Boulder’s Best: Richard’s Favorites

Local Favorites Of Pedestrian Shops Owner, Richard Polk

Last month we had our employees name a few of their favorite places to grab lunch within walking distance of our shops. This month, we’re keeping with our theme of great grub spots but we’ve asked the big enchilada – pun intended – to share some of his dining choices!

All of this month’s picks are within walking distance of the Pearl St. Shop as well as Richard’s home. If you find yourself in the area we encourage you to try them yourself and be sure to stop by and tell us what you think!

In no particular order, here is Richard’s top 5:

1. The Med Mediterranean Restaurant

The Med - Boulder Mediterraniean CuisineThe Med offers a fantastic mix of casual and exotic, Richard enjoys a leisurely dinner inspired by Mediterranean dishes, and prepared with a local twist. His favorite menu items include The Med Sampler Salad and the Chicken Sulla Griglia.

2. Jill’s at the St. Julien HotelJill's Restaurant & Bistro

The St. Julien Hotel & Spa is a world class business in many respects, and Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro is a go-to dinner destination for Richard. His favorite items are the Tableside Caesar made by Antoine and their famous Natural Chicken.

3. Brasserie Ten Ten

Brasserie Ten Ten RestaurantBrasserie Ten Ten offers a classy and sophisticated experience filled with delicious French preparations. Famous for their brunch specials and fantastic bakery, you can’t help but find something on the menu to enjoy. Richard’s recommendation is the Poulet en Brique paired with the rich French Onion Soup and glass of Malbec wine!

4. Boulder ChophouseBoulder Chohouse & Tavern

Grab a seat at the bar at the Boulder Chophouse & Tavern, and you’re in for a treat. Another restaurant putting the perfect local touch on classic favorites, they blend timeless dishes with exciting personal spin. Their Chicken Piccata has a special place in Richard’s heart accompanied by a baked potato and wedge salad.

5. Pasta Jay’s

Pasta Jay'sPasta Jay’s is famous for its atmosphere as much as its food, and Richard enjoys both! A fun and friendly place to enjoy unforgettable Italian style cuisine, this is definitely a place to try. Richard’s favorites include the Antipasto Salad and the Chicken Parmigiana made with gluten-free pasta. Stop by and try some for yourself, we’re willing to bet you’ll go home with a jar of their famous pasta sauce!

Stay Tuned For More of Boulder’s Best by Pedestrian Shops!

Pedestrian Shops is proud to be a Boulder Business, and we want to share some of our favorite fellow local businesses with you! Check back here to see our latest picks, and let us know what local shops and restaurants you’d like to see!


Pedestrian Shops Presents: Boulder’s Best!

Our Employee’s Top 5 Picks For Lunch Cuisine

Here at Pedestrian Shops we love to support our fellow local businesses on or around the Pearl St. Mall! One of the most fun ways we do this is by eating lunch at the restaurants near our shops. We have grown very fond of these restaurants; each of our employees even has a favorite! Check out our top 5 places for lunch and visit them yourself! Here is our line up, in no particular order:

1. Snarf’s Sandwiches

Snarf's Sandwiches LogoYou can find this tasty sandwich shop close by. It is only a five-minute bike ride from our store in the Village. Many of our staff members love grabbing a Snarfs sandwich on their lunch breaks. Gus likes the hot dog sandwich with American cheese and bacon, who doesn’t love bacon!?! Tony likes the vegetarian sandwich containing, provologne, sprouts, and avocado Yum. Hey Snarfs! He even thinks it’s among the best veggie sandwiches in Boulder!


2. Fior di Latte

Fior de Latte LogoThis summer Fior di Latte graced is with their wonderful presence and delicious gelato. It is just two doors down from our Pearl St. store. We are always surprised to see people eating gelato cones at 10am, but that is a typical sight in front of our store. Our staff loves to grab mid afternoon gelato pick me ups on busy days! They always have amazing flavors like strawberries with balsamic, tiramisu and earl grey. In addition to gelato, they also serve espresso drinks and fresh pastries. Fior di Late claims that they have the best chocolate croissant in town, we would have to agree!


3. Illegal Pete’s

Illegal Pete's LogoIf no one is in the store during any of the meal times, I would try finding us at Illegal Petes. This burrito shop is probably the most popular breakfast, lunch and dinner destination for our staff! Many of our employees have Illegal Petes for at least one meal a day, and it’s not uncommon for someone to have a breakfast burrito in the morning and another for lunch. Everything they serve is great! Tony, our general manager loves the vegetarian burrito with veggie green chili. Whitney, one of our long time employees, loves the taquitos. Beware, the servings are huge! If you are looking for a smaller serving, the kid’s size is perfect! This is also a common place for a staff to meet after work for a couple of post work day drinks.


4. T-ACO

T-ACO logoThis taco restaurant is just a couple blocks away from our Pearl St. store, and is a fun after work treat! We love this place because you order your tacos ala-cart, and get to try a handful of different flavors. Zoe, our operations manager, likes to go to T-Aco on Tuesday for Taco Tuesday! On Tuesday nights they have $2 tacos and great deals on margaritas. Zoe usually gets 1 braised pork belly taco, one grilled cotija cheese taco, and one grilled shrimp taco.


5. The Boulder Café

Photo Of The Boulder Cafe On PearlThis restaurant is just up the mall a couple of blocks from our Pearl St. Store. Our staff loves this restaurant because of the broad menu and the fair prices. From 3pm until closing everyday they have a great happy hour, where all drinks and appetizers are half off. Chicken wings or artichoke spinach dip make for a great work lunch. When the weather is nice, they have an awesome outdoor patio, which is perfect for people watching on the Pearl St. Mall.


Explore Pearl St. In Comfort With Pedestrian Shops!

Please join us in continuing to support these amazing restaurants. Stop by one of the shops and pick up a pair of The World’s Most Comfortable Shoes and stroll the area in luxury! Try them all, we know you won’t regret it… we sure don’t!

And check back soon for our next round of Boulder’s Best! We’ll be periodically bringing you more great local businesses, chosen by our employees, friends, family, and YOU!


Take A Step Towards Better Health

With healthcare costs rising, and a nationwide focus on better health, one of the most frequently overlooked preventative care treatments available is also one of the easiest… Walking! This simple exercise is great for people of all ages and ability levels and offers a number of benefits. If you’re looking to increase strength, lose weight, or increase overall health, walking may be the workout plan you’ve been looking for. Start out right with a brand new pair of the world’s most comfortable walking shoes from Pedestrian Shops!

Benefits Of Walking

According to the American Heart Association walking can not only improve blood pressure, it can also reduce stress and decrease your risk for many kinds of cancer, among other things. Walking, unlike many activities, is generally easy on your body while still providing a surprising impact on your health. And the best part, you ask? It’s FREE!

One of the most important aspects of walking, along with running and other sports, is having a comfortable and properly fitted shoe. Finding the right fit will help protect your feet, and make your daily walks that much more enjoyable. If you live in the Boulder, Colorado area we encourage you to stop by one of our shops for a professional consultation. If your journey has taken you far from our beautiful city, here are some tips to help get the right shoe on the right foot, so to speak.

Finding The Right Shoe

The most important things when choosing a shoe are:

  • Room To Grow – Leave about one half inch between the end of your toes and the end of the shoe. Our experts will help you get this just right!
  • Width – The widest part of your foot should fit snugly but comfortably in the shoe, allowing your toes to move without the shoe shifting. Our team can help you pick a perfect width shoe, as men and women tend to have significantly different foot profiles.
  • Account for Swelling and Socks – Did you know that your foot can actually get slightly larger later in the day? Socks can also affect the fit, so be sure to wear the same socks you intend to use while walking/running.
  • Your best option is to speak with one of our specialists about your activity level, and the feel of the shoe when you try it on. They can help you find the best fit, even before the shoe is fully broken in, giving you the best experience possible!

How Old Are Your Shoes?

Athletic shoes should be replaced when the cushioning begins to wear down, to avoid injury to the foot. Under normal use, this can be after about 6 months or 300 to 400 miles, whichever occurs first. When in doubt, be good to your feet and pick up a new, perfectly fit pair of shoes!

Pedestrian Shops Is Your Source For Comfortable Walking Shoes

Whether you’re a seasoned runner, or just starting a simple walking routine to clear your mind and cool down at the end of a busy day, Pedestrian Shops can help you step into a healthy routine, literally! Our staff is well trained and is happy to help you choose the best shoe for your activity, and ensure a perfect fit. Stop by today or visit our online store and enjoy free shipping right to your front door.

Comfortable Shoes Make For Happy Feet!

Wearing the wrong shoes can cause more than just sore feet, it can actually lead to significant pain, and time off from your favorite activities. At Pedestrian Shops, we understand that you can’t walk around with pillows on your feet to protect them, but you can wear comfortable shoes that still look good. This fall, you can employ a few tips to find footwear that will keep both your toes and your sense of style happy.

Finding The Right Fit

While super-high heels and pointy-toed shoes are fashionable, but they are less than ideal when it comes to the health of your feet. A majority of foot problems can be traced to poorly fitting shoes. Blisters, bunions, corns, and even ingrown toenails are often the result of shoes that are too small or too narrow, which is why getting a good fit is imperative.

To find shoes that fit properly, follow these key guidelines, or have one of our friendly associates assist you:

  • There should be up to half of an inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Shoes should not slide up or down on your heel as you walk; this is a sign that the shoe is too big.
  • Look for womens shoes that use a soft and flexible material on the upper areas. Materials like leather can reduce any skin irritations.
  • Avoid shoes with a toe box that is extremely narrow and pinches your toes together.

Most importantly, take the shoes for a walk when you are considering purchasing them. The balls of your feet should fit nicely into the widest part of the shoe. If the fit is not right, do not hesitate to ask for a different size or style.

The Right Style To Match

As cooler weather approaches, many people will be reaching for closed-toe boots and shoes to keep their toes cozy. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice the cute styles of summer shoes just because Mother Nature is turning down the temperature, however, and Pedestrian Shops is here to help! No-heel, mid-heel, and even comfortable high-heel options are available for those looking for the perfect winter-weather wear.

As you revamp your winter wardrobe, be sure to visit Pedestrian Shops to find the perfect footwear pairing that matches your style and protects your feet from the icy chill!

Find Your Fit Today

Our team at Pedestrian Shops is committed to helping customers find comfortable and stylish shoes this fall. To find your fit, please visit us at one of our two locations, or call us at (800) 906-4225.

Join our Team… We’re Hiring!

We are seeking an experienced, responsible salesperson who enjoys working with people and being part of a team. This position will include assisting customers, ringing up sales, stock work, light cleaning, and merchandising.

The ideal candidate will:
-Have retail sales experience (shoe sales experience preferred)
-Have flexible availability and be available for 3-5 full (eight hour) shifts per week
-Be friendly, hardworking, and courteous

This is not a temporary or seasonal position.

We start at $9 per hour plus commission, DOE.

To apply, please email your resume and brief cover letter to or stop by our Downtown location and fill out an application.

Earth Day Bike Ride

The good folks at Community Cycles led an awesome Earth Day bike ride yesterday. They met up at our Pearl St. store, rode up Boulder Canyon a bit, then headed the the Bohemian Biergarten for refreshments after. As if that weren’t a great enough way to celebrate Earth Day, Patagonia Footwear was nice enough to supply the participants with free Kleen Kanteens!

Here’s the crew before their ride:
Community Cycles Earth Day Bike Ride