Firefly Handmade Holiday Markets – Boulder & Denver!

Boulder Holiday Market, Nov. 29-30, Sat., 10am – 6pm & Sun., 11am – 5pm
Watershed School, 1661 Alpine Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304 – 3 blocks east of Broadway &Ideal Market

Denver Holiday Market, Dec. 6-7, Sat., 11am-7pm & Sun., 11am-5pm,  EXDO Events Center, 1399 35th Street (at Walnut), Denver, CO 80205 (in the River North (RiNo) Art District)

  • 90+ Handmade artisans, returning favorites and new Fireflies (some will be in both markets, some different in each –  including adult & children’s fashion & accessories, home goods/decor, pet goods, artisan food & drink, ceramics, art, bath & body, & more!
  • Free Self Serve Gift Wrap Station by Two Hands Paperie
  • Creation Station for the kiddos, by Clementine Studio (Boulder)
  • Creation Station for the kiddos, by The Art Garage (Denver)
  • Denver Design Incubator with demos & info
  • Food & drinks, including bar service, food trucks, music & free parking
  • $3 admission (12 yrs & under-free), benefiting our charitable partner: There With Care, helping families and children facing critical illness


Firefly Handmade Fall Market will be Glowing This Weekend at Twenty Ninth Street Mall, Boulder!

Firefly Handmade AUTUMN Market will return to Twenty Ninth Street Mall, Boulder, CO, THIS WEEKEND, Saturday, Sept. 27 (10-5) & Sunday, Sept. 28 (11-4). Check out our amazing list of artisans at the on our website at the link below. Artisans from Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Mountain Towns, and all parts around and in between will be there!

Firefly Handmade Summer Market


Firefly Handmade SUMMER Market returns to our outdoor location at Twenty Ninth Street, Boulder, CO on Saturday, July 26 (10-5) & Sunday, July 27 (11-4).

We’ll fill the street once again with:

100+ Incredible Handmade Artisans​
Kids’ Creation Station by Clementine Studio/Open Arts
Artisan demonstations, featuring Soulcrafting
Photo Booth fun by Magbooth
Fave food trucks
Loads of Firefly Handmade fun!​

Free parking and admission!

Check out our website for full details and list of vendors.

Jazz Fest Shared Booth applications open until May 11th!!

The Five Points Jazz Festival, now in its 11th year, brings people together for a day of food, fun and fantastic music. The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May each year and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music’s legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more. Since its inception in 2004, the Five Points Jazz Festival has grown each year in size and popularity. In 2013 more than 16,000 people attended the festival to hear more than 20 local bands on six stages. On May 17, 2014, 23 bands are scheduled on seven stages. You won’t want to miss the Main Stage headliners, the Nelson Rangell quartet and the Brad Leali Orchestra.

Sounds like an amazing time, right! So DHA will be popping up again, this time at the Five Points Jazz Fest! Our goal is to give our awesome members a chance to mix and mingle while they sell their wares…yay, multitasking! The Jazz Fest is on May 17th, and applications for the shared booth are being accepted through by May 11th.

Click here to apply for our Jazz Fest Shared Booth

Apply for ArtStir!



Denver Pavilions is pleased to announce ArtStir Denver 2014, a Memorial Day weekend arts marketplace that will be held in the heart of Downtown Denver on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. ArtStir is currently accepting applications from artists who would like to participate and from sponsors and community partners who would like to support the event.

ArtStir Denver will exclusively showcase local and regional artists with a lively blend of art, and style that is sure to “stir up” the artist in all of us. Featured works will include paintings, sculpture, photography, illustration, textiles, furnishings, mixed media, and locally designed goods. Part of the event proceeds will benefit the Colorado chapter of AIGA, and a portion of booth sale revenues will go to community partners. The application deadline is April 24. There is no application fee.

Says Samuel Schimek event curator and owner of I Heart Denver Store, “Accepted artists will gain exposure to a large weekend audience estimated at 150,000 over the two-day period. This year’s event will be twice as big as last year’s, and booth fees will be only half of the cost of last year. Last year, we had 65 vendors, and this year we’re shooting for 125. This year we also have much greater interest from sponsors and community partners. We encourage all Colorado creatives to apply.”

ArtStir Denver will be held along Glenarm Place between 15th and 16th Streets (including the surrounding surface lots). It will run on Saturday, May 24, from 11-8 pm and Sunday, May 25, from 11 am-6 pm. ArtStir will take place alongside other popular Memorial Day events such as the Denver Day of Rock.

Not only is it a great event to make some sales, but community partners get funding for their programing from booth sales. If ArtStir Denver sells out this year over $14,000 will be paid back to community partners. That’s in addition to our $5,000 donation to AIGA Colorado our nonprofit partner.
Colorado Creative Industries is a big partner this year and they are showing off Colorado’s registered art districts. There will be an artist from each art district in a special section!

This year we are going big, more branding, more advertising, and we have enough space for 150 tents!

Meet MOBA!

MOBA is now holding meetings in Denver!  Read on for more info about this awesome organization for Mom-preneurs!
Northern Colorado Mom Owned Business Association is a group of entrepreneurial Moms dedicated to our businesses and our families. Our members strive for professional and personal growth through networking, public and private events, promotional opportunities and community outreach.

We are continually working to secure advertising, create and promote events, and facilitate business to business advertising and cross promotion. Every MoBa member is a parent; we are focused on growing our businesses while nurturing our families. We are small, but powerful. There is no stronger insight than that of an entrepreneur who is also a mother.

Our growing group, businesses and families keep us busy, but we are dedicated to our goal of bringing success to all parent business owners in Northern Colorado and beyond. We invite you to read through our materials and experience a MOBA meeting for yourself. We know this will be the beginning of a beautiful, mutually beneficial friendship. Each of us can make success happen.

The Mom Owned Business Association, a Colorado nonprofit organization, exists to empower the moms in our community to transition their hobbies and talents into economically supportive and mutually beneficial  businesses in Colorado and beyond.
In an effort to raise awareness of our mission, MOBA is launching a sponsorship project. Our launch party scheduled for January 3rd from 8-10pm at Colorado Vapors, 140 W. Oak Street, Suite 230. and we would love to see you there. There will be beer, food, and raffles to showcase our members. Among some of the prizes will be fitness classes, organic baked goods, and photography services.

3 Ways to Shop Handmade this Weekend

Whew!  With Thanksgiving so late, we are already knee deep in holidays!  Luckily, there are lots of ways to cross all those gifts off your list this weekend.  Check out these perennial favorite holiday markets and wrap up lots of handmade goodness for the holidays!


On Friday, visit Holiday Mancraft for some man made goodies at VFW Post 2461 on S Broadway.  It’s pretty much the love child of Martha Stewart and Chuck Norris. With the added bonus of cheap drinks.  Who could beat that?


Light up someone’s Christmas with more handmade treats from the Firefly Handmade Market in Boulder!  Shop Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on South Pearl.  With more than 80 artisans at the market, you’re bound to find that perfect gift for the pickiest person on your list!


We always love the fabulous finds at the Horseshoe Market, and we are so excited the market will be inside this year so we can take our time looking for the perfect gifts!  Shop Horseshoe this Saturday on the 16th Street Mall!  With all these great opportunities to shop local and handmade, holiday shopping is going to be a breeze!  (And a super fun way to catch up with all your crafty pals!)

Holiday Shopping at the Gifted Market!

There’s only a week left until the first ever Gifted Handmade Market, and we can hardly wait!  The historic McNichols building is a perfect place to get in the holiday spirit, and the Warm Cookies of the Revolution discussion about buying handmade versus buying factory made is a great way to set the mood for giving back in more ways than one.  Come out and support your fellow crafters!  There are so many DHA members in the 30+ vendors at the event, so it’s a great chance to catch up with crafty pals while you squeeze in some holiday shopping, too!  Oh, and there’s a raffle with goodies from all the vendors!  Yay!  The only thing better than buying awesome handmade gifts is wining handmade gifts!  What more could you ask for?  Cookies?  Live music?  Gift wrapping, perhaps?  Well, then you’re in luck because they have all that, too!  Click here for more info and to rsvp.  See you there!!

Gifted Market Call for Volunteers


The first ever Gifted Holiday Market presented by Warm Cookies of the Revolution needs volunteers!  They are looking for folks to help with easy setup and breakdown tasks and also to help with the gift wrapping station and raffle.  Join the discussion about buying handmade versus buying factory made, and shop from some of your fellow members in between volunteer tasks!  Click here for more info about the market, and email Evan at to sign up to volunteer!

Casting Women who Want to Make their Creative Side Businesses Full Time!

Strickman-Ripps Casting ( is conducting a nationwide search to cast a high profile TV commercial that will feature a female entrepreneur, her small side business and product!  This person must currently work a separate job in order to pay the bills until she is able to pursue her flourishing side business full-time.  Ideal candidates would be women who create, design and sell something tangible and fun (unique crafting, baking, puppet making, fun decor, kid’s toys etc.)
This is a paid role.  If cast, your small business will receive a tremendous promotional opportunity!  The finished project will make your work visible to many people and give your business the chance to grow.
To submit, you must complete this form as soon as possible!
Thank you for your time.  We look forward to reading your submissions!
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