Boulder County’s small businesses, artists and entrepreneurs are as resilient as they come.  With admiration and appreciation, here we highlight just a few of the many Boulder Businesses who are responding to the disaster with grace and heart.


ET at Assorted Goods_Louisville, COAssorted Goods – Candy & Collectibles – Front Street, Louisville: 

Posted on Facebook:  “Effected by the flood and have been displaced? We are so sorry and there’s got to be a ton on your minds, please come in this week for a FREE candy bag for your kids!   It’s not much, but maybe E.T. can put a make you smile!  Just come in and ask for a grab bag from E.T.


Co-Working in Boulder Boulder Digital Arts & FUSE by the Riverside, Boulder

Both organizations immediately offered FREE Coworking to displaced entrepreneurs & freelancers.  If your home office or place of doing business has been damaged, getting back to work is a high priority.  Don’t suffer in isolation.  Try coworking.


McGuckin Hardware EmployeeMcGuckin Hardware – Boulder’s “Everything Store”

Going ahead with sales and special events amid a community disaster can either be perceived as insensitive or stabilizing.  McGuckin struck exactly the right tone regarding their pre-scheduled, annula Tent Sale:

“Our 30+ year tradition, the Fall Tent Sale, is scheduled to start on Thursday and run thru Sunday. We have decided that during these trying times, our community really needs something that reminds us all of “normal” and fun. We have been working with vendors and distributors throughout the weekend to modify the inventory that we will have there to meet the needs of our community. Thanks for all the inquiries and supportive words about our staff! The famous Tent goes up in our west parking lot at 7am tomorrow! Give a honk as you drive by and show your support of the 250 McGuckin Hardware employees that are going to rally to bring you the best Fall Tent Sale ever! #boulderstrong ”

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts _ BoulderAuguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts 

In times of crisis, we look inward to assess damage and if we are true community members, we also look outward and ask, “even now, what can we do?”  Our hometown cooking school got it right!

“Despite the flooding of their own substation, our first responders have been working tirelessly to help the community in Boulder after many were devastated in the recent rain storms. Thank you to Chef Bob’s AM class for supplying them with a well deserved lunch. A special thanks again to the Boulder Fire Department for all of their hard work and devotion to our community.”

Left Hand BreweryLeft Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, CO

Even though the tasting room was reportedly flooded they communicated clearly with their customers and assured continuity.   We LOVE their optimistic “we’re in it together” message with a hearty dose of much-needed humor.

“Left Hand is still in clean up mode, but we’ve managed to get a few beer trucks out. Our QC team has been testing all morning and it looks like all the beer is going to be okay after all! We’re still waiting to get the gas on in production, but once it does packaging will be up and running again. Amazing! Thank you all for your kindness and support this past week. The mighty St. Vrain means a little something more to all of us these days. #Godsavedthatbeer Yup, the Tasting Room at Left Hand Brewing Company is open! Local gov. employees, bring in your gov ID / business card this week and the first pint is on us! Thanks for all your hard work and support in our community!”

Oskar BluesOskar Blues Brewery – the original, Lyons, CO

Though Lyons is one of the most devastated flood sites, Oskar knows that keeping routines while acknowledging the pain is one way to launch disaster recovery.

“The Tuesday night Lyons jam from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons LIVES ON@ The always kick-ass KC Groves will be leading the jam – like always – in its temporary spot at CHUBurger.  Even Bartender Annie will be there.  The Lyons Jam will be donating $200 towards the Lyons Musicians Relief Fund and taking donations.  As you know, many Lyons musicians have lost so much, from equipment to entire houses.  Please come out and together we will life each other’s spirits with music and friendship.”

Firefly Handmade MarketFirefly Handmade Autumn Market

Art is very healing, not to mention an economic boon to most communities.  Ironically, artists can be disproportionately impacted by disasters.  Many have slim profit margins and cannot afford to lose sales opportunities or replace lost inventories.  So it is a win-win for artists, businesses and residents to come together in a time of crisis.  Firefly made the wise decision to carry on…

“Firefly Handmade Autumn Market is this weekend, September 21-22, Twenty Ninth Street,  Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday, 11-5, Boulder. We’ll be there supporting our incredible Colorado artisans and our friends and neighbors recovering from the devastating flood.  Firefly Handmade Markets and many of our vendors, will donate a percentage of sales from this weekend’s Market to Colorado Flood Relief.”


From our favorite Free Trade retailer MOMENTUM on Pearl Street, Boulder

“Hey Boulder! We hope you all are well in recovering from the flood. Between Tuesday 9/17 and Sunday 9/22, 10% of our sales will be donated to the Community Foundations Flood Relief Fund. This joint project serves immediate and longer-term needs of flood victims.  Together, we can make a difference in helping those who have suffered.”


Downtown Boulder is matching the funds that participating Boulder businesses raise. For a complete list, visit



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