Chris Loffelmacher of the Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life series says a lot has changed since he spearheaded the first Paris Holiday Market four years ago. That one featured three vendors in his sister's living room. The following year, it graduated to a bigger space at Heritage Square, and the show's now found a permanent home, at the Denver Central Library, where it's been for the past three years. It's also grown a lot bigger. Not only has the number of vendors grown to 48, Loffelmacher notes, but the scope of what's being offered has expanded to include sculpture and pottery to go along with jewelry, home accessories and wearable art.
“The quality of the vendors has gone up every year,” says Loffelmacher, who thinks that “artists and craftspeople are becoming choosier about shows they’re in, and they like to see a quality show that has legs.” And you've got to admit it's got a great theme: The Parisian mood is played to the hilt throughout the three-day event, but especially at a November 6 preview party from 6 to 9 p.m., which includes live music and a romantic strolling accordionist, as well as pristine opening-night vendor booths, preview-only discounts, and sips and nibbles for shoppers, who for the first time will also get to vote for their favorite vendors (the top three vote-getters get cash prizes). “It encourages the vendors to put a little extra sparkle into their booths,” says Loffelmacher.
The fifth annual Paris Holiday Market continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. November 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 8 at the library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway; admission is free. Visit denverlibrary.org/fresh#paris or the Facebook event page for information.
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