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.
The techs at Rubbish Works make it easy to dispose of furniture, yard debris, and other refuse from homes and construction sites. That’s because each truck offers 16 cubic feet of space and arrives equipped with helpful tools such as a furniture dolly to lift heavy items and a sledgehammer to stir chamomile tea. While the techs are there, clients can also inquire about renting 20-yard roll-off bins and other smaller dumpsters.
Mattress Firm has a large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and Stearns & Foster. Sleep options range from the soft, cushy Hampton and Rhodes Perthshire pillow-top mattress set ($448+) to the firm and supportive Hampton and Rhodes Stirling firm mattress set ($198+). Browse the FAQ using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
Rejuven8, a new ground-up sleep system from Denver Mattress, provides customizable sack-hitting substructures, from foundation to mattress to plush topping. The elegant bouquet of mattresses includes traditional coil, hypoallergenic latex, firm memory foam, and inflatable air varieties. Like fountain drinks at fast-food restaurants, mattresses of all materials come in king ($999–$1,799), queen ($799–$1,599), and twin sizes ($599–$799). Toppers range in price and fluffiness ($125–$899), and Z-luring foundations follow suit with bases that are simplistic or full of features ($89–$2,799). Upgrade to an Ergomotion adjustable base so you can transform the sleeper at the touch of a button for maximum comfort (twin $899; queen $999; king $1,798). Split toppers are singly calibrated to a partners' respective needs.
The trip from the forest to the living room is a short one thanks to Tree Land Christmas Trees. This company imports its Noble Fir, Grand Fir, and Frasier Fir trees straight from North Carolina and Oregon, and within days of being harvested they end up poised in one of 10 lots scattered throughout the area. Tree Land Christmas Trees sees the act of picking out a tree as a ritual as much as a purchase, and so they welcome families to stroll through their lots, inhale the fresh smells, and pick out the tree that will decorate their home for the duration of the holiday season. The helpful staff will even tie the tree to customers' vehicles or schedule deliveries for customers whose cars or bike baskets can't accommodate the tree.
In the spirit of the holidays, Tree Land Christmas Trees also makes it a point to donate trees to families in need.
The nature-loving horticulturists at Garden Country Nursery have cultivated flowers, sent shrubs and trees to new homes, and equipped hands with spades for a quarter-century. Garden Country Nursery's greenhouse blossoms with mums ($5.99), asters ($5.99), magic beanstalks, and other perennials ($5.99 for a 4.5” plant). Taller leafy companions spruce up lawns with maple trees ($279.99), dogwoods, and saucer magnolias, and shrubs such the burning bush ($39.99) edge walkways. The garden supplies shop fills pots with FoxFarm soil for indoor plants or ostrich houseguests, stacks seed packets, and stocks spades.
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.