Sheila Hydle will help you fuse with your inner artist at Glassateria

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
Sheila Hydle embarked on her new venture after the death of her father. "I wanted to use my inheritance to start something I'm passionate about," she explains. "I decided to do something different. Glass-cutting was the first thing that I felt passionate about. If my dad was here, I would still be in corporate America and unhappy."

But instead, she opened Glassateria, a studio that allows customers to become artists by working on their own glass-fusion project. "I love helping people feel creative and providing a place for them to let go of logic," Hydle says. "You can manipulate glass, but you can't control it."

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Local art and goods intersect at Studio Colfax, a new gallery holding a grand opening Sunday

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A peek inside Studio Colfax.
Studio Colfax is a family affair: The new artisan boutique is run by sisters Rebecca and Sarah Tischler, their mother Marguerite Specht, and friend Sarah Bruce. Though the shop and gallery space has been going for a few weeks, it will be celebrating with a formal reception for its first show, a collection of works by well-known ceramicist and the patriarch of the family, Maynard Tischler. From 4 to 8 p.m. this Sunday, June 22, Studio Colfax will be showing off selected pieces from Tischler's career, spanning more than thirty years of work.

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Sweet Georgia Sugar makes all-natural, cruelty-free beauty products

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After suffering from eczema for most of her life, Sarah Jacobson was tired of getting little or no relief from over-the-counter and prescription options. Taking matters into her own hands, she combined a little research with her own self-taught organic cooking skills and started creating all-natural lotions in her kitchen. The result was astounding -- her skin became clear, so much so that coworkers wanted to know what she was doing differently. That's how Jacobson's all-natural skincare line Sweet Georgia Sugar was born, and less than a year after it began, Jacobson is seeing big business for her small operation.

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Erica Sodos gets metaphysical at the Mercury Cafe

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
Abracadabra: She's out of the box with a wand of her own. Erica Sodos is a magician, psychic entertainer and motivational speaker currently in residence at the Mercury Cafe. In advance of her May 31 show there, The Magic Within: Psychic Explorations in Telepathy and Empathy, we chatted with Sodos to learn what motivates her magic.

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Imperfect Circle Apparel creates chic smokewear

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
The legalization of marijuana has put Colorado at the forefront of social change, and the fashion community is evolving as well. Danica Harcourt and Jason Brown recently founded Imperfect Circle Apparel, a local clothing company that specializes in making more visually pleasing weed-fashion. Smokewear is going mainstream!

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Meet the magic behind Mago's Magic Shoppe this First Friday

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
Like magic, Mago's Magic Shoppe at 313 West 11th Avenue has suddenly become a must-see in the Golden Triangle, with its mix of magic supplies, oddities and art. We recently chatted with co-owner and resident magician Max Mago about where art fits into the realm of magic, how he got his start in the magic business, and what to expect at the Mago's First Friday event on March 7.

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A sad goodbye: Kazoo Toys prepares to close after three decades in Cherry Creek North

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If you grew up in Denver, you've probably shopped at or at least heard of Kazoo Toys -- or remember the interactive toy store by its original name, Kazoo & Company. After taking on a new space in Cherry Creek North for less than a year, Kazoo Toys is closing up shop, leaving behind the legacy of a well-loved store in an area that's losing a lot of its onetime institutions as the boom continues.

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Denver Bespoke and Denver Dressmakers celebrate five years in the Mile High City

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A peek inside the Denver Bespoke and Denver Dressmakers local workshop.
When A.J. Machete and Lianna K. were thinking of moving their custom tailor and dressmaking ventures out of New York City, Denver called. In 2009, Denver Dressmakers and Denver Bespoke -- Lianna and AJ's own handmade brands of intricately sewn women's apparel and custom-tailored suits -- took up residence in Globeville, leaving behind a cramped 300 square-foot studio on the East Coast in favor of the sunshine, a supportive arts scene and much more affordable real estate Colorado had to offer.

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Calling local designers: Fashion Design Center Denver hosts its soft grand opening tonight

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The Fashion Design Center Denver in progress at 3301 Lawrence Street.
Local designer and all-around fashion industry guru Lisa Ramfjord Elstun says a one-stop design and production shop had long been the missing link in Denver's couture scene. So it was only a matter of time before the Fashion Design Center Denver came to be. "The creation of the FDC was important for me because three years ago, I was asked to create a lingerie line for the two major shopping networks," explains Ramfjord Elstun. "There is no one here in town that can produce at a couture level. I looked for manufacturers and even home sewers here, and no one is able to keep up with a production level, volume and turn over that either of these networks required. So, I went on a search to find all of those bits and pieces and realized one morning that the answer was staring at me in the mirror."

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Vert Beauty brings its all-organic approach to cosmetics and body care to Highland

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Vert Beauty owner and cosmetologist, Amanda Hume.
As a cosmetologist and make-up artist for more than a decade, Amanda Hume says she's fielded questions from customers about what, exactly, the products she was using were made of. When she represented large cosmetic companies, a quick glance at the ingredient -- including many chemicals she could not identify -- was enough to inspire her to go out on her own one day, and find a way to bring better self-care options to her clients. And this month, Hume opened Vert Beauty at 3442 West 32nd Avenue, a "Sephora"-style boutique selling organic cosmetics and body-care products.

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