Arts and Culture

Seven New Vendors at the Horseshoe Market

Put the funk in your step with a Soul Man T-shirt at the Spring Horseshoe Market.
Put the funk in your step with a Soul Man T-shirt at the Spring Horseshoe Market. Courtesy of Soul Man Prints

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click to enlarge Whimsical handmades from Brooklyn maker Bekka Palmer. - COURTESY OF BEKKA PALMER
Whimsical handmades from Brooklyn maker Bekka Palmer.
Courtesy of Bekka Palmer
Bekka Palmer
Though Amy Yetman is still completely committed to supporting Colorado artisans at the Horseshoe, she’s accepted a few new vendors from other states to keep the market looking fresh, like Brooklyn-based Bekka Palmer. In her favor, Palmer did end up in New York by way of Lakewood, and her whimsical handcrafted bags and jewelry uphold the Horseshoe sensibility.

click to enlarge Treat your skin to hand-bottled elixirs from Blueprint Botanicals. - COURTESY OF BLUEPRINT BOTANICALS
Treat your skin to hand-bottled elixirs from Blueprint Botanicals.
Courtesy of Blueprint Botanicals
Blueprint Botanicals
Ashley Kubba’s simply crafted, small-batch body butters and serums are made to order weekly. Amy Yetman likes the look and ethic of Blueprint Botanicals and thinks you will, too.

click to enlarge The Circus: A Kids Mobile Boutique will roll into the Horseshoe Market on May 13. - PHOTO BY PROGRESSIVE SIGNS
The Circus: A Kids Mobile Boutique will roll into the Horseshoe Market on May 13.
Photo by Progressive Signs
The Circus: A Kids Mobile Boutique
In a world where fashion trucks are parked on every corner (okay, an exaggeration, but they have multiplied in Denver), one that caters specifically to children is bound to turn heads on Tennyson Street. The Circus will drive up to the Horseshoe with adorable clothes and kicks for kiddos. We hear they have LEGO Stormtrooper bow ties!

click to enlarge Mavis the Magical Bookmobile takes literacy for a ride at the Horseshoe. - COURTESY OF BOOKBAR
Mavis the Magical Bookmobile takes literacy for a ride at the Horseshoe.
Courtesy of BookBar
Mavis the Magical Bookmobile
BookBar, the wine bar/bookstore located just down Tennyson street from the Horseshoe grounds, is branching out these days with Mavis the Magical Bookmobile, a mini-version of the brick-and-mortar built into the back of a former ambulance. Kids are invited to cozy up with what Yetman calls “interesting books, not the ones that you can find at Target.” Literacy has a new champion.


click to enlarge Soul Man T-shirts tell it like it is. - SOUL MAN PRINTS
Soul Man T-shirts tell it like it is.
Soul Man Prints
Soul Man Prints
Denverite and former graphic designer Mandy Hicks put her know-how to work in creating smart T-shirts inspired by feel-good soul-music soundbites that look great on everyone, from babies to grandmas. Put on some “Love and Happiness,” and know that 10 percent of your purchase will benefit one of a revolving group of nonprofits supported by Soul Man.

click to enlarge Repurposed scrap wood becomes jewelry at Tooth Craft. - COURTESY OF TOOTH CRAFT
Repurposed scrap wood becomes jewelry at Tooth Craft.
Courtesy of Tooth Craft
Tooth Craft Goods
Joe Lessard and Travis Wall of Tooth Craft Goods use repurposed scraps of wood and fabric, and vinyl records and their jackets, to make brand-new bags, handsome wooden jewelry, planters, notebooks and hammocks, all ready to live a second life.

YAWWAA
Yetman loves YAWWAA for its highly curated thrift-store collections of overlooked items elevated by context, out of the jumble of junk on a shelf at Goodwill. The vendor’s vintage ceramics, mugs, textiles, clothing and accessories come back into the light of their better days under the roof of YAWWAA’s tent. Snap up something classic — and homey.

The 2017 Spring Horseshoe Market will feature 130 or more craft, food and vintage vendors, five food trucks, live music, a mobile photo booth, DIY art-making activities and more, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the parking lot at 4345 West 46th Avenue. Admission is free. Afterward, cross the street for the annual Berkeley Beer & Spirits Festival and Horseshoe after-party, 3 to 7 p.m. at Local 46. Visit the Horseshoe Market online for information.
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