Boulder's Best Shopping Destinations: From Outdoor Gear to Home Decor

Boulderites (local folks) love and make sure to support their locally owned and operated shops around town. As such, you'll find a plethora of unique shops that can't be found anywhere else on your travels. Moreover, the township and citizens of Boulder dedicate themselves to eco-friendly shopping. As such, you'll find a wide variety of consignment shops, sporting goods recyclers, and even chains who are mindful to make their facilities sustainable by recycling, composting, and using solar power. Consignment shops such as Common Threads provide the perfect opportunity to find designer bargains in a "green" and thrifty way. REI and Neptune's Mountaineering offers gear that will get you up in the mountains and outfit your for you next adventure in the Rockies. New to Boulder, Athleta offers swimming, running, and yoga clothes for your trips to the gym. Novelty and home decor shops such as Peppercorn's and Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery are the perfect stops for sovereigns or little, unique, trinkets that can easily be stowed away in luggage or shipped to friends. Whatever your brand of shopping, Boulder offers local eccentricities, as well as name-brand stores that are sure to fill your closet, adorn your kitchen, and enable you to get the gear.



Named by the "Wall Street Journal" as among America's leading open-air pedestrian malls. Whether it's books, clothing, sporting goods, candy, or jewelry, there's a little something here for everyone. The area includes galleries, entertainment...  Read More



Into the Wind is a famous and beloved local business in Boulder that has been in operation for over 30 years. Located on popular Pearl Street, walking into this colorful kite shop is like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia. Delights of...  Read More



Known as the "less local" more mainstream mall of Boulder, the 29th Street Mall boasts big names such as Nordstrom Rack, Macy's, and Victoria's Secret. Dining can be found just around the corner at Colorado Pizza Kitchen, Noodles & Company,...  Read More



This north Boulder shop features an excellent selection of vintage eveningwear and good, quality recycled clothing. Track down an old Pendleton shirt or a tweed jacket like the one your grandfather used to wear. Hats, gloves, and purses are only...  Read More



This enormous community bookstore features more than 100,000 titles, with four fabulous floors of new and used books, magazines, journals, and book-related gifts. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, with warm woodwork, high ceilings, and...  Read More



Shop for unique retro styles at this trendy and hip boutique. You'll find anything from silver beaded headdresses to six-inch spike heels for girls and cowboy boots and funky ties for the guys. Common Era has a wide variety of bold accessories,...  Read More



For over three decades, this gallery, owned and operated by more than 100 artist members, has been a venue for fine arts and original crafts. Look for contemporary watercolors, blown glass, stained glass, pottery, hand-wovens, woodwork, and...  Read More



Peppercorn is a unique stop for all of your cooking, entertaining, and dining needs. Flatware, wine glasses, spatulas, skillets, and just about every other tool that you could possibly need to craft the perfect meal can be found in abundance....  Read More

Common Threads


Common Thread is, hands down, one of the best consignment shops you will ever have the pleasure of visiting. The selection is top-notch, always in fashion, and the store lay-out is perfectly organized to help you find exactly what you're looking...  Read More



One of the best places in town to shop for outdoor gear, Boulder's REI is a haven for climbers, hikers, back packing, skiing, and cycling enthusiasts. Not only do they offer amazing "garage sales" where gear is sold at dramatically reduced...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope