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Unique Boutique is back

Summer Moore
Glenwood Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” One of the things about living in a community like Glenwood Springs is annual art events like the Unique Boutique.

For 33 years the Unique Boutique has been attracting local and non-locals alike. The sale features high-end crafts made from Colorado women that can be used as gifts, just in time for the holiday season.

Joan Chaffin, owner of the Mountain Peddler gift shop, originally started the event in Ohio.

“I gathered ladies that were artists and other friends to showcase each other’s work. It started so I could raise some spending money for myself so I didn’t have to ask my husband.”

While she moved to Glenwood about five years later, the Unique Boutique in Ohio has now grown so large it has to be held at the National Guard Armory.

Chaffin moved the idea to Glenwood with her and started the Unique Boutique up again when she got here. Originally held on election day, Chaffin would get women together she had just met to sell each other’s art.

This year the Glenwood Downtown Market will be hosting the event on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20 at the Masonic Temple located on Ninth and Colorado Avenue.

“We decided not to do it on election day this year because people can’t get away. The attendance for the event has been down so we wanted to do it on a weekend when people can get away,” explained Cindy Svatos, who is in charge this year.

Svatos is running the show this time along with six other ladies who put together the Tuesday night farmer’s market downtown.

“The women who traditionally run it put the word out that they needed help this year. I guess because we were low on brain cells that night, we accepted,” said Svatos with a smile.

Svatos is happy to announce this year that they will be featuring mostly local artists, but some from as far as Grand Junction. The high-end crafts are available to buy at the event.

Also, instead of the traditional bakesale that accompanies the event, there will be home baked breads, pastries and other goodies available for purchase from Glenwood’s own Maple Table.

Unique Boutique will also feature some of the homemade olive oils and basalmic vinegars available at the farmer’s market and the proceeds from the weekend will go back into the Downtown Market.

The show starts at 4 p.m. on Friday with refreshments including wine and cheese to enjoy while browsing.

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