Carousel Emporium is at 3665 S. Broadway, in a brick building on the west side of the street that once housed an ice cream shop.
The shop is open Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
It's tough to say exactly what Carousel Emporium is.
Is it an antique shop? A makerspace? A consignment shop? An art gallery? A community gathering place?
How about all of the above?
Daneen and Bob Terrell opened the Englewood shop at 3665 South Broadway in August, after a long journey to get the place up and running.
“We had everything lined up last spring,” Daneen said. “Our grand opening date was supposed to be in April — we had a band lined up and everything. Then, of course, COVID hit, and we just hunkered down and waited.”
The couple used their time well, lining up unique local artists like oil painter Stacy Harrigan and watercolorist and jewelry maker Nancy Thorn to line the walls with paintings.
They also stocked the shelves with curios and antiques, some gleaned from their other business running estate sales. Bob brought in his collection of antique clocks and radios, and crowned the shop floor with a 1951 Sears & Roebuck canvas canoe.
But perhaps the most exciting part of the shop isn't yet fully realized: a versatile classroom and makerspace area, meant to meet community needs for artistic outlets.
“We could see it being used for guitar lessons, cooking classes, art groups — there's a lot of possibility there,” Daneen said, though much of that will probably need to wait until the pandemic is in the rearview mirror. “In the meantime, we might see what we can do via Zoom — I've got friends learning to cook from chefs in Italy. It can be pretty neat.”
The shop's aesthetic has a retro flair, perhaps an outgrowth of Daneen's childhood helping relatives operate a shop and milk delivery business in Northglenn back when Denver's north side was still home to barns and cows. Bob, also a Colorado native like his wife, grew up in Kiowa, still something of a cowboy town far southeast of Denver.
Life took them on plenty of journeys, with Daneen leaving a career in oil and gas to pursue a more authentic life, and Bob retiring from construction with hopes of relaxing, only to be whisked into Daneen's energetic projects like the shop.
Despite the challenges of opening a shop during the pandemic, Daneen said word has been getting around about the wonders behind the door of the little storefront.
“We really love the word-of-mouth we're getting,” Daneen said. “That's the whole idea — we want to be part of the community, and for people to tell us what they want this place to be.”
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