Boulder's Pearl Street is a choose-your-own-adventure shopping destination. Spend one day in this neighborhood, and you can make a serious dent in your holiday gift list. Here, our guide to the stores on (and near) Pearl for everyone on your list, plus fuel stops and diversions to keep you in the holiday spirit.

December 2010

    For a deli-style lunch...

  • Dish Gourmet 1918 Pearl St., 720-565-5933
  • Order the warm Chatham sandwich (house-roasted turkey, Swiss, and coleslaw, served on pumpernickel).

    For some serious carbs...

  • Pizzeria Locale 1730 Pearl St., 303-442-3003
  • Order a sampling of Naples, Italy–inspired pizzas from the guys who brought you Frasca Food and Wine.

    For the artsy pal...

  • Boulder Arts & Crafts Co-Op 1421 Pearl St., 303-443-3683
  • Artistic friends will appreciate just about anything— pottery, jewelry, photography, and other objets d’ art— from this eclectic shop.

    For the little ones...

  • Into the Wind 1408 Pearl St., 303-449-5906
  • Buy kites, rockets, craft kits, and yo-yos at this kid haven.

    For the foodie

  • Peppercorn 1235 Pearl St., 303-449-5847
  • Nab some colorful pots or shop the Made in Colorado section for locally produced jams, chocolates, and muffin mixes.

    For the fashionista...

  • Holiday & Co. 943 Pearl St., 303-545-6744
  • Stock up on affordable sparkly earrings (around $35 each) for your friends—and have enough left over to snag that perfect dress for the company’s holiday party.

    For the gear head...

  • University Bicycles 839 Pearl St., 303-444-4196
  • This bike shop offers an edited selection of wheels, jerseys, bottles, baskets, and bells—and a knowledgeable staff.

    For cocktails...

  • Happy/The Bitter Bar 835 Walnut St., 303-442-3050
  • Order the Wet Bulleit cocktail (bourbon, lemon wedges, pear purée, and cardamom).

    For the green thumb...

  • The West End Gardener 777 Pearl St., 303-938-0607
  • In this Secret Garden–style, shabby-chic outpost, buy moss-covered pots, amaryllis bulbs, and lavender-scented soaps to keep the idle gardener happy all winter long.

    For a midday snack...

  • Spruce Confections 767 Pearl St., 303-449-6773
  • Order a small e-spruce-o (espresso, cream, and sugar) and a macaroon.