A wonderful atmosphere for book shopping.
What to buy: Local books are plentiful. Local authors, local topics, outdoor activities. If you're looking for information about the Rockies and Colorado, this place has it.
The walls are hung with photos and prints of all sizes. Throughout the shop, there are racks of pictures, counters with hand-crafted jewelry.
What to buy: There is a wide selection of photographs of the mountains. The colors are spectacular and the image wonderful.
What to pay: There is a wide range of prices. Many large size photos and prints (framed) will cost you several hundreds of dollars. Smaller pieces, range in size from 4x6" and 8x10" could cost as little as $5.00 without mat or frame.
I love Title 9's stuff even though it is kinda pricey. I get their catalog and pick out a couple of outfits , usually wrinkle free stuff that can be sporty or dressy, and wear the outfits during my travels. The amount of things they offer is limited but hey how much do you need? I splurged when I visited Boulder to save on those pesky s&h charges.
What to buy: Sports wear that can be worn for a night out, particularly love their "skorts" (skirts with built in shorts)
What to pay: organic cotton/spandez T-shirt $35-40
running shorts $35
The Pearl Street Mall is well-known in Colorado for being slightly pricey, a little quirky, very artsy but lots of fun. You can spend a lot of time on the Mall without spending a penny, but it's hard to resist the cute shops featuring local arts and crafts as well as some of the more expensive yet extremely unique boutiques scattered between the pubs and sandwich shops.
What to buy: Local arts and crafts are abundant on the Pearl Street Mall, from handcrafted jewelry to portraits of the gorgeous Colorado landscape. Neat Boulder-grown products also can be found in some of the shops, like the SkyChair (http://www.skychairs.com/) for instance.
What to pay: It's hard to say, but you can probably expect to spend above average for something on Pearl Street than if you were to go to a standard mall. It's worth it if it's something uniquely handcrafted, but if you're looking for any old fill-in-the-blank, don't go to Pearl Street.
Wild Oats is a huge store on the corner of Broadway and Arapahoe. They sell all kinds of health food here along with organic groceries. It's a bit expensive but a good choice for the health concious.
What to buy: I bought the best home made granola here :D
What to pay: a bit higher than average
Downtown's Pearl Street Mall has something for everyone. It's filled with shops of every kind, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Most are independently owned and offer quality goods. Yes, there is the occasional Banana Republic, but for the most part these places are Mom and Pop shops. There are always street performers entertaining the crowds. This place kind of reminds me of Faneuil Hall in Boston.
What to buy: anything you want. There are hundreds of shops
What to pay: pennies to thousands
I love all things Buddha and I was amazed at the number of stores selling crafts from Asia. Old Tibet was my favorite but all were very funky and a joy to be in. The staff everywhere was super friendly and we had long talks about their way of life in the home countries.
What to buy: I bought a metal Buddha, they also have handmade silks, clothing and other merchandise from thei cultures.
What to pay: anywhere from a few dollars to thousands.
Indochine (pronounced "In-doe-sheen") is great locally owned Asian decor store. The owners travel to Asian countries and buy all the items themselves, so the prices are really reasonable. There is a store (open 7 days a week) and a warehouse that is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday.
What to buy: At the store, look for Thai silk scarves, silk purses and antique statues.
At the warehouse (10,000 square feet!) look for any number of furniture pieces and wood carved wall hangings. I think they ship anything but pottery.
This is a fun little shop that sells used and new CD's. I think it may be the only CD store left in Boulder.
What to buy: Lots of unusual music as well as local bands CDs can be found here. Check out the display of Putumayo CDs. They are compilation disks of music from different parts of the world.
These are two great women's clothing shops in Boulder. There are not too many of those here as the general dress code for the town involves jeans and a fleece or cycling attire.
Chelsea is more geared toward the sorority crowd, and has a good range of prices. Look for the Calypso silk skirts. They are gorgeous. They also carry a line called Woo, which makes a lot of super soft cotton clothing - mainly shirts. Chelsea is on the east end of Pearl street, a couple blocks past the end of the walking mall.
MAX is a more high end store. I am actually surprised it stays in business because some of the stuff is SO expensive. It carries a lot of Rebecca Taylor, Marni, Diane Von Furstenburg, cashmere tops, etc. They also have a gorgeous selection of unusual jewelry and shoes. I have bought a couple pairs of shoes there by Colleen Cordero. Really cool leather and wood shoes sometimes with metal detailing. It's a hard brand to find. MAX is on Broadway on the corner of Walnut.
The Pearl Street Mall is a pedestrian mall which runs for several blocks. The Mall runs along Pearl Street from 11th through 15th street. This portion of the Mall is closed to automobiles. The streets flanking the official track of the Pearl Street Mall on either side also contain shops, restaurants and galleries.
There are several good restaurants, including Cafe Med, in addition to shops featuring the crafts of local artists as well as nationally recognized chain stores.