#36: Samuel Schimek
|Schimek family portrait: Denver Picard, Samuel and Dr. Beverly Crusher, 2013.|
Artist, designer and entrepreneur Samuel Schimek bridges the gap between art and business in his Denver Pavilions shop, I Heart Denver, which serves as a working incubator and showcase for dozens of Colorado artists and independent companies. In the process, he's perfected the art of local branding by presenting work by an ever-growing stable of creative ambassadors in the store, where visitors to Colorado can find tangible, positive, well-designed, functional mementos of our state to take home with them.
Even his I Heart Denver shop dog, Denver Picard, gets into the act: The adorable corgi recently received a Go the Extra Mile award from Visit Denver for charming tourists and making downtown a friendlier place.
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