Two Cities in Northern Colorado named among Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Emerging Housing Markets for Spring 2022

The Hottest Places to Live Now Are Often the Most Affordable 

By Nicole FriedmanThe Wall Street Journal

Less expensive cities with strong local economies climbed The Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Markets Index in the first quarter, another sign that many home buyers are giving priority to affordability.

Fast-rising  housing prices  have pushed buyers from expensive coastal cities into cheaper housing markets in recent years.  Expanded remote-work opportunities  and a search for different lifestyles during the Covid-19 pandemic have accelerated the trend.

The migration is poised to continue as home prices set new highs and  rising mortgage-interest rates  increase borrowing costs for home buyers, economists say. The average 30-year mortgage rate jumped from 3.1% at the end of 2021 to 5.0% by mid-April, adding hundreds of dollars to the typical monthly mortgage payment.

“People are chasing affordability,” said Sam Khater, chief economist at mortgage-finance giant  Freddie Mac. In response to high housing prices and increased remote-work flexibility, he said, “people are reordering where they live.”

The Rapid City, S.D., metro area of about 145,000 people near the Wyoming border was the top-ranked market for the quarter. It was followed by Santa Cruz, Calif.; North Port, Fla.; Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Naples, Fla. The top 20 cities in the ranking have an average population size of about 600,000.

The Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Markets Index identifies the topmetro areas for home buyers seeking an appreciating housing market and lifestyle amenities.

The top-ranked markets in the first quarter had faster home sales, higher wages and shorter commute times than the market as a whole, said George Ratiu, manager of economic research at Realtor.com.  News Corp, parent of the Journal, operates Realtor.com.

North Port and Naples  were the top two markets in the fourth quarter  and held in the top five as Florida continues to attract migration from other states. Some of the top-ranked markets  are also desirable vacation destinations, including Santa Cruz, Naples and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Rapid City, South Dakota’s second-biggest city, is a tourist and retirement destination because of its proximity to the Black Hills mountain range and Mount Rushmore. The metro area’s economy also depends on education, military and the healthcare sector, with Monument Health as the largest employer, Mr. Ratiu said.

Buyers have flocked to Rapid City in the past two years from Colorado, California and the East Coast in search of  fewer pandemic-related restrictions, access to outdoor recreation and a small-city feel, said Shauna Sheets of Keller Williams Realty Black Hills. Investors also have been drawn to the market’s affordable prices and rental demand, she said.

“What I hear more and more [is], ‘Rapid City is what Fort Collins used to be, it’s what Colorado Springs used to be, it’s what Denver used to be,’ ” she said. “What I’ve heard is, ‘Now we know how our state will react in a crisis, and I don’t like how my state reacts.’ ”

Rapid City’s house prices have climbed in response, making it more difficult for local buyers to compete, said Stuart Martin of Re/Max Results in Rapid City. The average sale price in the area hit $364,000 in the first quarter, up from $311,000 in the same quarter a year earlier, Ms. Sheets said.

About 77.5% of page views on Rapid City-area property listings came from outside the metro area in the first quarter, according to Realtor.com. The top metro areas for interest in Rapid City listings were Washington, D.C., Denver, Omaha, Neb., and Sioux Falls in eastern South Dakota.

In Topeka, Kan., which ranked 16th in the first-quarter rankings, affordable prices also are attracting out-of-state buyers and investors, said real-estate broker Abbey Wostal. The median sales price in the Topeka metro area was $155,000 in the first quarter, down 1.6% from the same period in 2021, according to the Sunflower Association of Realtors.

“Topeka, we’ve always said, we’re kind of a great little secret,” she said. “It may not be where you choose to vacation, but it is a great place to live, because it’s affordable.”

The Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Markets Index ranks the 300 biggest metro areas in the U.S. In addition to housing-market indicators, the index incorporates economic and lifestyle data, including real estate taxes, unemployment, wages, commute time and small-business loans.


 

Happy Earth Day 2022

As we face an accelerating climate crisis, and many other challenges affecting our dear Mother Earth today, the message of Earth Day is as important as ever.

Join the celebration of our great planet by planting a tree, exploring the city’s mountain parks or by participating in a local event.

Here is a fantastic list from the City of Boulder  of local events and celebrations to get involved in climate action today and every day! 


Cool Boulder

Join in a community-wide effort to implement natural climate solutions. Cool Boulder is mobilizing and supporting our community to regenerate our soils, trees, and habitats for a resilient community, climate and future.  Sign up to join an action team or become a community resource specialist.

 

Spring Fest and Earth Day Celebration with Jeff and Paige

Bring the family to the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for fun activities led by Thorne Nature Experience educators and a performance by kid-favorites, Jeff and Paige.  Learn more and register for the free event online.

 

Ride Boulder BCycle for Free

April 22 through 24, get free access to Boulder BCycle. Enjoy unlimited 60-minute e-bike trips with your 3-Day Weekend Pass. To get the pass, download the  BCycle App  and select Bosch Earth Day Pass.

 

Tree Planting throughout the spring and at the Columbia Cemetery

Even though they’re not having Earth Day-specific events, the city’s Forestry team in the Parks and Recreation Department is focused on sustainability by planting trees! Approximately 400 trees in city parks and public street rights-of-way, at both residential and commercial sites, will be planted this spring.

The team is also working with Flatirons Elementary School to plant 10 trees at Columbia Cemetery on April 29 as part of their Arbor Day events.

 

Resource Central

Celebrate our planet with Resource Central and Eco-Cycle at 6400 Arapahoe Ave from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour Resource Central’s renovated reuse facility, get inspired for your summer DIY projects, and rock out to local bands. There will also be food and free family activities to enjoy.  Check out Resource Central’s website for more information and  RSVP on Facebook.

 

Community Cycle’s Bicycle Film Festival

Watch a series of short, international films that celebrate the bicycle. The festival will also feature panel discussions about cycling topics, local food and drink, and the opportunity to chat about biking with other Boulderites.  Learn more and purchase tickets.

 

Community Calendar

Access the  Boulder.Earth community calendar  for even more ways to get involved.

 

Looking for something you can do yourself?

If these events aren’t the right fit for you, access  the city’s guide to climate action. There, you’ll find ideas on how to live a more sustainable life and create positive change for our climate.

 

Happy Earth Day!

 

St. Patricks Day in Boulder

from bouldercoloradousa.com

Looking for unique ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day?

Why not come to Boulder and play outside, followed by some great beer on a sunny patio. Here are fresh ideas for things to do on St. Patrick’s Day 2022.

 

World’s Shortest St. Patricks’ Day Parade

Sunday, March 13, 2022, noon
A block-long celebration will take place on Sunday, March 13 at noon. The parade route is on 16th Street, between Pearl Street and Spruce Street, along the east side of The Odd Fellows Lodge (1543 Pearl St.). Watch for the Lawn Chair Brigade, a group that uses foldable seats as percussive elements in their costumed routines, plus Irish dancing, hula dancers, live music and more.

 

St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run at Avery Brewing

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Avery Brewing Company will be making their “Dry Irish Stout” in addition to hosting a 5K fun run on Thursday, March 17, 2022. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund. Participants receive two free drink tickets. Sign up here.
Sample Beer and More

Boulder has 22 breweries, four distilleries, three wineries, two cideries and a meadery. So yeah, there’s plenty to taste here for St. Patty’s Day. Here’s a complete list of Boulder’s libations destinations.

Sanitas Brewery Firepit

Hiking and Nature Walks

Go for a hike on dozens of trails including these easy nature outings. Make sure to choose one that is not crowded, even if that involves additional driving or a change of plans.

Hiker with a baby backpack overlooking the Boulder valley in the Winter

Just 20 minutes from Boulder, Eldorado Canyon State Park is open sunrise to sunset (entry fees apply). Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hour away and is partially open. For information on how to visit, go to the RMNP website. Face coverings are required for both.

Rattlesnake Gulch Eldorado Canyon at Sunset/Sunrise

 

Mountain Biking 

Go mountain biking on six major trail systems. The same important reminders above apply. In winter, try a fat bike.

Woman Fat Biking in the snow in Boulder, Coloardo

Bird-Watching

Read our bird-watching guide for where to go and what to look for.

 

Mural Tour

Woman taking a picture of the Liquor Mart Murals Street Wise Boulder

Photo Tour

Go on a self-guided photo tour of Boulder.

 

Art in the Park at Chautauqua

Walk or drive around Colorado Chautauqua Historic District to see 15 bear cub sculptures, each decorated by a different artist. Don’t miss the new 8-foot bear installation near the Chautauqua Auditorium, too. There’s even a cyber scavenger hunt you can complete at Chautauqua Park to discover the bear cubs and fascinating bits of Chautauqua history.

Play a Round of Disc Golf

Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family activity. All you need is a frisbee and yourselves. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).


Valentine’s Day in Boulder

from BoulderColoradoUSA.com

Stay awhile and bask in Boulder’s romantic setting at the foot of the Flatirons, with more suggestions for romantic things to do in Boulder on the  Date Weekend page. 

DINING SPECIALS

Bookcliff Vineyards’ Valentine’s Chocolate and Wine Tasting
Head to  Bookcliff Vineyards Winery and Tasting Room  on Saturday and Sunday, February 12-13, 2022, from 1-6pm to taste a trio of wines paired with four delectable delights from  Lift Chocolate  while supplies last. No reservation needed.
Chautauqua Dining Hall
Dine at the foot of the Flatirons with a special four-course Valentine’s dinner that’s prix fixe at $55 per person or with a Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea, served with a tiered tray of sweet and savory treats from 2pm at $30 per adult and $15 per child. Reservations required. Call the  Chautauqua Dining Hall  at 303-440-3776.
Spruce Farm & Fish
Treat that special someone to a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day at  Spruce Farm & Fish.  Holiday specials and full menus will be available for dinner from 5-10pm. Make your reservation  here.
Flagstaff House
A special, seasonal four-course tasting menu ($150/person) will be available at the stunning  Flagstaff House  from February 12-14, 2022. Make your reservation  here.

Frasca Food and Wine
Enjoy chef Kelly Jeun and chef Eduardo Valle Lobo’s luxurious 4-course menu with two options per course along with a curated wine flight all weekend. Reserve  here  for Frasca’s Valentine’s Menu ($195/person), offered Feb. 12-14, 2022 in their indoor dining room or outdoor, heated Alpenglobes.

Jax

Jax  is serving a special three-course prix fixe menu for $75 from Friday, February 11, to Monday, February 14, 2022.  Check here for more information.

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Look no further for a romantic setting than this.  Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse  is serving Valentine’s Dinner at $55 per guest. Please call the Teahouse directly to book your reservation at 303-442-4993.

West End Tavern

The  West End Tavern  will be offering food and drink specials from Friday, February 11, to Monday, February 14, 2022. Reservations are encouraged.  Click here for more information.

Centro Mexican Kitchen
A little something for everyone!  Centro  is offering Valentine’s weekend dinner and drink specials from February 11-15, 2022 along with a “Galentine’s Brunch” on Friday, February 13. Grab your friends for a mimosa-filled morning while supporting a good cause; a portion of all proceeds will go to Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder.  Reservations encouraged.

The Post

Grab your honey or your besties and dig into some bubbles and bird this Valentine’s Day weekend at  The Post.  Available February 11-14, 2022, enjoy the Fried Chicken and Caviar Experience for two at $75, and add some bubbles to make it extra special.  Reservations recommended.

Gemini
Gemini  will be offering a special Valentine’s Day à la carte menu including filet mignon, truffles on anything, pots de crème and specialty cocktails during dinner service from February 11-14, 2022.  Reserve here.

 

HOTEL PACKAGES

Your Third Night’s Free

Linger longer in Boulder with a special hotel offer.  Book two nights and get your third free at participating hotels.

Chautauqua Valentine’s Weekend Treats

Enjoy a romantic stay at  Chautauqua  with your special someone from February 11-14, 2022. Use the promo code VALENTIN when booking to receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and locally made artisan chocolates with your stay.  More details here.

St Julien Hotel and Spa Package
A special St Julien Hotel and Spa romance package includes your choice of luxurious accommodations, a chilled bottle of curated champagne delivered directly to your room, expertly hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries, a $150 hotel credit per night that may be used as you wish in Jill’s Restaurant, Spa at St Julien, T-Zero Lounge or toward in-room dining.  Book here.

Hotel Boulderado Hotel Package

Relax in luxury accommodations with Hotel Boulderado’s “Romance Package,” which includes house-made strawberry and ginger chocolate confections and a chilled bottle of Mumm sparkling wine in your room, plus room-service breakfast for two from 7-11am. Call 303-442-4344 for more info.

 

ACTIVITIES

Tinder Live! With Lane Moore – Valentine’s Show
Grab your single friends for a night of laughs at  Tinder Live! With Lane Moore  on Friday, February 11, 2022. During this critically acclaimed, totally improvised show Moore will project her Tinder onto a screen and look through profiles live on stage. The audience votes whether she swipes right or left, to hilarious and surprisingly kind results. Tickets are $20 and  can be reserved online.
Galentine’s Day Bath Bomb Workshop
Make your own bath bombs, pamper yourself with mini spa-day offerings and enjoy refreshments and snacks at Vital You on Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 11am-2pm. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased  here.
Paint-Your-Own Pottery
Paint pottery with your loved one at  Color Me Mine.  Reserve a socially distanced two-top for the two hours in the evening.
Pottery Date Night
Bring your date for a Saturday evening of pottery making at  Boulder Pottery Lab – Studio Arts Boulder.  Experienced instructors will get you set up and working together on the potter’s wheel, then they’ll glaze and fire your two favorite pieces. $55 per person.  Register online.

Galentine’s Day with Sherpani on Pearl

Grab your friends for a night of fun at  Sherpani’s  from 4-7pm on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Bring a friend and receive a free gift card, enter giveaways, sample treats and drinks, and shop a store-wide 25%-off sale. Limited spots available.  RSVP and learn more.

Hiking

Spend time on the trail together gives you a chance to reconnect among the fragrant pines. Try one of these  5 winter hikes.

Go on a Mural Walk
Stop for a coffee to go and then stroll around town to discover a few of Boulder’s 90+  murals.

Thanksgiving in Boulder

It’s ramping up to be a wonderful holiday season here in sunny Boulder. The gorgeous fall weather and colors are all around us and turkey day is already next week!

If you’re needing some help in the kitchen this year, or craving something special from one of your favorite spots, check out this great list from the Boulder, Colorado website. They have also included some great ideas for the whole family to enjoy if you’re looking for activities around town.


Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day

Hotel Boulderado Thanksgiving Buffet
Seasonally prepared buffet and dessert menu on the historic mezzanine.

Boulder Cork
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Open 12-7pm.

Chautauqua Dining Hall
Open, special holiday menu.

The Corner Bar at Hotel Boulderado
Full menu and Thanksgiving specials. Open 11am-8pm.

Frank’s Chophouse
Open, special holiday menu.

Greenbriar Inn
Traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Open 11:30a-7pm (reservations required).

Jill’s Restaurant at St. Julien Hotel and Spa
Thanksgiving Day buffet 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm.

The Kitchen
Open noon-8pm.

Salt Bistro
Open noon-7pm.

Spruce Farm and Fish at Hotel Boulderado
Full menu and Thanksgiving specials. Open 7am-8pm.

Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Take-Out

Zolo Grill Throwback Pop-Up at Centro Mexican Kitchen
Ready-to-heat trays of Zolo’s classic enchiladas, banana cream pies and large-format cocktails for pre- or post-Thanksgiving Day feastin’. Order   here.

Smoked Thanksgiving Turkeys from West End Tavern
Whole smoked turkeys, cranberry sauce, brown gravy, pumpkin pie and cocktails. Order   here.

Holiday Sides & Raw Bar Platters from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Large-format dishes for takeout, including lobster mac and cheese, crawfish gumbo and steamed PEI mussels. Jax is closed on Thanksgiving but will be open the day before and after. Order   here.


Events

Trevor Hall at Boulder Theater
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 26 and 27, 2021, 8pm
Come hear this singer-songwriter in his element at the intimate and historic  Boulder TheaterTicket prices vary.
St. Nick on the Bricks
Fri., Nov. 26 and Sat., Nov. 27, 2021, 11am-2pm
On the Pearl Street Mall in historic downtown Boulder, kids of all ages can visit with Santa during  St. Nick on the Bricks. Have your camera ready!
Friday Night Jazz at Hotel Boulderado
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021, 5-8pm
Enjoy some live jazz in Hotel Boulderado’s historic lobby lounge. Try cocktails and food from a special happy hour menu. More details here.
New Something Fridays At Supermoon
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021, 10pm-2am
Dance all that holiday feasting off at  Supermoon, featuring organic house music and blissful beats.
Fresh Air Friday
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Free access to all 41 Colorado state parks on  Fresh Air Friday, including  Eldorado Canyon State Park, just 15 minutes from Boulder.
Find Freezie Bingo
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Head to downtown Boulder and visit participating businesses for  Find Freezie Bingo.  Find enough “Freezie” plush snowmen and be entered to win a $25 gift card.
The Song of the Lorax at Dairy Arts Center
Fri., Nov. 26 and Sat. Nov. 27, 2021
Watch and learn from this immersive, multi-media show, including original live music performed by the Ivalas String Quartet, a forest sound installation, spoken word and photography by conservation photographer T.J. Watt.  Tickets and more details here. 
Yoga Pearl’s Small Business Saturday Market
Sat., Nov. 27, 2021, 10am-5pm
Shop from local makers, creators and small businesses in  Yoga Pearl‘s studio. A percentage of sales will be going to BIPOC holistic wellness.

Things to Do

Hike
After you’ve had enough pie and need to get up and move, explore Boulder’s vast trail system. Here are 5 great winter trails, although the weather over the Thanksgiving holiday is as likely to be sunny as it is snowy. Find more trails here.
Snow Much Fun Light Displays
Nov. 21, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
During Snow Much Fun, more than 275,000 colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic Pearl Street. Each year there are fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane). Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside. This year, also enjoy warm refreshments, seasonal caroling, free train rides around the park, and self-guided tours each Friday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17, 2021, 5-7pm in the Civic Plaza next to the Boulder Dushane Teahouse.
Sign Up for a Race
Wake up early for the 2021 Boulder Thanksgiving Day 5K and earn your dinner while doing some good. A donation from all race proceeds will go to Boulder’s Harvest of Hope Pantry. There is also an opportunity to donate non-perishable packaged and canned foods on the morning of the event.
Play a Round of Family Disc Golf
Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family tradition. All you need is a frisbee and yourselves. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).

Shopping

Small Business Saturday
Nov. 27, 2021
Shopping local is the Boulder way, and Small Business Saturday is a great day to do so. Head to Pearl Street, where historic buildings are filled with boutiques and indie shops, plus cute eateries, bookstores, and coffee shops. Holiday lights will be twinkling overhead. Don’t forget to explore “off the bricks” on West Pearl and East Pearl, too.
Twenty Ninth Street 
Twenty Ninth Street is an outdoor center with amazing views of the Flatirons (spectacular when dusted in snow) and plenty of popular national retailers such as Anthropologie, H&M, Apple, Sephora and Nordstrom Rack that are sure to have great Black Friday deals.
Shop the Makers
Boulderites are a creative bunch, and their wares make perfect holiday gifts. On East Pearl Street (between 17th and 21st streets), you’ll find Angie Star (handmade jewelry) and Sherpani (bags designed in Boulder). Elsewhere on Pearl are emporiums that house several local makers under one roof: R Gallery & Art Bar and Art Mart.

The Last Hurrah – VIP Garden Party

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The DRF Team is partnering in a fundraiser for the Boulder Symphony, and Colorado Landmark is sponsoring!

Join us for one last hurrah at the historic Haystack Mountain Golf Course and then attend a post-tournament party including dinner, drinks, live music, silent and live auctions! It is $35 per person and $20 for kids.


Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

Time: 10 AM – 8PM

Location: Haystack Golf Course 5877 Niwot Rd Longmont, CO 80503

 

Contest & Mulligan Package

($50/golfer)Includes: Putting contest entry, hole in one contest, closest to the pin contest, 1 mulligan and 1 foot of string.

Live Auction Includes:  Shoot the very last shot at Haystack, a Weekend at Winter Park, Conduct the Symphony, a Night in Denver, Avalanche Tickets, and Dinner & Hotel

Silent Auction Includes:  Tons of awesome items!


Tickets are going fast and you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Purchase Tickets Here

 

Boulder Remains #1 Best Place to Live in America

Boulder, Colorado

U.S. News  analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life. For more information on how we rank, read the  Best Places to  Live  Methodology.


What’s it like to live in Boulder, CO?

Profile written by local expert:

 

Snug against the foothills where the Great Plains give rise to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is nothing if not a looker. This city reveals its spectacle at the crest of a hill on U.S. Route 36 from Denver with its iconic sandstone slabs rising from the mountains, prefaced by pine-clad mesas and cradled within the backdrop of the snow-capped Indian Peaks.

 

For residents seeking wellness, Boulder has opportunities from forest bathing and free meditation sessions to an abundance of marijuana dispensaries, spas and alternative health care studios. The full spectrum of yoga disciplines is represented here, as well as a plethora of fitness options to ignite your curiosity, including parkour, aerial dance and “Animal Flow” ground-based movement classes. People looking to bring balance to their work life can find job perks that include participation in the city’s annual Tube to Work Day. Had it with the 9 to 5? Make like Boulder’s climbers and live in a van, work odd jobs and become a fixture at the area’s legendary crags.

 

This blissed-out enclave attracts young professionals, families, academics, scientists, transplants from both coasts, old guards who insist it was way cooler in the 1970s and, above all, lovers of outdoor recreation. Trail runners, hikers, climbers, cyclists and more move here to live in this perpetual playground, where the answer to “What do you do?” is often one’s activity of choice, not occupation.


 

Top Home Sales: Featuring Marybeth Emerson & Kimberly Thompson

By Lily O’Neill
Five months after it sold for $6 million in November, this Boulder home sold again in April with a price tag of $6.4 million. (Courtesy of Colorado Landmark-Boulder)

 

Colorado Landmark, Realtors agents Marybeth Emerson and Kimberly Thompson were recently recognized by BusinessDen’s Top Home Sales list for the sale of 2299 4th Street in Boulder. 

 

An excerpt from BusinessDen: 

 

2299 4th Street, Boulder: $6.4 million

Listing agent: Marybeth Emerson, Colorado Landmark-Boulder
Buyer’s agent: Kimberly Thompson, Colorado Landmark-Boulder

Five months after it sold for $6 million in November, this Boulder home was back on the market again. The 5,365-square-foot home is located in the heart of Historic Mapleton Hill and was once featured on the cover of Luxe Architecture & Design Magazine. The five-bedroom, four- bathroom house offers surrounding views of the Flatirons, Red Rocks and Mt. Sanitas, according to the listing.


 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Downtown Boulder

Mother’s Day is coming up and after the past year, the moms in your life may need more appreciation than ever before.  In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated. Take advantage of the local stores to find cute and unique gifts that mom will treasure forever. You will not only be showing appreciation for your mom, but also for the many local businesses in downtown Boulder that have also had a tough year.

You can shop in many ways, including buying local online, buying gift cards (Downtown Boulder Gift Card or store-specific), or ordering takeout or delivery from downtown Boulder restaurants. Spread the love this Mother’s Day.  #LoveTheLocal


Planner + Bath Bombs from Haven

Self-care essentials are always a go-to when gift giving. Haven’s planner and bath bombs are a great gift combination to help mom manage any stress in her life.


Mother’s Day Cards from Two Hands Paperie

You can’t go wrong with giving your mom a heartfelt card to show her you care! Two Hands Paperie has a wide selection of cards so that you can find one that speaks right to your mom’s heart.

 


Mini Facial Delight from Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply

This gift is the best for moms who need some pampering. The set includes the Precious Face Serum, Meadowsweet Face Serum, Exfoliating Face Scrub & Sweet Honey Scrub.


Bracelet from Starfish Jewelry

A bracelet from Starfish Jewelry is the perfect gift to give your mom to serve as a reminder of your relationship with each other! It looks beautiful, fashionable, and whenever she wears it she will think of you.

 


Wine from West End Wine Shop

A nice bottle of wine is almost always a good gift to give — especially to moms! West End Wine Shop has a large assortment of reds, whites, roses, and even orange wine! Sit down and share a glass while showing love and appreciation for your mom!


Shoes from Pedestrian Shops

Keep your mom feeling fresh and comfortable with a new pair of Birkenstocks from Pedestrian Shops! They spice up almost any outfit and they last for a lifetime.

 


Magnets from Island Farm

These adorable magnets from Island Farm are the perfect way to send a message of appreciation to your mom, while also giving her a gift! They can be used for decoration or practical reasons, and they would look great on any fridge or in any office.


Tea from Ku Cha House of Tea

These little packets of tea from Ku Cha House of Tea are a yummy and affordable gift to give your mom! They look cute and they are easily portable so she can keep them in her purse — just in case she gets a random craving for delicious tea while on-the-go.

 


Face Masks from Bliss

Things are slowly going back to normalcy, but we aren’t fully there yet. Get your mom a cute face mask from Bliss that she can wear during daily activities or while working out (and she will look good doing it)!


Gift Card to St Julien Spa

The St Julien Spa is one of the best ways to get away. Show your mom appreciation by giving her a gift card to the spa that she can use to take care of herself. After all, she did take care of you!


 

Niwot Sidewalk Sale returns on April 17th

One of last year’s favorite Niwot downtown events, the Sidewalk Sale on 2nd Avenue and at Cottonwood Square, is set to return.


“We’ve got a better idea of what people like, what goes, what doesn’t. It’s starting to get a bit of a following and people are actually asking about it now,” said the event’s creator, Deborah Fowler of DRF Realty/Colorado Landmark Realtors.

The Sidewalk Sale is not only coming back, but it is also getting bigger and better. Instead of three dates, there will be six: April 17, May 29, June 26, July 17, Aug. 21, and Sept. 25. Each sale also will have longer hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a larger number of pop-up vendors will complement what’s being sold in the brick and mortar stores

There will be more music available during each sale day. Performance areas will be set up in front of Pinocchio’s, at The Emporium by Old Oak Coffee, and at The Wheel House on 2nd Avenue as well as at Niwot Market and Niwot Tavern in Cottonwood Square. While the final list of musicians was still being determined at press time, it will include locals such as Thomas Dow and Emma Kieran.

“The main thing that works about it is that we’re adding an extra layer of ambiance to shopping in town,” said Fowler. She also believes the event could expose plenty of out of town guests, including groups that are fans of the musicians.

The Sidewalk Sale was established last year to help retailers during the pandemic, and it proved to be especially valuable. “People were worried about going into enclosed spaces during the pandemic and the event allowed them to visit shops but stay outside.” said Kathy Trauner of the retail store  Fly Away Home.

Trauner appreciated how the sale helped her connect with the public. She was so appreciative that this year, she’s helping Fowler organize it. “One of my best revenue days up to that point was the first sale,” Trauner said. “All of them were such a boon to retailers. A Godsend. Something that people looked forward to.”

Fowler said this year’s event will be organized similarly to 2020’s. Merchandise will be sold on racks and tables in front of the store, and customers who choose to can shop inside as well. Where possible, there will be some outdoor point of sale systems available for shoppers.

As with other events held during the pandemic, state and locally mandated health precautions will be followed. As of press time, Boulder County is at level yellow, which requires no outdoor restrictions at the state level but allows for restrictions to be put in place locally. The county has indicated that masking requirements will remain in place for indoor activity, and requests mask use outdoors when social distancing can’t be maintained.

“We will follow the latest guidelines from Boulder County. Whatever they say, that’s what we’ll do,”Fowler said.