Shop Local Colorado Artisans
EXPERIENCE THE ULTIMATE FALL MARKET
The Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace is the hottest place to be this fall, where you'll discover an eclectic mix of products made by Colorado’s most talented artisans. From chic clothing and custom jewelry to fair trade woodcrafts, gourmet sauces and vintage décor, there's plenty to dazzle and delight you this month.
Cricket Dance is pleased to present Story Time at the Makers Marketplace every third Friday (Aug 26, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18 and Dec 16) at 11:00 AM. Princesses, fairies, unicorns, witches and mud monsters all come alive on stage as children take turns playing the different characters and dancing in these ballets created especially for them. This free interactive experience will enchant audiences of all ages with costumes, dancing, imagination and fun.
Featured makers include:
- A Face to Paint
- Vintage Home Daisy
- Jack's Stand
- Mamma's Messy Kitchen
- PopLife Cards
- Bronco Country
- J. Dogg Phair
…and many more!
Thriving Pets International
Thriving Pets International strives to provide the ideal selection of pet-approved products - both for the pets and their owners. Their mission is to keep your pets feeling and looking their best by offering quality, human-grade pet food, treats and supplements, along with a wide line of pet collars and leashes that can be custom-embroidered for that special touch. Come see their collection at our Makers Marketplace!
Erie Coffee Roasters
Erie Coffee Roasters is the passion project of Nate and Lisa Zautke, longtime Erie residents and excited entrepreneurs in the world of craft coffee-roasting. Coming from biotech and pharma backgrounds, they pride themselves on bringing you only the finest roasted Direct Trade coffee beans and specialty teas. With a strong scientific and quality background and over 500 roasts under their belts, they have the experience and understanding to bring you the best, most flavorful coffee. Stop by the Makers Marketplace to bring some home today!
Olde Man Granola
Olde Man Granola is born from an older era, made the way foods used to be made – with simple, all-natural, GMO-free ingredients that satisfy and fulfill. Available in several varieties, it is handbaked slowly using real butter and brown sugar to give Olde Man Granola a richer and creamier taste. It comes in several varieties, so stop by our Makers Marketplace to shop!
MAMA'S MESSY KITCHEN
Mama's Messy Kitchen offers over 50 flavors of jams, jellies and preserves that range from your basic strawberry, apple to the exotic such as blackberry vanilla, triple black and an assortment of wine jellies.
Owner and Colorado resident, Jessica, loves finding new combinations then using locally sourced fruits and vegetables to provide the best products possible. Feel free to check out her current selection of flavors at Southwest Plaza's Makers Marketplace! #SWPlazaMakers
Timber Peaks Gourmet
For 25 years, Timber Peaks Gourmet has taken pride in bringing you Colorado's finest gourmet foods. From soups and breads to seasonings, snacks and desserts, their extensive selection promises to inspire creative meal-planning for yourself or friends. They also offer gift sets that are perfect for any occasion. Shop Timber Peaks Gourmet at the Makers Marketplace today!
B & B GLASS CREATIONS
Founded in 1978 by local artisans George Heiney and Audrey Braton, B & B Glass Creations is a small, family-owned business specializing in hand-sculpted glass depicitons of nature. George and Audrey met while apprenticing for Master Glass Sculptor Homer Hoyt in Golden, Colorado. Now husband and wife, they have been imagining and creating intricate glass sculptures together for nearly 40 years. Their work includes a wide variety of native Colorado flowers and North American wildlife, as well as whimsical scenes of fairies and more. Stop by the Makers Marketplace to shop their collection today!
Dorothy Sheldon first started tole painting (the folk art of decorative painting on tin and wooden housewares) about 15 years ago, when her friend Dot talked her into taking a class. The two took lessons together for several years, and when they could no longer find places offering classes, they set up shop in Dot's basement. The friends met every Tuesday for "paint night" until last year, when Dot passed away suddenly. Dorothy launched Dots in 2015 as a way of honoring her friend while sharing the work Dot inspired her to create. Come see her collection at the Makers Marketplace today!
Purveyors of fine handmade aspen, barnwood and pine furniture and carvings in the high country of Colorado, Breck Bears is a locally owned business based in Breckenridge. Their rustic furniture, detailed chainsaw carvings and rust-free aluminum statuary are ideal complements to any mountain home or perfect reminders of your time in Colorado. Visit them at the Makers Marketplace today!
Be artistic, be practical, and always be unique with HomeMagnetics! Their interactive magnetic artwork offers an eye-catching way to track your achievements, organize your home, or mark your progress toward a variety of hiking, skiing, travel and life goals. Using proprietary processes and patented products that allow art to become interactive, they create one-of-a-kind wall maps, canvas bulletin boards, key holders and more – and yes, it's all magnetic! Come shop their unique selection at the Makers Marketplace today.
Patty's Pantry began in 1979 with their original Jalapeño Pepper Jelly, a Colorado favorite. They have since added three additional pepper jellies, as well as a mouthwatering selection of gourmet preserves, spreads, butters and specialty condiments. Each recipe is made using only all-natural ingredients and the finest, freshest fruits and berries – with no fillers, corn syrups or preservatives. Stop by the Makers Marketplace to stock up on homemade goodness from Patty's Pantry.
Anoothi is a remarkable organization dedicated to empowering and enhancing the lives of India's poor rural women through occupational training and employment. They organize marginalized women into Self Help Groups and train them in making home goods, jewelry, apparel and accessories that reflect India's indigenous crafts and skills. Your purchase of these products touches many lives: 50% of profits benefit Vatsalya’s Street Children program, 25% goes toward the Anoothi women's health care, and the rest is invested back into the business. Visit Anoothi at the Makers Marketplace today!
THE JOY NUT CO.
The Joy Nut Company was founded by Brandon Barnhill and named after his daughter Tatyum Joy, whose love of trail mix inspired him to start creating his own mixes with premium, all-natural ingredients. What started as a fun way to play in the kitchen and teach his daughter about food turned into a passion project that combines his love for food, passion for creativity, desire for healthy snacks, and even his career experience. The Joy Nut Company's philosophy is simple: create snacks that inspire and bring joy. Stop by the Makers Marketplace to pick some up today!
BALLTALK GOLF BALLS AND GIFTS
Balltalk officially launched in 2008 after years of creating unique and inventive gifts for golfing friends and family. The brand Founder Robin Jacobs continues to pursue the humor naturally found in golf, with respect and appreciation for the sport. We continue to grow our product line and collection of golf ball sayings, expanding sales to multiple platforms and donating to golf fundraisers and charities across the country.
Created in Colorado in 2008, BallTalk® started with a line of golf balls featuring humorous sayings that imagine what a golf ball might say…if it could talk. They have since expanded their product line to include golf tees, bottle stoppers and more unique and FUN gifts for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Focused on quality, style and visual appeal, the BallTalk® brand delivers an imaginative twist, pokes a little fun, and can make even the most serious golfer laugh. Visit them at the Makers Marketplace and find the perfect all-occasion gift for the golfer in your life!
THE AMBER ROOM
Amber is believed to stimulate the intellect, clear depression, promote creative self-expression and bring balance. This unique gem is prized for its elegant simplicity and versatility, and The Amber Room offers a stunning variety of ways to wear it. Their one-of-a-kind amber jewelry is all hand-made in Gdansk, Poland, using only genuine, gem-quality Baltic Sea Amber set in .925 sterling silver. Stop by the Makers Marketplace and let their exquisite creations add a touch of class and natural beauty to your look.
THE SUD SHOPPE
The Sud Shoppe was founded on a belief that the things we put on our skin should be safe, nourishing and beneficial. Their luxurious handmade soaps and delightfully decadent "bath baubles" are lovingly handcrafted from the finest base materials, free from harsh chemicals and harmful ingredients. Handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality, their products nourish skin with nutrient-rich vegetable oils and butters, naturally occuring glycerin and soothing essential oils. Stop by the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace to indulge in their unique creations today!
Susan Mikkelson is a Colorado native and a mostly self-taught artist who has been creating one-of-a-kind pottery since 1988. Working out of her home studio in Littleton, she takes her design cues from nature and incorporates many elements, colors and motifs from the wild into her inspired creations. She also makes all her own glazes, having perfected the colors she loves most over the past 20 years. Designed for use as well as display, her decorative, functional stoneware is oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Check out her latest work at the Makers Marketplace today!
SWEET ROLLING PINS
Sweet Rolling Pins was founded by Kurt and Stacy, a husband and wife team who love to laugh. Their story is a reflection of a symbiotic bond between two very different people. Kurt loves machines, engineering and creating things, while Stacy loves people, connection and stories. Together, they create laser engraved rolling pins that are both well-crafted products as well as sentimental treasures – a hug from your grandmother, a warm fuzzy with your children, or a walk down memory lane. Stop by the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace to see their fun and whimsical designs today!
Support our boys in orange and navy wearing the latest Broncos gear. Bronco Country features the hottest Denver Broncos themed apparel including scarves, hats, gloves, jackets, team jerseys and more! #SWPlazaMakers
A FROG ON THE WALL
The designers at A Frog On The Wall make new and innovative decorative accessories using clay, glass, iron and tin. They specialize in marrying materials together to create unique designs that enhance your home, garden or work space. They have been in business for over 22 years and have always practiced "Fair Made, Fair Trade." All items are handcrafted with love and care, and their non-profit programs help families educate their children. Come explore their vibrant collection at our Makers Marketplace today!
IN MICKEY'S EYES PHOTOGRAPHY
The artist behind In Mickey’s Eyes Photography has no formal training or degrees in photography, just a passion for taking pictures and a desire to bring smiles to people’s faces through his art. A self-described "outdoor life and architectual subject" photographer, Mickey has won a number of awards for his digital photographs. Whether he’s shooting a weathered building or a rustic barn, a dirt road or a vintage truck, a storefront window or a solitary sunflower, Mickey tells a fascinating story with each captured reflection and intriguing image he creates. Come explore some of his latest photographs at the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace today!
Renee Karlin Herring
Inspired by a desire to enrich other people's lives with something that is both beautiful AND practical, Colorado artist Renee Karlin Herring creates mini works of functional art by adorning light switch plates with her original hand-painted designs. From southwestern motifs and vibrant landscapes to wild abstracts and whimsical splashes of brilliant jewel tones, her alcohol-inks-painted switch plates are a classy way to accent your décor and light up your walls. Come see her creations at the Makers Marketplace today!
BABES & HUSSIES
Maker Denise Midroy moved to Colorado in 1975 and founded Babes & Hussies - a company specializing in unique handmade jewelry and accessories with an emphasis on using reclaimed and found objects. Check out her beautifully hand-crafted neckpieces, earrings and bracelets. #SWPlazaMakers
Vintage Home Daisy
When Kristie, the designer behind Vintage Daisy Home, couldn't find unique and original décor to liven up her home, she began creating her own. With help from her husband, she transformed their garage into a workshop where, surrounded and inspired by the beauty of the Colorado foothills, she whiles away the time creating her unique brand of home décor. From hand-painted milk bottle vases and mason jar soap dispensers to handcrafted throw pillows, Vintage Daisy Home offers a lively array of fun and colorful home accents and gifts. Each item is individually crafted with loving attention to bring vintage charm to interior spaces. #SWPlazaMakers
Founded by 8-year-old Jack Bonneau, Jack's Stands offers young entrepreneurs the chance to learn about business and finance while making money and having fun. Kids (and their parents) select a date and time to operate their own drink stand, and Jacks Stands provides everything they need to do business: a dedicated stand in the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace, hot cocoa and cider, dispenser and cups, a bank for making change, plus instructions and tips.
In addition to the Jack's Stands drink stand, kids can also sign up to operate Jacks Marketplace, which offers unique products made by other young entrepreneurs. Stop by and reserve a date today! #SWPlazaMakers
Check out Jack's Stands in The New York Times!
Eddy & Scout
Holly Willis started Eddy & Scout after struggling to clothe her own lanky child. Frustrated with having to choose between too short or too baggy, she started designing her own clothing. Featuring longer, leaner cuts and kid-focused details like pockets and non-scratchy seams, her soft and comfy, fun and functional children's apparel was soon in high demand. Guided by a commitment to ethical business practices, Eddy & Scout clothing is manufactured locally in Denver to ensure fair wages and quality construction. Stop by the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace to clothe your little adventurer in Eddy & Scout.
PopLife Cards cofounder Roxy discovered the art of pop-up cards while living abroad in Saigon, Vietnam. These small works of art inspired Roxy to design her own brand of cards once she returned stateside. PopLife’s cards are designed using precision 3D software, laser cut and then hand assembled by paper artists in Vietnam. This modern technology-meets-craftsmanship has its roots in the tradition of kirigami (cut paper art similar to origami).
Experience PopLife at the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace and follow them on Facebook. #SWPlazaMakers
Barry Ryan and Lynne Wargo are experts at fusing glass. They start with sheets of glass that gets cut into custom shapes. The pieces are assembled together, almost like a glass sandwich. The process of taking sheets of glass and attaching them or "fusing" them together creates dichroic or fused jewelry. Heat from a kiln adheres the glass pieces together.
Each piece is a custom work of art that can be enjoyed for many years to come. Stained glass artists have been fusing glass for decades, but this technique can be used to create beautiful glass jewelry, a perfect handmade gift for your sweetheart! Come by the Winter Market today!
J. DOGG PHAIR PRESENTS GOURMET BLEND SAUCES
J. Dogg Phair Presents is a Colorado based company offering gourmet blend sauces, soups, rubs and marinades for all your cooking experiences. They have won numerous awards for their high quality marinade and BBQ sauces, including a 1st place Scovie Award for their Anything Goes! Marinade, and 2nd place awards for their marinade and Thought-U-Knew! barbeque sauce at the Fiery Foods Challenge in 2007. #SWPlazaMakers
Inspired by a belief that beautiful plant life doesn't have to be high maintenance, Sappling's specializes in interior plantscaping with artfully designed, easy-to-care-for planters. Individually crafted in a variety of charming designs, these unique planters transform and bring life to any interior space. Each one is an exquisite arrangement of assorted plants and other natural elements, elegantly showcased within an attractive frame or vase. Be sure to stop by the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace to see Sappling's extraordinary planters in person.
HOME SWEET HOME FT. BROWNLOW GIFTS FOR MOM
Carol, the creative mind behind CK Designs and the curator of Home Sweet Home, loves to mix vintage items with fun family treasures and repurposed pieces. Carol has always had a passion for interior design and a love of unique and fun housewares. She creates unique and affordable creations that will help you turn your house into a home with welcoming décor, antiques and country charm. Her original collection of vintage and new kitchen wares also includes Brownlow gifts, featuring whimsical spatulas, floursack towels and more unique gifts that are perfect for Mother’s Day. Visit Home Sweet Home at the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace today.
Swallowtail Foods / Pi Chai
When Swallowtail Foods founder Jennifer Lopez created Pi Chai in 2013, she had one goal: to develop an exceptionally delicious instant chai mix that's easy to make, using the highest quality ingredients without any artificial colors or flavors. The result is chai that is unparalleled in taste, quality, and simplicity. An enticing and satisfying blend of black tea, pure vanilla and exotic spices, Pi Chai is proudly manufactured in Jennifer's hometown of Fort Collins – and now it's available at the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace. Stop on by today!
Looking for a way to show off your hometown pride this baseball season? The Colorado Connection is the place to score an impressive variety of Colorado Rockies fan gear and collectibles, plus unique items to celebrate your love for Colorado in general. Visit them at the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace today
3D TINY PRINTS
There is nothing more tender or precious than a baby’s tiny fist or sweet little foot. 3D Tiny Prints helps you capture that fleeting wonder forever with custom impressions of your little one’s hands and feet – or even the pawprints of a beloved pet. They use a gentle, non-toxic material to create exact 3D replicas, which can then be framed in a personalized shadowbox along with a photo and custom-engraved plaques. Visit 3D Tiny Prints on Saturdays at the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace to learn more about their easy, comfortable process and schedule your appointment.
CORA’S CROCHETING CREATIONS
Cora is 10 years old and has been crocheting since she was six. She was taught by her aunt and Gram as well as YouTube videos, creating her own patterns along the way. For the past few years she has made booties to donate to One Nation Walking Together for the elders' Christmas boxes. Right now she's on a new mission to raise money for her dog, who was recently diagnosed with auto-immune disease. 50% of her earnings will go toward his medical expenses. Visit the Makers Marketplace today to explore Cora's delightful collection of crocheting creations!
THE TAILGATE STORE/MARKETLOFT
For two years, Claire Franz has been searching high and low curating an inspired collection of candles, kitchen accessories, wall hangings, art, candies, stationary, cards, puzzles and more. The result is MarketLoft, an eclectic mix of unique gifts and home décor items to make you live, laugh, and love. You'll find everything from inspiring signs and metal art wall decor to handmade leather cuffs and hilarious kitchen towels. Claire and her girls also make hand-stamped jewelry, custom made to order - a perfect gift for Mother's Day! Visit them at the Southwest Plaza Makers Marketplace today.