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HabilisCrafts forges new retail outlet for artisans in Broomfield

HabilisCrafts was launched last month by a young Broomfield couple intent on providing low-cost retail space for local artisans and handcrafted goods vendors.
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HabilisCrafts proprietors, from left, Gonzalo Diaz, Gareth Patmore and Ari Jones.

HabilisCrafts was launched last month by a young Broomfield couple intent on providing low-cost retail space for local artisans and handcrafted goods vendors.

“We’ve had a lot of people come by and tell us that Broomfield really needed something like this,” Gareth Patmore said.

Located at 300 Nickel St., the new venture is the first business foray for Patmore and his wife, Ari Jones. Teaming with the couple on the new retail venture is Gonzalo Diaz.

“We’re a consignment store that’s focused purely on handmade goods,” he said.

Among the wide array of craft goods are items from Pretty Nice Creations, Rosebudz Attic, Joyful Bling Dog Gear, 4 Eden Rivers, Ms. McClanahan’s Pretty Things, The 5280 Mermaid, Art By Jamie Eileen, Burnin Thru Retirement, Printer Doods, CraftyFindsbyCansu, Cheryl’s Ribbons and Lace, Blue Ghoul, TheLogCandle and Stoned by Sam.

“The customer response has been good and everyone that comes in says they love it,” Patmore noted.

Native to England, Patmore relocated to Colorado in April to unite with his wife and open a small business. 

“It was always my dream to start my own business,” he explained.

Patmore, who was previously employed as an occupational health consultant, said the business climate is more challenging in his home land.

“I originally wanted to do that sort of line of work, but it's difficult to establish yourself,” he said. “Getting a space there's a lot more difficult and overall expanding your business takes a lot longer.” 

After landing stateside this spring, Patmore discovered Colorado was a slightly different animal.

“It’s very different from the U.K. and people here are friendlier,” he said. “The sun is always out, which is nice because in England it rains all the time.” 

Jones, who was raised in Broomfield, was inspired to name the business HabilisCrafts based on her academic background.

“I graduated this year from CU Denver with a B.A. in anthropology," she said.

Modern day people, who are classified as homosapiens, had ancestors who are referred to as homo habilis, Jones explained.

“They're the representatives of the first stone made tools,” she said. “Habilis means handyman.”

With 22 vendors already on board, HabilisCrafts has sufficient remaining space to house double that number, Patmore noted.

“We have a bunch of spaces,” he said. “It really depends on how big or how small someone wants to make space.”

HabilisCrafts vendors pay a 10% commission on sales plus a monthly rent surcharge of $50.

“People with similar business models typically charge much higher,” Patmore said.

In addition to reasonable rents, HabilisCrafts also provides added perks for vendors.

“We have theft insurance up to $2,000 per month,” he said.

HabilisCrafts also travels to local craft fairs to market vendors’ items. 

“We’ll pack up usually once a month and go to either Denver or Boulder,” he said.

To celebrate the upcoming post-Thanksgiving national Small Business Saturday, HabilisCrafts will host an array of no-cost craft classes on Nov. 26.

“It’s a range of different things by local artisans,” Patmore said. 

Also, free baked goods will be provided by Thornton-based Le Belle Bakery.

Two months after opening the  creative co-op have been encouraged by the early and continued positive feedback from consumers.

“Everyone has been so friendly and really nice,” he said. “We've had a lot of people who wondered what we were doing even while we were renovating the building.

HabilisCrafts is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.