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

July 6th, 2020

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/nutrition company like Nucific and moving out west: the manifest destiny of someone hoping to change the game of healthy gluten-free, vegan foods forever.... Read More

Boulder Book Store: The Unbeatable Brick and Mortar

July 2nd, 2020

Watch out online retailers: you can’t beat this brick and mortar bookstore. Open since 1973, this three-story powerhouse is a Pearl Street Mall staple and neighborhood icon. The minimalist exterior (the sign outside the store is a testament to directness: written in chunky caps, the word “BOOKSTORE,” hovers above black gridded windows) differs from the garish, if somewhat outlandish interior. For one, the bookstore is enormous; it boasts three fully-stocked stories of books, videos, and gadgets, with each floor offering a different layout and atmosphere. “The Ballroom,” Photo... Read More

Pearl Street’s Rocket Fizz: Your Golden Ticket to Wonka in America’s Healthiest City

June 23rd, 2020

In the health-conscious city of Boulder, Rocket Fizz, the soda pop and candy shop located in the heart of Pearl Street Mall, acts as a respite for the sugar-cravers and diet-cheats. To the window shopping pedestrian, the store is unmistakable. From the street, a life-sized Spiderman sculpture beckons you into the store, his wrists poised to shoot webbing at any moment. The large window front hints at the kitsch inside, displaying cardboard cutouts of pop culture figures and retro posters. But the most luring feature is by far the variety of candy and soda inside. The store’s interior is nothing... Read More

WÜF Your Way To Your Dog’s Heart With This Smart Collar

June 8th, 2020

Almost anyone with a dog will tell you that their furry friend is more than just a pet, it’s their beloved best friend and they do everything they can together; walks, runs, hikes and in the case of some of the lucky well behaved and registered support dogs, even errands! And in a city where tech and dogs rule all, its no surprise that one of Boulder’s youngest startups offers smart technology for mans best friend. WÜF is a smart dog collar striving to become the leader in smart technology for animals.  Their mission: to enable better dog owners and provide unique communication with... Read More

How Do Your Job Perks Stack Up Against These Startup’s Fun Perks?

June 7th, 2020

  Generally speaking, most companies offer a multitude of benefits for their employees. Benefits can range anywhere from local bus passes to health and dental benefits or 401k matching. But nowadays, with startups and new businesses placing such a heavy emphasis on engaging company cultures, new and unique takes on employee perks and benefits are popping up all over, it’s not just your average health insurance coverage anymore. Major companies like Eventbrite offer employees weekly massage, acupuncture and chiropractic sessions covered by the company; Thrilllist and Foursquare allow their... Read More

Avid4 Adventure: Building a Lifelong Love of Outdoor Adventure in Boulder’s Kids

May 29th, 2020

Even in an active community like Boulder, children aren’t immune to the sedentary lifestyle that accompanies the tech revolution. Luckily, Boulder is rife with summer and school programs to compete with Angry Birds and PAW Patrol. Perhaps the most active and socially conscious program is Advid4 Adventure. This premier summer camp is on a mission to give kids the confidence and skills to participate in (and love) outdoor activities. Avid4 Adventure’s founder, David Secunda, notes the positive environmental and health impacts of connecting children with nature on the company website. “Avid4... Read More

Has Social Media Turned Us all Into Beggars?

May 23rd, 2020

Has online begging become the new economy? Mark Ebner, a writer interviewed in a recent New York Times article, sure thinks so. The article, titled “GoFundMe Gone Wild” discusses the recent onslaught of social media campaigns to raise money for increasingly less worthy causes. The author of the article, Judith Newman, admits that the trend began with a focus on sincerely admirable causes, like paying medical bills for a suffering loved one or funeral expenses for a deceased relative, but she aptly notes that the campaigns have gone haywire. Facebook feeds are now filled with friends, exes,... Read More

Sancho’s: Boulder’s Best Breakfast Burrito is Made Inside a Shopping Mall

May 3rd, 2020

Boulder’s best breakfast burrito, a classic dish smothered in green chiles and cheese, is made inside a shopping mall. Sancho’s Mexican restaurant, home of the aforementioned to-die-for burrito, is a hidden gem buried inside Diagonal Plaza mall, one of those half-abandoned 90’s relic spaces sparsely scattered with tattoo parlors and insurance agencies. The restaurant prides itself on its Mexican authenticity, which is reflected in the restaurant’s colorful decor and house made jugs of horchata and agua de jamaica resting on the self-serve counter. The atmosphere is free of pretension... Read More

Calling All Card, Coin, and Stamp Collectors! CollecTons is Boulder’s Premier Hobby Shop

June 27th, 2017

We hear a lot about Boulder’s outdoor scene, but some of Boulder’s most interesting hobbies are happening behind closed doors. Silent, solitary activities that demand boxes over bike trail maps. I’m talking about collecting, where fandom meets nostalgia. Inside Crossroads East Shopping Center (30th Street) lies one of Boulder’s best hobby shops: CollecTons. While the shop’s design is austere, it’s shelves are fully stocked with collecting items and supplies. Collectors will want to know that they sell: Collectable Coins Stamps Trading Cards Comic Books Photo and Archiving Supplies Jewelry Of... Read More

Content Cakewalk: Ridiculously Simple Content Marketing in Boulder, CO

May 23rd, 2017

Boulder is a mecca for smart people with good ideas. Take Becky Degrossa, CEO and Founder of Content Cakewalk, a content marketing startup in Boulder, CO. After spending 20 years at IBM and then switching gears to therapy, Degrossa created her own company, CouncelingWise, a therapy content generator, or phase one of her marketing empire. Degrossa is one of those exceptional Boulderites with the talent and ambition to let their passions lead their career. Content Cakewalk is the latest stop on that journey. Content Cakewalk is more customer-oriented than your typical marketing firm. For one, the... Read More

Walnut Brewery Needs to Be on Every Beer Lover’s Bucket List

May 9th, 2017

Walnut Brewery’s Old Elk Brown Ale tastes like victory. Perhaps it’s because the English-style brown ale wins medals as often as the US Olympic gymnastics team; the beer is a two-time Silver and Gold medalist at the Great American Beer Festival awards. The brew is rich and malty, with notes of caramel and chocolate and subtle hops. The beer is as delicious as it is interesting and needs to be on ever beer snob’s bucket list. Of course, the brewery offers lots of delectable brews worth tasting. Some of my favorites? 1123 IPA  I love a good, strong IPA. This hoppy brew is tropical... Read More

Techstars’ Demo Day: A Boulder Look Into the Future

April 26th, 2017

Last Wednesday, I saw into the future. Boulder Techstars’ public Demo Day played the part of crystal ball, foretelling a future of virtual reality and revolutionary healthcare platforms. The 13 startups of Techstars’ 10th-anniversary class offer a new reality: a future that prioritizes efficiency and convenience to the point that the questions “Is there an app for that?” becomes on par with “Is the sky blue?” Every startup deserves praise for undertaking a monetary risk in the name of making our lives easier. However, as a young professional seeking both organization and inner peace,... Read More

The Cool Factor: Riffs Urban Fare on Pearl Street Mall

April 12th, 2017

Riffs Urban Fare in three words: trendy, whimsical, exquisite. I love this contemporary cocktail lounge so much; I dare say they serve the most innovative, creative meals in all of Pearl Street Mall. Need more convincing? Here are some of the amazing features this eatery offers: The Ambience Riffs Urban Fare’s cocktail lounge setting is two parts cool, one part whimsy. The contemporary interior is balanced with quirky wall fixtures, like the framed jigsaw puzzles or blush colored moutainscape painting that engages the expanse of the wall behind the bar. In size, the restaurant is modest, containing... Read More

Made with Love: Lindsay’s Boulder Deli at Haagen Dazs

April 5th, 2017

Lindsay’s Boulder Deli at Haagen Dazs on Pearl street has a rich history of feeding the Boulder community. Lindsay Shaw, the deli’s owner and namesake, has devoted her whole life to satisfying customers, serving ice cream at her father’s shop in Atlanta, Georgia, since “before she could see over the counter.” Now, Shaw makes a point to be visible at her deli, taking orders at the counter, preparing sandwiches, and stopping by chat with tables. Her devotion to customer care is legendary, and is something she’s written into her company culture. As a rule, customers are greeted warmly... Read More

4 Reasons Why The Joint is the Best Chiropractor in Boulder

March 15th, 2017

In an athletic town like Boulder, access to quality chiropractic care is a must. A good chiropractor relieved back and neck pain, protects the delicate central nervous system and can increase athletic performance. If you’ve ever gone to a good chiropractor, you know how good you feel after an adjustment. And, if you’ve ever gone to a bad chiropractor, you know the sting of paying a high copay for mediocre care. The Joint is an award winning, inclusive chiropractic center with a mission to improve your quality of life through routine and affordable care. My partner and I visited The Joint for... Read More

Made Movement: Crazy? Maybe.

February 28th, 2017

“An ad agency that turns down an automotive account, a shoe account and a tequila account must be crazy. Maybe. But like most crazy things, it feels really good.” Made, which was created in 2012, works with clients that make things, grow things, and most importantly are committed to supporting their mission: creating more American jobs. Made is an ad agency that makes all kinds of ads from national print ads to TV to everything digital and mobile. They create exceptional work, equivalent to the work of an agency ten times their size. This agency consists of only one team. This ‘A team’... Read More

Madwell: Think Big, Act Smallish

February 21st, 2017

“Think Big, Act Smallish” is the motto of local ad agency Madwell. They think of themselves as a tiny little giant agency: tiny and little because they are tiny and little enough to be able to deeply pay attention to their clients, but giant because they believe they have the ability to make a giant impact. Madwell has stated, “Our integrated team is shortening the runway between smart, interesting brands and smart, beautiful creative that can work in any medium.” They believe technology is so big in our current world that it breaking the barriers between mediums. In this type of world,... Read More

Anthem Branding: Create An Authentic Story

February 8th, 2017

“Let’s create something together.” That is the motto of Anthem Branding, a boutique creative agency that specializes in brand strategies and delivering exceptional design. They want to partner with you, to create an authentic brand experience on your time, with your budget, with their inspiring creativity. Anthem Branding is involved with developing highly compelling creative concepts. They focus on articulating the core message of their clients, as well as connecting them with their audience, and defining their brand. They work with clients to create their own authentic story unique to... Read More

Top 3 Highest Rated Boulder Restaurants

February 3rd, 2017

In Boulder, good food is always within arms reach. The Boulder County Farmers Market is among the best in the nation, offering locally grown vegetables, fruits, cheeses, and wine to the city’s farm to table restaurants. This, in combination with Boulder’s proclivity towards environmentalism and health, creates a demand for fresh yet tasty meals at the city’s restaurants, with non-GMO, gluten free, and vegan options for the health conscientious. With nearly 600 restaurants to choose from in Boulder, it’s hard to narrow down which eateries yield the best food and flavor. To help you decide,... Read More

IMM: Ideas Made Measurable

February 1st, 2017

“At IMM, creating action isn’t just what we do — it’s who we are. Our agency is built to deliver full service capabilities while also delivering measurable results.” IMM, a local agency in boulder, has a lot of capabilities and creative departments within their organization, such as strategy and insight, data analytics, technology and social content, and client partnerships. IMM uses strong strategy and insight. They analyze each client by detecting the specific business problem, using data tools and research, to discover consumer insights. IMM believes that creativity isn’t just a... Read More