Call me a localvore (pertaining to not only food, but any local business). Coming from a small town I recognize the importance of the Mom and Pop stores and I love the sustainability that can be found from local business. So although I’m still a newbie to Boulder, I wanted to give a shout out to some local businesses that I think are doing their part online, by giving back and holding down, being unique in what they offer.
1. Tee and Cakes: Their tagline, “Better Than Sex.” Do I need to say more? Okay, I will but you see where I’m coming from. Tee and Cakes is a Boulder-based cupcake bakery, wedding and custom cake shop, coffee and espresso shop and retail apparel store.
Co-owned by a pastry chef and graphic designer, they describe it as a “lifestyle based shop.” They’re on Twitter, run a delectable blog, come up with ingenius pastries and funky tee’s. I like the offers they run on Twitter and you want to kick it in their cute shop, downtown Boulder off of Pearl Street. Not to mention, I heart their cupcakes.
2. The T Bar: Passionate about panties? The T Bar is a boutique, lingerie store founded by Debra Caplin, who moved to Boulder from Miami and knew Boulder needed a little down South spice (pun intended). About 4 months ago I noticed The T Bar emerging online, tweeting and writing a fun, lingerie blog, called The Panty Press.
Since then she has been featured across the web for her unique and stylish lingerie finds, bringing in new business and staying strong as a local retail business even in this recession.
3. Trek Light Gear: Totally appropriate for Boulder, but beyond that, I think Seth is running this business wonderfully. Trek Light Gear came about with the notion that the outdoors helps even the busiest of people to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. They offer lightweight and practical outdoor products, with the background concern and care for our planet (eco-friendly and reusable.)
Treak Light Gear holds it down on Twitter and has been featured in the likes of Martha Stewart and Off Grid Survival.
4. Lindsay’s Boulder Deli: Everytime I go into Lindsay’s Deli, I’m usually greeted by Lindsay herself with warmth, asking if I want to sample their fresh baked cookies, or just how is my day going? Offering a mix of ice cream, sandwiches and soups they run a pretty standard (but delicious) deli. I think they stand out because of the people and the fun promos they have begun to run on Twitter.
The other day, I said Haagen-Daz’s first three ice-cream flavors (that day’s running promo) and got a free soup with my sandwich. They’re fun, creative and they strive to give back, all of which makes me want to stop in their shop more often.
5. Spudbros: “Just Maybe the World’s Greatest Fries,” is the Spud Brothers tagline. Offering the ultimate of comfort food, they serve everything potato. Since they’re right downtown, close to where I work, I frequently buy their sweet potato fries.
Their potato combinations are delicious and totally unique, like their Colorado Buffalo with buff sauce, bleu cheese crumbles, fries and diced celery. They host fun events, like their celebrity guest chef event and they offer special promos via Twitter with a nice balance being informational and fun. I think their personality has really emerged on and offline, making them a distinctive eatery in Boulder.
What other local businesses in your town have impressed you by being creative and innovative?