Farfel’s Farm engages pets and their two-legged parents with a wide range of high-quality, eclectic products. Customers can stock up on the essentials such as premium food and treats, including natural and organic selections. Or feed a furry friend’s kinetic side with challenging and engaging toys such as the Gourdo ($9.95), which offers interactive play, treat dispensing, and gum massaging, perfect for canines or open-minded toddlers. Farfel’s Farm also stocks myriad collars, leashes, bowls, and beds—including eco-friendly options—as well as dog and cat products made locally in Boulder or within Colorado, many of which come with an imprint of the town name and a signed headshot of the mayor’s schnauzer.
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.
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.
For more than 35 years, Boulder Army Store has sold its customers one thing: adventure. Behind its 19th-century brick storefront, the store stocks all the requisite apparel and gear needed for outdoor exploration. Its knowledgeable staff outfits customers for year-round thrills with outdoor gear, clothing, and footwear for all seasons from brands such as Merrell and Columbia Sportswear. In fact, some of the store's items almost seem to have minds of their own, since they can adjust for different temperatures or even generate electricity.
The shelves and walls also brim with camping equipment and gear designed for specific activities, including backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing. For summer months, more than 200 styles of footwear keep outdoorsy types protected as they scale hiking trails or levitate just a few inches above rough terrain.
Installation Shoe Gallery drapes bodies in skateboard-culture shoes, apparel, sunglasses, and more. Installation routinely rotates limited-edition inventories to keep Nike, Adidas, Vans, Converse, Skullcandy, and New Era gear as fresh as an apple that was picked and immediately stored in a cryogenic life-extension chamber.