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Hidden Gems: Local Businesses & Creatives You Should Know

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series. Check out some of our latest local gem features below.

Amy Good-McQuaide

My love of herbs began about 15 years ago while working in the natural food industry. I began to use Tulsi to regulate my mood and energy levels. This herb had such a powerful impact that I was inspired to try other herbs to improve my health and overall, well-being. I went to every workshop available on herbs for years. Eventually, I was afforded the amazing opportunity to visit and learn at a beautiful herb farm in North Carolina. I visited many plants, Echinacea, Blue Vervain, Ginko, and the plant that means the most to me, Tulsi. As I sat in the mud, tasting her leaves, I realized that I needed to follow my heart and pursue herbalism full time. I decided to leave my corporate job and take a certification course in herbalism here in Denver. Since then, I’ve taken over 1000 hours of training in herbalism, botany, and aromatherapy. Read more>>

Lumiere Bukasa

Lumiere Bukasa is a dynamic speaker, social entrepreneur, director of Education For Afrika, and creative storyteller who has written poetry and stories conveying the importance of women in culture, deconstructing cultural stigmas about women, Africa, and issues relating to the development of black women and communities in a creative yet compelling way. Lumiere shares her story and her views on “powerful women” sexual violence, toxic masculinity culture, and black empowerment as well as purpose. Lumiere was born in Lubumbashi Congo DRC in an impoverished home and came to the US in 2009 as an immigrant. During her childhood she struggled obtaining basic necessities of life but yet she still held hope for a better future. Read more>>

Jenny Murphy

Hindsight is 20/20….there were aspects of my childhood that exposed my passion for architecture and design, but I had no idea at the time. I grew up in rural Western Colorado and I spent much of time outdoors. I loved building mud forts and dreaming up how each one would be laid out and what each room would be used for. I would play “barbies” but rather than actually playing with the barbie dolls, I spent all of my time designing their houses.  Living in a small town, we didn’t have much exposure to the world of architecture and design in public school. However, I did notice that in High School I started gravitating towards classes that were rooted in creativity. I loved doing ceramics and photography. Read more>>

Andrea Aguilar

I am a Textile Design Graduate who started my career working for a multinational company as a Junior Buyer for Women Clothing departments and at the same time, launching a Women Shoe Brand. After 3 years as a corporate woman and 6 years with my own entrepreneurship, a life-changing event in my life put everything into perspective: I became a mom. And with that, I also became very time-limited. I realized with a Newborn I had very little time to work and decided that, the little time I had, I really wanted to spend it in something I truly loved. I quitted my corporate job because I knew very soon that workforce is not thought for us as women and our true needs (especially not for moms with a ridiculously short maternity leave). And I also realized that I wasn’t finding a true fulfillment in the Shoe Brand neither. Read more>>


Our story began with myself, a student of design, with an ambition to satisfy my love for satin and lace. Leading to the idea of opening a lingerie boutique to provide luxury garments. Despite the setbacks, with growing technology and advertising platforms my dream became reality and we have truly taken a step into a world of individualism. Our hand-selected garments from luxury designers are created to provide lingerie that satisfies and complements the female form. Me Séduire isn’t just a boutique, but we women, encouraging women of all shapes and sizes to embrace and love their bodies and feel sexy doing it! Read more>>

Abby Shepard

I never wanted to be a photographer. I used to think that photography was a “lesser” art form than other mediums. I thought the camera did all the work and the photographer just pressed the button. So, in college, I studied environmental science and graphic design. I also did a lot of ceramics, product design, illustration, and types of art and design. But never photography. I had barely even touched a DSLR camera when I graduated. However, when I graduated, I decided I didn’t want to get a “real” job yet, so I took an internship at a state park in Delaware as an environmental educator. I had never been to Delaware, but I had always wanted to be a naturalist. Before my internship started, I decided to buy a camera. I thought it would be fun to take photos of the park and the landscapes. During my internship, I did just that. Read more>>

Chris Orwat

I was always drawn to being behind the camera. I am always the guy taking the photos or videos everywhere I go. It started just after college when I would create short videos of my friends. I then filmed a friend’s wedding and created a slide show video for another friend’s wedding. At my friend’s wedding when the slide show video was played, I noticed people in the audience becoming emotional watching my work. Afterward, everyone came up to me and asked if I made videos for a living. At the time I said no, but eventually thought why not give it a try. Then in 2007, I started a video production business that focused on weddings. It took off quite well and over the next 5 to 7 years I filmed over 100 weddings. During that time, I would book corporate video shoots outside of wedding gigs, and that slowly grew larger than my wedding video business. Read more>>

Kristina Johnson

My story starts about 10 years ago in Las Vegas, NV. I was born and raised in Vegas and entered the world of social media back in 2004 when you had to have an @edu email address to join Facebook or “Meta” as what it will soon be called. I loved being able to connect with people so fast and with a background in Communications and Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, I loved being able to write and add photos that I took.  Enter 2014 and being asked to do social media for the oldest steakhouse in Las Vegas, The Golden Steer Steakhouse. Fast forward to 2016 and I chose to leave Nevada and head to Denver. I kept Golden Steer as a remote client/side hustle. Fast forward to 2018 where I was hired (over 180 applicants) to be the Social Media Manager for The Kitchen Restaurant Group. That was an incredible learning experience where I stayed a year and left in 2019 to start my business, Amuse Social LLC. Read more>>

Elizabeth Durham

In January of 2014, my health was poor and I was told to go gluten-free, later I found out that I have Celiac Disease. At the time, my family and I were living in Tampa, FL and I owned an organic produce co-op where I would sell my homemade bread. I was a baker and had over 100 pounds of flour in the freezer. To take my health back, I ended up removing any trace of gluten-containing products from our home. Gluten-free baking was so different than any baking I had done so I stopped baking for an entire year. A simple birthday request from my 9-year-old daughter changed the trajectory of my life. She requested a coffee cake. I didn’t even know she knew what a coffee cake was. I tried to persuade her to choose something I knew I could successfully make. Sophia was adamant about her birthday request for a coffee cake, so I obliged under one condition, no matter how it turned out it still needed to be eaten. Read more>>

Sarah Gill

I really didn’t know what I was doing with my life in my early 20’s. I was working odd jobs to get by and one day, my fiancé brought home a point and shoot camera for work which I would snag any chance I could. He noticed my interest and gifted me a Nikon starter camera and kit lens as a wedding gift in 2011. I took photos of things around the house and our animals but that didn’t stop friends from asking if I’d take their photos. Before I knew what was happening, it escalated quickly and I began to book larger events and weddings. I had to teach myself everything. Having no college education, and absolutely zero business sense, I had to also learn how to work a camera and use photoshop. This was before Lightroom. If you know, you know. Read more>>

Sherrie Nord-Wieczorek

I was originally working for a well-known architecture firm in Florida and was doing design work part-time. My father was a developer and encouraged me to go out on my own, I was so nervous to work for myself, I was very young at the time. He always encouraged me to say “I can” and never to say “I can’t” so I decided to stop working at the architecture firm and start my full-time career as an interior designer. I was a single mother and was incredibly nervous at first, but things picked up quickly. My business started out from word of mouth and referrals and it took off. For 24 years I have never advertised and I feel very fortunate to have such a great clientele base. It has allowed me to travel and work across the country in cities such as Orlando, Washington D.C., Chicago, the Hamptons, Asheville, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Omaha, and now in Denver. Read more>> 

Mark Iverson

I started Idahistory in 2019 after leaving the City of Boise Department of Arts and History where I was a historian’s assistant. As a member of the department, I had provided historical walking tours around town and people really responded well to my style, the use of humor, and entertaining narrative especially. I felt stifled as an employee there and I wanted to do my own thing, so I quit and started Idahistory Tours. My vision was to blend the academic history I learned how to create as a graduate student at Boise State University, with the fun and engaging public history I was a fan of. From Loggers Creek to Eagle Rock and A Macabre History of Boise were the product of this vision. A Macabre History of Boise has been the foundational core of further developing Idahistory Tours. Read more>>

Caitlan Siegenthaler

Growing up in Colorado in the Denver Metro area, I’ve always had a spirit of adventure and a love for sunshine. I stayed local to go to college and got my bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University. Upon graduating and finding a job in marketing I worked my way through the corporate ranks until in my mid-20s I realized something was missing. Part of me really wanted to leave a lasting impact on the world and do work that spoke more to lasting change. It was then that I decided to go back to school to get my Master’s in Counseling. Read more>>

Joshua Ifergan

Hello. I want to thank you for allowing me to share my story. I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was raised in Los Angeles until 2003 when I moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV. While working as a server at the Hofbrahaus Restaurant, I was approached by a Promotions Manager from TAO Nightclub at the Venetian Hotel while dining there to see if I’d be interested in promoting since I had a big group of patrons with me. I decided to take the opportunity and fully focus on my journeys I decide to leave UNLV and focus on growing with TAO Group. I was with TAO for two years then moved to Prive Nightclub as a Marketing Director which I learned so much about event consulting and growing a brand. When Prive closed, I got a job as a General Manager of KOI Ultra Lounge. It was until 2012 I started my entrepreneurial journey I after leaving KOI Restaurant and started my company, Endeavor Management Group. Read more>>

Xoshil Morales

Well, I am just a simple girl from a small town in Costa Rica. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English, I moved to the United States to work as an Au Pair. After the Au Pair program, my first job in the United States was at a Frozen Smoothie shop. I actually loved it. I learned how to peel a pineapple with grace and got a free bobba drink every day. Now, who doesn’t love Bobba? After that, I worked at a restaurant as a waitress and then became general manager. Eventually, I left the restaurant business to pursue a slower pace career. One day I replied to a “bilingual person needed” ad, and a week later, I was working at a law firm as a legal secretary. In 2020 I left my job with the firm to move into my vehicle and travel the west. I ended up spending way too much of my trip in Moab – but can you blame me. Moab is just magical. Time moves at a slower pace there, and stress is not a thing. Read more>>

Emily Gould

Back when I was nine years old, I was listening to Blink 182 and found myself focusing only on the drums. The spark hit me suddenly, and I turned to my dad and said, “Hey Dad, I think I want to drum.” He replied with, “Alright, let’s get you lessons!” and off I went into my lifelong passion for drumming. I continued to learn through private drum lessons, clinics, school band, and basement projects until I was playing professionally. With the support of my family, I was able to make drumming my full-time job about six years ago by teaching private drum lessons, playing concerts, events, and festivals, and recording music. Currently, I work with a variety of Colorado-based bands and solo artists, play live whenever possible, record drum tracks for folks all over the world, and teach six days a week. Read more>>

Amanda HarNess

The decision to become a business owner culminated one night with a best friend, a bottle of wine, and a pandemic. But I’ll back it up…  First and foremost, I am a nerd. I’ve always had a fascination with the human body and how the brain works. So, in a former life, I entered a career in healthcare and became an Occupational Therapist. What I enjoyed most was helping people get back to who they wanted to be after experiencing a life-altering challenge. As a very close second, I am a dweeb. Optimizing tasks, solving problems, creating processes – these are things that bring me immense joy. Who doesn’t love a good pie chart?! (Especially when paired with a glass of Bourbon, ammi right?). Eight of the ten years that I was a therapist, I was also in roles involving operational improvement. Read more>>

Danielle Sanchez

I am originally from the Chicagoland area where I was born and raised with my 2 sisters. I knew from a young age that I wanted to give back to the community and at 5 was already planning my career as a teacher. I did not always have the best experiences in school and wanted to come back as an educator to make a difference in someone’s life; honestly, I wanted to make sure that other kids were not treated the way I was. Well, some health obstacles in college had me rethinking my life plan, so I took the approach of living in the moment and packed my bags, and moved to California to finish my degree. Before long, I found myself working at Disneyland. Disney has always been something special to my family, it is where my parent’s spent their honeymoon, where we would take family vacations, it has always just felt like a home away from home, and, as luck would have it, I met my now-husband during my time working there! Read more>>

Nat Lort-Nelson

My name is Nat, I was born here in Denver. My first breath of air was Colfax air and I’m proud of it. Colorado has always been my home at heart, I honestly don’t know where else in the States I would prefer. Though it has always been so dear to me, I didn’t live here that much growing up. My parents traveled around a lot for their work and my sisters and I lived in four different countries before I was the age of twenty. It was chaotic and emotional, but that really made my family bond strong. Nothing tightened that bond more than our love of music. Everyone in my family is a multi-instrumentalist. My parents instilled in us a musical passion at an early age. Our family time at night was spent practicing Irish jigs, or learning harmonies in from church hymnals. We practiced complicated drum rhythms we heard in the cultures of the cities we lived in, we breathed music at home. Read more>>

Haylee Owen

When I was younger, I would say around 12-13, I fell in love with photography through my dad. My dad and I were inseparable and would travel all over Colorado together. During these trips, we would stop on every pull-off we could find to get those amazing, breathtaking shots. I started realizing that I had an eye for photography when we got the chance to stop and look at the photos we had captured. Sitting in hotel rooms and AirBnbs looking through 100’s of landscapes and eventually editing around 10-12. These moments that are engraved in my mind, in these hotels and whatnot with my dad, really got me where I am. I took photography courses all throughout high school all the way up to AP Photography. In Photography 1, I got two of my landscape photos into two art shows, and I think that is what “put the icing on the cake” and made me want to keep going. Read more>>

Christian Marasciullo

My husband proposed to me 2 weeks after the day we met. We married 6 weeks after that, and 15 years later, we STILL celebrate our anniversary every month.  We are in love with being in love. This is the inspiration behind turning our Ranch into a successful wedding venue. This is why we feel so connected to all of our couples, and feel honored to be a part of their amazing journey to “I do!”  We created Deer Creek Valley Ranch (DCVR) in Bailey, CO to be a boutique wedding venue with an authentic mountain feel, and proximity to the convenience of Denver. Spread out on 165 acres, our clients choose from a variety of gorgeous locations for their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, so no two weddings look alike. Read more>>

Heather Schulte

I grew up surrounded by creativity and curiosity. My parents are avid readers, and I learned how to sew, knit and crochet at a very early age. I also have many memories of my dad meticulously assembling model airplanes at his workbench (and Air Force man, following in his father’s WWII footsteps). We spent many hours at the local public library, visited local museums, and always spent extra time sightseeing when we traveled. My parents encouraged and supported my creative interests, whether painting lessons, taking photography/darkroom classes, or summer writing camps. We also were fortunate to have a computer early on, and I spent a lot of time playing simple computer games and learning some BASIC coding. Read more>>

Kelley J.

Once upon a time, I was given a tarot deck as a joke holiday gift, and over the next decade+ that blossomed into a very deep love for divination through the cards (and a very large collection of decks). As my connection to the witchy community grew over time, I developed a great love of candles — as tools for rituals, as a way to set the atmosphere in a room, and as objects of beauty. Combining these two loves has led to where I am now, owning a small business! What I provide for others is healing and self-care, through aroma, ritual, and divination. Read more>>

Christopher Clark

I’ve identified as an artist my entire life, as long as I can remember. I grew up watching Bob Ross on public TV, and I’d sit at the coffee table following along with my crayons. While my family was always very supportive of my artistic endeavors, the world at large typically warns people not to become a “starving artist”, or to go find a “real job”, which I did for many years, doing everything from retail, real estate, and graphic design. I ultimately made the decision to pursue my dream of becoming a professional artist while still working at a marketing firm, and on nights and weekends, I painted and started selling my work online. After several years of doing this, I built up enough work to sustain myself full-time, I quit my job, traveled around Italy for a while, then returned to the US to paint full time, which I’ve been doing ever since. Read more>>

Steve Serchia

I started my barista journey while in college working for larger corporations in California. I quickly fell in love with caffeinating the community I was in, but it wasn’t until I moved to Denver and started working for smaller, family-owned coffee shops that I realized my passion wasn’t just about providing delicious caffeine to the community. It really became more about serving the community and providing VIP hospitality that keeps customers coming back.  After taking a few months off in 2018 to travel and experience different coffee cultures around the world (specifically Morocco, Portugal, and Spain), I landed in Denver, Colorado. I accepted the position of Café Manager for Rise Café at Enterprise Coworking located in Denver’s RiNo Arts District. I have found my role at Enterprise Coworking to be one in which my passion for the people of my community thrives. Read more>>

Ezra & Emma Utesch

Osier Root began as a desire to connect with the creative community in our area. We noticed that a lot of our friends were making creative work, and we wanted to open a space for them and for ourselves to be excited about creativity and share it with each other. In the summer of 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, we witnessed our community coming together to protest the violence of the systems in place, after the death of George Floyd laid it bare for so many of us. We began talking about the ways we could use this platform as a space for awareness, a tool to elevate the diverse and marginalized voices in our community that have already been talking about these issues for a long time. Since then, our focus has shifted. It’s easy to feel small and cave into the cynicism that is in the world all around us, but we want to fight cynicism with creativity. We believe that now is the time to use creativity as a weapon. Read more>>

Abigail Velasquez

As a toddler, I would watch Disney princess movies and I would sing along to all the songs. My favorite are Frozen, Moana, and The Little Mermaid. When I was 5, I was part of a children’s choir. My first studio experience was at the age of 8. In 2019, at the age of 9, I recorded my original songs Nick of Time, Love is All I Ask For, Run To You. I am very thankful for my producer Jake Edwards, and my vocal coach Tiffany Jane. They both have been part of my music journey. I’ve been very fortunate to been given the opportunity to perform at local events such as The Summit, The Campus Lounge, and a few others. It’s been a great feeling and experience to do what I love to do and that is SING. Read more>>

Christa Chase

I have always been a workout fanatic. Playing soccer, running cross country, and doing Pilates. I was an interior designer architect for the past 15 years and realized when I had my two boys, I needed more flexibility in my life. Lagree was my favorite workout, so I was on a mission to design the best Lagree studios in Colorado! The workout changed my physique and stress levels. I knew I could inspire others to feel strong and healthy, no matter what their size, gender, or age was! I went on to open not one, but three Lagree studios over the past two years. Read more>>

Halle and Keri Mills

My mom, Keri Mills, has done photography for a long time. My whole life actually, and I (Halle Mills) as usually the model for her. After a while, I began to take interest in being behind the camera instead of in front of it and she helped me learn the basics. She showed me the beauty of being the one taking the photos and the whole world of different perspectives. It was during Covid that me and my mom decided to team up and map out our own photography business so that we could show everyone the beauty in a different perspective. We have experimented with fine art photography as well as doing portraits, weddings, etc. We’re not just photographers, we’re artists as well so we love finding new ways to capture a moment and make it look like a painting or a different world. We are where we are today simply because we love what we do and we are working hard to show the world that. Read more>>

Jennifer Smith

Since I was little, I have been interested in art and design. I wanted to go to college for it in some capacity, but whenever I would give that as my answer to those around me asking, “what do you want to go to school for?”, I was most frequently met with, “you’ll never be able to make a living out of that.” I felt pushed a lot to be someone I wasn’t and that I needed to conform, fit in, and get a job with a large company with benefits and job security. I really took that to heart. I went to Temple University in Philadelphia and I ended up majoring for something I had very little interest in, but took every class I could at the arts school, Tyler School of Arts and Architecture. I fell in love with metalsmithing and jewelry making, but based on what I believed in growing up, I thought it couldn’t be anything more than a hobby so I put it on the back burner. Read more>>

Brisa Alonzo

Ever since I could remember I’ve always had a passion for home design and event planning which led me to choose a career in Home Staging. Flipping houses and watching the final result with the staging done became an obsession to watch on HGTV especially when I was struggling with the outside world. I am the oldest of five, raised by a single Hispanic mother. We didn’t have it easy for a little while due to our low income and father being MIA most of the time. But our struggle only made us closer and stronger as we grew up. My sister and I shared a room in our three-bedroom home and although it was small, I always tried to make it feel comfortable and beautiful. Many paint colors are layered on those walls, all trial and error mostly. But we always seemed to have the best memories there. Sleepovers and movies with our cousins were our favorite. Read more>>

Roxanne Romero

My journey started roughly one year ago. I was working long hours in Corporate Finance, tight deadlines with three young kids ages 9, 7, and 1 years old. I have always been a relatively tidy person but the long hours were starting to wear on me and I realized that I needed to have systems set in place in order to save time with housework. I started watching shows like Marie Kondo and The Home Edit and started taking bits and pieces and quickly started implementing them into my own life and the results were amazing! Not only did I start to love my home again but because it looked so nice, I was happy to maintain it! I started posting my pictures on social media and the feedback was more than I ever expected! I was quickly receiving multiple offers to get paid to do this work! Read more>>

Jennifer Livovich

My name is Jennifer Livovich and I am the founder and Executive Director of Feet Forward. None of this would be possible without my own experience in chronic homelessness in Boulder, Colorado. Growing up in an upper-middle-class family and, even, enjoying professional success in my own adulthood, I would marry a man who became abusive and after three long years, I finally fled to save my life. It was then that I began to use DV safehouses/shelters, all with six-week capped stays – hardly enough time to start my life over. A friend offered me a place to stay and a new start in Boulder, Colorado – only she did not know that, by then, I was in the depths of alcoholism. My drinking would end our arrangement and lead me to the streets of Boulder, where I would stay for over four years. Read more>>

Mackenzie Nemeth-Suko

Ok, brief history; I had her first credit card burning a hole in my pocket so I bought a DSLR camera because photography really intrigued me. I was living in San Diego at the time and everything around me was just so beautiful, I wanted to capture it all. So, I started out shooting landscape, did art shows, and was having a blast. Then a friend asked me to shoot her & her partner & a whole new world of photography opened up! Somehow, I ended up shooting a few boudoir sessions for friends and fell in love. I didn’t know it was boudoir at the time, back then it was “sexy pictures” but I quickly become familiar with the term boudoir & that it was anything but just “sexy pictures.” I thrived when working one on one with women and the more I women I worked with I noticed just how much boudoir allowed me to connect, uplift, and liberate women. Read more>>

Amanda Bumbala

From the tender age of 17, I knew I wanted to be involved in the cannabis industry. I didn’t know much more than that though. I was kind of lost. I didn’t know what I was best at or what made me happy other than the cannabis culture that I knew I wanted to be a part of for life. Bouncing from job to job, in search of my best talents, I found myself searching online for another job, yet again. I had always thought about real estate in the back of my mind but never much-paid attention to it. That’s when I saw scholarships being given out to get through real estate school. I jumped at the chance to change careers with no end goal ahead of me. I took a leap of faith. After receiving my license, I quickly learned I had to find a niche in the real estate market or I wasn’t going to make it. I thought long and hard about what I might be best at or most interested in. My mind just kept circling back around to cannabis. And that’s when the lightbulb went on. Read more>>

Amber Martinez

My story started way back when I was a small child. I knew that I wanted to create art. The idea of putting my feelings and thoughts into a piece of visual comfort for myself seemed like a dream. It wasn’t until the spring of 2010 at the age of 32, with two kids and being treated with a second diagnosis of breast cancer was where I really jumped at the chance of turning my hobby into something a bit more serious, the thought that I could share with others, this part of who I am was seemingly insane because I have always had extreme anxiety and I was quite fearful of what others would think. After a while, I held on to the saying, “Art is subjective”, and it’s perfectly okay for people to not be interested in what you’re creating, you’re creating for yourself not everyone else. That lead me to reach deep down within myself and just go for it. Read more>>

Tiny Spoon Literary Magazine

Tiny Spoon first started as a dream, a longing, an intention. We (Chris and Stephanie) first met through our MFA Creative Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School. Immediately, we gravitated toward one another for our shared enthusiasm for literature, art, and any and all experimental expressions of our inner worlds. We both wanted to create a literary magazine where we could publish experimental work because we wanted to see more of it, so in January 2019 we officially created TINY SPOON and set course to create its first issue which was released that spring, printed in our school’s libraries. Every time we spoke about Tiny Spoon, it longed to become more. We had ideas for how to create more community involvement, how to highlight and celebrate our contributors, and how to develop opportunities for burgeoning writers and artists. Read more>>

ShaRhonda Gibson

I’ve always been one to stand out whether it’s my hair color, jobs, or my clothes. I’m just not someone that fits inside of a specific category or box. So, I feel creating Rhons World and RADÎANT RHÎNO boutique were definitely destined. Rhons World started out as a simple marketing and promotional marketing platform. I have worked as an independent contractor for years but I felt that it would be more beneficial for me if people could directly book me for jobs versus having to go through other companies. I created RADÎANT RHÎNO, in 2019. The name RADÎANT RHÎNO came about because I believe clothes can be used to help add confidence to people and make them feel radiant. The rhino part is because I believe rhinos are incredibly strong. They take charge and have a very commanding and demanding presence. So, I decided to put the names together. Read more>>

Michael DeLalla

I’m a musician who wears many hats. I’m a performing artist who tours a lot when pandemics don’t shut things down—I’ve performed in 44 of the 50 states, plus Canada and a few European shows. I’m a guitarist–classically trained but I swim in a lot of streams: jazz/improvisational music, traditions that span the globe. These elements inform my work as a composer, mostly for solo guitar and small ensembles; also a few film scores. I’ve produced 8 recordings of my own—4 solo, 3 with my Celtic trio The Unfortunate Rakes, and one with my improvisational/chamber ensemble Oxymora. Along with those releases, I am often hired to produce other people’s recordings, with over 140 production credits; I’ve also appeared on about 50 recordings as a guest artist. I also founded a small record label, Falling Mountain Music, when independent labels were still rare. Read more>>

Maggie Lee

I’ve been creating art since I can remember, always loving to draw as a kid and I still love it as an adult! Around middle school is when I started to draw more consistently. Maybe a bit too consistently as I would get in trouble in class (even though it helped me focus). As I got older, I knew you could sell your art but I never thought It was something I’d be able to do. Once I realized I could, and people actually enjoyed my art I started with commissions. I enjoyed it, and it was nice to have a little something on the side even if I didn’t take them as often. Now at the age of 22, I’ve started to sell my prints and I love it because while I enjoy creating something personal for each person, I love being able to create what I want to create and share it with others. Read more>>

Sky Welkin

I started creating art under the moniker Sky Welkin in 2012. Having had a multi-cultural childhood, living in Greece, Panama, and Thailand, I’ve always felt compelled to express myself in a creative way. Honing in on artists such as Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Futura 2000, Shel Silverstein, and several others, I felt compelled to pursue a career as a thematic illustrator. After receiving a BFA in Print & Photo Media in 2014 from Old Dominion University I tried to challenge myself to not only hone my skills as a cartoonist but develop my own iconography. I always knew having a style or theme to call my own would allow me to pursue an array of interests. As for the moniker Sky Welkin, I just think pen names are really cool. Most of my favorite artists such as Andre 3000, MF DOOM, Futura, Peyo (smurfs), Herge (TinTin) have awesome pen names and so I thought I’d operate under one as well. Read more>>

Rachel White

Adam has been doing my hair for over 5 years and through that time we bonded over single parenting and a history of moving from Michigan to Colorado. When listening to Adam share is dream of a “real” salon experience, my passion for a new venture took root. From there, we both started searching for a place to call our own. Color Royale was born by our friends and family together. Everyone pitched in to create this beautiful high-end salon where creativity meets luxury. Read more>>

Brian Sostrom

I grew up in small rural towns in the Pacific Northwest. My father was an engineer for the National Forest Service and we frequently relocated for his work. All of my finest memories revolve around the tranquility of nature and the peace and solitude that I found there. My father has always painted, at least since I’ve been around. I would watch him working on his homemade easel wishing I could do the same. When I was 9 years old, my parents purchased a hobby set of acrylic paints for me and I was never far from them. When I went to college at Washington State University, I experimented with all types of mediums and began learning about computer generated art and design.
Digital art was an interesting pursuit and kept me afloat financially for a few years. My passion was and remains physical painting. Read more>>

Ann Sabbah

I have always been a believer in the power of the arts, especially live performance. So much more than just entertainment, the arts have the power to transform us, to make people feel, think, look at things differently, to heal and to bond communities together. I wanted to facilitate more opportunities for art, both for artists and for audiences. Launching the Denver Fringe Festival is the perfect way to do this because the Fringe format allows us to promote the performing arts, support artists who are creating new work, and make live performance more accessible to more people. The Fringe festival phenomenon spans the globe; over 250 cities worldwide have their own Fringe festival, and it’s high time Denver has one of its own! As a third-generation Denver native, I am so excited about adding this cultural asset to Denver’s arts scene. Read more>>

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