A certified member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, Zuni offers stunning Native American arts from across the Southwest. What Zuni does, providing a place for these artists, is extremely important in a tourist, materialist culture that hocks imitations and trinkets. Some of Zuni’s most wonderful offerings are their Zuni Fetishes – small carved animals representing the incarnation of a living spirit that represent the totem animals of the six cardinal directions. By taking thoughtful care of the fetish the spirit imbues its keeper with guidance.”
1424 Pearl St, Boulder
A topo is a type of map, which works because the products at Topo Designs will serve you well no matter where on the map you find yourself, functionally or stylistically. The company’s MAP Pact Initiative mean you can feel good about wearing the company’s clothes or carrying their bags. The MPI is a philosophy that guides every decision the company makes, so as to “protect our communities.” “We act on decisions to be responsible in the fabrics we choose, the products we make and the lifetime warranty we offer…we have developed a plan for people to engage and improve their communities, natural places and spaces around where they live.”
TopoDesigns.com • 720.255.2932
935 Pearl St, Boulder
Momentum is the place you need to know. They practice charitable giving,y partnering with local non-profits and organizations. Every Black Friday they donate a percentage to local non- profit rather than having specials. This years’ proceeds will go to Harvest of Hope Pantry. They’re also closely affiliated with the Fair Trade Federation to be socially and ethically conscientious with their business practices. Their mission is to create and inspire change by providing socially responsible choices for everyday purchases. All their products are crafted by the human hand, and the artisans who create them are ensured a fair and livable wage. We work hard to know where our products come from, and to make sure the materials and fibers used to make them are sustainable.
1625 Pearl St, Boulder
SAVVY ON PEARL
You know you’re woke and world savvy when you make EVERYONE who walks in the door feel welcome! Savvy on Pearl wants to make sure customers know that their spot is a friendly environment and a safe place to be themselves, regardless of their gender, creed, religion, race, or any other identity. The world needs more places so out about loving everyone. They have also started to create their own Colorado themed t shirts and have really enjoyed being able to design them, screen print them and sell them all at the local level.
SavvyOnPearl.com • 303.440.3989
1114 Pearl St, Boulder
They donate 50 percent of profits from their Hand and Foot Salve to the Children’s Hospital of CO. For each bar of Dirty Dawgy Pet Soap sold, they donate 50 percent to Freedom Service Dogs of America. This December, at their Soaps and Cider events taking place on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th, they will be donating 10 percent of store proceeds to Colorado State Bee Keeper’s Association (12/2), Girls, Inc. (12/9), and Foothills Animal Shelter (12/16). On top of all that, they use wind power at their production site and their Cherry Creek North store. Finally, their shrink wrap is made of plastic made from corn, meaning it is entirely biodegradable. All of their products are biodegradable and Leaping Bunny certified.
SpinsterSistersCo.com • 720.618.642
1102 Pearl St, Boulder
BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF)
Boulder International Film Festival is a way to give back beyond the traditional gift in a box. Instead of a packaged, manufactured ‘thing’, give an experience. Supporting BIFF (coming Feb 22-25) with a Pass or Gift Certificate means not only supporting the arts in Boulder, but learning and experiencing the world through film, through interactions with filmmakers and film lovers. BIFF is meaningful, sustainable, local (and a heck of a lot of fun)! Get your loved ones a pass to experience all the magic Boulder’s big screen has to offer.
Biff1.com • 303.449.2289
2338 Broadway, Boulder
EL LORO JEWLERY
El Loro began with two couples who wanted a place to share their treasures. 40 years later, El Loro is one of the oldest stores on Pearl Street and remains a locally owned business true to its founding principles: appreciation for and awareness of global and local art and culture, a welcoming environment for people of all beliefs and lifestyles, and active participation in the community. El Loro has donated to and participated in countless charity auctions and fundraising events the last 40 years, prioritizing giving back to the community. They also carry many fair-trade items from around the world, and have longstanding relationships with communities in Guatemala, Malaysia, Bali, and more.
ElloroBoulder.com • 303.449.3162
1416 Pearl St, Boulder
BOULDER ART MART
A Boulder landmark since 1989 in the heart of the Pearl Street Mall, the Art Mart features retail arts and crafts from over 300 local, national, and international artists, helping to keep arts alive nationally and making sure we’re cultured locally. They are committed to bringing unique photography, jewelry, arts, crafts, and gifts together for Coloradans, with tens of thousands of individual items, including photography, paintings and prints, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, glass, Colorado keepsakes, clothing and scarves, furniture, and more.
ArtMartGifts.com • 303.443.8248
1326 Pearl St, Boulder
RAMBLE ON PEARL
Ramble on Pearl has beautiful stock when you walk through the front door. Everything is cleanly laid out, and the fabrics dazzle. But the store’s exceptionality doesn’t stop there. Ramble is a social enterprise which, according to their info sheet that you can grab at the register, “operates a job training program through its boutique clothing.” Connie Minden, the stores founder, started the program. Ramble hires “adults with developmental and intellectual needs who need support in finding employment, and, after an apprenticeship at our store, help them find longterm employment in the community.”
RambleOnPearl.com • 303.442.2267
1638 Pearl St, Boulder
RED CANYON ART COMPANY
When you walk through a store, you don’t usually notice the displays–the tables, the cases, the glass boxes–but rather what’s in them. But Connie, the owner of Red Canyon Art Gallery since 2014 (the shop was founded in 1990), thinks about everything in her store and its impact on creator and buyer alike. This includes the shelves and glass panes through which customers peer at the local treasures. “All of this was recovered from ReSource in Boulder,” Connie says. This thoughtfulness extends to the items she sells as well. A large percentage of Rock Canyon’s display are consignment pieces. There are paintings, handmade jewelry, and other cool fashion accessories. Most of the items are made by local Front Range or Coloradobased artists, but Red Canyon also carries a number of international fair trade brands.
RedCanyonArt.com • 303.823.5900
400 Main St, Lyons
USED BOOK EMPORIUM
In the 21 years since it opened, the Used Book Emporium has helped build a community of readers—which should, hopefully, lead to ever-more woke people—through their summer reading program. They partner with the Longmont Library to reward kids for reading with coupons that they can redeem for books at the Emporium. The more books they read, the greater the rewards they receive.
UsedBookEmporium.net • 303.776.6561
346 Main St, Longmont
SMALL PLANET E-BIKES
Being woke applies to the environment as well. If we don’t save our planet from the ills we’ve caused, it’s mutually assured destruction for all. Small Planet E-Bikes, founded in 2009, wants to“help save the world from fossil fuel pollution and automobile gridblock.” That’s a goal we can get behind…in the bike lane. They hope to get you on an electric bike. Many of their bikes get the equivalent of 2,000 mpg, so not only will you be doing your part to solve global warming, you’ll be saving money as you cruise around town!
SmallPlanetEBikes.com • 303.532.2879
724 Main St, Unit A, Longmont
All the pieces at Crystal Joys are “handcrafted with love.” The natural gemstone jewelry sparkles in brilliant colors. Set a spending
limit for yourself before going in, because you’re going to want to buy everything. What makes Crystal Joys particularly woke are the craftsmen and women themselves who make the pieces on display. The store works with Sample Supports to “provide meaningful employment to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through this opportunity, members of this community build self-esteem and learn valuable job skills, while earning a competitive wage.” #Woke
CrystalJoys.com • 720.526.6183
360 Main St, Longmont
Yore has a code of ethics, a sense of responsibility. They believe that practical goods means more than just stuff that’s cheap, but goods that are practical, useful and coming from responsible makers and manufacturers. Yore knows we vote with our dollars for the kind of world we want to see, so they source their products from responsible locations in the US and Europe, as well as stainless steel products from South Korea (which is the only place they can source those goods). With a “mission to provide customers with quality made, well designed, responsibly manufactured goods that are practical for everyday use,” you can’t go wrong shopping at Yore.
Yore.us • 720.340.3381
381 Main St, Longmont
Crackpots is a pottery studio where you can come in, pay for the supplies and studio time, and paint whatever fun-shaped bowl, plate, mug, or other item your heart desires. Each year Crackpots partners with Our Center—a nonprofit that helps the hungry, the homeless and others get back on their feet—for “Empty Bowls” program. The store donates studio time for people to come in and paint bowls, all of which are then sold at an event at Longmont High. People buy tickets to the “Empty Bowl” event at the school, which gets them two bowlfuls of soup and a painted bowl of their choice. All the proceeds from the event go to the Our Center and their life-saving and changing programming.
CrackPots.com • 303.776.2211
505 Main St, Longmont
Simply Bulk has over 100 different items to choose from. You can have all those delectable snacks and not feel guilt pangs about the non-biodegradable plastic wrappers we contribute to landfills. Simply Bulk’s motto appeals to the thrifty consumer in all of us: “Pay for the product, not for the package. Over the seven-and-a-half years that Simply Bulk has been around, they’ve seen a growing interest in their business model. They just received the 2017 Environmental Sustainability Award from Longmont’s Economic Development Partnership, and are in the process of being certified for electricity and waste reduction with Boulder County’s PACE agency, having previously been certified for water usage.
SimplyBulkMarket.webs • 303.678.7069
418 Main St, Longmont
MUD & MADDER
Mud & Madder is a new collaboration. Everything owners Simi and Lindsey sell is handmade in-house and is 100% local. Simi wrote to YS, “Longmont is rich with talent and we want to make sure to feature that, but without going through the traditional channels
of wholesale and consignment. We want the makers to keep the majority of their profits and be able to be there to represent their own products… We also strive to empower others to make things by hand… something that seems to be a forgotten art. We want to revitalize that … by offering DIY workshops. We’re just in the beginning phases, but hope to be a place where you can come learn a craft and continue to pursue that craft at home.”
MudAndMadder.com • 720.938.2684
712 Main St, Longmont
THE HOP: MOBILE VINTAGE
The Hope is #woke: They choose to be a small footprint mobile business that brings life back into pre-loved garments and goods for other people to love again. Encouraging their customers to embrace who they are and what they love through the unique way they like to dress and style themselves. Importantly, they also firmly believe in sending body positive messages and offer a variety of sizes and encouraging everyone to find what makes them feel beautiful (or handsome). Kristie and her husband, the owners, believe that people should embrace who they are and what they love and they encourage people to do that through what they wear. Respect.
AtTheHopShop.com • 720.544.1693
ICE BOX KNITTING
IBK has amazing, international fare. Their Dohm knit caps are designed on antique hand flat machines, using no no power to make, and even the lights in the knitting room are run on solar power! Their Merino and Cashmere wool comes from Zegna-Baruffa, a 160 year old Italian yarn manufacturer. The Alpaca originates in Arequipa, Peru, collected and processed from Indigenous farmers. And the American Bison is gathered from Texas to Montana. Xob is their Upcycled brand, where they use sweaters from the thrift industry to create unique one-of-a kind hats and accessories. Upcycling at it best makes IBK almost as woke as can be.
IceBoxKnitting.com • 303.485.7112
1111 Delaware Ave, Longmont
MAGIC FAIRY CANDLES
What’s not to love about a place called Magic Fairy Candles? Lisa Patchem writes that the store strives for the “betterment of humanity. From a place of compassion, we create products which may be used as catalysts for awareness.” One of the store’s most popular product lines is its Phases of the Moon line candles, mists, bath bombs and bath salts. Other woke aspects are the gift bags they’ll be using, fair trade products made by Freeset, which “helps women of sex trafficking”. Finally, they donate 10 percent of all profit to local nonprofits. Notably, three specific Longmont Candles that you should consider buying, benefit nonprofits like the Firehouse Art Center, Our Center, and Willow Farms.
MagicFairyCandles.com • 720.771.0359
634 Main St, Longmont
LITTLE HORSE BOOKS AND VINTAGE
Louisville downtown is packed with all thegoodies. One goodie that’s easy to miss, is Little Horse. Here you’ll find a shop that is “focused on architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the Mid-Century Modern period” and a glorious collection of local memorabilia, records, record players, and more. Mike Price, the owner, supports theNew Vista High School internship program
to help at risk kids get job experience, gives to numerous local charities annually, and donates to Choose Kindness based in Loveland, which helps with child literacy.
LittleHorseVintage.com • 303.242.5382
820 Main St, Louisville
Mudslingers sounds dirty and it is. You go in and get all Ghost with it, or maybe just take a class with the owner, John Hansen, who’s been teaching pottery in the area for 20 years. A place to learn a new skill, especially an ancient art form, is an important place. It gives in knowledge, in skill, and in the beauty of empowering community to create. Mudslingers “offers studio space on a monthly basis to more experienced potters as well as a variety of classes for all levels including children” and is funded in part by the Boulder County Arts Alliance.
MudslingersPottery.com • 303.926.0996
920 Main St, Louisville
THE SINGING COOK
The Singing Cook is an apt name: after wandering around this store, you’ll be singing its praises to any foodie or aspiring chef. While the Singing Cook has normal items, you’ll find all sorts of unique and unusual kitchen accessories here, too, several of which benefit great causes. Jennie, the Singing Cook’s proprietor, said she carries “a line called Blessing Basket in which the artisans are from underdeveloped countries and the baskets they make supplement.” Another cool gift idea you’ll are the Louisville Museum mugs, 15% of the profits from which Jenni donates to the Louisville History Foundation.
SingingCookStore.com • 720.484.6825
728 Main St, Louisville
TRI: THE RESTORATION INITIATIVE
This just might be hipster heaven. Looking through the men’s section, there was literally nothing we didn’t want, from the ties, to the shoes, to the antique razor. The Restoration Initiative–TRI for short–is a store in Lafayette that sells vintage items, Colorado artisan wares, and fair-trade items. In addition to what the acronym actually stands for TRI is a fitting name considering the stores three product categories and its three founders. The founders go to India several times a year to research and source fair trade goods to stock in their elegant showroom. A portion of the proceeds from many of the items they sell go directly towards sponsoring “individuals and organizations working end human trafficking around the world.”
107 S Public Rd, Lafayette
Beautiful is a word that comes to mind. Chocolaterie Stam is a delicatessen shop with a heart that sings. Music is a foundational element that speaks to the heart of Lafayette’s Chocolaterie Stam. They may have a store in Lafayette, Colorado, but this is real chocolate. The Stam company is “a modern chocolaterie steeped in old-world, Dutch traditions.” Since 1913, the Stam family has been proudly handcrafting these wondrous confections. The two Lafayette location owners know each other because they’re both alumni of the same youth musical organization. In Lafayette, they had a vision of having an active player piano to capture the hearts and imagination of small children and inspire them to pursue music. “We acquired a beautiful grand piano and since opening have had over 20 different young musicians perform live in store.” They’ve had “3 recitals and countless hours-long piano and vocal concerts within the store, as well as offering our piano free of charge to local piano teachers to give young musicians the opportunity to play in public within a magical and supportive environment.” #MusicallyWoke
103 N Public Rd Unit B, Lafayette,
Want to shop local but look global? Then look no further than Bella Frida. Laura, the store’s owner and founder, is all about celebrating handmade goods, whether they be from Guatemala, India or New Mexico. “We work with artisans, as well as purchasing from fair trade, ethical lines,” she said. “We believe fashion can change the world for the better if it is cerated fair and ethically.” A prime example of Bella Frida’s offerings include jewelry from Catori Life, a New Mexico company that donates 30 trees through the Eden Project for every piece of jewelry sold.
101 ½ East Chester St, Lafayette
This seems weird, and is is to a degree, but Anspach’s owner has been a staple of the local community for decades, giving back as a coach, community leader, and philanthropist for longer than his store’s been around. When you shop Anspach, not only are you getting gorgeous jewelry pieces, you’re giving back to someone who has given back so much. Community is as much about giving as getting. And supporting businesses that have supported community for so long is a worthy use of our holiday dollars, whether seeking an engagement ring for a Winter proposal or an anniversary gift for the person you’ve shared so many wonderful years with.
101 S Public Rd, Lafayette
BOULDER BODY WEAR
Boulder Body Wear is the place to go for all your dance, yoga and lifestyle apparel. They’ve got beautiful, highly functional pieces that are, where possible, sourced from socially responsible companies. But what makes BBW particularly woke are its community-focused initiatives. Their founder, Amy, says the store “offers all of the dance and yoga studies in the area discounts on supplies to make sure that if someone wants to be part of a program they have the things they need to do that. Being a part of a dance group can be life changing.” Just as #woke are the need-based supplies scholarships offered, enabling those who may not otherwise be able to to reap the joys and benefits of dance to do so.
2859 Arapahoe Rd, Suite 104, Lafayette
“Elizabeth always knew what she liked in terms of aesthetics, even as a young child,” and that continues today. EE’s carries “gifts for women and the home; items for the creative and crafty individual, as well as items for those that wanted something special to feather the nest.” She also carries with her the weight of Karma, which began in “2006 with a vision of effective altruism where creative artisans of Africa could be given the dignity of meaningful work by bringing their handiwork to the global marketplace.” Elizabeth’s is a part of bringing that goodness to us.
611 S Public Rd, Lafayette