HAS THE BOULDER PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT STAFF BEEN HOT-BOXING THE BUSINESS LICENSING OFFICES?
We're a furniture company. That's it. We don't want to sell anything else, period. And we wanted to try out a pop-up shop as a way to dip our toes into retail in a low-cost, low-risk way, taking advantage of a friend's offer to share a storefront at 19th and Pearl in Boulder for the balance of the year. So, being inclined to play by the rules whenever possible, we applied for our sales tax license with the City of Boulder and got this strange reply. Again, we sell furniture and that's what we spelled out, very clearly, in our application. What the fuck? Boulder is getting sticky at a stupefying rate, with the city trying to get a handle on the medical pot shops poking up like, well, weeds all over town. Is this the new boilerplate rejection letter? Just assume everyone trying to open a shop in the city wants to sell chronic? Sure, just a careless mistake, funny and no big deal. Strange, though, that a small furniture shop is verboten in that spot. Oh well, fuck it; we couldn't have staffed the thing properly just now anyway. No pop-up shop in Boulder. Next time we'll stick to Denver.