There's all the obvious stuff, like flowers, cards and chocolatey goodness, but those things lack imagination. They're so overdone that we felt the need to depart from the paved and predictable Mom-appreciation road. Dear friends, please excuse the self-promotion and consider these humble suggestions a list less-traveled from our Garden of the Goods team.
1. A gift certificate to a pawn shop. Right? She'd never see it coming, and nothing says I LOVE YOU MOM! like NASCAR memorabilia and decorative knives!
2. A zip line tour of Manitou Springs or a hot air balloon ride. This one is for moms who think adventure is driving to the mall alone. Is your mom terrified of heights? Then, yep — this is the perfect present for her.
3. A good shellacking. Fooled ya! We're talking nails here. It's springtime, and if your mom wants to wear sandals, her toes might need a coat of paint. But if you're more concerned about the state of her car, then proceed to #4.
4. Wheel alignment. You know how you borrowed your mom's car that one time and curb-checked it at speed you now regret? Instead of confessing, you can make it right by giving her the gift of more efficient driving. Ta-da... You're a star!
5. Meat. Yes, vegetables are nice. But you know what's better? Bison, beef, lamb, pork and chicken! If you're feeling extra thoughtful, you might also suggest that your mom make you some Pappardelle's Pasta as a comfy noodle-bed for all that protein.
What a great way to start out the day.
I was sifting through my inbox, the usual clutter of press releases, social media alerts (re-tweets, follows, etc.) and business mail (nothing personal ever, I swear ... really).
And then my eyes came across it: "Laser Toenail Fungus Removal for Two Toes."
Regardless if $99, down from $350, is a good deal, I honestly just don't care to ponder fungus first thing in the morning — nor its removal by lasers (whatever that smells like) — nor somebody's foot with two new clean toes standing in stark contrast to three Incredible Hulk rejects.
My first thought, of course, was "Ick!"
My second thought, a few seconds later, was "Ick! Still not over it."
But my third thought was "This doesn't sound like LivingSocial, the supposedly discerning company I co-profiled here back in June 2011.
The company whose representative said, "We know what's hot, exciting and what the trends are."
("Welcome to Colorado Springs — home of General Palmer's legacy, the military, churches, an increasing quantity of pho eateries and, who could forget, fungal toes.")
But in fairness, that same representative did say, "For us it's not about driving a coupon, it's about creating an experience."
My point to this meandering story is that here, today, fungus-in-mind, I'm officially calling bullshit.
I'm fine with all the restaurant discounts and event the excess of massage and spa treatment offerings — I'll give them their "experience" points on those.
But even looking again at today's email blast, tell me exactly what thrill you'd get from an auto glass replacement coupon:
In continued fairness, I will say that Groupon's not batting much better, particularly as it relates to lasers and your grooming habits:
I guess I've learned a handful of things through this exercise. In summation:
1) I'm not fond of talking fungus first-thing in the morning.
2) It's about time to disable my email updates from these coupon slingers (which I only turned on as research for that earlier story — for reals).
3) I'm not buying for one minute the notion that our local reps are really sifting through the mass crap clutter to find us hidden gems of experiential greatness.
4) Lasers are multifunctional and awesome.
5) If fungus is indeed trending, may I forever stay out of fashion.
From the listings desk: It's the time of year for gift-y art shows, a chance for you to not only shop local and all that jazz, but to procure
yourself someone you love a piece of art that's more affordable than usual. Here's a round-up of some local small works/holiday art shows. If you know of another not mentioned here, please let us know in the comments or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place, 475-2444, csfineartscenter.org. Annual Teacher's Art Sale, a collection of ceramics, paintings, jewelry and more. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
• Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Art for a New Start, a show of artwork donated for families who lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire. Selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Opening reception for families and donors, Fri., Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m. Handmade Holiday, a show and sale of hand-crafted artwork and crafts from locals, with live music, warm beverages and cookies and other holiday entertainment. Saturdays, Sundays. through Dec. 25. BAC Annual Holiday Show, a showcase of the BAC's studio artists, offering up works in ceramics, painting, mixed media, print work and more. Dec. 7 through Jan. 19. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
• Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Commonwheel Artists Co-op Annual Holiday Market, a show and sale of gift-able artwork by over 35 Colorado artists. Through Jan 6.
• Cottonwood on Tejon, 214½ N. Tejon St., cottonwoodgallery.wordpress.com. Holiday Boutique, an art show and sale, featuring pieces from Colorado artists, all under $100.
• Cup and Bowl Gallery, 116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, 719/404-3469, cupandbowl.org. A Cup & Bowl Christmas, an exhibition of work from Linda Cates, Kuky Harrington, Maria Hughes and Laura Lester. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7 , 5 p.m.
• Fare Bella Studio and Gallery, 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 720/226-4315. 100 for $100, a holiday art show featuring original works by Coni Grant, Patti Filler, Laura Reilly and others. Also held in Tracy Miller Fine Art. Nov. 30 to Dec. 31. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 30, 6 p.m.
• Gallery 113, 113 N. Tejon St., 634-5299, gallery-113.com. Art Gift Show, as the name implies, handmade items ranging from scarves and jewelry to photographs, stone arts and prints. Nov. 28 through Dec. 25. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5 p.m.
• Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-6347, abigailkreusergallery.com. Holiday Art Market, a sale featuring art work from local artists like Carole Reece, Marie David, Dana Long, Tim Davis, Randall Barbera, Abigail Kreuser and others. Through Nov. 30.
• Mardosz Fine Art Gallery, 109 S. Corona St., mardoszfineart.com. Miniatures Show, a series of small paintings by Chuck Mardosz, Eric Michaels, Richard Dahlquist and Dean Mabe. Through Dec. 31.
• Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, smokebrush.org. CHRISZAIHAMANKUS, a seasonal group art show with works by Don Goede, Kat and Bob Tudor, Jeff Kallaus, Justin Kovach and others. Opening reception, with a short play by Ethan Engel and Jennifer Mulson, music by the New Depressionists and Crystal & the Curious, and more. Fri., Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
• Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240, themodbo.wordpress.com. Fifth Annual Small Works Show, a show and sale of nearly 300 works of art, all under 24 inches in each dimension, and hung salon-style in the galleries. Also held in S.P.Q.R. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
• Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Own Your Own Art Show & Sale, Sangre's annual art bonanza, with walls filled top to bottom with reasonably priced artwork for the holidays. Through Dec. 29.
While trying to find a parking spot for a trip to Republic of Paws on Saturday, I accidentally found myself driving by the "Super Secret Saver Sale" at 2409 W. Cucharras St. and saw that the door was wide open. Turns out the sale is actually running Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
And don't be alarmed when you drive up and see the windows covered in brown paper. That's been common to each of the former sales. Just head on in and start shopping. There's plenty to be found inside. (But bring your cash or checkbooks. They're not accepting credit cards.)
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I do love the unofficial shopping beat I have here at the Indy, primarily because I get to share news like that which came in to me via a phone call this morning.
The doing of local estate sale company Rachel T. Wescott & Associates, Inc., this always-massive offering of deeply discounted women's designer clothing, shoes and accessories, is hanging out this year at 2409 W. Cucharras St., in Old Colorado City's former Surplus City building.
It's only open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting today and running Tuesdays through Thursdays for an unspecified period of time. So make good use of those lunch hours, ladies, and no fighting over the Jimmy Choos.
So excited to pick up a flier at Colorado Coffee Merchants for the Venetian Village yard sale, happening this weekend. Next to the Old North End sale, which happened earlier this summer, this is one of the best opportunities to grab some great deals, and get a little sun while doing it.
On top of that, the new Ivywild Facebook page says that neighborhood, too, will be having a sale this weekend:
From Ivywilder Martin:
The first annual community wide yard sale is coming up soon!
The dates are Friday August 3rd, Saturday August 4th and Sunday August 5th. - 9am to 4pm.
We are trying to encourage all neighbors to participate. Please pass the word around. This is just like having a normal yard sale at your house, however we are trying to get everyone in the neighborhood to do it on the same weekend. Hoping to create some synergy, Ivywild-style!
And specifically for dancers, the following Saturday, Aug. 11, Ormao Dance Company, 10 S. Spruce St., will host a "Bring & Buy" dancer-specific yard sale. Bring and donate those leotards that don't fit anymore, or those brand-spankin'-new ballet shoes you bought and then took two classes in before stuffing them in the back of your closet (... um ... no, I'm not speaking from experience ... well, OK, maybe I am ...).
Then purchase someone else's worn-once recital costume (Halloween, anyone?), or tap shoes they purchased and wore once before stuffing them in the back of their closet .... It'll also be a great place for all you parents to bring the dance wear your kiddos grow out of every six months, recoup some costs, and inexpensively stock up for next year.
So vendors of locally owned downtown fixture Mountain Chalet have chipped in to help refill closets; they've donated hundreds of items to be given away at Mountain Shadows Park on Flying W Ranch Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.
In an email yesterday, the store's Michael Carsten told us, "I am currently sitting on 250 pair[s] of shoes from La Sportiva and what remains of 200 pieces of Patagonia." The store has since received 400 pieces of Horny Toad gear.
Beneficiaries can take up to two donations and must have a form of identification listing a Mountain Shadows address. It's not that they want to be sticklers, Carsten says; they just need to ensure that those affected by the fire can receive what the vendors donated to them. The labels up for grabs, after all, don't exactly come cheap. According to Carsten, including four men's Patagonia coats valued at more than $500, the total retail cost for the donations is in excess of $70,000.
This will be Mountain Chalet's second giveaway event for fire victims. The first was last Saturday, which featured clothing and shoes from Patagonia, Ibex and Oboz, as well as Vapur water bottles.
Textile manufacturing can be unforgiving to the environment, so company namesake and fashion designer Autumn Teneyl takes precautions. Teneyl uses domestically made organic, natural and synthetic fabrics for her designs, and the company offsets 100 percent of operational and travel costs by buying renewable energy credits.
All clothes are handmade and sewn in Denver, too. To meet demand, Autumn Teneyl Designs began a partnership this year with Southwest Creations Collaborative, a women’s collaborative sew house, to employ low-income women and “alleviate poverty and build economic opportunity across generations.” So not only can you look chic; you can help others while stylin' and profilin'.
Here is what the collections are about in Teneyl’s own words:
"When I set out to make a new collection each season, it is with functional, conscious beauty in mind. My goal is to make each piece the first thing I would grab myself for an evening out or a day around town. The foundation of my collections is domestic organic cotton and hemp fabrics. I spend many hours sourcing and developing my color palettes to create distinction and harmony within each collection. The versatility is intended to reach every woman: the tailored, modern lines are very city appropriate, yet the functionality and comfort allow for a very natural fit & freedom of movement.…”