Know Your Neighborhood: East Boulder

Just north of Arapahoe Ave. between 55th and Range St. sits a shopping center full of businesses and restaurants that offer residents of Arapahoe Ridge and Sombrero Ranch an array of convenient options. This corner is the perfect place for local residents to meet friends for a drink or run a few quick errands. 

If you live in East Boulder or are in the market to move here, get to know your neighborhood with these local businesses that are available to you.

Food & Drink

There are several great food and drink options in this area. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a casual place to meet friends, there is an option for you.

Blackbelly Market

Photo Credits: Blackbelly Market via Gallery

Blackbelly is a restaurant, event space, and meat market packed into one location. You can swing by any weekday from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner and grab some meat for tomorrow’s meals on your way out. They are also open from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for a casual family dinner or weekend happy hour with friends. The butcher shop is open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays and offers locally sourced, artisan-cut slices of meat. You can make a dinner reservation for tonight here or book out their event space. Blackbelly offers take-out for you to enjoy a delicious meal at home, as well as catering for your next gathering. Find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Uhl’s Brewing Company

Photo Credits: Karen Mills via PorchDrinking.com

Every Colorado neighborhood needs a local brewery, and Uhl’s Brewing Company is the spot for East Boulder residents. Uhl’s focuses on pushing the limits of flavor and exposing your tastebuds to unique combinations with their ales, stouts, and barrel-aged varietals. Swing by on Wednesday – Thursday from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. for a refreshing brew. Uhl’s serves Rocky Mountain Pizza on-site, or you can order delivery from local spots like Blackbelly, Snarf’s Sandwiches, Pica’s Taqueria, or Le Frigo.

You can order beer online from Uhl’s by the can and bottle and keep up with them on Instagram.

Vapor Distillery

Photo Credits: bouldercoloradousa.com

Vapor Distillery is home to Boulder Spirits, a household name in the world of American Whiskey. Scotsman Alistair Brogman knows a thing or two about whiskey, and he and his team have moved into the craft American whiskey scene with their award-winning spirits. From deep, flavorful whiskey to light, tasty gin, Boulder Spirits is East Boulder’s claim to fame in the liquor-distilling world. 

The tasting room is open from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays for private tours and tastings. You can also choose from their online store for single-bottle spirits and carry-out cocktails. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Locust Cider Boulder

Photo Credits: Locust Cider Colorado via facebook.com

Locust Cider is not your average cidery. Founded in Washington in 2015 by brothers Jason and Patrick Spears, they respect cider tradition, but aren’t afraid to get crazy, as long as it is with real ingredients and no flavoring or artificial sweeteners. With flavors like Mojito, Peach Ginger, Honey Pear, and Dark Cherry, it won’t be hard to have you saying “Hell yeah, that’s amazing!”

Their taprooms are also their testing grounds for new and exciting cider flavors, so you never know what you’re going to get. The Boulder location even has wine cans if you’re not feeling cider.

The taproom is open Thursday and Friday 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. You can order online for pickup and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Community Table Kitchen

Address: 5345 Arapahoe Ave Unit 5, Boulder, CO 80303

Hours: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday – Friday

Contact: (303) 442-8300

Website: https://boulderbridgehouse.org/community-table-kitchen/

Activities

Although most of the corner of 55th and Arapahoe Ave. is filled with business offices, there is one activity that is perfect for the youngsters of East Boulder.

Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids

Photo Credits: Kevin Snyder Photography via RMTK photo gallery

If your child dreams of performing under the lights of the theater, the Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids (RMTK) is the place for them. This Boulder location (they’ve recently opened a new Denver location) offers classes and year-long programs to Boulder’s youth interested in The Arts. Their summer programs allow kids the opportunity to be a part of a full-length musical production that is performed for the general public.

Sign your child up for classes or buy your tickets for RMTK’s latest production! You can also contact them here and follow them on Instagram.

Services

Services in the center on this corner of Arapahoe Ave. and 55th St. range from pharmacies to photo equipment rental. Here are the details on the convenient services available to residents.

Minuteman Press

Address: 1644 Conestoga St #4, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday

Contact: (303) 449-2997

Website: https://www.mpboulder.com/

UCHealth Boulder Health Center Pharmacy

Address: 5495 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Contact: (303) 499-2879

Website: https://www.uchealth.org/locations/uchealth-pharmacy-boulder/

ProPhoto Rental

Address: 1644 Conestoga St #5, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

Contact: (303) 588-6799

Website: https://www.prophotorental.com/

Michelle Trudgeon is proud to partner with Wundervue to present the Know Your Neighborhood series. As a longtime Boulder resident, I am passionate about the local community and knowing the neighborhoods, businesses, and activities that make our city and county special. We hope you enjoy these articles and recommendations!

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