On an afternoon under the hot sun, Olde Town’s second Saturday displayed some of the best local businesses and artists.
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One block of Grandview Avenue was closed off from cars for tents of local vendors, sponsors and artists to promote their products and services. A parking lot between 12 Volt Tavern and Community Banks of Colorado was used for the concert stage for local musicians performing at the July 9 event.
Jasmin Fresses, co-owner of House Americana, where they create unglazed cement planters, said that she has been a vendor at Olde Town Arvada’s Second Saturday a few times now.
“We started back in August of 2020. My mom, she was an RN and I did operations for small businesses and we wanted to start a business,” Fresses said. “We wanted to see planters and we noticed the lack of unglazed planters. We decided to create pieces that doubled as art, like stone sculptures that can be used for plants.”
Fresses said that she and her mom primarily sell at farmer's markets or wholesale to bigger businesses with storefronts. Their planters can be found in various shops from Denver to the Colorado Springs area.
A few other businesses highlighted at the street festival included Bosley’s Goods, an animal-lover’s shop which offers stickers, jewelry, custom ornaments and pillows. A booth for Electric Cherry Shop & Studios offered a variety of eclectic vinyl records, jewelry and vintage clothing.
Kaite McDuffee, a licensed esthetician was out on Saturday representing The Olde Town Arvada Wellness Collective, a health spa that offers services from a collaborative group of providers. Some of the services offered by the collective include acupuncture, massage, reiki and skin care.
McDuffee said that they had opened in April and it has been a great partnership so far.
Second Saturday-goers were able to enjoy various activities, including a volunteer opportunity to help paint a mural on the side of the 12 Volt Tavern building. Many people enjoyed the community engagement which had something for all ages to enjoy.
The final second Saturday is scheduled for Aug. 13 with music starting at 5 p.m.
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