It was 1858 when the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush brought a torrent of dream-seekers to Colorado, forging through the rough mountain passes to seek gold buried underneath the distant hills. Those first gold diggers formed a bare-bones town in 1859 that was originally named Breckinridge after the 14th Vice President of the United States, John […]
Although Aspen is seen as an ideal location for winter sports, many people don’t realize that the preferred time of travel is in the fall or summer–when the crowds have thinned. Colorado Collective recently spent time in Aspen discovering how to enjoy Aspen like a local, no matter what the season might be. This beautiful […]
Q&A with Adam Leech: Hobo Nickel History & Artform Clad in a tie-dye Misfits T-shirt bearing the legend “Punks Not Dead,” Adam Leech doesn’t exactly fit the type for a historian or a practitioner of a centuries-old art form. He shows up to talk with COCO on a vintage scooter speckled with spray paint logos […]
Good conversation isn’t hard to come by—it’s people that can be tricky. When you are fortunate enough to find someone of like mind, regardless of the situation, words will come with ease and abundance. We must be intentional about finding these relationships, as they don’t come by often, yet are essential to our growth. As […]
Jewelry maker and designer Katie McGinnis lives in a second-story flat in downtown Florence, Colorado. Upon entering her apartment, the unassuming quaintness of the town outside suddenly disappears, and one is taken into what feels like a chic, artsy loft in New York City. This loft is where Katie’s ideas and art are made into […]
As president and founder of Red Leg Brewing Company, Todd Baldwin sets a precedence for young entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs. His passion for business began after serving in the United States Army. When he entered the civilian world in 2009, he started a staffing position in Nashville. After moving to Little Rock, Ark., with his […]
Nudging its audience to lead more imaginative lives through sensory experiences, sparking dialogue and affecting positive change in communities through art – here lies the trifecta of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ Galleries of Contemporary Art. Commonly referred to as GOCA, the name populates two fully-realized, multi-media gallery spaces within the city: One on […]
Adrian Whipp of Lumiere Tintype based out of Austin, has journeyed through Colorado Springs twice now to capture portraits of fellow Colorado Springsians. The tintype process is a science but the outcome is worth the wait. Colorado Collective had the privilage of chatting with Adrian to learn more about tintype photography and his traveling companion. Final tintype images of COS community will be released in upcoming print issue.
Create your own succulent garden masterpiece! Leo Chance, author of Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates, graciously walked COCO contributor Janelle Agee through a comprehensive DIY guide to make indoor succulent gardening a success.
Nestled among the nuances of historic downtown Colorado Springs lies a hidden gem: the world’s largest collection of cacti grown in a cold climate. Unbeknownst to myself and the entire COCO staff, one of the gardening greats in the realm of succulents and cacti quietly tends to his garden – right around the corner.
Jason Nauert is a central figure in the renaissance of the field of butchering in Colorado. As the Director and Instructor of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat, he is teaching Colorado Springs about butchering through training courses, consulting work and his culinary talent.
Nestled quaintly in a mesa hillside on the West Side of Colorado Springs sits Ground Up Speed Shop. The owner, Eric Baar, is a gem in the local bike community and beyond. He’s known as a one-of-a-kind custom bike frame-builder. Whether they’re raced professionally or being used recreationally on local mountain biking trails, Baar’s frames take bicycle performance to a higher level of quality and versatility
On Saturday afternoons a storefront in Historic Depot Square echoes with the whir of sewing machines, the hiss of irons, the rush of passing trains and the joyful sound of laughter. In the year since its grand opening last April, the owners of Stitch Studio have created a community of sewers in their 20s and 30s on the western edge of downtown Colorado Springs.
I guess it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Instagram is such a popular platform these days with makers and creatives, but I was excited when I discovered The Worley Co. The small design company is Jeremy Worley’s passion project and his lovely wife Koren stands by his side. The Worley Co. dreams up beautiful and thoughtful designs that not only inspire, but impact communities around the globe.
Jackie Barr of Red Bench jewelry stood out amongst many at the Colorado College craft fair over the holidays. I was drawn to her use of materials and exotic stones sourced from around the globe. She grew up in Colorado Springs, always dabbling in jewelry making even as a child. In college she discovered metal smithing and there was an instant connection.