in Boulder is an experience I wouldn't trade for the world. One amazingly unique feature about downtown and the surrounding community is the emphasis on supporting local businesses. Downtown Boulder has an abundance of locally owned shops and restaurants that have established a loyal customer base and have helped encourage the idea of shopping and dining locally. The term “Love the Local” has been coined to inspire residents and visitors to shop and dine locally.
A Day on The East End
The East End of the Pearl Street Mall is home to diverse businesses, unique shops and delicious dining options. The East End offers a one-of-a-kind experience to downtown Boulder, something you don’t want to miss out. I wanted to highlight some of my favorite places on the East End, these awesome spots are surely some of downtown Boulders hidden gems!
Winter is Coming!
Wintertime on the Pearl Street Mall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The bricks dusted in snow and the sleepy atmosphere of the mall make for a scene that looks like it belongs on a postcard. While many believe the prime time to enjoy downtown Boulder is during the warmer seasons, winter offers many fun, cozy, indoor activities that everyone can enjoy.
One thing downtown Boulder is definitely known for is its eclectic dining scene. I feel so lucky to live in a place where restaurants offer fresh food from local farms, a variety of cuisine types, talented chefs and innovative restaurateurs who make dining downtown an exciting, special and memorable experience. I wanted to highlight my favorite places ranging from cozy breakfast spots, classic American pubs to elegant fine dining experiences and everything in between!
On Friday night the undefeated Buffs are set to take on the UCLA Bruins at 7pm. But before another exciting home game at Folsom Field you don’t want to miss out on the Stampede happening on Thursday night! The Pearl Street Stampede is the perfect way to show your support for the Buffs and get excited for upcoming games!
Girls' Night Out Itinerary
Ladies this Thursday, September 20th from 5 pm to 8 pm grab your BFFs, co-workers, family members and head downtown for our second annual Girls’ Night Out! There will be over 30 downtown retailers participating in the event that will treat you to in-store special prizes, free tastings and more!
A Freshman's Guide to Downtown Boulder
As I head into my senior year at CU I can’t help but to think about how excited and nervous all the incoming freshmen will be. I remember those days like it was only yesterday! Now that I’m getting older-ish I am ready to sprinkle my wisdom and knowledge onto the next generation of young Buffs.
The Dushanbe Teahouse: Boulder's Hidden Gem
The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is one of Boulder’s most unique attractions. The story that lies behind the teahouse is one that symbolizes years of friendship between two cities on opposite sides of the globe. The teahouse was built by hand in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in 1987 and then was gifted to Boulder.
Calling All Pizza Lovers
Pizza is probably my number one favorite food. I’m never not in the mood for pizza. Any kind of pizza, simple or gourmet, thin or thick crust, I will eat it! I guess I’m just a sucker for any food item that includes cheese and bread. I’ve scoped out some of my favorite pizza spots in downtown Boulder to review for all of you to try.
Bands on the Bricks Newbie
Last week I finally got to experience Bands On The Bricks, and let me tell you it was a lot of fun! I had two of my pals tag along and we headed straight for the beer garden for some of the renowned Rio margaritas. Then we settled in near the front of the beer garden for a prime view of the show
Time for Taco Tuesday!
In honor of it being Tuesday, I found it appropriate for my blog post this week to be centered around “Taco Tuesday”. Taco Tuesday is a popular event that happens in Boulder just each and every week, so might as well enjoy it right? The drink and food deals happening downtown are one’s that can’t be missed.
See You Later Downtown Boulder!
I truly cannot believe I am at the end of this experience with Downtown Boulder and my college career. What a treat it was to work with this wonderful organization in my last internship as an undergrad. The passion and dedication of the team I worked with will ruin me forever as I search for an job with the same warm and charismatic culture as the Downtown Boulder Partnership.
5 Things To Do This Summer in Downtown Boulder
I think it's safe to say that most people’s favorite time of year is summer and I would definitely qualify as one of those people. I’m not sure if it’s the nostalgia of summer break as a kid, or if it’s the beautiful weather, but we can all appreciate a nice, gorgeous summer day.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere!
Everyone loves a good happy hour, including me (see picture above)! Whenever the weather is nice or I’ve had a looong day, downtown’s happy hours call my name (and for those of you who don’t know, we have some pretty good ones to choose from)! The competition was tough, but I’ve managed to pull together my TOP 3 favorite happy hours…
Farewell to Downtown Boulder!
As this fall semester has come to a fast and unexpected close, so has my internship with Downtown Boulder. After these last four months of interning here, I am happy to be able to walk away with some real-life experience under my belt. As a senior, I will be graduating this upcoming May and (hopefully) begin my post-grad life as a young professional soonafter! I am thankful that this internship has given me an opportunity to get a hands-on glimpse and head start towards my future.
Shoulder to Shoulder We Will Fight!
Happy Friday to all on this lovely, warm, Boulder day. After long work days, late nights and stressful weeks, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is thankful that it’s Friday. Not only is it Friday, it’s a Friday before a CU football game, which means it’s time for the Pearl Street Stampede!
Pearl Street's OG Businesses
Just six days into the month of August, the Pearl Street Mall will be turning forty! The Mall is a lively and continuously evolving attraction, and it is only right that we pay tribute to some of the businesses that have blessed the Pearl Street Mall and the blocks adjacent for the duration of its forty years.
Photographers Guide to Downtown Boulder
In the age of the smartphone and Instagram filters, everyone is basically a professional photographer! We have compiled a list of the most aesthetically pleasing spots around downtown Boulder for you to reference next time you want to rack up the "likes" or improve your Pinterest page, if that’s more your style.
Bands on the Bricks Celebrates 20 Summers of Music
Downtown Boulder’s premier summer music series, Bands on the Bricks kicked off last week, celebrating its 20th anniversary! In the approaching week, Last Men On Earth will be blessing the bricks on the 21st with a plethora of classic cuts from the 70s 80s and 90s.