Ramble on Pearl
When Andy and Connie Minden first moved to town 13 years ago, they fell in love with everything Boulder has to offer - from scenic views to small businesses. But there were opportunities missing for their daughter who had just graduated out of the school system - and so they decided to do something about it.
Ramble on Pearl (selling active lifestyle clothing and accessories, including local brands like Sherpani and Krimson Klover) opened in 2014 as a nonprofit with a mission: create pathways to purpose and community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “We realized that many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Boulder lacked opportunities to enter into the professional world with any experience or formal training. We created our apprentice program as a pathway to competitive integrated employment by providing paid, on-the-job training to adults with IDD. It provides a chance to learn the hard and soft skills of employment. Then, when they graduate from our program, having secured a job in the community, we send them out with a job coach to help them transition smoothly,” said Andy. “We’d love to partner with other Boulder businesses like Organic Sandwich Co., Pedestrian Shops and Into the Wind, who have hired our graduates.”
Operating on a social enterprise business model, Ramble is grateful for all the foot traffic that comes through the door. “We have had customers in the store from every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Not only do we appreciate the financial support, but we really value being able to share our story and our mission with people from around the world.”
Ramble’s resounding success paved the way for the opening of another store just outside of the downtown district, Ramble Marketplace, in October of 2021. “Ramble Marketplace is a unique gift shop that only sells local, Boulder-born items. With this expansion, we have rebranded our nonprofit from Boulder Treasures to The Ramble Collective.”
If you are looking to “Shop with Purpose,” come into a Ramble Collective store and support their mission. And if you are seeking to support from afar, check out their online store to shop for a wide variety of activewear items from both local and national brands.
Sometimes opportunities fall into your lap, and sometimes you have to create them yourself. Connie and Andy saw an opportunity in the Boulder community for supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and so they took matters into their own hands and built a nonprofit from the ground up. Stay engaged by checking out The Ramble Collective, following them on social media (@rambleonpearl) or by coming into one of their stores.