Through February, one store on Denver's popular 16th Street Mall is giving visitors something they can’t often find elsewhere along the street: goods made by Coloradans.
YesPleaseMore, a pop-up shop in the Denver Pavilions complex, showcases the work of more than 70 different local artists, from furniture makers to jewelers, clothing designers and painters. Items like hand-sewn stuffed monsters from Horndribbles, Adam Sikorski’s screen-printed “Coloradical” T-shirts and brightly-patterned Pop Pop Stuft pillows provide clever, offbeat alternatives to the typical souvenirs served up in this neighborhood.
Work from other resident talents can be found in dozens of galleries that dot downtown. Visit Gallery 1261, with walls of dreamy landscapes and abstracted cityscapes, for its February exhibition Heart of Winter. Or head to Walker Fine Art for its monthlong celebration of photography in Denver, starting Feb. 11. For the strictly native, there’s the Native American Trading Company, with its geometric Navajo textiles and hand-carved kachina dolls.