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Articles Written By JennyDesouchet

 

Chocolove has no fear of Commitment (Social, Ethical, Taste-ful)

September 22nd, 2015

Timothy Moley did it. He took his love of chocolate and made a life out of it. And, for the last 18 years, has been generous enough to share his chocolate-love (Chocolove?) with the rest of us. Moley founded the premium chocolate company, Chocolove, after coming home from a 2 year volunteering stint in Indonesia. Chocolove currently makes the chocolate bars in small batches in Boulder, CO and spreads them around the chocolate-loving world. Chocolove offers premium chocolate bars in 24 different flavors, (milk and dark-with or without nuts/real fruit/sea salt, more). Every bar hides a love story... Read More

Bhakti Chai: Brews Locally, Gives Back Globally

September 15th, 2015

The effect that Bhakti Chai has on its community is more than a strong after-kick of Indian spices. They have a close team, an inspired mission and they work to give back through their GITA Giving platform, amongst other global organizations supported throughout the year. Founder, Brook Eddy, did not yet have an inkling that she would start a natural foods company when she traveled to India in 2002 to study the Swadhyay social justice movement. She fell in love with masala chai spices as well as the “devotion through social action” practices of the social justice movement. These passions... Read More

Skoop— As Much Nutrition Given as Sold

September 3rd, 2015

Skoop— A Boulder company with a unique charity commitment along with their whole-food sourced sports drink . To help a “starving”  (for nutrition) nation, Skoop has made it their mission to create a sports recovery drink that returns to a more natural form. They create healthy drink mixes to be consumed post-exercise for optimal recovery, but also for any person trying to add extra nutrition to their diet. “We partnered with the Chef Ann Foundation to create Project Produce. Chef Ann Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing tools to enable schools to progress from... Read More

Endurance Conspiracy, because Endurance Athletes Do Have a Sense of Humor

August 25th, 2015

Endurance sports are rigorous and demanding, which means athletes are always focused, serious, and mostly boring. “We are purveyors of fun.” -Endurance Conspiracy False. Behind tough and blister-ridden exteriors, endurance athletes like triathletes, cyclists and long distance runners all seem to share a similar light-heartedness and love for their lifestyles. The ability to find joy in the hard work required from these sports makes the endurance sport community closer, faster and stronger. Endurance Conspiracy, an endurance-sport-apparel-retailer in Boulder, manufactures hilarious,... Read More

Hope Hummus: Spreading Good Things

August 18th, 2015

“Our story is simple. We thought hummus could be fun. We wanted something organic, made without cutting the good ingredients for cost, as well as something more innovative. We wanted something fresh to dip our veggies into, and voilà! Our Spicy Avocado Hummus was born.“- Hope Hummus    Hope Hummus began much like many other natural foods companies. With an idea for a fun twist on a classic food, and the passion to pursue the dream of turning their fun idea into an actual company.   Hope Hummus offers hummus in vibrant packaging with the mantra “Spread Good Things”... Read More

Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha: A Business Inspired by Child’s Wonder and Boulder’s Wildlife

August 11th, 2015

 “We are scholars, artists, musicians, scientists and students. We thrive on exploration and dialogue. Boulder is our home and our inspiration. Our product flavors are representative of local landscapes and seasons and our brewery is located off the bike path and designed to feel like a retreat from the commerce-focused downtown.” – Jamba Dunn, Founder and President of Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha. Before we talk about Kombucha, can we talk about haikus? A haiku is one of the many types of poetry with a strict structure. There are three lines. The first with 5 syllables, the second... Read More

Flatirons Running Inc: The In-Sole Making Family Business

August 4th, 2015

Flatirons Running Inc. is a speciality running store in South Boulder that began as a family business in 2009 with RL Smith and Tricia Vieth. The store was first named “In-Step”, and offered specific attention to individual runners. RL builds custom insoles that are used by world-renowned runners and athletes around the world. His experience in diagnosing foot issues and resolving other common running ailments. He’s known as a “Foot Whisperer” because he diagnoses and solves foot issue on site by building the insoles “on location”. What truly makes the... Read More

Flatirons Running Inc: The In-Sole Making Family Business

August 4th, 2015

Flatirons Running Inc. is a speciality running store in South Boulder that began as a family business in 2009 with RL Smith and Tricia Vieth. The store was first named “In-Step”, and offered specific attention to individual runners. RL builds custom insoles that are used by world-renowned runners and athletes around the world. His experience in diagnosing foot issues and resolving other common running ailments. He’s known as a “Foot Whisperer” because he diagnoses and solves foot issue on site by building the insoles “on location”. What truly makes the... Read More

Let’s Talk about Popcorn: Cool, Quirky, Quinn Popcorn.

July 28th, 2015

“Quinn Popcorn was started with a very simple mission. We wanted to clean up a classic snack. We dove in head first.” Over two years ago, just shortly after bringing a new born baby boy home from the hospital, Kristy Lewis and her husband Coulter decided to get started on another baby named Quinn. But this Quinn would be an edible, organic, non-GMO start-up natural food with a goal of changing popcorn for the better. Quinn Popcorn was born with the hope of to “cleaning up” a classic snack. Popcorn is a classic snack isn’t it. Who doesn’t like a food you... Read More

Special Guest: Ally’s Bar Fuels Athletes, Belongs to Boulder Start-up Community

July 22nd, 2015

“Ally Stacher has always been a foodie. She is always cooking up some of the most amazing concoctions in her kitchen. It was her love for food and adventure that lead her to creating ‘Ally’s Bar’. A unique blend of sweet potato, dates, quinoa, nuts, and berries combined with all natural Agave and coconut sweeteners, Ally’s bar is as healthy as it is tasty.”  Cyclists, athletes, and health “foodies” flock to Boulder streets for training and inspiration at all times of the year. So my Boulder business today isn’t actually a Boulder business at all, rather... Read More

Special Guest: Ally’s Bar Fuels Athletes, Belongs to Boulder Start-up Community

July 22nd, 2015

“Ally Stacher has always been a foodie. She is always cooking up some of the most amazing concoctions in her kitchen. It was her love for food and adventure that lead her to creating ‘Ally’s Bar’. A unique blend of sweet potato, dates, quinoa, nuts, and berries combined with all natural Agave and coconut sweeteners, Ally’s bar is as healthy as it is tasty.”    Cyclists, athletes, and health “foodies” flock to Boulder streets for training and inspiration at all times of the year. So my Boulder business today isn’t actually a Boulder business at all,... Read More

Runnerbox: Friends, Athletes are Full Package for Boulder Start-up

July 14th, 2015

   “Leave the research to us. We’ll leave the training to you.” Admit it. You’ve ordered something online for the sole purpose of getting to look forward to a package coming in the mail. It’s really not that sad or desperate. Getting something specifically sent to you feels awesome and let’s you know someone out there took the time to prepare the thing, send it, and now it’s here. Just for you. Runnerbox, the Boulder start-up founded in 2012 by marathoner and nurse, Staci Dietzel, harnesses a similar concept. Except ordering a Runnerbox requires even less deliberation... Read More

Missy J: The Fairy Godmother of Natural Candy

July 7th, 2015

Hard-working, innovative, and creative entrepreneurs are not your average joes. But in Boulder, they seem to be around every corner. The start-ups I’ve encountered each week have been full of excited, hard-working and inspirational people that will all say the same thing about their business: “We are still a small company, and we have our values”. And despite sales and outreach being far from small, each remains humble and driven to stick to the Boulder-esque natural food company ideals. Oddly enough, “just around the corner” is quite literally where I ran into Jodi Feinhor-Dennis,... Read More

Ancient Grains but Modern Thinking: Purely Elizabeth Sets a Standard for More than Granola

June 30th, 2015

A kooky philosophy professor of mine used to refer to foods that were vegan, gluten free, and free of refined sugar as “morally pure”. Though he was being a bit silly and facetious, the word “purely” captures perfectly the ingredients, mission and values, and intentions of the now Boulder-based natural food company, Purely Elizabeth. In 2008, Elizabeth Stein was a nutrition student with a dream of opening a natural foods company and moving out west: the manifest destiny of someone hoping to change the game of healthy gluten-free, vegan foods forever. After a whirlwind... Read More

Boulder-Born Bobo’s Oat Bars Goes Big, Stays Big

June 23rd, 2015

“Bobo’s Oat Bars are very moist and delicious. When people hear that they are gluten free and vegan that do not expect to have such a tasty product. Most granola bars are crunchy, but not Bobo’s!” Organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and fit for athletes… ok Boulder people this one is definitely for you. This week’s budding Boulder business is Bobo’s Oat Bars. Actually Bobo’s is not so “budding” because they are currently ranked No. 2 in the United States behind Kind Bar, and are sold across the country, even into the far-off other country up north (Canada…). You... Read More

Two Sides to Every Story: “Pixán” Brings Us Coffee’s Other Half

June 16th, 2015

 “There’s a lot more to coffee than beans” – Pixán founders, Louisa Lombera and Gates Gooding   I’ll take a short break from featuring businesses explicitly endurance-athlete related to focus on a product that embodies other important ideals for Boulder businesses: organically grown, sustainable, environmental management, social responsibility, improving markets for Latin American farmers and something many of us enjoy daily: COFFEE. Were your first thoughts while sipping this morning’s coffee, “I wonder if the entire coffee plant is being used to... Read More

Skratch Labs: Because “Real Food” Just IS Better Sports Nutrition

June 9th, 2015

There’s a saying about the cruel effect that money has on the quality of a product: “It eats quality and poops quantity”, William Burroughs. (Ok fine, he uses a different word for poop). For so many expanding businesses, this insight seems to be true. Quality of product is surrendered to the quantity produced, as companies’ main goals are to become as large as possible, while trading in the integrity of their original products. Newton Running Shoes and ROLL Recovery (in my last two posts) have proved to evade this sentence, succeeding based on their commitment to quality, rather than quantity,... Read More

ROLL Recovery R8: Every Endurance Athlete’s Best Friend

June 2nd, 2015

There was a time not long ago that recovery devices for endurance athletes were limited to sticks, foam rollers, ropes, and some good-old-fashioned stretching mats. If it were up to most, this recovery routine would not have changed because it seemed satisfactory enough. But for Jeremy Nelson, the inventive runner behind the “R8” ROLL Recovery device, those tools belong to the past, while the “R8” is the revolutionary recovery tool of the future (and the now!). The “R8” invention emerged from a perfect storm of Nelson’s passion for running, strong education,... Read More

Newton Running, Bright Eclectic Shoes and People

May 26th, 2015

I entered the new flagship Newton Running store on Pearl St. knowing just about as much about the unique shoes and the company behind them as most people who have only seen, but not tried the shoes. The website, which I referenced before my visit, creates an aura of vibrancy, philanthropy, and passion surrounding the company, capturing the style that extends beyond running and beyond running a shoe company: the Newton lifestyle. In the store I spoke with Mike Nesladek, VP Marketing man, who did his best to condense “the story” behind Newton Running. Of course the details and intricacies could... Read More