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Friday, April 26,2013

Best of Boulder 2013: Grocery, Natural Foods and Liquor Store

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Hazel's Beverage World

Grocery Store

2905 Pearl St., 303-545-6611
2584 Baseline Road, 303-499-7636
303 Marshall Road, Superior, 720-274-1415

Second Place: King Soopers
Third Place: Sprouts Farmers Market
Fourth Place: Alfalfa’s Market
Fifth Place: Lucky’s Market

Everyone knows not to go grocery shopping hungry, lest you return with six times what you set out to buy. But for those times when you do, Whole Foods Market has a solution.

Showing up hungry to the expansive Pearl Street location no longer means walking out with four extra bags. After a quick trip through the store’s popular food court, shoppers can peruse the store’s aisles without their empty stomachs making all the calls.

Boulderites have once again chosen Whole Foods as the best grocery store. The chain’s focus on natural and organic products no doubt played a role, and there’s also the surprising selection, as Whole Foods stocks natural beauty products and offers a massage through Bodywork Bistro at its Pearl Street location.

Liquor Store

1955 28th St., 303-447-1955

Second Place: Liquor Mart
Third Place: Superior Liquor
Fourth Place: North Boulder Liquor
Fifth Place: Boulder Wine Merchant

So you decide to grab a six-pack and you whip into Hazel’s Beverage World for your beer run. Your friends wait in the car. Thirty minutes later, they decide to go inside to get you. They find you standing in front of the beer selection with your mouth agape. One of them asks, “What’s taking so long?” That’s when you tell them that there are 78 glass doors with beer behind every one. Welcome to Hazel’s, where the amazing selection that includes more than 12,000 products has been known to derail the quick stop. Hazel’s is locally owned and calls itself a “Boulder Original.” And who can argue with a liquor store that boasts the state’s largest cooler? Our readers were virtually split between Hazel’s and frequent past winner Liquor Mart, which rolled in at a close second this year.

Natural Foods

2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-545-6611
2584 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-499-7636
303 Marshall Road, Superior, 720-274-1415

Second Place: Vitamin Cottage
Third Place: Alfalfa’s Market
Fourth Place: Sprouts Farmers Market
Fifth Place: Lucky’s Market

If you’ve ever braved the stretch of Pearl Street between 28th and 30th streets, especially between, oh, 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., you can’t be shocked by this result. The turn lane to get into the Whole Foods Market/ Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage parking lot is always packed, Priuses and Subarus crawling about to get close to the door. As the joke rap song on YouTube says, it’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot.

Boulder loves its natural foods, and Whole Foods is always pushing the envelope on that front. That includes taking the sometimes-nebulous “natural” label and turning it into concrete steps, like Whole Foods’ announcement in March 2013 that it will be requiring labels on any products containing GMOs by 2018.

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You forgot to list IDEAL MARKET as a Whole Food's Address :( It's the best Whole Foods in Boulder, and maybe the nation, and our own City forgot? Ouch :(


Sorry BB, but Ideal doesn't hold a candle to the flagship one on 30th


There are other very good stores about as well and no one mentions them. Perhaps it has something to do with a lack of marketing on their side too. They should take a look on and become more active in attracting new customers to their side.