In a year when perhaps the biggest news in toys was the industry’s largest remaining brick-and-mortar retailer filing for bankruptcy, independent stores are looking to generate buzz and spark a strong holiday sales season with a familiar method: hosting a special event to boost their profile.
At only 36 years old, with no previous experience in retail ownership, Scott Spears has welcomed four new stores to the city’s downtown in less than 10 years, and is working on unveiling a fifth.
Rosie the Tarantula will soon have a new home. The Butterfly Pavilion’s famous spider, as well as its 5,000 other animals, will be moving to Broomfield come 2021 and opening a more than $30 million facility with double the space pending final approval from city council.
The event is free, open to public, and spans across the Denver metro area until Labor Day, Sept. 4.
Earlier this week, Sakura Square officials announced that the block would be redeveloped by a team that includes Shigeru Ban, a Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect behind the Aspen Art Museum.
By Rachel Raczka, Special To The Washington Post