Earthbound in Boulder, CO: A Guide to our Favorite Places

Kicking off our “Earthbound in Your City” series is Kathleen, the manager of our historic Pearl Street location in Boulder, Colorado. Kathleen gives us her take on some of Boulder’s best offerings, including restaurants, music spots, hiking trails and more. Boulder sounds like an awesome town and we can’t wait to visit and check out all of Kathleen’s recommendations!

"Downtown Boulder," ©2007 Jesse Varner, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license

Q: Is there any cuisine your city is known for? Where’s the best place to get it?

A: Boulder is one of the centers of the Green Movement in the nation, so healthy, gluten free, and locally grown food is huge here. It’s super easy to be health conscious here and the food is still amazingly yummy. I recommend getting some crazy pancakes at Snooze for breakfast, grabbing a quick but still very filling lunch atHalf Fast Subs, and having literally anything at Salt for dinner. Besides that we are also known for our breweries. They are everywhere, but hitting up Boulder Beer or Left Hand Brewing Company for a brewery tour and sampling is a must.

Q: What’s the music scene like? Where do you go to catch a concert or go dancing?

A: Two words: RED ROCKS! Having the most beautiful (and natural) amphitheatre so close by means that we have a very active and diverse music scene. Once you go to Red Rocks, no other venue will ever compare. You can also catch tons of good shows at the Fox Theatre on the hill, as well as the Boulder Theater if you’re looking for something in town.

["Red Rocks," ©2011 re_vised, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license]

Q: What’s something fun to do with children in your town?

A: There are fountains and playgrounds on Pearl Street that are always very active with playing children.Boulder Creek is a great place to have a picnic and play in the creek when the Colorado heat is getting intense. There’s also tons of hiking; Sanitas Valley Trail is excellent for children.

Hiking the Flatirons

Hiking the Flatirons

Q: What museums, theatres, galleries or other cultural activities do you recommend?

A: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art always has excellent exhibits and events that are tons of fun to attend. It’s also great to take a tour of the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Be sure to hit up the CU Museum of Natural History, and the Fiske Planetarium as well. Hiking is a way of life here, so hiking the Flatirons is a must. Take a hike in the morning and then make it down to Pearl Street for happy hour and check out the street performers in the afternoon.

Pearl Street

Street Performer

Q: Where’s the best place to be after midnight in your city?

A: Pearl Street. If you are looking for a nice relaxing night with your friends, we recommend Catacombs or theSundown Saloon, but if you want to go dancing there’s always Walrus or Absinthe House. There are also plenty of restaurants and breweries that stay open late and you can relax on their rooftops.

"31-6," ©2011 J.Pitt, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license

Q: What’s the best time of year to visit? Why?

A: From May until October, the weather is wonderful here. Although July and August can reach over 100°F during the day, the Colorado night time weather is fantastic.

Q: What’s one unique thing about your city that a visitor absolutely should not miss?

A: Besides CU’s beautiful campus and the Flatirons that are so breath-taking and the hiking that goes along with that, you should always check out the shopping on Pearl Street and come say hey to us here atEarthbound!

Earthbound Trading Co. - Boulder, CO

Photo credits:
“Downtown Boulder,” ©2007 Jesse Varner, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license
“Red Rocks,” ©2011 re_vised, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license
“31-6,” ©2011 J.Pitt, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license
All other photos by the Boulder EB Team.

EB Team Spotlight: Sharlene at Flagstaff!

We’re back with another EB Team Spotlight! We love getting to know members of the Earthbound family a little better. This time we’re chatting with Sharlene, the awesome store manager at our location in historicFlagstaff, Arizona.

Sharlene @ Flagstaff Earthbound Trading Co.

Flagstaff Earthbound Trading Co.

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:

A: I’m a light being working on making my light brighter!

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?

A: I love that everyday when I go to work it feels like I am not going to work! Earthbound has been such a fun atmosphere for me. I have met so many talented people and look forward to meeting more. The other thing I really enjoy about Earthbound is that even though we are a growing company I still feel like I am part of a very special family!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

A: I really enjoy baking and cooking. I especially like to find alternative recipes such as gluten free and vegan recipes. I always like accepting a challenge!

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?

A: This one is a tough one. If I had to choose at this moment, I would have to say Leafy Green!

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?

So many dreams, so little time! If I had to narrow it down, I would have to say living in a treehouse community somewhere in the Northwest. My neighbors would be all my beautiful friends!

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?

A: A wrap skirt for sure; gotta look sassy while being lost! I could probably even use it for shade coverage! I think a journal would be just dandy. I am sure there are means of making my own pen. Last but not least, a knife would do quite well on an island!

Spotlight on Choke Shirt Company

For about a year and a half now, we’ve been working with Choke Shirt Company after meeting them at a show in Vegas. We love bringing their unique t-shirt designs to our customers, and we love supporting these Seattle entrepreneurs! This week we reached out to Matt at Choke to learn a little more about their company’s story.

Q: Tell us a little about the history of your company.

A: Choke is based in Seattle, WA. Jeff and I started Choke out of our apartment in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood after checking out many local t-shirt companies who frequently sold their wears at farmer’s markets. Like many great ideas, ours started out with a “we can do better” attitude. In 2008, we launched our first collection of designs online and at our semi-permanent spot at the Fremont Farmer’s Market.

In early 2009, we bought our first screen printing press and rented a 400 square foot studio space in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. With no windows or ventilation, we sweated through our first summer.

In 2010, we participated in our first outdoor festivals, selling our shirts just about every weekend in a new location around town. At the end of 2010, we moved into an amazing 1,500 square foot space in Seattle. We took with us the largest Choke collection to date. In 2011 we hired our first employee and brought on an investment partner.

As our online sales grew, we decided to branch out of the weekend markets and festivals and begin the process of finding retailers to sell our wears. After less than a year in our new space, we moved next door to our current space. At 3,000 square feet, it was surprisingly quick how fast we filled up our new warehouse with a second manual press and our giant baby, an automatic screen printing press named Carl.

After just 2 years of successful trips to fashion’s famous MAGIC Market Week in Las Vegas our clothing line has grown to (currently) 300+ locations around the US and Japan and expanding every month.

Choke: Brian Printing

Choke Dog!

Q: We know you’re a very small crew – how many people (and dogs) make up your company these days?

A: Currently we are 9 people strong and only one pooch. Leo has the summer off because the shop gets pretty toasty and we are so much busier now than we were when we first started that he gets lost in the shuffle and ends up being annoyed with us all day. The 9 of us (and Leo) continue the mission of Choke: To provide the masses with a line of smart, interesting, comfy affordable tees.

Q: Do you design and print everything in house at Choke?

A: Yep! All our designs are designed and printed by us here in Seattle. We have a custom print shop and ourown line of tees for guys and ladies, hoodies, tote bags and baby onesies.

Moon Monster Choke Tee

Q: What’s your favorite Choke tee that we’ve carried at Earthbound?

A: My personal favorite is Moon Monster which is in Earthbound stores now. It’s actually part of our new Fall/Winter 2013 collection which we will be launching August 19th at MAGIC in Vegas. But Earthbound got a special preview of our collection before anyone else and you guys decided to pick it up! We’ve already been hearing great things from some of our fans that love shopping at Earthbound!

Artist Collection: Canvas Art

We are thrilled to introduce our first Artist Collection of canvas art, featuring Dallas based artist Jermtek, Jeremy Reynolds. Beautifully reproduced on canvas and ready to hang in your home, these pieces feature a variety of media and a distinctive style. Alignment is probably our favorite, with the bold line quality over vibrant dripping colors. Which pieces are you most in love with? This canvas art collection was printed in a limited run and will not be reordered. They’re in stores now, so head in soon to claim yours! Check out the whole collection below.

Roots by Jermtek

Roots by Jermtek – $34.95 (20″ x 24″)

One Line Drawing by Jermtek

Owl by Jermtek

One Line Drawing by Jermtek- $59.95 (24″ x 36″) | Owl by Jermtek- $29.95 (16″ x 18″)

Alignment by Jermtek

Alignment by Jermtek – $79.95 (46.5″ x 31.5″)

Little Red Riding Hood by Jermtek

Disection by Jermtek

Little Red Riding Hood by Jermtek – $19.95 (10″ x 13.5″) | Disection by Jermtek- $29.95 (16″ x 24″)

Le Male & Le Femme by Jermtek

Le Femme and Le Male by Jermtek – $24.95 each (11″ x 17″)

Drawing 26 by Jermtek

Drawing 26 by Jermtek – $49.95 (31.5″ x 23.5″)

Untitled by Jermtek

Untitled by Jermtek – $34.95 (24″ x 20″)