Boulder hosts some amazing local shops that make shopping here stellar indeed. As the holidays close in, check out some of our favorites.
BAYLEAF ON PEARL | 1222 Pearl Street
Come for the Chocolove Bars, stay for the endless eccentricities. Time gets away from you here. This shop is as extensively stocked as it is gorgeously arranged. Bayleaf boasts international specialty foods, books, art, rare and unique items for home (check the new Ave Maria Domus) and so much more. It’s like an exotic gallery where you can afford the things you fall in love with. Locally owned and operated for 11 years, Bayleaf’s guerilla marketing with Chocolove Bars is brilliant. They offer every flavor bar (the big ones) for just $2 each.
BLISS | 1643 Pearl Street
An absolute go-to for three things: 1) Inventive home décor. 2) Distinctive and affordably priced jewelry. 3) Gorgeous paper products. And the trove of treasures extends far beyond these categories. Scattered throughout this expansive space are thousands of effects that are simultaneously comical and beautiful. It’s the one place guaranteed to make everyone on your list happy. In fact, put a Bliss run first on your list to save time for other holiday pursuits.
INTO THE WIND | 1408 Pearl Street
A local fixture for 34 years, this is the place to go for all the fun lovers on your list. You’ll find uber creative playthings for little kids, big kids and adults. The best part? You can try before you buy. Into The Wind is a Pearl Street funfest, packed with tourists and locals sampling every gadget, game and entertainment oddity under the sun, from Bucky Balls and magic kits to Jesus figurines. The store’s core business is kites, many locally designed.
CLUTTER CONSIGMENT| 1909 9th Street
If you’re looking for things one-of-a-kind, if you tend toward vintage, if chipped paint makes you swoon, get yourself to Clutter. Here you’ll find consigned items with whimsy, history and charm in abundance. Much more than a gift shop, this West Pearl gem offers furnishings, textiles, jewelry, dishes, glasswear and little curiosities. Looking for something special, something stand out? Look here. And you’re sure to scope out that one special something that appeals in all the right ways – certainly price and exceptionality.
PEPPERCORN | 1235 Pearl Street
Some might neglect to list this much recognized, always acclaimed Pearl Street superstar, but that would be wrong. Here since 1977, Peppercorn is still fresh and intriguing, with a profusion of products for the home, especially the kitchen. Colorful cookbooks, top-line European appliances, and a million ingenious gadgets are just the beginning. Peppercorn’s secret is sourcing, and its buyers use their far-and-wide reach to bring Boulder a tremendous variety of the practical, the beautiful and the exotic. Not the most affordable of the shops we’ve listed here – but certainly high on the value spectrum – Peppercorn is a special place to buy special things.
NEST CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE | 2525 Arapahoe Ave.
Nest is a neighborhood boutique for children ages 0-12 for girls and 0-8 for boys. It offers distinctive, whimsical clothing as well as curated gifts and novel community programming. Nest is a destination store for parents who want to go beyond the internet to see and touch merchandise, and beyond chains and big box stores for unique yet practical clothing and gifts. The company started in Denver and has expanded to Boulder in the Village Shopping Center. Read more about its Boulder story here.
LILLIES | 2525 Arapahoe Ave.
In the Village Shopping Center you also will find Lillies, a family owned and operated business focused on environmental sustainability and social justice, providing responsible options for the things we use in our everyday lives. Lillies strives to offer a unique assortment of fair trade, handcrafted goods from artisans throughout the world, as well as natural, reusable, sustainable green products.
COLORADO MULTISPORT | 2480 Canyon Blvd.
Colorado Multisport offers the merchandise triathletes need to succeed, from bicycles (with expert fitting), apparel, nutrition, wet suits, and more. Beyond all of this, Colorado Multisport operates on a unique philosophy of truth that more deeply supports and boosts local triathletes. We profiled the store’s owner, legendary local triathlete Michael Stone earlier this year.
RAMBLE ON PEARL | 1638 Pearl Street
Great merchandise and good intentions make for a winner of a boutique. Ramble on Pearl is operated by Boulder Treasures, a nonprofit that provides training and opportunities to people with cognitive disabilities. Ramble’s stock includes fabulous designer overstock and includes Boulder-based labels like Krimson Klover, SkirtSports and Sherpani Bags. You’ll also find Toad & Co, Craghoppers and many other brands for men. And there are loads of accessories. All items are new and priced at a serious discount.