Looking for something new to do that will also inspire your creativity? Look no further than the Downtown Boulder’s self-guided Maker’s Trail, which offers the perfect socially distanced way to support local artists, businesses and organizations right now.
The trail, which is totally customizable based on your preferences, winds through downtown Boulder, stopping at various galleries, shops and other creative spaces. This unique activity was created to showcase downtown Boulder’s various creative and talented businesses; it’s a way of highlighting the beautiful, often specialized work that Boulder craftsmen and craftswomen do on a daily basis.
Even better? It’s easy to stay socially distanced while exploring the Maker’s Trail. And if you feel so inspired that you decide to buy something from one of the makers, then you’ll feel good knowing you’re helping to support a small business during an otherwise challenging time.
Want to plan your own route along the Maker’s Trail? Here’s a little teaser about a handful of the small businesses, artists and organizations you can visit along the way.
Note: You’ll want to call ahead or visit the business’s website before you visit, as the coronavirus pandemic has led to lots of changes. Businesses may have different hours of operating or they may request that you make an appointment. Either way, get the scoop before you hop on your bike or in your car and head to Pearl Street.
15th Street Gallery, 1708 15th St.: This gallery specializes in contemporary art and custom framing. Right now, the gallery is open by appointment on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They’re also offering curbside art dropoff if you need a piece framed. More info: https://15thstreetgalleryboulder.com/
Angie Star Jewelry, 1807 Pearl St.: This isn’t your average jewelry store. Founded in 2002, the shop specializes in ethically sourced stones, certified recycled metals and conflict-free materials. The jewelry here is described as organic, romantic, soft, modern and sustainable. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5:30 p.m. You can also make a virtual or in-person appointment for a private shopping experience. There’s also a handy online shop if you aren’t quite ready to be back out in public just yet. More info: https://www.angiestarjewelry.com/
SmithKlein Art Gallery, 1116 Pearl St.: This beautiful 2,800-square-foot gallery space has been around since 1984. Right now, the gallery is featuring works by artist Deladier Almeida, who creates stunning aerial landscapes. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; private appointments are also available. More info: http://smithklein.com/
Art Source International, 1237 Pearl St.: Since 1973, Art Source International has specialized in antique maps and prints. The shop also offers custom framing and has a vast selection of old map reproductions, puzzles and more. More info: https://artsourceinternational.com/
by elke, 1721 Pearl St.: This Pearl Street maker specializes in leather and vintage fabric bags, jewelry and, more recently, face masks. Each bag has its own story, with unique materials from all over the world. For example, your new bag might the mad with fabric from a recycled Boy Scout tent or from an antique European grain sack. Now how cool is that? This shop is open every day from noon to 5 p.m.; you can also shop online if you feel more comfortable staying home. More info: http://www.byelke.com/
Jon Mullen Photography Gallery, 1320 Pearl St.: Jon Mullen is a wildly talented nature and conservation photographer who just so happens to keep a gallery space in downtown Boulder (lucky us!). If you love images of water, wildlife, wildflowers, mountains, aspen trees and everything else this beautiful world has to offer, then you’ll love perusing Mullen’s photos at his gallery. The gallery space is open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.; appointments are also available. More info: https://jonmullen.com/gallery/