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    Street Performer on Pearl Street

    10 Places to Hang Out with Boulder Artists

    Get inspired by the creative company at these artsy Boulder hangouts.

    1. For Caffeine and Conversation

    On West Pearl Street, The Cup is always alive with creative folks meeting to talk shop and sip espresso. On warm days, huge garage doors open the indoor seating area to the fresh air, and open the interior to the excellent people watching.

    2. For Inspiration

    Inspiration is all around in Boulder, where nature is almost always just minutes — or steps — away. Head to the Chautauqua Trailhead, muse for many painters because of its view of the iconic Flatirons.

    Flatirons in Summer

    3. For Live Tunes

    The art deco exterior of the historic Boulder Theater is as inspiring as the acts that take the stage — from soft-spoken folk musicians to full-on rock-n-roll acts, this live venue teems with artistic fervor several nights a week.

    4. For Creative Gadgets

    The Apple Store is undeniably a key source of technological must-haves for local designers, artists and creative coders. Stop in to chat with experts, and enjoy the priceless view from the outdoor promenade at Twenty Ninth Street shopping mall.

    Twenty Ninth Street

    5. For Stellar Supplies

    Stock up on brushes, canvases, paints and materials for just about every medium you can think of at Meininger Art Materials. Located on University Hill, it's a prime spot for colliding with other creators, particularly CU faculty, staff and students.

    6. For Collaboration

    Madelife is a local arts incubator with an innovative space just off Pearl Street. The 6000-square-foot store, gallery, black-box theater, sound studio and workspace is the ultimate in local collaboration and arts support.

    7. For Hand-Crafted Gifts

    The Boulder Arts & Crafts Co-Op is filled, top to bottom, with jewelry, woodwork, photography, handbags, cards and dozens more gifts and creations — all made by local artists.

    Boulder Arts & Crafts Co-Op

    8. For Surprises

    While North Boulder is a burgeoning residential and dining district, you might not suspect, at first glance, that it's an arts hub, too. That's why you should come experience NoBo Art District First Fridays, when the district hosts an art walk and opens its doors for visitors to see inside studios and galleries.

    9. For Beautiful Beads

    Just gazing in the sun-drenched windows of Nomad Beads is dazzling sight. Strands and strands of colorful beads catch the light, and inside you'll find an unparalleled selection of findings, charms and supplies.

    10. For Perfect Papers

    While the front of Two Hands Paperie is devoted to beautifully packaged notecards and journals, the back room is where artists go for the finest bookbinding, paper-making and paper arts supplies.