The World Wide Antique Show, now more than half a century old itself, brings together more than 150 vendors and antique hunters for a three-day convention bursting with paintings, furniture, glass, and collectibles from the past. Art aficionados ponder whether postmodern pedestals should hold porcelain, pottery, steam-powered cellphones, or bronze, and collections of antique furniture gracefully continue to stand up to gravity. Time-tested necklaces drape around necks, books house knowledge from generations past, and art glass glimmers under contemporary lights. Visitors park in a free lot before wandering among the collectibles, period clothing, and dolls created back when children still played with each other instead of robots.
DeBoudoir photographers specialize in setting their clients at ease, carefully directing poses and maneuvering lighting to elicit flattering shots that smack of self-confidence. During trademark boudoir sessions, subjects wear sumptuous lingerie or drape their nude frames strategically in sheepskins and blankets before posing in-studio or on the beach. DeBoudoir tweaks this photo formula for its other services, which include engagement sessions and pinup shoots, during which subjects wear stylish vintage garb.
DeBoudoir's lingerie boutiques brim with corsets and accessories such as hats, gloves, and thigh high stockings. Lingerie, meanwhile, runs the gamut from negligees to underthings more delicate than an aging movie starlet?s ego.
Photo Element Studio is a photographer’s dream—the interior is a Rubik’s cube of different settings, colors, and backdrops, and the half-acre garden studio has rural, rustic charms such as a rushing creek and a tattered shed. For photographers Tait and Julie DeBaca, the studio is the setting for their family, newborn, and high-school-senior portrait sessions. Many of the photographs in the duo’s portfolio have saturated, contrasting colors, which help to accentuate the green trees and blue skies of an outdoor shoot or highlight the subjects’ faces and emotions of a black-and-white photo against a white backdrop. The photographers also let the sun's natural light impart a sense of warmth, but not like the one you get in your cheeks when someone catches you eating ice cream straight from the carton with your finger.
A year after Scott Kerkmans created the role of Chief Beer Officer for the Four Points by Sheraton hotels, it began to get around that Denver was the "Napa Valley of Beer." As NPR later reports, the rumor is a culmination of a life spent steeped in beer culture. Before creating Colorado Beer Week and beating out more than 7,000 applicants for the title of CBO, Kerkmans was on the production side at Alaskan Brewing Company. He’s since authored articles for Draft Magazine, taught at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, and judged burped renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Great American Beer Festival. He shares his taste in microbrews with more than 140 hotels and restaurants worldwide through the Four Point's beer program, but keeps his feet planted firmly on his home turf during his nine-day spring festival, which highlights the finest pours from Colorado breweries including New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Ska Brewing Company.
Victoriana Antique & Fine Jewelry stocks shelves with handpicked relics and vintage accessories ranging from authentic Victorian pieces to modernist baubles from the 1950s. Proprietors scour jewelry shows and contact international buyers to scare up authentic, top-quality pieces instead of candy necklaces covered in dust to appear and taste older. Century-old cases shelter a variety of outfit enhancers, including simple sterling-silver earrings ($20) and engraved oval lockets ($145) from the 1890s. Add antediluvian-flair to straight-laced garments with a piece of costume jewelry, such as a buckle-styled art-nouveau brooch ($85) or an aqua brooch ($145) with dangling turquoise teardrops wiped from the eyes of proud papa unicorns at their colt's graduation. Customers can also apply their Groupon toward more expensive in-store merchandise ranging from onyx brooch and ring pairs to 1930s white-gold rings.