By BizWest Staff
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is retrofitting its #ShopLocal-Colorado holiday campaign into an ongoing campaign to spotlight and support the state’s small businesses.
The original campaign was established to encourage holiday shopping at local small businesses, especially in light of the effects of COVID-19. Local communities retain 70% of revenue when shopping occurs locally, compared with 40% when shopping non-locally, the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade said in a press release.
The on-going #ShopLocalColorado campaign will equip small-business owners and economic-development leaders with social-media content and tools to encourage the shop local messaging across the state. Each month, the campaign will refresh content and work in collaboration with holidays and national opportunities to spotlight small businesses. February’s campaign will focus on small, black-owned businesses in observation of Black History Month.
“The pandemic’s economic interruption has really highlighted the importance of supporting and shopping our local small businesses,” OEDIT executive director Betsy Markey said in a written statement. “As a former small business owner, I know how important local participation is to business success and sustainability.”
The ongoing campaign serves as a toolkit resource on oedit.colorado.gov. The toolkit will offer social media copy, graphics and links to information for audiences across the state.
With more than 611,000 small businesses representing more than 99% of Colorado businesses, small business is a driving force in the state’s economy. Encouraging Coloradans to shop their local small businesses is a way to invest money back into local economies and in the communities throughout Colorado.
Access the toolkit at oedit.colorado.gov/shop-local-
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It’s already February and Super Bowl Sunday is about to touch down! This weekend, support some of your local favorites, save yourself some trouble and checkout these great options for family fiesta packs, meal kits and more.
Oak at Fourteenth is offering Super Bowl Take & Bake options, presenting OAK style game day dishes complete with instructions for heating and serving. And don’t miss their North Shore Roast Beef Sandwich Special, sure to score big with the family! All orders set to pickup between noon and 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 7th.
Get more details on Oak’s Super Bowl Take & Bake here!
More Great Local Options Below!
Americans are making moves. Despite economic uncertainty, home sales rose to a 14-year high in 2020, and the trend looks set to continue into the new year. According to Pew Research, one in five Americans have moved or know somebody who has due to the pandemic.
Key factors like livability, growth, job opportunities and most importantly, pet-friendliness are top considerations for those considering a relocation this year. For those local to Boulder, it will come as no surprise that we have been ranked as the #1 most pet-friendly city to move to in 2021 by bringfido.com.
“The People’s Republic of Boulder is the place to be in 2021. First, you can check excellent public schools and ample job opportunities in a variety of sectors off Fido’s moving list. Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this small city within a park is also a gateway to the “grrreat” outdoors. Bring Fido for a dip at Boulder Reservoir, hike the beautiful Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail, or meet the local canine community at Foothills Community Dog Park. You can even sign your pup up for a Boulder Voice and Sight Tag for off-leash access to designated trails. With 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s plenty of time for outbound hounds to experience all that Boulder has to offer. In the summer, the free Park-to-Park shuttle welcomes dogs on board. And the city boasts a thriving food and arts scene. Check out SmithKlein Gallery with your pooch before visiting Avery Brewing Company to hang in the spacious fenced-in area.”
Read on here, and find out which other 9 cities were runner up!
Article from BoulderColoradoUSA.com
Boulder was named in this list of the 20 Best Places to Spend Christmas in the USA. As your local leaders here at Colorado Landmark, we know just why!
Downtown Boulder twinkles with lights, the Flatirons often have a powered-sugar-cookie dusting of snow, and a lighted star glows above Boulder from Flagstaff Mountain every evening. There’s no question that the holiday season is special in Boulder, no matter how you celebrate. Here are a few favorite local traditions.
Veteran’s Day Through Second Sunday in January
Boulder’s holiday star has shone from atop Flagstaff Mountain every year for over seven decades. Its 365 bulbs are energy-saving LED lights that can be seen from anywhere in Boulder. Over the years, pranksters have changed the shape of the star to form letters representing rival teams or towns, or to make political statements, but the star has been lit every year since 1947. The Boulder Chamber is the proud steward of the star, and each year they sell holiday cards featuring a rendition of the star, painted by a local artist.
Photo: University of Colorado Boulder
❄️Snow Much Fun Light Displays
Nov. 22, 2020–Jan. 10, 2021
During Snow Much Fun, hundreds of thousands of 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 . This year will feature fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane) and a map to guide you through downtown and Central Park. Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside. Check here for updates.
Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder
Ask any local, and chances are good that their Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Days start with a refreshing winter hike. Try it and see what it’s like! There’s no better feeling than enjoying the crisp air on the trails in the morning and later sitting down to dinner knowing you’ve earned a feast. Each year, there’s a guided hike, led by a City of Boulder naturalist, on Christmas Day. Many of Colorado’s State Parks host free, guided First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, too.
❄️Hotel Boulderado Christmas Tree
Stop in for a gander at this massive tree that towers two stories under the Hotel Boulderado’s famous stained-glass mezzanine.
Photo: Historic Boulderado Blog, Circa 1930
Check out more ideas for this holiday season in the full article, here.
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Join us for Small Business Saturday® (Weekend) on
November 27 – 29, 2020
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The event encourages people to shop at small businesses on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The idea has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.
Small businesses are like snowflakes, each one is unique, and the downtown Boulder shopping district is made up of more than 70% locally owned/operated shops! One small purchase can make a big difference. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
Check out a list of participating businesses here &
shop ’til you drop!
from Travel Boulder
Local food and dining is a major part of the Boulder community, and this year, more than ever, it’s important that we support our culinary neighbors! An opportunity to do just that is on the horizon this week as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.
With 2020 having caused many of us to become reacquainted with our kitchens on a daily basis, cooking up a full Thanksgiving splendor can seem like a looming task. As COVID-19 cases rise, county and state officials are begging Coloradans to avoid private gatherings among two or more households. It is advised that traditional Turkey Day feasts with multiple generations and larger groups hold off until next year, and that gatherings be hosted virtually, meaning many at-home cooks will bear the full responsibility of creating a usually collaborative meal, or perhaps not attempt this massive undertaking at all.
Fear not: You can still get your Thanksgiving flavor fix in Boulder, support local restaurants, and stay COVID-safe by ordering a professionally prepared, cook-at-home feast. Check out a great list of local restaurants offering Thanksgiving takeout here! All that will be left for you do do will be to power up the Zoom to talk to Grandma (there are no time limits on Zoom calls this year for the holiday!), set the table, and wear your mask to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner (and likely lunch the next day, and the next, and the next).
Stay safe & healthy!
It’s already almost August! This summer has been one full of finding new ways to stay active and keeping the family entertained. Here is a list of some great end of summer activities and fun for everyone to enjoy, while also staying safe and 6 feet apart of course!
Virtual classes and entertainment have never been so important and exciting! From concerts and festivals to art gallery tours and Yoga you can almost do it all still, from the safety of your home!
Virtual Bands on the Bricks – Wednesdays, July 15th – August 5th, 2020 from 7-8 pm. Boulder County’s premier outdoor summer concert series has gone online! Nothing brings a community together like music and dance and this summer, nothing is going to stop us! While we can’t all be together in person…you can still bring the music right into your home! Downtown Boulder proudly presents Bands Above the Bricks – coming to you virtually from high above the Pearl Street Mall.
Food Lab – Offering virtual summer camps!
Frasca Food & Wine Dinner Kit – “At Home With” Dinner Kit and Virtual Guide. Bringing the restaurants of Frasca Hospitality Group into your home. Each week features a dinner kit complete with prepared ingredients and a bottle of hand selected wine. View a step by step recipe guide from the included video guide.
Golfing is a great way to avoid crowds and get some fresh air, it’s also a great way keep a safe distance from friends, while still enjoying their company! Here is a list of local, public golf courses to check out.
Flatirons Golf Course – If you are not sick, symptom free and feel safe to golf, please enjoy a round at Flatirons. The course will remain open when everyone adheres to all the safety and physical distancing requirements. View re-opening rules and procedures here.
Foothills Golf Course & Meadows Golf Club – Open and has adapted aggressive policies to address health and safety for golf operations based on State and County public health orders. Before arriving for your tee time, please review the new policies here.
Indian Peaks Golf Course – Opened with strict guidelines in place to keep the health and safety of staff and guests as the top priority. Golf Club staff will be strictly enforcing the safety guidelines and anyone that cannot respect them will be asked to leave. Carefully review guidelines here.
Haystack Mountain Golf Course – Feeling cooped up but want to avoid gatherings? Relax and breathe easy, The Haystack Mountain course is open and committed to taking all necessary precautions the ensure the health and well-being of golfers and staff. Please review guidelines here.
Coal Creek Golf Course – Open for play and operating under a COVID-19 reopening policy. Social distancing is required and will be enforced, please review and follow the published rules and regulations here.
Twin Peaks Golf Course – Tee times are now available from 6am – 6pm. Boulder County Public Health guidelines are in place and must be followed by patrons of the City of Longmont Golf Courses, and will be enforced by staff. Clubhouses will not be open. Review guidelines before arrival here.
Take the family out for some sun and a splash! Tubing, paddle boarding and kayaking are all awesome ways to get outside to play, and stay safely apart!
Whitewater Tubing & Recreation – Now taking reservations! Experience tubing, rafting, paddle boarding, kayaks and canoes. Rentals, sales and instruction available. Have fun safely on the water, every piece of equipment is sanitized in between every use with bleach and soap. Employees have face protection, are washing their hands frequently and using hand sanitizer. Drive through only for check in to minimize any contact and encouraging social distancing. Also, all employee temperatures are checked before the start of every shift. Enjoy the great outdoors this summer safely!
Boulder Reservoir – 700 acres of wowing Flatiron views. Rent stand-up paddle boards on site from either the Rocky Mountain Paddleboard tent (set up in the morning and afternoon on the shore at Hobbie Haven, right by the crew boats, until mid-October) or from the reservoir boathouse.
The Rivers Path Guided Canoe Trips – Profound canoe experiences… at nature’s pace. Experience the magic of a hidden gem on the Front Range for a day trip! Following all COVID-19 protocols which can be found from the main website.
Wilderness Rides & Guides – Open, ready for business and are available for calls, questions and reservations for summer 2020! Enjoy backpacking and multi-day hiking, mountain biking and bike tours as well as fly fishing and rock climbing. You can even zip line and whitewater raft! View company COVID-19 updates and guidelines here.
Don’t leave your furry friends out on all the action! Dog parks and walking trails are also a great way to social distance while exercising and spending some time with your best friend! Please review Dog Park Rules & Etiquette here.
East Boulder Dog Park – 5660 Sioux Dr. Fenced area for both large and small dogs. There is a concrete barrier in the lake that some dogs are able to climb – Large area is about 1.5 acres.
-Small area is about .45 acres.
-There is limited water access to a small lake.
NOTE: Be careful as water quality can vary. Pick up and remove pet excrement to assist with water quality issues. Algae bloom information.
Foothills Dog Park – 800 Cherry Ave. Two acre fenced park with a separate areas for both small and large dogs. – Large area is about 1.6 acres
– Small area is about .5 acres
Howard Heuston Off-leash Dog Area – 34th & Iris, then south to O’Neal Parkway. Please note this as an ‘off-leash dog area’ and has different rules than a ‘dog park’.Please visit the Howard Heuston webpage for a summary of the rules.
– Voice and Sight Control area is designated north of the partial fence only.
– The remainder of the park is leash law.
– The size of the Voice and Sight area is about 1.25 acres.
Valmont Dog Park – approx 5300 Valmont
Fenced area for both large and small dogs. – Large area is about 3 acres.
– Small area is about .25 acres.
– It is a dog park at Valmont City Park .
– A water spigot is available seasonally.
Tail-Wag-Worthy Trails can be found below! Check out Boulder’s color-coded dog regulation map here, that tells you the exact rules for each trail in Boulder. Be a good human and always clean up after your pet! Always be cautious of algae blooms!
Wonderland Lake Trailhead in North Boulder is a nice, leisurely jaunt around a gorgeous glassy lake with Flatiron views in the distance.
South Mesa Trailhead has a network of pleasant trails crossing the South Boulder Creek. Avoid Towhee Trail however, which is closed to dogs.
Chautauqua Trailhead is a popular choice for bikers with their dogs, a variety of trails will put you up close to the Flatirons.
Be safe and have fun out there!
Every year, Boulder Weekly runs a survey for all readers and friends of Boulder County to vote for their favorite businesses that make living here so great and this year, for the 24th annual Best of Boulder publication Colorado Landmark, Realtors has been awarded the Silver Medal.
What an honor to be selected for this highly coveted award by many thousands of neighbors and peers alike, as one of the best and top Real Estate agencies in this gorgeous place we call home!
Click here to read the Best of Boulder 2020 digital edition
Thank You Boulder!
It’s official! Colorado restaurants can resume in-person dining.
Check below to see if any of your local favorites are on the list for Boulder County
*We recommend calling ahead!
1039 Pearl Street
Serving a limited menu to guests with a reservation
The Flagstaff House
1138 Flagstaff Road
Best restaurant views in Boulder! Call or visit Open Table for a reservation, but note all outdoor and window tables cannot be reserved and will be seated on a first come, first serve basis
Frasca Food & Wine
1738 Pearl Street
Boulder’s swanky spot is now open to reservations only; make yours at Tock
Jax Fish House
928 Pearl Street
Dinning room open to guests with reservations
1837 Pearl Street
Patio is now open for guests!
Oak at Fourteenth
1400 Pearl Street
Patio is open for first come, first served seating. Dinning room will open for in-house seating on Wednesday, June 17th
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
Multiple Boulder – area locations
Open with single-use menus and a maximum of six guests per table
1730 Pearl Street
Open to reservations only, available through Tock
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
1101 Walnut Street
Dinning room is open!
Salt the Bistro
Dine in the dinning room or on one of two expanded patios
Santo New Mexican Eatery
1265 Alpine Avenue
New outdoor seating available, reservations strongly recommended
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
1701 Pearl Street
Dinning room is open!
Roadhouse Boulder Depot
2366 Junction Place
In-house dinning available
Louisville, Lafayette & Niwot
121 Second Avenue, Niwot
Open for dine-in service with initial hours of 4 to 8pm Wednesday – Sunday
Lucky Pie Pizza
7916 Niwot Road, Niwot
Now offering patio service for Friday and Saturday nights from 4-8pm to reservations only. Email email@example.com to make a reservation
820 Main Street, Louisville
Now open for dine-in service
817 Main Street, Louisville
Now open for dine-in service daily
Zucca Italian Restaurant
808 Main Street, Louisville
Now open for limited in-house dining! Reservations are highly recommended as they have limited capacity and are ensuring proper social distancing
The Melting Pot
732 Main Street, Louisville
Re-opened with reduced capacity. Reservation only for 4-course dining experience
700 Main Street, Louisville
Now Open! Limited in-house dining and take-out available
917 Front Street, Suite 100, Louisville
Open for dine-in service with modified hours
740 Front Street, Louisville
Offering outdoor patio service & curbside pickup, reservations recommended
1006 Pine Street, Louisville
Enjoy the outdoor patio!
802 S. Public Road D
This breakfast joint is open with indoor and outdoor seating
2770 Arapahoe Road
This fish and chips joint is now seating customers in the dining room
The Post Brewing Co.
Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont locations! Dinning rooms currently open, make your reservation on Open Table
Lucile’s Creole Cafe
518 Kimbark Street
Dinning rooms officially re-opened
Farmers Markets will look a little different this year, but here are some options to shop safely and support your local farms.
Reservations are strongly encouraged at several of them, and will ensure you get to shop while walking up is not guaranteed. As each opening day approaches your respective market channel will explain how to best interact with markets at this time.
Visit www.bcfm.org for more information on reserving a shopping window and to access social distancing guidelines.
Fort Collins – Opens May 24: Sundays, 10am – 2pm. Located at 1001 E. Harmony Road.
Louisville – Opens May 23: Saturdays, 9am – 1pm. Located at 824 Front Street.
Erie – Opens May 21: Thursday’s, 5pm – 8pm. Located on Briggs Street.
Broomfield – Opens June 9: Tuesdays, 4pm – 7pm Located at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church at 1700 W. 10th Ave.
Arvada – Opens June 7: Sundays, 9am – 1:30pm. Located off 57th & Old Wadsworth.
Golden – Opens June 6: Saturdays, 8am – 1pm. Located at the Golden Public Library Parking Lot at 1019 10th Street.
Local farm stands will also be selling fresh produce, while following social distancing guidelines. Check out who is gearing up for the season below!
Cure Organic Farm – Open daily from 12pm – 5pm (weather permitting). Located at 7416 Valmont Road, Boulder.
Sunbeam Farm – Open daily until Mid June. Located at 1005 Cerryvale Road, Boulder.