I always feel like I'm about to embark on a journey when I walk into the Boulder Army Store. You could say they have their ambiance down. The one drawback might be the dizzying number of options for the one item you're shopping for. My tactic: take an hour to explore. Come back in a few days after the dust settles to make your selection.
Boulder's Public Library, between Canyon and Arapahoe, sees a lot of traffic. That's good, it's a public library! Patrons include small children, college students, grandparents, the homeless, and visitors. The diversity of the people at this location is what keeps me going. Most libraries have a decent book selection. If they don't have what you want, they'll special order it. The library happens to be on the Boulder Creek, which sets it apart from every library in terms of natural beauty.
I absolutely love these guys! I think -- am nearly positive -- that K and K is family-owned. They work together as if they were family, anyway -- a happy family. Why am I cooing? Because they treated me like a lady, like a beautiful woman getting a piercing that only accents the sexuality already there. More importantly, these guys know what they're doing, exceed health standards, and never over-price.
I'm a romantic for old-town hardware stores. McGuckin's is the most magical new-town hardware store I've encounterd. They do, in fact, have everything. Considering the easy access we have to 'everything' these days, inventory is not the magic ingredient. You'll have to go yourself to find out how the set themselves apart from corporate chains Sutherlands, Home Depot, etc.
Ideal is not Boulder's most ideal spot to shop. Since it was bought out by Wild Oats, it has lost its character as the neighborhood grocery. The employees are still good people. Good people can be found anywhere! But Ideal Market itself, is just another place to buy food. Sometimes they have what you need, sometimes they don't. Sometimes you run into a good deal. Most of the time, the prices are too high.
First National has been my one and only bank since I moved to Boulder four years ago. That's because they're awesome! I frequent the Broadway location, for it's convenience. I've made friends with all the tellers. They're all wonderful, friendly people! Besides good rates, with which every bank has their competitive niche, what more is there to good banking?
My first visit to Q'dobas was on an empty stomach. I needed food badly, which is the only reason I was able to consume my entire burrito. The food is really not very good. I think it's because I've had Illegal Pete's, which I love, and so I was critical from the beginning. I found Q'dobas to be better tasting then fast-food, and disappointing as a Boulder burrito joint. Just don't go with high expectations.
Full Cycle, on the 'Hill', is, in my opinion, University Bicycles main competitor. I favor one or the other depending on my needs and/or mood. Fully Cycle's employees are just as skilled and knowledgeable as UBike's employees. It kind of depends on what atmosphere you're looking for. Full Cycle is smaller in size, and isn't as loud. Smaller means less room for inventory. Try both, and you'll see what I mean.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with Boulder's Barnes and Noble. Of other chains in the book industry, this location will take care of you. So why hesitate? Because there's a handful of independent bookstores at your fingertips, with greater selection and character.
You'll rack up an exorbitant bill, but your Naropa education will likely change your life forever. As a Writing and Poetics graduate student, I studied with the greatest of the greats ( I mean both faculty and students). Naropa drips with passion. If interested, you really need to check out their website. An invaluable asset to Boulder's art culture.