So it's Dec. 9, and the clock is ticking — and if the clock wasn't ticking, it's ticking now because, you know, I said so. Anyway, so the clock is ticking, and you're thinking about how much you hate leaving the house, or how much you hate coming home, or you're just experiencing general hate. And you might be hating the Christmas dinner plans, or the health of The Blue and Orange or Julian Assange. But what you're not hating, because it's impossible, is your state: good ol' Colorado.
But you're not just not-hating Colorado. You're thinking how completely bad-ass this square bit of free-thinking (medicinal) pot tokers is, and wondering how to show your pride in all things "colorful." Well, my state-triotic friend, I've found it for you, for you to give to others, and then borrow back and keep:
I've been designing shirts free of logos and brand names for several years and releasing them under the name, Adam Sikorski, because that is my name. Whenever I was stumped on a new idea my roommate at the old warehouse would come up to me all stoned up and say, "How about a shirt that says Coloradical?" This happened reasonably often. I wrote it off as a bad weed-induced idea for a long time, and eventually said to myself, "Well, how about a shirt that says Coloradical?"
Here’s yet another way to find those perfect gifts that you didn’t see in today’s Gift Guide. The 3rd Annual Adam’s Mountain Holiday Bazaar is one of the most unique shopping experiences around this season.
Do you dread holiday shopping because of experiences like the Black Friday madness? You can expect a very different atmosphere at the bazaar. Enjoy a relaxing shopping trip topped off with holiday music and hot, spiced wine from Swirl Wine Emporium.
If you still need to find those one-of-a-kind gifts, stop by for high quality handmade, fair trade and local “boutique style” sustainable gifts. Offerings will range from eco-friendly plush toys to wildflower jewelry to pottery and baby clothes.
The Holiday Bazaar is Monday, December 6th from 4 to 8 p.m. at Adam’s Mountain Café (934 Manitou Ave. #102) in Manitou Springs. It will benefit the Empty Stocking Fund that provides resources for local health and human service agencies in the area.
Hosted by Yobel Market co-founder Sarah Ray (www.yobelmarket.com), 20 artists and vendors were chosen for the bazaar because of their “unique and sustainable gifts that have value and meaning.” Yobel Market aims to be a global market that inspires awareness and promotes social justice. It is committed to using micro-financing and fair trade principles to provide sustainable economic opportunities to improve the lives of the “marginalized people of the world.
Wondering where the name “Yobel” came from? According to Yobel Market’s website, the name is Hebrew for “jubilee” meaning freedom, release from captivity, cancellation of debts, the turning of tables, stabilization and restoration of the land, redemption for the poor, and celebration.
When you’re done shopping, don’t forget to check out nearby attractions like the arcade.
Tune into the Indy Minute — as seen on ABC affiliate KRDO News Channel 13 — each week for details on all the events that entertain and bring our community together. It's simulcast on KRDO News Radio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM.
Well, if Santa wasn’t scary enough before, now they’ve turned him green.
In a stunning display of marketing irony, the reindeer-driving, elf-exploiting, candy-cane-throne-sitting God of Holiday Overconsumption has joined the sustainability movement. At the Promenade Shops at Briargate, eco-conscious parents can teach their tots about the joys of materialism and the joys of recycling at the same time with a visit to Green Santa, brought to you by Colorado Springs Utilities and the letter Y.*
On Saturday, Dec. 4, Green Santa will be roving the shopping center from noon to 4 p.m., posing for photos and dispensing eco-friendly holiday wisdom. The following Friday, he’ll set up for photo shoots inside Furniture Connection, where each child gets his or her very own energy-saving CFL light bulb (in lieu of the traditional candy cane, perhaps?).
If I find myself in need of a dose of that saintly holiday feeling, I won’t be paying a visit to an AARP member who likes to cosplay as a fourth-century Turkish bishop**, however small his carbon footprint. Instead, I’ll probably head over to the Bonfils Blood Drive, which is also happening Dec. 4 at the Promenade Shops. Drop-ins are welcome from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but you can also call 303/363-2300 or 800/365-0006 to make an appointment ahead of time.
As Indy reporter J. Adrian Stanley (who used to work in an ER) will tell you, the winter holidays are the worst time of year for accidents and injuries. Why not give your kids an object lesson in “giving of yourself”?
Call me a Grinch if you like, but I’m not the one who’s green.
* As in, “Y did the marketing department at CS Utilities decide to get high before coming to work?”
** Fun fact: Saint Francis of Assisi is actually the patron saint of the environment. According to Wikipedia, Saint Nicholas gets children, sailors, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, prostitutes, repentant thieves, pharmacists, archers and pawnbrokers. No wonder he hires a bunch of doppelgangers every Christmas.
If you've got anything left in your bank account after visiting the Girls Just Want to Have Fun Sale, you'll want to mark your calendar for two more shopping shindigs this week.
First up, Ellie K, at 230 N. Tejon St., is throwing a Grand Opening Sale, Thursday, Oct. 28 through Saturday, Oct. 30.
~ Buy one pair of jeans, get one pair half off;
~ Fifteen percent off all dresses;
~ All Three Dots, C&C California and LA Made tops will be 20 percent off;
~ and all basics (think T-shirts and tank tops) will be 25 percent off.
While you peruse the deals (and a 30-percent-off sale rack), you'll be treated to hot apple cider, gourmet popcorn, and a girl's best shopping companion, chocolate.
Next: Barracuda Bazaar, at 2603 W. Colorado Ave. I can't do this invite justice, so I'll just run the whole thing.
I love a good swap. This past weekend's Repeat Boutique, hosted by the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission (and sponsored by the Independent), saw more than 75 ladies through its doors, swappin' clothes and savin' the Earth. (Well, at least recycling a bit.)
I saw today on Mountain Chalet's website that the Colorado Mountain Club and El Paso County Search and Rescue are hosting a Gear Swap, for any non-motorized, outdoor-related gear (think backpacking, climbing, skiing, etc.) A one-buck donation will get you in the door (money supports EPCSR) and there's no fee required to sell your stuff.
It's from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 6 at the El Paso County Search and Rescue building, 3950 Interpark Drive. For more information, contact Chris at email@example.com or 719/332-9990.
For those of you who have been following along for a few years, you'll remember this story I wrote back in 2007 on a "mysterious Eighth Street storefront." A place that offered "top-notch labels at knock-off prices."
Last year the same shop opened at a different location off Uintah Street.
And, now ... it's back again. In yet one more new spot, 409 N. Tejon St., former home of Conservation Hardware.
I received a card in the mail today from Rachel T. Wescott & Assoc., Inc., local estate sale specialists, which reads:
It's that time again
Girls just want to have fun sale
50-75% off everything
Tuesdays thru Saturdays 10-6PM until sold
Brands include (but aren't limited to): Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Gucci, Chanel, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Terra Verde, White House Black Market, Anthropologie and Elie Tahari. Products include clothing, jewelry, shoes, purses, belts and other accessories.
And even though the place looks closed — the windows are covered in paper — a call to Rachel Wescott confirms it's open.
If this is your kind of shopping dream, hop to it. Who knows when it'll come 'round again?
Rainy Day Anime, a local anime and manga merch retailer, will open a brick-and-mortar store tomorrow. Formerly an online-only business, Rainy Day has set up shop at 2350 S. Academy Blvd. And from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, the store will offer giveaways, free swag for fans who come in costume, coupons and more.
Says employee Shannon Liska in an e-mail: "Rainy Day Anime sells not only great priced anime and manga, but a variety of unusual merchandise; to include Steampunk jewelry, handcrafted figurines and unique items directly from Japan." Liska adds that the store plans to host anime-related social functions.
For more, visit rainydayanime.com.
October is known for many things: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, GLBT History Month, National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 11). It's also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
There are a handful of events going on throughout the month in which you can participate. TESSA, the local domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy agency, will host the annual Silent Witness event at noon on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Pioneers Museum. This event recognizes those who have lost their lives in our community due to domestic violence.
TESSA will also be the recipient of funds raised from the annual Beauty Brands "It Takes Guts to End Abuse" project. From now until Oct. 31, the store, located at 7214 N. Academy Blvd., will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of every Redken Guts "volume-boosting spray foam." The product, which normally sells for $15.98, is available for just $7.98.
And new this year, Beauty Brands will also be selling "It Takes Guts to End Abuse" T-shirts for $20 — from which half the proceeds will also be donated.
According to a release from the store, Beauty Brands has taken on this issue because:
Most salon professionals know they’ll cut and color hair and offer advice on beauty and styling products. But some find their job also includes lending a listening ear to victims of domestic violence. Studies show that three out of four abused women tell someone about the abuse, and salons and spas may serve as “safe” places because abusers usually do not accompany victims to their appointments.
This past weekend I trekked up to Denver for the final weekend of Paris Street Market.
These open-air events remind me of the markets found all over France, in Paris and the small towns. They're filled with booths offering new, handmade and resale wares such as clothing, scarves and hats; original art; vintage household items; jewelry and more. I like to call them Etsy LIVE.
Even the topic that seems to be following me around lately, steampunk (see my recent print piece here), popped up in a few places, most notably via a Denver-based vendor at Horseshoe by the name of The Gold Bug. My techie husband fell in love with these ultra-cool steampunk cuff links.
The "market" market is expanding quickly up north, and I'm wondering why it hasn't hit the Springs yet. Eve's anniversary event is the closest thing we've had (as far as I know, at least), and it maxed at about 10 sellers.
I'm sure I'm not the only one dreaming of shopping options down here. Anyone out there planning and plotting for 2011? If so, I'd love to hear about it.
UPDATE: 8:00 a.m., Sept. 26
Just a quick reminder that you've only got one more week to catch the GoLite warehouse sale. My husband and I were over there yesterday and if it's possible, there's more product now then there was when I first dropped by back in August. The place is absolutely stuffed with down coats, travel jackets, running gear, base layers, pants, packs, sleeping bags and tents.
As I mentioned in my original post below, deals start at 50 percent off the original price, but I've noticed as the weeks have gone on, certain items are being reduced even further. I might just pop by on the final day to see what's left.
And by the way, no, I didn't purchase that lovely red coat I mentioned earlier. But you will see me sporting this fabulous little gem this season, and for many seasons to come:
If you're in need (or want) of some great deals on outdoor gear, have I got a sale for you!
Some of you may have seen the ad that ran in this week's Indy:
I got my butt over there as fast as I could. GoLite, for those of you not familiar, is a Boulder-based outdoor gear company that won a 2010 Backpacker magazine Editor's Choice award.
From a release:
GoLite’s extensive use of Tier 1 recycled fabrics won the “Green Award” and was one of only 15 innovative products honored with a 2010 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. GoLite has replaced virgin, petro-chemical based materials in all of our main pack fabrics and travel luggage with 50% Tier 1 recycled nylon, and in all of our sleeping bag collections with 100% Tier 1 recycled polyester. The impact reduction for recycled textiles varies, but it has shown to have up to 70% (for nylon) and up to 80% (for polyester) reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while performing on-par with their conventional alternatives.
I particularly appreciate that the company follows fair labor practices. You can read more about that here.
But back to the sale.
Getting there is your first challenge. I recommend looking closely at the mini-map on the ad. Head east from Academy Boulevard on Bijou Street; it's basically behind the Target. Look for the signs and model tents.
Once in the door, you'll receive a price list and be let free to wander through hanging sleeping bags, boxes of backpacks, and racks and racks of men's and women's clothes. Two areas to check out for sure: 1) the samples wall, which includes deals as low as five bucks for women's running shorts, and 2) the massive whiteboard wall, which lists products on their way. One of the staff members told me they're bringing in new stock every week. He also said that since we're mid-season right now, they'll be getting heavier layers (down jackets and such) in as the weeks progress.
GoLite makes quality product, which means it's not inexpensive to begin with. But everything in the warehouse is at least 50 percent off retail price, with some items coming in at 75 percent off. I bought a waist bottle pack for trail running, regularly priced at $40, for $20, and am still contemplating the Castle Peak insulated parka, normally $350, for $175.
They do have separate women's and men's dressing areas; be prepared, though, if you're at all squeamish about undressing in shared spaces, to wear thin base layers, or at least hole-free undies.
The doors close at the end of the day on Oct. 3, but with product regularly going in and out the door, you won't want to wait that long.
A few things for all my fellow deal shoppers:
XSThreadz, at 5102 N. Nevada Ave., #160, is known for its sales, but this one's a whopper.
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, at 2130 Southgate Road, is offering a free falafel pita with the purchase of a beverage every Friday from now until the end of October.
And for those of you craving free food on Fridays:
Just click here and print.
Thanks to Carrie at springsbargains.com for the tip.
(Oh, and according to a post on Garbanzo's Facebook page, a new shop will open off Powers Boulevard at First and Main Town Center in November.)
And finally, if you dropped by the One World 2 U warehouse sale last year here in the Springs, you may have wondered what happened to all the stock when the doors closed. The company consolidated to Denver and is now closing out that warehouse.
Word is everything is at least 70 percent off if you've got the time to make a trip to Denver.
For $27, you can get $60 of food and drinks at the downtown hot spot. And not only that, but you can try out their brand new fall menu, launched Sept. 8.
As with Groupon, you can sign up to receive an e-mail every morning with that day's deal, and you've got until midnight to purchase. Living Social does add one more incentive: If you can convince three of your friends to also buy in on a bargain, using a link you send them, your deal is free.
Deal, deals, deals! Just for you (and me).
First up, get your butt over to the Leechpit today. Our buddy and Reverb columnist Adam Leech is throwing a big 7th anniversary party from noon to 6 p.m. at his shop at 708 N. Weber St.
Yes, there will be music but the deal of the day has to be the "Rocker" tattoos: Leechpit "neighbors" Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Co. (featured in our Student Survival Guide here) will be giving $20 Leechpit "Rocker" tattoos free if you spend at least $100 at the shop. And if you're willing to actually go through with the tat, you get 10 percent off at the Leechpit forever. What's a little skin for a lifetime discount?
If you're a vinyl fan (as in records, peeps, not pants), check out Leechpit's Free Record Tuesdays. As Adam says, "You can grab a freebie off the bargain shelf, no purchase necessary."
Next, Envi's Five Dollar No Holler sale. Marci and Garry over at the fun art-clothing-jewelry shop located at 2605 W. Colorado Ave. in Old Colorado City (and 2009 Indy Best Of winner for Green Business) said I could pass this coupon on to all of our readers. Five bucks, my friends. And all you gotta do is print it out and pop on by before Sept. 30.
And while you're in the OCC anyway, you should stop by Eve's at 1312 W. Colorado Ave.
The summer goods in her 75 percent-off back room are going fast — she's getting ready for fall. Mark your calendar now for next weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, for a 10th Birthday Soiree and Gypsy Bazaar (I can't believe the shop's been here 10 years!). The festivities, per an e-mail from Eve, will include an "all-new autumn collection, local artisans, upcycled home decor & salvaged jewels," and from 2-6 p.m., light tapas and wine pairings with local wine expert Michaela Hightower.
The anniversaries are happening all over the place. Downtown's Terra Verde, at 208 N. Tejon St., is celebrating the big 18. And shoppers are celebrating the 18 percent store-wide discount.
No coupons necessary. Just visit them between now and Tuesday, Sept. 14.
You can bemoan the coming of autumn, but for the trend-aware among us, clothing and makeup always seem to be the most creative this time of year. And in my best fashion-correspondent voice, here it is: Cats and villains are the two biggest trends of the season, boys and girls.
MAC Cosmetics has launched a line of Disney villain lipsticks, eye shadows and liners, lip and brow pencils and glosses inspired by Cruella De Vil, Maleficient, the Evil Queen from Snow White and Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. The packaging looks right out of the toy aisles, but this high-quality makeup (with high-quality price tags) is most certainly for adults. See more at mailmovement.com.
MAC has also unveiled a line of makeup devoted to creating a feline-inspired appearance — you know, in a non-plastic-surgery way. If that's still not enough for you, go to Paul & Joe Beaute for its cat-shaped lipsticks. So cute, so impractical, it's style in a nutshell. Notice these come in very neutral colors; I don't even want to think about smearing on fire-engine red with all the weird angles. (Might I suggest a more streamlined animal, like a parrot?)
You can shop for these at b-glowing.com/paul-and-joe-beaute, though they may come to Urban Outfitters later this year.