Forty years ago, a Denver teenager with a passion for stained glass began scouring demolition sites to retrieve artistic treasures from the rubble and repair them into expressions of art and beauty. These forays led Eron Johnson on a lifetime and worldwide journey of collecting and selling antiques and renovating dilapidated spaces around the city. Over the years, Eron Johnson Antiques has found its home in LoDo, the Baker neighborhood, and most recently, in a 30,000 square foot, lovingly-restored 1920s industrial warehouse in the Valverde neighborhood.
"So many Denverites don't know this neighborhood exists, and yet it is convenient to everything," says Johnson. "A block from the highway, close to the Broadway light rail station, the Platt River, the Johnson Habitat Park, and the Levitt Pavillion once it's completed in 2017. I've always liked neighborhoods that were on the edge of where things were happening."
Four years ago, Johnson brought one of his favorite "happenings" to Denver, in the form of the Valverde Bazaar Pop-Up Outdoor Market. "I used to go to England street markets to find [antiques] and bringing this idea to Denver appealed to me. I thought it would be a lot of fun for Denver and a great place for small businesses to have a opportunity to market their products to the public."
Ninety-five vendors from across the Front Range and the mountains will be represented in the Bazaar on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and Johnson expects a crowd of one thousand people to attend.
In addition to artisan vendors, there will be food trucks on-site and the MaxFund will be coordinating pet adoptions in the mobile adoption van.
Denver Public Library's Athmar Park branch is participating this year for the first time. Library staff will be handing out buttons, registering people for library cards, and offering 2-5 minute tutorials for all ages on how to draw a pear (oil pastel).
Join us at the Bazaar for a taste of European street market charm, Valverde-style.