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.
Aloha Healing Spa's director, Deborah Frazier, has seen the beauty industry from a variety of angles. As an international model, she knows the value of confidence and having a successful glamour team, insights she further combined with technical know-how by becoming a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist. Her time spent as a dancer gave her experience in maintaining her poise and grace, and practicing healing arts equipped her to help herself and others find peace and recuperation through alternative means. With this wealth of experience, she repairs and rejuvenates clients by exfoliating skin with chemical peels, unknotting muscles during raindrop therapy massages, and instilling calm through healing arts sessions. She also spends a portion of her time passing her skills onto future professionals at Polished by Deborah, a finishing school that focuses on career development, personal presentation, etiquette and ethics.
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.
Chef Aaron Bennett and his culinary team combine the philosophies behind farm-to-table cooking with gourmet Italian dining at Bácaro Venetian Taverna. The menu features classic Venetian dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local and organic farms, including Talbott Farms, Isabel Farms, and Haystack Mountain, among others. Panzanella salads season tomatoes and garlic croutons with basil-infused olive oil and wild boar shoulder gets braised in chianti before being served with creamy, truffle-infused polenta. The kitchen makes all of their pastas in-house, and gluten-free spaghetti or penne can be substituted for wheat-free diets.
Bácaro takes its name from the lively taverns around Venice, which are noted for their laid-back atmosphere, simple furniture, and affable ghosts. Bartenders fuel lively gatherings with pitchers of sangria, housemade Italian liqueurs, and selections from their extensive wine list during daily happy hours. The eatery also hosts guests on its spacious rooftop patio, where chandeliers and the fact that it is on a rooftop heighten views of downtown Boulder.
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.