Downtown Business Spotlights
Local is more than a place - it is who we are. Downtown Boulder business owners are passionate, resilient and creative entrepreneurs. They are world travelers and community organizers. They are the connectors, the innovators and the leaders. They are the friends that know you when you walk in the door. Let’s take some time and learn about them. These are their stories.
Featured Small Businesses
Two Sole Sisters
“I once had someone say that Two Sole Sisters is the equivalent of a barber’s shop. You go in and they know about your family wedding or your kid’s bat mitzvah. They celebrate life’s moments with you. And that’s what we really strive for - we aren’t just selling a pair of shoes, but we are building a relationship.”
More Small Businesses
“What sets us apart today is our commitment to sustainable design and responsible manufacturing. When it comes to production, Sherpani is an industry leader in the use of recycled fabrics, non-toxic dyes, fair labor agreements and chemical restrictions."
Old Barrel Tea Company
“When I first visited the store in New Mexico, I was blown away by how creative, delicious and healthy tea blends can be."
Christine Marguerite Designs
“Christine Marguerite Designs creates custom jewelry pieces, with everything done in-house. We manufacture all components locally using ethically sourced materials from metals to gemstones.”
"Since we began, we’ve brought in a ton of local brands and served as a launchpad for local artisans. We focus on selling Boulder local and Colorado local as much as possible.”
“I view yoga as cross-training for life, which means it doesn’t always need to be extremely intense. It’s a workout for the mind as well as the body.”
“Our kitchen staff is 100% female, first-generation Mexican descent. We are incredibly proud of our staff and our ability to deliver authentic, great tasting food.”
“Everything is made fresh the day of, and Jay treats every customer like family. Some of the menu items are named after individuals that have been coming here for 30 years."
"The Hotel Boulderado was essential in Boulder’s early development and helped it become the thriving city it remains today. It’s not a building you drive by that you’ve seen in 20 other locations, it’s so unique and such an integrated part of the community."
Color Me Mine
"So many guests have become friends. It's truly amazing! I get to watch guests' little ones grow up right before my eyes. A day at the studio never feels like work."
Ruthies Boardwalk Social
“I want to make people feel the best parts of being at the beach when they are at Ruthies - kind people, quick service and good food. Someone can come in and get the same sandwich and outstanding service every time.”
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
“Our goal is to mirror the purpose of the gift. We want to provide a bridge between cultures and offer the opportunity to taste foods from around the world, trying to stay true to traditional recipes.”
The New Local
“The concept for my nonprofit is really a love letter to local women artists. I am so passionate about cultivating Boulder’s identity as a creative center."
Art Source International
“We now sell thousands of different types of art and puzzles. There are only a handful of antique galleries left in the country, and we are honored to be among the largest with only room to grow.”
"The concept for the restaurant is very chef-driven and focused on locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. We work closely with local farms, which by extension makes the menu very seasonal."
"With a stunning rooftop bar and multiple levels of open seating, Avanti invites groups to come together in one location while enjoying different meals."
Frasca Food and Wine
“Frasca is a community-style restaurant. You can come in any day and sit at the bar to order pasta, or you can dine from our four-course menu to celebrate a special occasion."
“As soon as we moved here, we lived and breathed the Boulder community. With my youngest child attending CU as well, the theme for the store came together."
Cedar & Hyde
“When we were designing the brand, we wanted to focus on sourcing from small artisans. Their products carry such a special energy and are infused with so much love and care."
"While there is so much rich history to honor within the business, there are also exciting transitions happening as we continue to evolve.”
"I begin every session with a deep dive into each client’s unique relationship with their skin. We tie everything from early aging to adult acne into what is first going on under the surface.”
"The best feeling in the world is watching women walk out of my dressing rooms with huge smiles knowing that they look and feel beautiful."
Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary & Supply
"The store is really a place to get people excited about botanical medicine and inspired about environmentalism. You don’t have to have a background in botany to shop here - we offer something for everyone."
Terracotta Plant Shop
"Terracotta has evolved into far more than just a plant store - we sell body care, home goods and operate a small cafe inside. In addition, we are starting a workshop program in the store."
“We are really a melting pot of Mexican cuisine. We look to Mexican culture to guide our ingredients and style of cooking.”
Savvy on Pearl
“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is that I can really listen and respond to customers’ needs. What I sell now is completely different from what I sold when I first opened my doors."
"Our brand really resonates with Boulder because we offer needed functionality with sought-after style, perfect for anything from outdoor recreation to indoor relaxation."
“Meaningful activity is evidence-based to be a central tenant to mental recovery. By providing a sense of positive purpose to others, Mindful Works can help transform the Boulder community.”
"I fell in love with resale as a career path and lifestyle. I was drawn to the sustainability and the accessibility of fashion through the buy-sell-trade channel. I decided that this was what I wanted to do.”
"First and foremost, our goal is to cultivate a space for the community where everyone feels welcome."
“When you purchase items at Gypsy Jewel, you are building a chain from an artist sitting in a shop in Kathmandu, or a weaver in the ancient streets of Riga Latvia. You are wearing pieces crafted from artisans around the world.”
West End Tavern
"Our most impressive collection is that of our whiskey - over 200 bottles worth. From bourbon to scotch, we have almost any whiskey you could imagine, along with specialty small-batch craft releases.”
“We love when customers tell us we are one of their favorite places to shop because one of our main focus areas is on providing personalized customer service. We are able to offer individualized advice and help customers find the best shoe for their needs.”
“I really believe healthy democracy is rooted in local communities. To be a better society, we need to support our local businesses with solutions that allow success to flow down rather than up."
Jones + CO
"Our customers can feel confident they are supporting social and sustainable causes when they shop at our store."
Clean Your Dirty Face
"All CYDF products are all-natural and free of toxins. I am passionate about how important what we put on, and in our bodies, is for our overall health."
Capital One Café
“It’s a space where you can focus on personal or community growth, find ways to simplify your finances, or kick back and relax in comfy spaces - all with your favorite coffee drink and snack in hand.”
"My guiding star has always been the customer - we want people to come into the store and find items they are excited about.”
Blo Blow Dry Bar
"We are a great option for those seeking to outsource hair maintenance. An hour or so of pampering really helps with self-care!”
Lindsay's Boulder Deli at Haagen Dazs
"I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to transform this place into something special, while still preserving its heritage.”
R Gallery + Wine Bar
"We host art talks, poetry nights and really provide a space for the community to celebrate local artists.”
“I’ve run boutiques in LA and New York, but I wanted to return home to Boulder where I had lived most of my teenage years. When I saw Elison Rd. open, I knew it was just what Pearl Street needed - and I knew I wanted to be part of it.”
Boulder Book Store
“You’re not just there to hear what the author has to say. You are there to engage with the people around you and learn new things about others and yourself. The bookstore is an environment that promotes dialogue.”
Shear Abby Salon
"For my business, Boulder is the perfect spot. It’s become such a hub for destination weddings, and I’ve been fortunate to build up my reputation as a specialist in that area."
“One of my favorite parts of my job is that I learn something new every day. Even with a graduate degree in gemology, I am constantly blown away by the items that walk into our store."
"Peppercorn is like an independently owned and operated department store on the Mall - we are such a unique space that has remained true to itself for over 35 years.”
Barbara & Company
"We can style you and help you make decisions based on past purchases. Our goal is for everyone to walk out of the store with something that looks good on them and lasts for many years.”
Art + Soul
“Every day I fall more in love with sparkly things. This business has really developed into my personal passion.”
Front Range Anglers
“We are a 3,000 square foot fly fishing only shop with an extremely experienced staff of experts in the industry.”
Boulder Olive Oil Company
“I want to use business to foster good in really concrete ways. All Lost City operations donate a large portion of their profits to advancing food security and assisting refugees."
"Our mission is to bring in a variety of jewelry lines from individual designers - primarily handcrafted and with a focus on Colorado-based artists. The goal is to really promote the spirit of the artists."