What is Denver BAZAAR?
Denver BAZAAR is a social enterprise dedicated to stimulating the local economy by creating opportunities and building equity for small businesses.
How does Denver BAZAAR operate?
Through events and e-commerce campaigns, Denver BAZAAR provides a continually active pipeline for small businesses in Colorado to grow. Our in-person events allow small businesses to try out new, creative and cultural products and receive immediate customer feedback. This feedback is crucial to decision-making, brand growth, and future product development. Once products are perfected, our vendors are encouraged to include them in our e-commerce campaigns via the Denver BAZAAR online store for further brand exposure. Our small business vendors start lifelong careers at our pop-up marketplaces and develop into future retail tenants and successful e-commerce businesses. The mix of physical pop-up retail events and e-commerce campaigns gives our network of small business vendors ample opportunities to grow their business with our community of 30,000+ engaged shoppers.
Why is it so fun?
We strive to make our pop-up markets a special mix of shopping local and social fun that caters to all walks of life. When attending a Denver BAZAAR event, you can expect to shop a curated lineup of Colorado's best craft, handmade, fashion, and artisan food vendors while sipping on local craft beers and cocktails.
How do I participate?
To shop in-person at our upcoming pop-up markets, click here for our event calendar. To shop our online store featuring 30+ local makers, click here. To become a vendor at our upcoming events, click here.
Are you operating during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Yes! In 2020, Denver BAZAAR hosted over 100 in-person market dates while keeping vendors and attendees safe and healthy through social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Denver BAZAAR remains active during the Pandemic to support the growth of local small businesses. In addition to our in-person events, Denver BAZAAR also launched multiple successful e-commerce campaigns. From organizing an online curbside farmers market pickup that aligned with the physical farmers markets to curated Holiday gift boxes featuring 30+ local makers, Denver BAZAAR generated over $100,000 in sales for local small businesses in Colorado via the online store.
In 2021, Denver BAZAAR looks forward to hosting an expanded lineup of in-person shopping events and Holiday shopping experiences, growing the online store through curated vendor partnerships, and expanding small business incubator programs for minority & women-owned local businesses.
Josh Sampson started TheBigWonderful in 2014 as a summertime pop-up venue featuring the best in local music, craft beer and emerging food and craft vendors. It was an overnight success that drew instant attention from the small business community in Colorado. To keep Denver's craft vendor community active during the winter, he started Denver BAZAAR in early 2015. The original Friday Night BAZAAR opened in March 2015 and was Denver's first consistent night market, located two doors down from The Source in Denver's iconic RiNo Art District.
Denver BAZAAR emerged with a focus on creating commerce opportunities for existing and developing small businesses in a retail-focused environment. Denver BAZAAR events primarily feature handmade, fashion, craft and artisan food vendors, while the signature "Shop & Sip" drink tasting programs create the fun environment that locals know and love.
Since 2015, Denver BAZAAR has been hailed as an "ongoing celebration of art, eats, and creativity." With a focus on shopping local, Denver BAZAAR has supported over 1,000 small businesses through weekend pop-up markets, weekly summer farmers markets, Holiday markets and more. Denver BAZAAR is known for reimagining retail by revitalizing urban locations into thriving pop-up marketplaces that draw thousands of shoppers from the Denver-metro area. These pop-up markets connect shoppers to small businesses and reinforce the shopping and dining habits of the surrounding community with a focus on keeping currency local. Small businesses engage and interact with thousands of local shoppers to create new lifelong customers at each event. Vendors are also encouraged to network with their fellow small businesses to build lasting relationships in the local maker community. These events bring value to the Denver BAZAAR vendor community and the local neighborhood. Shoppers are encouraged to support local restaurants and food trucks, service businesses such as yoga studios and gyms, and more while visiting the markets in communities across Denver.
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