As many of you know, small, locally-owned businesses gear up for a fight every holiday season.  How can we compete with big-box stores, Black Friday deals and national ad campaigns that begin running commercials the day after Halloween?  The truth is, we can’t.  And thanks to the growing interest in Small Business Saturday—we don’t have to.

It began as a marketing campaign created by American Express in 2010 to help its merchants deal with the economic recession.  But the idea to shop locally, to get out of the malls and into your neighborhoods—this concept resonated with shoppers who realize the value of the corner store, the local art gallery, the homemade cookies at the local bakery, and the local artist who has been sculpting American Heroes for over 50 years.

The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery would like to invite all our neighbors to Old Colorado City this Saturday for an authentic, historic, independent shopping experience!

Old Colorado City features dozens of local artists' work along with hand-crafted gift items, unique boutiques, independent restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses and more.  In a leisurely afternoon, you can sample caramel apples at The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, get an embroidered dress for your niece at Mountain Moppets, a pair of turquoise cowgirl boots at Urban Cowgirl, pick out a pair of matching earrings at Santa Fe Springs, get a scrumptious sundae for two at The Creamery or a Jiffy burger (topped with peanut butter) at Meadow Muffins, then tour Christmas in Magic Town at The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.  You can top the afternoon off by visiting one of the many independently owned and operated restaurants in the area.  Enjoy balcony seating at Jake and Telly’s, jazz and tapas at Motif, or delectable Italian cuisine at Paravicinis.  Where else can you enjoy such a variety of businesses and experiences?

These unique, independently owned businesses were adversely impacted by the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire this summer--destroying some 346 homes and burning over 18,000 acres.  Though Old Colorado City itself escaped the blaze, our businesses took an overwhelming blow when summer tourism declined.  As such, we need your support to maintain our beautiful district and our independent spirit!  It is our hope that our friends and neighbors will rally around their neighborhood shops, galleries and restaurants on Small Business Saturday!

As part of our participation in Small Business Saturday, many Old Colorado City merchants will be offering outstanding sales, deals and special offers.  At The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery we are offering BOGO Magic Town Admission (Buy 1 admission, Get 1 of equal or lesser value free) as well as a storewide sculpture sale with discounts of 20-80% off! 

To learn about the additional offers that will be part of Small Business Saturday in Old Colorado City, visit

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