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The Mayor Goes Shopping on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado

Shopping along Pearl Street is a longtime Colorado tradition, even for people outside of the state. Case in point, when my mother visits from Oregon, she always requests that we spend an afternoon shopping on Pearl Street.

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The pedestrian friendly Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, Colorado.

I shopped Pearl Street Mall last Wednesday with my friend Karen on what was probably the last 80-degree day of the year. If you aren’t familiar with Pearl Street, it’s a stretch of road in Boulder, Colorado, bordered by lots of locally owned shops, restaurants and bars. And no matter the day of the week, it’s always a hub of activity.

We parked at the garage on Walnut Street below the St Julien Hotel & Spa. The hotel, which is glorious by the way, smells amazing thanks to their spa, and because of its proximity to the St. Julien, the underground garage is the best smelling parking garage in the world. This city should use this in any future parking garage marketing campaigns. Continue reading

The Mayor Goes Shopping in the Choice City, Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins is best known for craft beer, bikes and Horsetooth Reservoir, but downtown boasts a healthy variety of retail stores and whether you’re shopping for the holidays or for yourself, there’s a store here to fit every need (or want).

The Mayor Goes Shopping, FNB, The Perennial Gardener

The Perennial Gardener

This past week I went on a little shopping outing in downtown Fort Collins with my friend Karen, and our first stop was at a store that’s been a longtime tradition in downtown Fort Collins. The Cupboard just celebrated its 45th anniversary this summer, and while this milestone is fantastic, what makes this store even more special is that it’s been in the same family for all that time. Continue reading

Come out to the annual Winter Walk in Loveland, Colorado

Rialto Theater at 228 East 4th Street in Loveland, Colorado. Theater tickets make great presents! Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

Lit up with holiday lights, downtowns across the country are charming places to shop and dine. As we head into the holiday season, I want to encourage all my readers to shop local. Shopping locally not only supports your town, but you may discover some real gems right under your nose.

Loveland, Colorado has a charming downtown with a variety of shopping and dining options. My favorite is Merchant Voyage at 246 E. 4th Street. You’ll want to spend a little time poking around in this store. From jewelry to antique microscopes, from unique wall art to handmade scarves, Merchant Voyage makes shopping an adventure.

This Saturday, December 4, is Loveland’s annual Winter Walk, a downtown celebration that tempts Northern Coloradoans to come to 4th Street and enjoy a day of entertainment and shopping.

During Winter Walk stores will be offering refreshments, prizes and specials. Santa Claus will be at Mandolin Café at 210 E. 4th Street. While at the café, warm up with a bowl of homemade green chili. Stop in at Artisan You at 341 E. 4th Street and check out the gingerbread party. Grab a free hot chocolate at Cloz to Home (120 E. 4th Street) and browse their collection of newly arrived hats. Enter to win prize drawings at both Cloz to Home and Almosta (43 E. 4th Street).

In Thompson Pocket Park. at 4th and Lincoln Ave, there is an entertainment lineup starting with the Light Up Dancers at 10:30 a.m., caroling by Loveland Opera Theater at 11:30 a.m., Santa’s Trombone Band at 1 p.m. and ice sculpting starting at 2 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be telling stories at Anthology Book Co. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tour Loveland in style by catching a ride on the horse drawn carriage in Anthology’s parking lot.

Before leaving downtown be sure to stop and get your gifts wrapped at Alternatives to Violence at 313 E. 4th Street.

"The Hurt Locker" now playing at Lyric Cinema Cafe in Ft. Collins, Colorado

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One of the only movies to receive a 5/5 here  at HeidiTown is now playing at Lyric Cinema Cafe in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Read HeidiTown’s review of this movie.

For movie times, visit Lyric Cinema Cafe’s Website.

Bent Fork Grill serves up more than just great ambiance

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I am a fan of the Bent Fork Grill for several reasons. First, it is Colorado-owned and operated and second, the food is dependably good. We’ve been going to the location…

continue reading review here.

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