Published: June 6, 2017
Ellen: Yes, after forty years I am selling the shop to Julie and Alex. I’ll still be working here two days a week, but they’ll be in charge. They’ve each worked here for over a decade.
Alex: We support a lot of local artists, and I’m wearing a necklace by a local artist named Christy Payne. In fact, we’re each wearing some of her stuff. She started out selling her bracelets here, and has had amazing success. We have a strong personal connection with her. Her pieces tend to involve a lot of oxidized silver and stonework.
Julie: She’s got kind of a rugged Colorado feel, but with sparkle to it. I guess you could call it, “rugged sparkle.”
Ellen: I think it represents friendliness. You can see in; we can see out. It’s sort of living outside and inside at the same time. Colorado is like that. Years ago this place was a drugstore. We still have the original floors, which are around a hundred years old. I suppose our door helps us keep up that corner drugstore mentality of “come on in, look around.” It’s the definition of community… and Cherry Creek North.
Alex: We’ve been really lucky to have such loyal customers. They check in with us every Christmas or Mother’s Day, etc. Their loyalty is why we’ve been around so long.
Julie: …and our packaging. We wrap everything from a seventy-five-cent finger monster and up in our signature brown box with a colorful bow. Everything here is special. It’s all important.
Ellen: Right. I love that people really have to search for things here. It’s sort of like finding a treasure.
Julie: People love finding something new, and we’re always changing. We’re always moving displays around and bringing in new artists, but our core remains the same.
The Artisan Center
2757 East 3rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206