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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Downtown Boulder's 2008 Year In Review

In 2008, life was good in Downtown Boulder because…

See you here in 2009…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A beautiful day in Downtown Boulder

Looking out my office window, I’m thrilled to see the amount of foot traffic on the bricks this afternoon. Pearl Street’s pedestrian mall is hopping with activity! Now that our wind storms have died down, it’s a beautiful afternoon. Couples, friends and families are enjoying the sunny weather (many are coatless) and browsing all of the fantastic post-holiday sales and promotions Downtown Boulder retailers are offering. If you are reading this posting, please finish it but then get up here today, tomorrow or as soon as you can and enjoy the day with us!

Here are a few tips for some not-to-be-missed spots. If you are driving here, take 28th Street and head west on Pearl Street. When you get to 16th Street, make a left and park in the parking structure on your right. This puts you at the end of the East End and beginning of the Pearl Street Mall. (For a complete listing of Downtown Boulder parking options, visit: www.boulderparking.com)

In the East End, you will find some excellent retail therapy (e.g. Violette, besos, Two Sole Sisters, Starr’s Clothing, Real Baby), wonderful gift and accessory shops (e.g. Momentum, Bliss, Willow), great places to grab a cup of Joe (e.g. The Cup, Laughing Goat) and some of the best dining anywhere (Frasca Food and Wine, Dish, Bimbamboo, Aji, Mateo, Leaf – Vegetarian Restaurant). There are also many one-of-kind specialty shops (Boulder Army Store, Starfish, Feather Thy Nest). Those feeling creative should stop in Color-Me-Mine and explore the artist within and those who need to show their hands and feet some loving should make an appointment at Ten20 Spa.

From the East End, the pedestrian mall (the bricks) is steps away. The bricks run from 15th Street to 11th Street. Among the shops (e.g. Into The Wind, Pedestrian Shops, Peppercorn, Weekends, Savvy, Boulder Book Store, Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, Art Mart, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe) and restaurants (e.g. Trattoria on Pearl, Antica Roma, Boulder Café, Lazy Dog), there are play areas for children to enjoy and plenty of benches to sit back relax and people watch! Don’t forget to stray off the bricks to find other great businesses (e.g. Melt, Tee and Cakes, Savory Spice, Tough Luck Cowboy, Little Mountain Outfitters, Unseen Bean, Black Cat).

Just past the bricks is Pearl Street’s West End. Cross the street and wonder between 11th and 8th streets for more fun shops (e.g. University Bicycles, Farfel’s Farms, Chelsea Elena Ciccone, Urban Outfitters, blink gallery, Bart’s CD Cellar, Two Hands Paperie, West End Gardner) and restaurants (e.g. Juanita’s Mexican Food, Tahona Tequila Bistro, The Kitchen, Pasta Jay’s, Sushi Tora, Jax Fish House, West End Tavern and Centro Latin Kitchen). Don’t forget all that Walnut Street has to offer (e.g. Jill’s, The Med, Boulder ChopHouse, Brasserie Ten Ten ). On your way back, stroll past the Boulder Theater and wonder by Rembrandt Yard then head over to the Hotel Boulderado and soak in the holidays in their beautifully decorated lobby. Stop by Downtown Boulder’s Visitor Information Center or visit us on line (www.boulderdowntown.com) for even more ideas and suggestions…See you soon!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Hotel Boulderado's Centennial Celebration Open House


Just days into its Centennial Celebration, the Hotel Boulderado plans to open its doors and invite the community in for an Open House on Sunday, January 4 from 3 - 6 p.m. This free event is open to the public! When it first opened in January 1909, the Boulderado offered the community a look inside the hotel. (It was the community who bought shares to build Boulder’s first luxury hotel, an Italian and Spanish Renaissance structure that has become one of Boulder’s most beloved landmarks.) On January 1, 1909, the Boulder Daily Camera reported that, “The new Boulderado, the pride of the city, kept open house to her thronging admirers last night. . . . Visitors at the Boulderado were charmed with the beauty of the furnishings, the size and airiness of the rooms, the arrangements of the suites and the magnificence of the effect in its entirety.”

The lobby still welcomes guests with its cantilevered cherry staircase and the ornate stained-glass ceiling sits perched over the Mezzanine. This January 4, the Boulderado will once again invite the public in to enjoy the warmth of the hotel and its hospitality. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be offered alongside champagne toasts and a specialty birthday cake. The Historic Section will be opened for the reception, including the famous Mezzanine, the Evergreen Room, and the Driftwood and Porch Rooms, which both offer a view of downtown Boulder. Antique clothes and memorabilia from the hotel’s long history will be on display, and several hotel rooms will be available for viewings. Additional festivities vary from ragtime dance performances; a ribbon-cutting ceremony to take place at 4:00 p.m., courtesy of Boulder’s Chamber of Commerce; and historic information about the Boulderado projected onto two large screens.


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Friday, December 19, 2008

Chanukah Grand Menorah Lighting Celebration in Downtown Boulder



Don't miss the annual Chanukah Grand Menorah Lighting Celebration this Sunday (December 21) at 5:30 p.m. near the Boulder County Courthouse lawn (1300 block of Pearl Street). There will be live music, performances, magic and juggling...fun for the entire family!

All are welcomed to attend this free celebration! For more information visit: ChadbadOfBoulder.com

Sponsored by Lubavitch of Boulder County and Boulder Jewish Day School

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Downtown Boulder gift guide featured on 9news

Downtown Gift Guide featured on 9News (Saturday, December 6):

Blue Skies | 1110 Pearl St. | 303.440.3304
Fun gifts for fun gals--find unique, contemporary gifts for any occasion featuring accessories, jewelry, paper goods, housewares and baby gifts. (Photo: Plum Designs blue topaz necklace on gold-filled chain: $144 / earrings on vermeil posts: $96)



Chelsea | 935 Pearl St. | 303.447.3760
Nationally recognized, locally owned boutique which features unique contemporary clothing, jewelry, shoes, perfume and gift items. (Photo: Hanky Panky Thong: $18. Chan Luu Shell Clutch: $24. Kai Body Buffer: $36. TOCCA Candle Set: $55.)

Farfel’s Farm | 906 Pearl St. | 303.443.7711
Incredible photography of people and animals. Video dogumentaries (horses and cats too!) Accessories, gifts, original art, natural/organic dog, cat, and horse food/treats. Animal clothing and jewelry. Tons of toys! (Photo: Cashmere Sweater: $29.95. Collar: $26.95. Chanukah Toy: $6.95. Snowman Toy: $16.95.)



Kinsley Outfitters | 2060 Broadway | 303.442.7260
Kinsley & Co. is Boulder's finest men’s and women’s store for tailored clothing, sportswear and accessories since 1949. (Photo: Scottish Estate Tweed sportcoat: $795. Scottish cashmere scarf: $175. Etro pocket square $75. Italian calf leather cashmere lined gloves: $145.)



Melt | 1970 13th St. | 303.440.7230
Experience the Melt difference. Fresh, handmade goodness in every bottle and bar. This is the promise of Melt, the award winning, Colorado-born brand that’s good to your skin and your environmen. Quality products since 2001, paraben & cruelty free. (Photo:Lotion: $18. Massage Bar: $10. Shaving Butter: $18. Honey Bee Lip Butter: $4.00.)


Oliv You and Me | 2043 Broadway | 303.444.1118
An olive oil, gourmet food, café with a European flare and uniqueness, Oliv You and Me offers a wide variety of olive oils, gifts, and much more.(Photo: Gift Basket as pictured: $100.)

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe | 1200 Pearl St. | 303.413.3060
Powell's Sweet Shoppe is an old-time, old-fashioned, old world candy store taken from America's imagination at the turn-of-the-century.
(Photo: Giant Pez Dispenser: $29.99. Lump of Coal Candy: $6.49. Eight Days of Hanukkah: $3.99. Beatles Lunchbox: $11.99)

Real Baby | 1505 Pearl St. | 303.545.2229
Real Baby carries Modern Baby Gear, Kids Clothes, Maternity Wear, Toys, Books, decor, furniture and More. (Photo: Clementine Watercolor Kit: $48)



Tough Luck Cowboy | 2050 Broadway | 303.440.4042
Tough Luck Cowboy has an eclectic collection of western gifts, jewelry, art, and home décor. (Photo: Whimsy Ranch Tutu: $57.)


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pendulum New Music's Unsilent Night




Join Pendulum New Music with your friends and family on the Pearl Street Mall (meet at 15th and Pearl streets) this Friday (December 12) at 7:30 p.m. for the second annual UNSILENT NIGHT - a community music event, scored for an infinite number of boomboxes!

"Every year since 1992 I've presented UNSILENT NIGHT, an outdoor ambient music piece for an infinite number of boomboxes," said Phil Kline. "It's like a caroling party except that we don't sing, but rather carry the music, each of us playing a separate track that is a "voice" in the piece. In effect, we become a city-block-long sound system!"

Join them and bring a boombox, or anything that will blast a cassette, CD or Mp3. The more tracks they play, the bigger and more amazing it sounds. If you'd like to participate, please RSVP via e-mail: cupendulum@gmail. (CDs and cassette tapes will be available at the event, though please RSVP, because it will help them calculate how many copies to make.) If you'd like to participate but don't have a boombox or a music player with speakers, you can just show up and join the parade. Everyone is an important part of the procession. Help make a BIG (and joyful) noise. This is always a free event and all ages are welcome.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Things to see, do and buy Downtown



Our Downtown winter wonderland is the perfect backdrop for spending the holidays shopping, dining and playing in the heart of our beautiful city.

Skate with Santa at One Boulder Plaza every Monday in December from
2:30 - 5 p.m. The Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza is now open!

Santa & the Missus visits Downtown this Saturday and next (Dec. 13 & 20) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for St. Nicks on the Bricks at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center (1303 Pearl St.)

Purchase $50+ worth of Downtown Boulder Gift Cards by December 31 and choose a special discount from some of your favorite merchants including Savvy, Farfel's Farm, Full Cycle, besos, Real Baby, Paul Morrison Colours, Pedestrian Shops, Starfish, Art Mart, Aji and Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant. Mention this promotion to receive your special offer! (In-office orders only. Supplies limited!) Purchase $100+ worth of Downtown Boulder Gift Cards to receive a free limited edition 'Love The Local' cinchpack! For more information call 303-449-3774 or email info@dbi.org.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Downtown Boulder Gift Guide



Where does Santa shop to make sure he has taken care of everyone on his list? Downtown Boulder! Here in the heart of the city, where we are 85 percent locally owned and operated, you can find something wonderful for everyone on your list. We have put together a Gift Guide page on our Web site. Check it often for updates and new ideas...Enjoy!

(Don't forget to visit Santa on Dec. 6, 13 & 20 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center (1303 Pearl St.) during St. Nicks on the Bricks. Remember to bring your camera and wish list!)

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

West End Salon Trunk Show - Saturday



The West End Salon is hosting a trunk show this Saturday (December 6) from 7 - 10 p.m. Five talented artists will be selling hand-made jewelry, beautiful and stylish purses/handbags and original paintings. All of the artists are local and have made a name for themselves with their handmade goods. The trunk show is a sneak peak so attendees will be able to preview the artists' pieces before they hit retail stores. Best of all, everything will be sold at a discounted price!

In addition, the West End Salon will be offering a 10 percent discount off their retail brands including: Kevin Murphy, Pureology, L'Oreal Serie Expert, Innersense and GrahamWebb for this night only. Packaged gift sets of your favorite products, festive shampoo/conditioner box sets with a bonus product and stylish clutch purses with travel size shampoo/conditioner and styling aid make for perfect stocking stuffers. While you are there, purchase a gift certificate and receive a 10-15 percent discount off hair services. As an added bonus, when purchasing a gift certificate, the Salon will toss in a FREE hair product as their gift to you!

Get all of your holiday shopping done at The West End Salon Trunk Show and bring your friends! Beverages and appetizers will be served.

West End Salon
1980 8th St. (Pearl Street's West End on 8th Street between Pearl and Walnut)
303-402-9475

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Free Keen socks (with non-perishable food donation)!


This Saturday (December 6) starting at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or while supplies last) the first 350 people to bring a can of non-perishable food to Downtown Boulder's Pedestrian Shops (1425 Pearl St.) will receive a FREE pair of Keen Socks. All food collected will be donated to Boulder and Bloomfield food banks.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Meet Joshua Been at Earthwood Gallery this Friday



You and your guests are invited to Earthwood Gallery this Friday, December 5, for their First Friday Reception featuring Colorado fine artist Joshua Been. Joshua has been getting significant national recognition of his work, including a June 2008 endorsement in Southwest Art magazine highlighting him as an "Artist to Watch" in America. He is considered a rising star among American painters. Joshua's work is impressive and acquiring it at this time is a collectors dream.

When:
Friday, December 5, from 5 - 9 p.m.

Where:
Earthwood Gallery
1412 Pearl St.
303-444-3838

Featured Event and Artists:
Show opening party featuring fine artist Joshua Been

Joshua is a Colorado-based fine artist who works in oil. He is getting tremendous recognition of his talent and winning awards in almost every show he enters. He received an "Artist to Watch" endorsement from Southwest Art in its June 2008 edition. Smart collectors are making a point of seeking out and adding his work to their collections. Joshua is on track to be know as one of the finest oil painters in America!

Join Ron and Ann Wilcocks (Gallery owners) & Kay Nuissl (Gallery manager) for hors d'oeurves and refreshments, meet Josh, hear the stories behind his works and add his work to your personal art collection. The look forward to seeing you at the party on Friday night!

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Head East (Pearl Street's East End) for holiday celebrations December 4



Holiday celebrations start this Thursday (December 4) in Downtown Boulder's EAST END! Join some of your favorite East End businesses as they kick off the season with specials and surprises from 3 - 7 p.m. Head East and enjoy complimentary food & beverages while you shop and dine along Pearl Street's fabulous East End (from 15th to 21st streets). More.

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