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?

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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.


 

Landmark Moment: Habitat for Humanity Build Day

Our community is lacking in affordable and available housing, which is a core business problem as well as a social problem.  Colorado Landmark has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to try and solve this issue.

In addition to the hands-on contributions of the firm, like painting and labor, we are supportive of additional endeavors through the H4H Organization.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. Like us, H4H believes housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. When you think of H4H, you might imagine a family buying a volunteer-built home for an affordable price. But there’s a whole lot more that goes into the organization’s efforts, and how businesses like ours can help.

If you think about the  housing process like we do everyday, you know so many more steps are needed to get a family into a  home than a fresh coat of paint. As Realtors, we know what first-time homebuyers are looking for and what they need to succeed in this hot market. We can help Habitat provide a  suite of services:

  • Homebuyer education and one-on-one coaching
  • Down payment assistance and closing cost help
  • Mortgage pre-approval from TCHFH Lending, Inc.
  • Affordable monthly mortgage payments
  • Post-purchase support

Habitat staff are here to help clients all along the way and are always open to working with local leaders like ours.

So whether it’s paint or advice or resources and training, Colorado Landmark is committed to improving life for the families of Boulder County by doing what we do best, getting folks into homes and supporting the creation of Landmark Moments.

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.


 

Service Line Coverage from State Farm

 

 

 

 

Do you know that municipalities and utility companies are typically not responsible for the water, sewer, electric, gas and other service lines on your premises? Any repairs are most likely at your expense.

State Farm® Service Line Coverage may be added to your Homeowners Policy for a low annual cost with a $500 deductible and a $10,000 limit per occurrence to provide coverage for loss or damage to service lines. In some states, coverage includes a limitation of $2,500 on service lines 50 years old or older at the time of loss. Ask your agent about what’s covered in your state.

 

What does this coverage include?

This is not warranty coverage. Under the Service Line Coverage, a covered service line refers to “exterior underground piping and wiring,” including permanent connections, valves or attached devices providing the following services to your home:

1. Communications
2. Compressed air
3. Drainage
4. Electrical power
5. Heating, including geothermal, natural gas, propane and steam
6. Waste disposal
7. Water

A service line failure is defined as a leak, break, tear, rupture, collapse, or electrical arcing of a covered service line not otherwise excluded. A service line failure may be caused by, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Wear and tear, marring, deterioration or hidden decay
  • Rust or other corrosion
  • Mechanical breakdown, latent defect inherent vice
  • Weight of vehicles, equipment, animals or people
  • Vermin, insects, rodents or other animals
  • Artificially generated electrical current
  • Freezing or frost heave
  • External force from a shovel, backhoe or other forms of excavation
  • Tree or other root invasions

Blockage or low pressure of a covered service line when there is no physical damage is not a covered service line failure.

 

Here’s a coverage example:

Say, for instance, your sewer line cracks as a result of tree root invasion and the covered repair costs total $10,000. With Service Line Coverage, your responsibility for the loss is your $500 deductible. Payment for the loss would be the remaining $9,500. Payment for the loss would be $2,500 if your state has a sublimit and the damaged sewer line was 50 years old or older.

 

Covered service lines also include:

• Excavation costs – We may pay the necessary and reasonable excavation costs that are required to repair or replace your covered service line.
• Expediting costs – We may pay reasonable extra costs to make temporary repairs and expedite permanent repairs or permanent replacement.
• Loss of use – We may cover additional living expenses and fair rental value due to a covered loss.
• Outdoor property – We may pay for your outdoor property, such as trees, shrubs, plants, lawns, walkways or driveways that are damaged as a result of a service line failure or are damaged during the excavation of the covered service line.

 

Choosing the right supplemental coverage is important. Your State Farm agent is here to help guide your decision.

 

Call us 24 hours a day!

Jeannie Hulse Ins Fncl Svc Inc
Jeannie Hulse, Agent

303-828-4002

525 Briggs Street, PO Box 1005
Erie, CO 80516-1005

 

State’s Shop-Local Campaign Being Extended as Pandemic Relief Project

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-colorado-toolkit.

© 2021 BizWest Media LLC

 

Super Bowl Sunday, To-Go!

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!

Love Niwot Walk – All February Long!

❤️ Niwot is Spreading the Love ❤️

 

Pick up your Love Niwot Pass and SWAG bag from the DRF Real Estate Office (136 2nd Ave Suite E Niwot, CO 80503) and then get walking! Limited passes available so be sure you don’t miss them!

 

The businesses on your Niwot Pass have some great giveaways – you won’t want to miss these FREE goodies.

 

You’ve probably heard talk about the flower wall built by the lovely  Belle Terre Floral – after you pick up your pass be sure you grab your #flowerwallphoto  outside of the DRF Office 🌸

 

BONUS: If you do some shopping while you’re in town save those receipts and turn in your pass + receipts to be entered into the prize drawing!

 

Apres Ski Event in Niwot this Saturday!

We are fortunate to have spectacular weather forecasted for this Saturday afternoon – it’s expected to be 50 degrees and sunny, and Downtown Niwot’s Après Ski pop-up celebration is the perfect way to play & soak up some rays. Stop by & say hi to Colorado Landmark, Realtors agents of the Deborah Read Fowler Team!

 

Here’s what’s happening:

 

Music : There will be music playing in four spots around town.

  1. Niwot Wheelworks
  2. The Emporium
  3. The patio outside Pinocchio’s
  4. Niwot Tavern Tent

 

We have some fabulous musicians: 

Billy Bower, Tony Crank, Liv Herring, Emma Kieran, Tim Stiles and Marcello Capparelli

 

Food & Drink: 

Gluwhein & mulled wine will be served at Niwot Wheelworks & The Old Oak

Hot Chocolate will be served from Rosie the VW Camper on 2nd Avenue

Apple Strudel – Niwot Market

Chowder and Chile – Niwot Tavern

Food Truck – Gourmet Ghost on Left Hand Corner – serving gourmet baked potatoes and takeout fondue!

COVID REGULATIONS WILL BE ENFORCED and everyone must wear masks and socially distanced.

 

Time for some safe and healthy winter fun!

 

 

DRF Team Becomes 1st in Boulder County to Receive B-Corp Certification!

Check out this exciting news from The DRF Team!


Woohoo, my team and I are pumped to kick off 2021 with some exciting news… We are now a certified B-Corporation! This certification verifies that our business is being used as a force for good.

The certification is (very) tough to get! We are the only realtor in Boulder Country to have been awarded this, and as far as we can tell, just the 2nd realtor in the whole of Colorado.

It means the world to us because we believe just making a profit doesn’t cut it anymore. It is time for businesses to show leadership, and to prove they care about people and our planet while they do business. We strive to “B the Change” we want to see in our world. While we have always felt this way, our B-Corp certification gives you the confidence that we meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact.

Here are some of the high standards we have met to become a B-Corp:

Our Governance: We meet high standards of ethics, transparency, and have even amended our founding documents to reflect our commitment to caring for people and our planet, in addition to making a profit.

Our Clients: We have worked hard to make sure our clients are delighted with every aspect of our service

Our Community: We actively support our community. Our suppliers are 100% local and we give preference to minorities. We joyously pledge at least 1% of our profits back into our community.


Our Workers: We strive to look after workers like family, compensate them well, and work towards diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Our Planet: We are now a carbon-neutral company that has done real work to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We actively seek to minimize our footprint wherever possible.

See more details here: https://bcorporation.net/


Getting B-Corp certified feels great! We challenge other Niwot businesses to consider becoming B-Corps too, feel free to ask us more about this. B the Change!

B Corp U.S. & Canada


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— at Deborah Read Fowler Real Estate
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