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Local Aspen Artisans Create Clothing, Accessories, Art and More


Local Aspen Artisans Create Clothing, Accessories, Art and More

Celebrating the Innovation, Imagination and Creativity of Makers


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ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2017) – Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley are home to dozens of artists, artisans and craftspeople. Many sell their wares at the Aspen Saturday Market from June – October, but others are found at shops in town year-round. Knowing an authentic artist behind a purchase and having the opportunity to meet the artist, changes the shopping experience and creates a genuine human connection.

Following are just a few shops and and artisans who create curated collections of handcrafted, small batch, and locally made products:

Aspen Emporium & Flying Circus: Aspen Emporium, owned by local entrepreneur Shae Singer, offers a unique retail shopping experience and sells handcrafted clothing, jewelry, home accessories, and more, from local artists and vendors. Many of the artists arerepresented at Aspen’s Saturday Market in the summer. (315 E. Main St.)

Aspen Hatter: Athlete, artist and outdoorsman Chris Roberts made personal jewelry and hats solely for himself in Texas before arriving in Aspen. Shortly after moving to town, Roberts decided to offer his talent to others and opened a storefront. Roberts creates custom-made hats designed with a personal touch for each client and always include a bit of his own flair.  (465 N. Mill St.)

Cold Mountain Craft: Trevor Washko is a naturalist, a writer, and a leather craftsman, who ​developed his craft during several years spent dwelling in the high mountains surrounding Aspen, Colorado. He was the resident naturalist for ACES and unofficial “mayor” of the silver mining ghost town of Ashcroft. After many journals failed to hold up to harsh days guiding, he designed and created a leather cover to protect his thoughts and observations.  He now creates a variety of fine and unique leather items, including fly wallets, bags, home accessories, and flasks, using hand-selected oil-tanned hides, which are hand-cut, hand-punched, hand-sewn, and hand-sold.  Beautiful and functional, durable and personal, simple and authentic, Trevor says “My work is a reflection of me, emerging from the place that I call home.” Cold Mountain Craft goods are available online or at the Aspen Saturday Market.

Heidi Hat: When local ski pro Heidi Wade couldn’t find attire for the slopes that kept her both warm and fashionable, she decided to create her own line. Heidi Hat is an eco-friendly line with a collection of hats and yoga wear for women, children and babies, all hand-sewn by seamstresses that live in the Roaring Fork Valley. The collections, designed by Heidi and her daughter Kelly, can be purchased at the Aspen Saturday Market, online, and at a variety of retail locations across the country.


Maker + Place: Maker + Place is a new concept in Aspen that offers one-of-a-kind handcrafted home and lifestyle wares from all over the world. Owner Michaela Carpenter-Olson, a weaver herself, wanted a place that combined production into the retail environment, so she offers open-air studios to local craftspeople invites the customer to take part in the creation process. One of their craftspeople is weaver Clarity Elise Fornell, who has the goal of creating pieces with less waste and more intention. Clarity focuses on the change of thought processes in appreciating and honoring the tradition and beauty in utilitarian goods and home wares. (316 E. Hyman Ave.)


ReCycle Art Aspen: Local cycle artist Billy Taylor creates unique bicycles in the ReCycle Art Aspen based studio. The bikes, sold online and at the Aspen Saturday Market, are functional works of art with various vintage components incorporated into each bike. (302 Airport Business Center)


Susan Carrolan Millinery: Susan Carrolan Millinery produces women's and men's hats in classic styles that compliment the modern looks of today. Each hat is hand made using traditional millinery techniques emphasizing detailed construction and using only the finest materials, including a fall line of felted fur hats and wool caps and a spring line of panama and specialty straw hats. Hats are available at the Aspen Saturday Market, at Bloomingbirds in Aspen, online, and at specialty shops throughout the country.




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For visitor information, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.800.670.0792 or 970.925.1940


4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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