Today we’d like to introduce you to Tori Schumacher.
Tori, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a simple girl with a complex mind. Always chasing that creative outlet. I went to college with the desire to be an art teacher. I quickly realized how much teachers and art were underappreciated. I switched my major to Behavioral Science…Needless to say, that was way too boring for me and did not fit my personality at all! After years of school and struggling to find a suitable career, I went to Hair School. A fantastic job for the outgoing, artistic personality. However, after 16 years of styling. I got tired and burnt out. I needed something new to explore.
One day, my husband and I were at a local brewery. As we were sitting there enjoying our game and beer, I said to him, this would be super cool if I had my adult coloring book with me and a glass of wine instead!
We both grew up in the neighborhood and still reside here. We have seen pearl street transform into what it is today. Always and forever, a great street to hang out on. We discussed how we thought the street could use a sweet bar. Just a bar, not a restaurant. A local watering hole so to speak. That is the moment when my little light bulb went off in my head…the wheels started to spin.
I could not stop thinking about how cool it would be to have an art bar in the neighborhood. Not a place you needed a reservation to do projects or where everyone did the same thing. But a place where you could bring in your own materials, a place to create and a place where artists were supported. By the next morning, I had the entire place designed in my mind.
My husband said, “if you want one, build one”. I just laughed at the idea, How on earth was I going to build a bar? but then…I realized, he was serious and I thought to myself maybe I could build one. With a lot of encouragement and support. The journey to build Hazel began.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The largest obstacle was overcoming the fear. The fear that I would fail. The fear that people would not like Hazel. The fear that I would completely fall on my face. The fear of learning something new. However, I understood that fear can kill more dreams than courage ever will. I had this amazing support system and opportunity. I had to press forward. I wanted to be the girl that just went for it. So I did!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Hazel Art Bar – what should we know?
Hazel is a bar on Old South Pearl Street, in the heart of one of Denver’s most historic neighborhoods. With an appreciation for art and creative minds, I wanted to create a space where Artists were supported.
Hazel is a bar that provides a space for Artists to display their artwork. It is available for purchase and rotates monthly. A portion of the proceeds are donated back into our community.
We provide Adult Coloring materials for those that would like to catch a break in their day and get lost in the creative zone. We also have DIY art kits available for sale if one wishes to learn a new craft. Every once in a while we will have a guest teacher instruct an Art class. A great way to get friends together, or have a date night and learn something new.
We also encourage guests to bring in their own crafts and materials to work on. However, you can just come in to drink. You do not have to do any art at all. Relax, enjoy the art around you and have a good time.
I am proud to have created a space for all types of people. I am still amazed to walk in the door and see that my vision came to life.
I love being a part of this community, I love watching guests network and meet new people. I love providing a space for artists to showcase their talent.
Hazel does not have televisions and it is wonderful to see people talking to one another. They are conversing, coloring, crafting and hanging out. It is an awesome sight to see.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I named the bar after my Great Aunt Hazel. She was my number one fan! She taught me how to invest in myself as well as taught me the importance of giving back to others. I miss her every day and I know that she would be extremely proud.
My husband owned a restaurant for 15 years. and my Father, a retired Senior Master Sgt in the AF, ran NCO clubs around the world. The two of them gave me a lot of advice.
My number one teammate, supporter and advocate is my husband Tom. He encouraged me to build Hazel. He helped me stay positive and was at my side every step of the way. We spent a lot of hours building and designing the bar. Our children were also a big part in helping. They enjoyed helping out when they could. Painting, drilling, making messes! Tom and our kiddos, Jordan, Kyl, Dane, Jack and Surrey are my everything. I wanted to show them that following your dreams is possible and that anyone can do what they set out to do. That it is okay to try on a few hats to see which one fits you best.
I could not be more grateful for the family and friends that I have. Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging.
- Address: 1581 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO. 80210
- Website: www.hazel.bar
- Phone: 3032844976
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: hazel_art_bar_community
- Facebook: Hazel
- Yelp: Hazel