At any given time, more than 10,000 trees and plants inhabit CreekSide Tree Nursery in Boulder, in addition to the seasonal varieties at the Christmas Tree Lot in Niwot. The owners lovingly tend these organisms, carrying on a tradition that began in 1993. Though the enterprise originally centered on perennials, it now focuses on deciduous trees and evergreens, which, like the Green Giant's picnic blanket, spread across nearly 5 acres of land.
More than 35 years ago, Boulder residents who were committed to environmental conservation formed Eco-Cycle, using the organization to help launch one of the nation's first curbside-recycling programs. Having grown into an internationally known recycler, Eco-Cycle now operates recycling drop-off points throughout Boulder County, provides more than 800 local businesses with recycling collections, and operates CHaRM, Colorado's first community recycling center for electronic waste.
To help teach children the importance of recycling and living sustainably, Eco-Cycle runs several educational programs in partnership with local schools. These programs reach more than 25,000 students from kindergarten through high school each year, and include the Green Star Schools program, which works to reduce waste in all aspects of school life. Through the program's Zero Waste training, schoolchildren gain hands-on experience recycling, composting, and conserving every day. Participating schools can reduce their landfill waste by an average of two-thirds through the use of reusable utensils and plates, handmade cloth napkins, and reusable storage containers.
At Urban Mattress, patrons can sprawl out on comfy, soporific mattresses from brands such as Sherwood, Tempur-Pedic, Lumina, and Urban Organics in search of firm billows. The owner-operated stores also offer sustainable options that leave little to no carbon footprint and are biodegradable, making future archaeologists' jobs easier when they go to uncover the cans of peas hidden under our beds. Two percent of all proceeds finds its way to local nonprofits, ensuring that customers can sleep better at night in more ways than one.
When brothers Joseph and Herb Guiry founded the paint store that bears their name, Denver was still an untamed frontier town, William McKinley was President, and the flag still had 45 stars and not a single cartoon dog. The year was 1899, and, in the hundred-plus years since, the store has remained a family tradition across four generations of shopkeepers. Today, the store’s seven locations carry paints for everything from houses to school projects, and supplement their stock with home decorations including lighting, wallpaper, and furniture.
At Boulder Furniture and Mattress, a yawn isn’t a sign of boredom but an indication of contentment as patrons hop between memory-foam mattresses nestled in sleek bed frames, and plush sofas filled with downy throw pillows. A host of Danish convertible sofas class up the evenings of overnight guests with their modern lines and innovative shapes, and child- and college-friendly bunk beds sport functional features such as desks, futons, and storage drawers. A broad selection of bedding caps off customers’ mattress choices, with bamboo sheets and organic-wool mattress toppers waiting to shrink owners’ carbon footprints down to ant size.
As a Certified Professional Organizer, Hire Order owner Lisa Sarasohn calms clutter storms through creative, compassionate, and insightful solutions. During each two-hour process, Lisa lends advice on what to keep, what to purge, and where to store sacks filled with sticks of butter. In addition to devising storage solutions, the service reduces stress in the long term, increases productivity, and minimizes the probability of losing something important. Lisa also helps homeowners tackle wardrobes and closets, helping evict aged frocks, half pairs of shoes, and zip-bags storing skeletons.