The RiNo Made Pop Up Shop just popped up at the Source, offering a preview of the goods that RiNo residents and businesses will be selling at a permanent RiNo Made shop, slated to open in early 2018 right next to a new RiNo Art District Office in Zeppelin Station.
The temporary shop also offers a good idea of what travelers at Denver International Airport might have seen had the airport accepted the bid of one vendor that had worked with RiNo leaders on a proposal for a space there. But in August, when the airport announced seventeen "exciting new shops and restaurants” with a local emphasis coming to DIA, the list instead included two new convenience stores from Minnesota-based Marshall Retail Group, including a RiNo Market on Concourse C.
Not that Marshall had consulted with the RiNo Art District, an official arts district created a dozen years ago that had taken the RiNo moniker from the River North area that comprises much of the district...and in the process created a nickname that's now firmly attached to this rapidly developing neighborhood.
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Marshall already runs a Flight Stop store on Concourse A with a Union Station theme, stocked with such local goods as T-shirts made in the Dominican Republic. Marshall didn't consult with Union Station's managers on that deal, either.
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After RiNo Art District leaders protested the appropriation of their name as well as their concept, they talked with a Marshall rep but found little satisfaction (he seemed surprised that T-shirts could be manufactured in Denver). Finally, Patrick Heck, the airport's chief commercial officer, met with RiNo's executive board and RiNo stakeholders, and they arrived at a solution. "On the heels of that meeting, we made a formal request to DIA and the Marshall Group that there be no relation to RiNo," says Jamie Licko, president of the RiNo Art District. "We explored all avenues, and I think we're content with that decision."
So was Marshall, which is no longer opening a RiNo Market. Instead, according to Stacey Stegman, the airport's director of communications, when that Concourse C store opens, it will be called the Arts District Market.