Shoe Fly's prodigious array of up-to-the-minute kicks fills the shop's multihued confines beneath vibrant murals and teeming racks of jewelry. Slip into panache as dazzling as a glitter-covered lightning bolt with a pair of limited-edition, floral Nike Dunks ($115), or shelter little piggies in the bow-topped charm of the Baily by Big Buddha ($42). Towering shelves line the colorful walls, showcasing the leather elegance of Virgo by Jeffrey Campbell ($130), Frye's Clara clog ($149), and the Converse sandal ($30), which blends timelessness and comfort like a massage from Frank Sinatra. Shoe Fly stocks Saucony, Tsubo, Old Gringo, and an assortment of other brands, though selection may vary, and some shoes are not available in all sizes. An assortment of apparel is available, including a stock of yoga-inspired clothing from Hard Tail.
Cuvée Wine Bar and Bistro’s oenophiles partner their flights of pleasant potables with French-influenced small plates and entrees. Wine flights sail through combinations of both reds and whites, themed around a single grape, multiple countries of origin, or the fact that the harvest was plucked by helpful sparrows. The international flight teases tongues with the dry kiss of an Italian pinot grigio and the sweet rush of a German riesling before hurling taste buds halfway round the globe to sample New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc. On the other end of the grape spectrum, the vineyards of Louis Latour, Bethel Heights, and Maysara find common ground in side-by-side servings of their pinot noirs. Six types of cheeses, acquired the same day at the market, join a medley of fresh fruit, dried figs, and bread on the cheese board, a practice first adopted by British sailors who had committed misdemeanors and were forced to eat the plank.
Owners Manuel Sanchez and Joanne Keys lead a staff of oenophiles who stock West End’s intimate shelves with hand-selected, value-priced bottles from producers both foreign and domestic. The team rigorously tastes each wine that the store sells, then privately ranks them on a scale from “sangria” to “cellar” to “object of worship.” Shelves brim with such enological gems as the Sean Minor pinot noir ($18), which glides across palates with preternatural delicacy, and the robust Protocolo red from Spain ($9), which demonstrates its value for cooks by doubling as a rolling pin. Meanwhile, the Jordan cabernet sauvignon ($55) dons formal attire as it assumes its place among the West End Wine Shop’s elite selection of premium wines. Corks fly on Wednesdays as the staff pours complimentary tastes of choice elixirs, allowing customers to sample bottles and judge their lip-staining potential.
The instructors at Take it Out! aren't exactly anti-gym, but they are anti-ceiling. They prefer to sweat beneath the sky alongside their students, who follow them through boot-camp drills, running routes, and strength-building exercises in Boulder Central Park. Their classes combine the galvanizing energy of group workouts with the sense of liberation that comes from exploring nature—a counterpoint to the constricted, crowded feeling of indoor fitness venues and home gyms inside your broom closet. Even their personal-training sessions can be scheduled outside.
Their curriculum covers sports- and triathlon-focused training in addition to more generalized routines. Each lesson takes a balanced approach to conditioning with movements that improve core power, agility, and endurance. And, if the weather is bad or too cold, classes move to shelter at Body Dynamics.
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival brings to life not only Shakespeare, but classic and contemporary plays as well. Performances take place in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the University Theatre Main Stage on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus.