Holiday Market Roundup

It’s hard to believe that an entire year has gone by since my last holiday market roundup, but here we go holidays 2014. On schedule, Black Friday woes are tepid, and shopping frenzy is at the starting gate. Let’s kick Black Friday where the sun don’t shine and share the season, our dollars, and cheer with our community of makers, doers and artisans that are hard at work year round to make our holidays handmade.

Here’s this season’s market roundup including some long time favorites, some new, and where you’re guaranteed to find one of a kind handcrafted gems. Thanks to you all for sharing your favorites. If I’ve missed any, please do let me know and I’ll be quick to add them.

Happy Holidays!

Sugar Plum Bazaar 

Saturday, November 22 10 – 7 pm
Sunday, November 23 10 – 4 pm
McNichol’s Building, 144 West Colfax

Saturday, November 29th 7 pm
Craftsman & Apprentice, 1345 East 22nd Avenue

Colorado Micro Market
Thursday, December 4th 4 – 9 pm
Wash Park Studio, 900 South Pearl Street

Holiday Pop Up Market and Champagne Tasting
Friday, December 5th 4 – 7 pm
Proof Wine & Spirits, 3360 Larimer Street

The Knotty List Holiday Mini Market
Friday, December 5th 6 – 10 pm
Knotty Tie Co., 855 Inca Street

Holiday Mancraft – as always- not just for men!
Friday, December 5th 4-10 pm
VFW Post 2461, 1350 South Broadway

Firefly Handmade Denver
Saturday, December 6th  11 – 7 pm
Sunday, December 7th 11 – 5 pm
EXDO Events Center, 1399 35th Street and Walnut

The Denver FLEA
Saturday, December 6th 12 – 6 pm
Sunday, December 7th 12 – 6 pm
The Bindery on Blake, 29th and Blake

Tinseltown Party
Monday, December 8th 6 – 10 pm
Huckleberry Roasters, 4301 Pecos

Horseshoe Handmade
Saturday, December 13th 10 – 5 pm
Sunday, December 14th 10 – 5 pm
Highlands Masonic Temple, 3550 Federal Blvd.

Share Denver Fairfax Holiday Market 
Saturday, December 20th 10 – 4 pm
Share Denver, 2829 Fairfax Street


Green Mountain State

Tomorrow I’m leaving on a jet plane for what may be the most intensely emotional and wonderfully cathartic experience of my 42 years.

As many of you know, my mother passed away unexpectedly in the spring of 2007. It was an unimaginable event, and one that keeps me reeling in wonder. My sister, brothers and I have all agreed that it’s time to let her go.

My mother loved New England. It was her home for more than 30 years. She held the rivers, streams, mountains and valleys of Vermont close to her. Growing up, she often wore a t-shirt that read: ‘Get High On Mountains’ with a simple mountain scape drawing beside it. So, that’s what we are going to do. We are going to get high on mountains, and let her go.

We agree it’s what she would have wanted, and for that resolution, I am so very thankful.


This is Cart-Driver

Add another spoke to Larimer’s taste wheel. A sliver of an eatery nestled behind Work & Class in the container building on Larimer and 25th, Cart-Driveris here. Although it’s tiny in size and menu offerings, it’s huge in flavors, personality and style.

Brought to you by chef Kelly Whitaker, also of Basta in Boulder, Cart-Driver is doing Denver dining wonderfully. The menu is super simple, and what I consider to be near perfect: pizzas, oysters, salad, soft serve ice cream and an ever changing interesting cocktail lineup. You’ll find prosecco on tap, and this week the menu was all about spritzes (my favorite!).

My first real taste experience with wood-fired pizzas was in the 80’s with American Flatbread in Vermont. Coming from Western New York,  I had no concept that a pizza that didn’t drip red sauce, cheese and pepperoni was even an option. Flatbread brought me around to a new world of pizza. Now, there’s Cart-Driver serving up that same deliciousness right here in my neighborhood. I couldn’t be more delighted.

Favorites on the menu are the Cart-Driver Pizza (captured below) and the Chopped Salad. Follow that up with some soft serve and have a great night.

Cart-Driver Pizza

2500 Larimer, Denver, 303-292-3553 



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