Hayden What started as a cooperative effort to showcase the work of 30 Northwest Colorado artisans in Hayden four years ago will come to an end Dec. 31 when the Hayden Artisans Marketplace closes its doors.
Sue Fulton, one of the Marketplace’s five current owners, said Tuesday that a bad economy and a declining number of artisans forced the shop, which has displayed the jewelry, photography and other crafts of local artists since December 2007, to close for good.
“I’m going to miss the old building and our regular customers,” Fulton said about the shop on South Walnut Street that resided in a building erected in 1903. “It was hard for us to continue working shorter schedules when we all have full-time jobs.”
She said the store this year scaled back its operation to three days a week. It previously was open every day but Monday.
Dana Haskins, one of the founders of the Marketplace who still sells soap and photography there, thinks the store’s location contributed to its closure.
“Hayden is a hard place to have a little business,” she said. “We’re sad (the store is closing), but we gave it a good try.”
Haskins and Fulton said the remaining artisans will still work to showcase their crafts in other locations.
The Marketplace will be open Thursday through Saturday until Dec. 31, and some items are on sale at reduced prices.
Tammie Delaney, secretary for Hayden’s Economic Development Commission and owner of Yampa Valley Feeds, said Tuesday the closure of any business in Hayden is distressing.
“It’s a hard climate to be a small-business owner,” she said. “You can put all of your time and all of your energy and finances into your business, and yet it is still a struggle to find the cash flow needed to keep the doors open.”
The commission last month launched a new website, www.welovehayden.com, in part to promote small businesses in town. Delaney added the commission is working to promote a list of the top 10 reasons consumers should buy locally.
“The whole premise is if we can get Hayden residents thinking about the businesses here first, ideally it snowballs,” she said.
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