We had the privledge of spending our day in Boulder, mainly to visit the Justin’s headquarters. If you haven’t heard of Justin’s, they are a delicious brand of nut butters, peanut butter cups and other yummy snacks. Our family loves their products. Caleb has met Justin several times at various natural foods expos and looks to him as a role model entrepreneur. 

The Justin’s offices are on Pearl street, just west of the mall area. When we arrived we were greeted with a smorgasbord of treats. The kids loved this and had chocolate smeared all over their hands and faces in no time. Next came the tour. This part was a bit stressful for me as I tried to keep my choco-monsters from touching everything in the office. 

  
The nice receptionist was explaining to us the history of the building, which used to be a parts and service depot, then the headquarters for local home brewers association.. but I barely caught any of the interesting details because Josh was busy eating out of a dog food bowl and emptying a nice lady’s wastebasket. 

The employees were very kind and did not seem to judge me or my little choco-monsters, though I am certain everyone breathed a sigh of relief when we left. Before that however, we were able to visit with Justin a bit on their upstairs patio. The kids terrorized his Great Dane, Moby, while we chatted a bit about business and family. Turns out he has two kids about the same age as ours. I breathed a sigh of relief, remembering the chocolate finger prints we left on his coffee table. 

Once out the door we meandered down the Pearl Street Mall. It’s about four blocks worth of shops and restaurants with a brick courtyard running all the way down what would have been the street. The kids loved all the sculptures and flower beds all along the way. We were barely able to walk half of the mall for all the stopping we did for flower-sniffing and boulder-climbing. 

  
We did stop and eat at The Kitchen Next Door. It was yummy and the service was great. This pleased me greatly as my choco-monsters had started to come down from their sugar high and were getting cranky. The kids menu options were awesome too. Gourmet grilled cheese sand which with kale chips? Yes, please!

After lunch we walked back to the truck and headed home. The kids fell asleep in the car and we had a gloriously quiet ride back to Golden. The best part was we were loaded up with some yummy freebies from Justin’s. Now if I can just find a place in the RV to hide all this chocolate from the kids. 

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