General Palmer would spent many days developing his home nestled in the valley near Garden of the Gods. His estate grew into a property that includes a castle, carriage house and beautiful gardens. Today, Glen Eyrie is a reminder of the rich heritage of the Colorado Springs region and the generous legacy of our city’s founder.
Adrian Whipp of Lumiere Tintype based out of Austin, has journeyed through Colorado Springs twice now to capture portraits of fellow Colorado Springsians. The tintype process is a science but the outcome is worth the wait. Colorado Collective had the privilage of chatting with Adrian to learn more about tintype photography and his traveling companion. Final tintype images of COS community will be released in upcoming print issue.
What can I say other than I love this crew. Blank Tape Records have been bringing rock and roll to Southern Colorado since 2008 and they are invaluable to this community. I spent some time chatting with Inaiah Lujan, front man for Haunted Windchimes and co-founder of Blank Tape Records. Please don't stop doing what you do so well!
Create your own succulent garden masterpiece! Leo Chance, author of Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates, graciously walked COCO contributor Janelle Agee through a comprehensive DIY guide to make indoor succulent gardening a success.
Nestled among the nuances of historic downtown Colorado Springs lies a hidden gem: the world’s largest collection of cacti grown in a cold climate. Unbeknownst to myself and the entire COCO staff, one of the gardening greats in the realm of succulents and cacti quietly tends to his garden - right around the corner.
Alison Brown’s idea for a Salida incubator began in 2013. Her plan was to follow the same model she’d been using at an incubator she’d created in Monument. Her goal was to provide a space for entrepreneurs operating home-based business to grow.
Fly designer and fly fishing guide Juan Ramirez, is one of Southern Colorado’s most prominent anglers. On the river, Juan guides a range of clients for an ultimate Colorado fishing experience. On the fly tying vice, his designs have gained national recognition, and his hands-on instructional videos keep anglers tying and casting what the trout are hungry for.
We are excited to be a part of the Man Made Market happening this Saturday at Fifty Fifty Coffeehouse. Come get a sneak peak at what Volume One will look like when it's released in November but more importantly, come support some talented men who craft beautiful goods.
Jason Nauert is a central figure in the renaissance of the field of butchering in Colorado. As the Director and Instructor of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat, he is teaching Colorado Springs about butchering through training courses, consulting work and his culinary talent.
Nestled quaintly in a mesa hillside on the West Side of Colorado Springs sits Ground Up Speed Shop. The owner, Eric Baar, is a gem in the local bike community and beyond. He’s known as a one-of-a-kind custom bike frame-builder. Whether they’re raced professionally or being used recreationally on local mountain biking trails, Baar’s frames take bicycle performance to a higher level of quality and versatility
Whatever the cause, in recent years there’s been an exciting number of local markets pop up all over the region offering local produce, crafts and other locally produced goods. Most markets begin in May and run through October, so now is the time to start buying local!
Brianna Michael McGrew is a talented jeweler and a Colorado girl with a wanderer’s heart. Brianna works out of her apartment in the Springs, which in itself is a well-curated work of art. Polaroid photographs with friends litter the walls, her work station is filled with odds and ends, torches and tools and sketches of future and current designs.
On Saturday afternoons a storefront in Historic Depot Square echoes with the whir of sewing machines, the hiss of irons, the rush of passing trains and the joyful sound of laughter. In the year since its grand opening last April, the owners of Stitch Studio have created a community of sewers in their 20s and 30s on the western edge of downtown Colorado Springs.
I guess it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Instagram is such a popular platform these days with makers and creatives, but I was excited when I discovered The Worley Co. The small design company is Jeremy Worley’s passion project and his lovely wife Koren stands by his side. The Worley Co. dreams up beautiful and thoughtful designs that not only inspire, but impact communities around the globe.
Suzi Q. Smith hails from Denver and is a mother, poet, activist and family to founder Mundi Ross. Since we are celebrating woman this month, we asked Suzi to share a poem inspired by women. A Poem for Mud Woman and Mothers is a unpublished and ekphrastic piece that was inspired by "Mud Woman Rolls On," a sculpture located in the Denver Art Museum.