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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

New Downtown Boulder Visitor Center experiences big numbers

Downtown Boulder’s new visitor center has opened at 1301 Pearl, formally Sonrisa flower shop. The building has been remodeled, painted, and stacked with all the information needed to navigate and enjoy Boulder and the Pearl Street Mall.

Additionally, it is staffed by Downtown Boulder’s goodwill ambassadors who are experienced and knowledgeable members of the Downtown Community. One ambassador of note is a familiar face to Downtown Boulder. Though not slinging hot dogs, “Fast Eddie” Ermoian will be helping visitors with his wealth of knowledge about downtown Boulder while working out of the new visitor’s center.

Soon, those using the center will have the ability to check their email or surf the Web. Downtown Boulder is placing a computer in the center to further accommodate visitors to the mall. The goal is to allow visitors full access to all events and information in downtown through maps, the computer, literature, and of course the ambassadors.

Downtown Boulder decided to lease the property from the city and transform how to get information to the visitors of the Pearl Street Mall. Patrons can walk into the air-conditioned building, ask questions, read literature about attractions in Boulder, and find out what’s happening in Downtown Boulder that day.

The center, which is supported by the City of Boulder and the Boulder Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, opened in mid-April. Since then, the foot traffic has significantly increased. Dave Adams, deputy director of Downtown Boulder, says they have about four times more people come by than at the old kiosk. People seem to be utilizing the center more because of its inviting ambience and abundance of information. The visitor center is open from 11am-8pm Sunday through Wednesday, and 11am-9pm Thursday through Saturday.

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