Fraser hosts ‘Temporium,’ showcasing local arts and crafts
Grand County, CO Colorado
If you blink, you might miss it. Fraser’s newest retail store will be open for only 10 days and will feature items that can’t be found anywhere else.
The Business Without Borders “Temporium,” located in a little log cabin on Eisenhower Avenue across from the Fraser Mercantile, opens tonight, Friday, Feb. 11, and closes Feb. 21.
Spanning Valentine’s Day to President’s Day Weekend, the temporary shop will feature local craftsmen and artists who don’t have their own retail space. It’s also a showcase for Fraser’s building, which is for rent.
The pop-up retail concept isn’t new, said organizers Francie de Vos and Debbie Harris of Business Without Borders. It’s a great way for businesses to promote themselves without the long-term overhead cost or commitment.
Ten vendors will showcase their items this week. Each had to pay a vendor’s fee to participate and will donate 10 hours of floor time to the cause.
Fred Silber, 12, will be selling crocheted hats, “because I have an expensive skiing habit,” he explains on his business cards.
Naked Aspen Design will offer beetle-kill candle holders and wine racks.
Leslie Dines of Lola Lime will show beaded wine glasses and jewelry.
Abbey Arabie has created aprons, belt buckles and other accessories.
Sandy Geiser will offer hand-knitted pins and felted items.
Laura Meredith of Wamelala is selling heatable baby blankets.
Avis and Talley Gray of Sunpiper have made candles, soap and hand-blown glass.
Karenann Manley of the Stitching Post will offer custom embroidered pillows and tea towels.
Francie de Vos of Frank Expressions will offer a variety of goods, from gourmet chocolate to Davis Hill weather sticks.
Business Without Borders will also offer repurposed trinkets, like key rings and bottle openers made out of bike chains, silk kimono shoelaces and guitar string bracelets.
On Sunday, Feb. 13, the Middle Park High School Pro Start catering class will offer a candy making demonstration. They will also be selling their chocolates a s a fundraiser.
Other events will span the week, including a Business Bingo Card Contest (featuring participating Fraser businesses) starting Saturday, Feb. 12, President’s Day happy hour on Friday, Feb. 18, and a Senior’s After Lunch Special on Thursday, Feb. 17.
It took a lot of elbow grease to make the little space, owned by the Town of Fraser, ready for a “Grand Shopping Experience,” Harris said.
Only a few weeks ago, the building had frozen pipes and a pile of junk on the floor. It took a snowblower to remove all the dust and a fresh coat of paint on the floor to spruce the space up.
If all goes well, the Business Without Borders team hopes to move the Temporium to other locations around the county, bringing new ideas, featuring fresh products and highlighting empty retail spaces.
The Temporium, located at 200 Eisenhower Ave. (one block up from the Conoco station on the left), will be open on weekdays from 2-8 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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