Psst, hey lady delegate, new in town? Curious about where to shop in Boulder? Want the lowdown on the newest fashion trends for the season? Allow Style Matters to guide you as you pass from reality to the jewel in the crown of radical liberalism or as Boulder is sometimes referred to, the People’s Republic of Boulder. Boulderites like to shop as much as the next person and the town boasts some great stores.
Take advantage of any free time by heading over to the Pearl Street Mall, a five-block pedestrian walkway that’s the heart of downtown Boulder. It’s all happening at the mall from dancing, singing and performing by street people, to tourists, students and us, the shoppers. Here are some stores you won’t want to miss.
Where to Shop — Pearl Street Mall
Art + Soul
Art + Soul
1615 Pearl St.
Okay, Art + Soul carries pricey stuff. But the art and designer jewelry is to die for. Some of the most popular jewelry is from the award-winning line by Brazil native Moritz Glik. Called “Kaleidoscope,” the pieces consist of floating diamonds enclosed within clear double white sapphires that are in fluid motion. Be still, my beating heart. Prices start at about $4,000. Yikes. Don’t leave without looking at the beautiful workmanship of Alex Sepkus, Anne Sportun who used a variety of semiprecious stones, and Adel Chefridi, whose silver necklaces start at a more attainable price of $120.
1631 Pearl St.
This gem of a boutique is loaded with well-priced dresses, tops, some denim and a great collection of costume jewelry. The store seems small, but make sure to go all the way to the back to check out Violette’s collection of oversized tops, perfect for wearing with leggings and skinny jeans. Whether you need a dress to just walk around in or a cute little something for a more dressy event, go straight to Violette. The reasonable prices and huge selection will impress, I can promise that. Sizes range from 0-14 and XS-XL.
Photo by Bree Halax
1500 D Pearl St.
A fixture on the Pearl Street Mall, this huge space caters to women 20-40, although Style Matters didn’t fit into this demo and still bought a pair of flats. Sales racks in front of the entrance advertised $5 and $10 shorts. Seychelles booties run about $140, so there’s something at every price point and for every taste. Common Era is stuffed with the trendiest clothing and accessories. Plan to spend some time here going through all the racks. And don’t forget to look up to admire the wall o’ hats. Sizes 0-13, some petites; shoes 6-10.
Boulder is also home to Peppercorn, 1235 Pearl St., one of the best houseware and gift shops in the state. Take some time to peruse the kitchen, bath and home accessories from designers all over the world. You can’t say you’ve “done” Boulder unless you stop in at Peppercorn.
Hungry? If you hit the mall around brunch time, scurry on over to Snooze, 1617 Pearl St. Snooze is more than a restaurant, it’s a Colorado phenomenon. The menu is filled with unusual pancakes, omelets and their famous Brunchy Fare. There’s almost always a wait, sometimes up to a couple of hours, but it’s definitely worth it.
Don’t want to stand in line? Try another Boulder institution — Pasta Jay’s, 1001 Pearl St. Relax and sit alfresco while sampling some of the Jay’s handmade pizza and pasta.
Where to Shop — Boulder Neighborhoods
Twenty Ninth Street is Boulder’s newish traditional shopping mall located at — where else — 1710 29th St. It houses the usual — Anthropologie, Chico’s, and Francesca’s, a girly girl boutique loaded with trendy fashions, lots of costume jewelry, and glitzy accessories.
If you happen to be near or on Canyon Blvd., stop in at Christina’s Luxuries, 2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 100. This boutique sells lovely intimate apparel, clothing, sleepwear and swimwear. Also worth a stop: J J Wells, 2460 Canyon Blvd., a full service boutique catering to the over 40 crowd who want a current but casual look.
A few doors down from Common Era is the Boulder Bazaar, a truly bizarre little shop stuffed with Indian and Asian knick-knacks, baubles, souvenirs and every kind of bric-a-brac one could think of. The best feature? The store has its own ATM machine!
At 1500 B on Pearl Street is Lunieva, a purveyor of hand-crafted apparel and jewelry all imported from Nepal. It’s a family owned and run business and they understand marketing. Look for great deals on silver rings set with lapis, tiger’s eye, moonstones and more.
Looking for gifts or mementos of your visit to Boulder? Be sure to stop at Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, 1421 Pearl St. An artist cooperative, the large store features fine art and contemporary American crafts. I dare you not to find a gift or a little something to take home.
Now that you have the clothes, complete your new wardrobe with the most current accessories.
And if you want to see what Style Matters is recommending for the Democratic delegates in Denver, just flip the paper to page 22 on the other side!
New Accessory Trends for the Season
Boulder delegates, here’s a short list of the most current sprint/summer accessories in case you need some ideas.
Handbags: Tote style handbags are still riding a wave of popularity, probably because they are so practical and are excellent bags for traveling and carrying around campaign paraphernalia. If you already have a solid color, branch out and pick up one with patterns, polka dots or black-and-white floral designs.
Jewelry: Boulder is the perfect place to pick up some additions to a costume jewelry collection. Stores are just brimming with trendy items sure to thrill a hardworking delegate. Chunky strands, statement necklaces with large pendants and choker styles are the most popular this season. Don’t forget a grouping of bracelets and watches for a stacked wrist look.
Shoes: If clothes make the man, then shoes make the woman. Shoe-lovers will be in nirvana when they see the huge number of styles this season. Opt for floral print sneakers, colorful sandals and metallic canvas slip-ons. These styles are comfortable and still fashionable. The other way to go is up, up, up to high-heeled strappy sandals and open toe booties, called in the biz “cage sandals.”
Judie Schwartz, AKA Style Matters, is the co-author of two best-selling books on the best places to shop in Colorado. Called “A Fashion-Lover’s Guide to the Best Shopping in Denver and Beyond,” the books are available at stylematters.us. Schwartz is also a wardrobe consultant. She has one husband, three children, no pets and small closets.