As recently as April 2014, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicated Boulder, Colorado as the skinniest city in the United States. Since the pedestrian-friendly city rests in the cradle of the Rocky Mountain foothills, with plenty of nearby opportunities to hike, the ranking is perhaps no surprise to Boulder's 100,000 residents. It certainly comes as no surprise to guides at Boulder Walking Tours, who make their living showing off the city's footpaths through its downtown historic districts.
On one of their signature tours, guides take up to eight guests to explore Boulder's still-operational Chautauqua campus, where an adult-educational movement has thrived since the late 19th century. The morning-long tour benefits from stunning views of the Flatirons, deftly told anecdotes of local Chautauquans, and historical photographs that show off how far picture-taking technology has come.
Putting trust in Satellite Board Shop is a no-brainer when you know that the University of Colorado snowboard team entrusts it with all their tune-ups. Satellite technicians show all their customers the same level of professionalism and care when waxing boards, tuning up skis, or explaining that a “snowboard” isn’t the legislative branch of winter presided over by Jack Frost.
Satellite also stocks plenty of new snowboards and skateboards including the Never Summer Cobra board, designed to handle any mountain terrain, and the Anti Hero skateboard deck emblazoned with a giant bee. In addition, Satellite can outfit customers with T-shirts, shoes, and sunglasses as well as fleece-lined jackets that keep them warm when they accidentally build themselves into an igloo.
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.
Since 1921, Art Cleaners' meticulous wardrobe washers have been giving stains and blemishes the boot with a full roster of dry-cleaning, laundry, and alterations services. Today, they harness the cleansing power of the GreenEarth cleaning system, which eschews harmful petroleum-based solvents in favor of liquid silicone derived from pure, natural sand. This eco-friendly solution thoroughly but gently expunges stains and grime from all types of clothing and furniture fabric before dissolving back into its natural states—water, carbon dioxide, and sand. Like a skunk that's studied Emily Post's Etiquette, it leaves behind no odor. The staff at Art Cleaners also picks up and delivers clients' laundry for free within Boulder County.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
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.