Know Your Neighborhood: North Boulder – Willow Springs Shopping Center

Just before Iris Avenue turns into Diagonal Highway and heads off towards Ft. Collins, there is a small shopping center that packs a big punch for the residents of North Boulder. The Willow Springs Shopping Center sits on the corner of Iris Ave. and 28th St. and offers unique places to eat, convenient shops and services, and even an edgy tattoo parlor if you’re in the market for some new ink.

There’s tons to do, eat, and see in North Boulder. However, if you’re a permanent resident in the Parkside or Glenwood Grove – North Iris neighborhoods looking for your local, go-to taco stop or nail salon, the Willow Springs Shopping Center has what you’re looking for. Get to know your neighborhood shopping center with the following listings!

Eat & Drink

From tacos to Thai, this shopping center has a mix of cuisine that has you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and one or two tasty margaritas.


Photo Credits: Tangerine via

This vibrant breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot is one of three locations (the other two are located in Old Town Lafayette and Downtown Longmont), and the vibes are as bright and fresh as the name makes it sound. Tangerine’s menu offers American-style brunch with a Mediterranean twist focusing on fresh produce and entrees made from scratch. There are also several vegan and gluten-free food options as well as barista-made coffee and a full bar. Come by on Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or Saturday – Sunday until 2 p.m. In the meantime, you can keep up with their blog and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Buddha Thai Cuisine

Photo Credits: Buddha Thai Cuisine via

Buddha Thai Cuisine offers North Boulder the best of Thailand in every one of their dishes. Their handmade sides and entrees offer the spice Thai food is famous for, or you can choose a more savory plate. They use ingredients that are fresh every day to bring a tasty twist to the most classic recipes. Order online or in the restaurant every Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. or Sundays from 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Mojo Taqueria

Address: 2785 Iris Ave, Boulder, CO 80304

Hours: Monday – closed

Tuesday – Wednesday – 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday – 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday – 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Contact: (303) 955-6401

Website and Menu:

Abo’s Pizza

Address: 2761 Iris Ave, Boulder, CO 80304

Hours: Sunday – Thursday – 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday – 11 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Contact: (303) 443-1921



While food and services outweigh the shopping opportunities in the Willow Springs Shopping Center, there are a few specialty shops that are available.

Vecchio’s Bicicletteria

Photo Credits: Vecchio’s Bicicletteria via

No matter the type of bicycle, whether it’s the latest and greatest mountain bike or an old Treviso, if it has two wheels, the team at Vecchio’s Bicicletteria will happily service it. Or, if you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, there are several models and brands to choose from in their store. Retired Naval fighter pilot Peter Chisholm opened shop in January of 2000 and has been servicing any and all North Boulder bicycles ever since. Bring your bike and meet the team any Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Photo Credits: GOLFTEC Boulder (Boulder, CO) via

GolfTec Boulder is one of four locations throughout Colorado. This hybrid golf store allows customers to shop the latest clubs and golf apparel, practice their swing, and get expert advice on how to improve. Their in-house coaches and practice tee allow for convenient practice and immediate feedback. Bring your clubs by any weekday at 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays – Sundays, 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays – Thursdays for lessons or just drop in to shop some new clubs. You can also keep up on their blog or follow them on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

Willow Springs Wines & Spirits

Address: 2795 Iris Ave, Boulder, CO 80304

Hours: Monday – Thursday – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Contact: (303) 443-4639



From a new haircut to a new tattoo, there is an interesting mix of services available in the Willow Springs Shopping Center.

Salon Fifty4Thirty

Address: 2757 Iris Ave, Boulder, CO 80304

Hours: Monday – Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact: (303) 444-1803


Bolder Ink

Address: 2735 Iris Ave. Boulder, CO 80304

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday – 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Contact: (303) 444-7380


Discover New Local Businesses

Whether you’re looking for your new local spot for drinks after work, or you’re ready to try a new look and need a trusted hair stylist, the Willow Creek Shopping Center in North Boulder is packed with local businesses that are open and ready for you!

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