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The Fitter, on the Hill, isn’t your typical smoke shop. Best known for its unique selection of pipes and other smokeware art, The Fitter carries merchandise from local and national artists. Besides interesting smokeware, the shops wall art by Boulder artist Phil Lewis adds even more interest to this staple of the Hill. The shop, which opened in 1973, also carries clothing and other merchandise.

This place has been a part of the Hill’s counterculture for almost 40 years, which makes sense considering the independent minded product selection. Clothing, footwear and smoking accessories are the staples at the Fitter. The best selection and advice from the knowledgeable staff has made this the perfect stop for your growing needs since 1995. Employees are standing by to help answer questions and get you on your way to a green thumb.

From its humble beginning in a 200 square foot hole in the wall, Boulder Hydroponics has grown to be one of the largest hydroponic and organic gardening stores in the country. It’s the perfect spot for the supplies for that “flower” garden in your closet. Locals have been flocking to this one stop drink shop for their beer and wine needs since the 1960s, and the selection inside is endless. So if you need 35 cases of Bud Light for a blowout toga party or suggestions for wine pairings, Liquor Mart has the answer. They also feature online shopping and free delivery of orders of $50 or more.

Savvy is just what this town called for. The hip store, run by University of Colorado alum Erica Dahl, is constantly on the prowl for Boulder’s next trend. Living in an outdoorsy town, Dahl has found the perfect balance between what Boulder loves as well as the chic duds walking down New York, Paris and Los Angeles runways. Labels such as Eight Sixty, T bags and Ella Moss, offer fashion hard to find in town.

Guys will find a wide selection shoes, and Savvy’s staff can help you make the perfect selection for walking out of there in style

In 2006, TOMS Shoes came to fruition. With every pair of shoes sold, TOMS donates one pair to a needy kid. Savvy was one of the first stores in Boulder to get behind this movement and offer TOMS. Plus, the shop has more UGG styles than you even knew existed. Other brands the shop carries are: Sorel, Keds, Sanuk, Reef, Rainbow Sandals, Havaianas and Sam Edelman. Don’t leave the feet out of fashion. They deserve a good pair of style.

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that cute little doggie of yours can live off of Iams from the grocery store, but why not take him to favorite his toy store to drool over the treats. That wagging tail is worth the crazy car ride. Petsmart offers all things pets for so many pets fish, birds, dogs, cats, reptiles the store’s got the goods. Treats, beds, books, clothes, crates, food, gates, gifts and even grooming. Offering affordable prices, you may even have enough leftover cash to cart home a reptile.

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We’ve all got style. Why not buy one another’s used gems? Buffalo Exchange’s clothing is bought directly from local customers. The store hand picks gently used treasures from sellers and offers cash or trade for clothes. Offering men’s and women’s attire, the store is not like a thrift store. It’s trendy, it’s hip, it’s affordable and it’s fashionable. Go get rid of those jeans that have been sitting in your closet since Christmas and trade them in for that unique skirt you’ve been after.

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