Boulder's Downtown of Wonders: Pearl Street Mall's Unique Shopping

Known for its beauty, culture, and unique local businesses, Boulder, Colorado's beloved Pearl Street Mall is home to the arts, entertainment, and fine dining. Also notable, this area boasts a variety of apparel and specialty shops perfect for those with a shop-a-holic heart and cash to burn. 

Topping out our list, Into the Wind is a local business which has been in operation for more than 30 years bringing colorful kites, boardgames, and a kaleidoscope of other trinkets and do-dads to Boulderites and tourists alike. The perfect spot to grab one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts, your heart will soar, just like the kites, as soon as you walk in the door. 

Another local favorite, Peppercorn where visitors can stock their kitchen with finely crafted cookware, cookbooks, spices, and much more. For bookworms, the Boulder Bookstore offers the latest titles and hard-to-find classics, adventure books, self-help, and boasts a large collection of spiritual writings. If you're looking for a sweet treat while shopping, Piece, Love, & Chocolate offers truffles, cakes, hot chocolate and a smorgasbord of chocolatey delights to take home or gift to friends. 

For outdoor and fitness junkies, Patagonia, Prana, and Athleta are all located downtown, and offer top-of-the-line outdoor and fitness apparel for your mountain adventures. 

No matter what your pleasure, Pearl Street Mall has it and more in abundance! 


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 jewelry hand-crafted by local artisans. Uniquely designed toys, kites, and puppets are also featured. A Visiting Artist Series features a rotating schedule of fine art and craft exhibitions. Occasionally, you'll glimpse one of the artists featured in the store painting outside, drawing inspiration from Boulder's charming Pearl Street. A perfect stop to purchase rare and beautiful gifts that can't be found anywhere else.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: The Boulder Arts and Crafts Cooperative is for art lovers who enjoy admiring and purchasing local pieces that can't be found anywhere else.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to take a peek at the variety of metal work that many artists have on display.

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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 stained glass windows. Check out the staff picks, for the reliable employees are known for their excellent recommendations. Attend one of the many events, including book readings and lectures. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the Bookend Caf� connected to the shop and dive into your newest book. Because Boulder Book Store is conveniently located in downtown on Boulder's famous Pearl Street, you'll have options for dining and entertainment after you shop.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: The Boulder Bookstore is rich with adventure fiction and non-fiction, spiritual and self-help books, along with the latest bestsellers.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop into Bookend Cafe for a sip of coffee while you catch up on your reading.

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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, including banged bracelets, wrist cuffs, and Bohemian style dangle earrings. Purses, clutches, and wristlets can be found throughout the store and, for those of you who need to adorn yourself underneath your fabulous outfit, lacy bras, silky underwear, slips, and stockings can be found in the matching colors of this season's latest styles. The attendants are extremely helpful and always happy to give you a second opinion when second guessing a fashion choice.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: Common Era is your one-stop-shop for all things fashionable, from apparel to accessories. You'll leave dressed to the nines and feeling fabulous.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop in for their end-of-season sales.

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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 all kinds, including vintage games, specialty kites, and candies entice visitors. Perfect for those visiting who want to bring back and unique and beautiful souvenir for a loved one. Not to mention, flying your new kite over the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a once in a lifetime experience. Trick kites are also available for those who are experienced flyers and need a little more excitement.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: Into the Wind offers colorful kites, exciting games, candy, and plenty of do-dads for children or the child in us all.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to check out their website to find more kites and great deals.

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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. But the fun doesn't stop there; Peppercorn offers spices, unique baking mixes, jams and jellies, kitchen decor, and quality cooking brands such as Cuisine Art. There fun and fanciful dining decor mixes elegance with a touch of whimsy and provide the perfect gift to bring home after a stay in the mountains. Need something small to tote home? Peruse their wine glasses or array of cook books.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: Peppercorn is the perfect spot for foodies, culinary artists, and those who simply love cooking. Spices, cookware, and much more can be found and enjoyed.

Hope's expert tip: Take home a cook book or some unique spices as sovereigns.

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A new addition to the downtown Pearl Street thoroughfare, Athleta is a haven for girly-girls who wanna be both fit and beautiful. Geared toward runners, swimmers, and yogis, this store boasts comfortable, high-quality, athletic apparel that will last through seasons of beatings. Turquoise, pink, electric orange, and deep purples are just a few of the colors you'll find to ensure that your running skirt, yoga pants, or bathing suit is eye-catching. Hiker or mountaineer? Athleta also carried some good options for hiking and mountain climbing during the spring and summer months. Not to mention, cute headbands an light jackets will ensure that you are mountain fabulous.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: Athleta offers beautiful outdoor and workout apparel for women who train hard but still want to look their best.

Hope's expert tip: New to Pearl, Athleta runs a significant amount of specials to draw in the crowds. Keep an eye out for them.

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The Prana store located on Pearl Street is more than just a place to shop, it's a store that supports community by offering free yoga classes and a variety of events that bring yoga and outdoor lovers together to celebrate what they love. Hats, jackets, adorable and comfortable tops and pants, and other accessories for your yoga practice can be found in abundance. If you're a climber, hiker, or just general outdoor lover who values long-lasting apparel that looks and feels great, then Prana is the place for you. For this Prana store's yoga classes be sure to check out the schedule online.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: Prana offers beautifully made clothing for yoga enthusiasts, outdoor lovers, and people who generally like to move their body and look good in the process.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to attend one of their free yoga classes offered weekly.

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Patagonia boasts a large store on Pearl Street stocked floor to ceiling with high-end outdoor apparel with an eco-friendly slant. Whether you're a skier or snowboarded, trail runner or hiker, mountain biker or mountain climber, Patagonia has something for you. If the price tags on most items give you pause, just remember that Patagonia engineers their apparel to last a lifetime. Not to mention, their Common Threads initiative allows you to send in used torn and worn gear for mending. That being said, think of your purchase as an investment piece and feel good knowing that Patagonia makes a strong commitment to the environment.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: Patagonia provides high-end and eco-conscious apparel for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. It's location on Pearl Street offers a variety of merchandise for adventurers.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to check out Patagonia's "Common Threads" initiative.

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Leather boots, sandals, purses, and a variety of fashionable accessories can be found at Steven Madden on Pearl. From thigh-high boots, to low-rise, and cowgirl boots with flare to boots made for the trails and streets, Steven Madden makes high-quality leather products that are reasonably priced investment pieces. Steven Madden also participates in Pearl Street's annual Fashion's Night Out, where shops open their stores to the public often offering amazing deals, fashion shows, and refreshments. The store attendants are helpful and knowledgeable, making it their priority to help you find the perfect fit.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: High-quality leather boots and fashionable accessories can be found at Steve Madden on Pearl Street.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to ask the helpful staff to assist you in finding the perfect fit.

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Located on famous and romantic Pearl Street, Piece, Love, & Chocolate Company is the perfect place for dessert on date-night, Valentine's Day, or for couples who just want to treat themselves. Known for their truffles, decadent cakes, and in-store hot chocolate, this Chocolate Boutique caters to those with a sweet tooth. A local favorite you can't get anywhere else, their truffles made with beer from Boulder's microbreweries are sure to be a hit. Wanna relax instead of taking your chocolate to go? Many of PLC's cakes are served by the slice and can be eaten in their cozy sitting nook or on their Pearl Street Patio.

Recommended for Pearl Street Mall's Best Shopping because: Piece, Love, & Chocolate invites visitors to taste, smell, and take home their truffles, cakes, and other yummies. Perfect for souvenirs and Christmas gifts.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to sample PLC's amazing hot chocolate during the winter months.

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