This is just a sample of the artisan businesses in Durango. Help support and encourage these entrepreneurs! (Featured businesses listed below)

Handmade Wealth: Lessons for Durango from Portland’s Artisan Economy
Wednesday, April 8th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Durango Arts Center

Hailed as the future of small business development, the “artisan economy” movement is revitalizing communities around the US. This artisan economy is active in southwest Colorado thanks to a growing handful of pioneers who have started businesses making beer and bicycles and baked goods, unique furniture, ice cream, outdoor gear, and flavorful chocolates.

The event Handmade Wealth will celebrate these pioneers and spark discussion about how we can strengthen this sector of our economy through policy, cooperative enterprise, and individual decision-making.
Nationally, Portland, Oregon is a leader in the artisan economy movement with the label “Portland-made” acquiring distinction across the country. Strong land-use planning, a wealth of farmland, distinct neighborhoods with relatively reasonable housing costs, an influx of young people, and the rise of social media have created conditions that have allowed do-it-yourself businesses to prosper. What can Durango learn from Portland’s burgeoning artisan scene?

From Portland State University, Durango welcomes special guest Charles Heying, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, to share lessons from his research on rise of Portland’s ethic of handmade wealth. His recent book, Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy, profiles bike manufacturers, specialty restaurants and food carts, microbreweries, clothing designers, maker groups, re-use and recycling hubs, and more.

Handmade Wealth will feature a presentation by Charles, a panel discussion about how strengthen the artisan movement in the Four Corners region, and exhibitors from a diverse array of local artisans. The evening will allow for a discussion of the particular opportunities and challenges that artisans face in our region and innovative ideas that will allow for the passion, ingenuity, and creativity of our residents to shine through.

Laura Moorefield Lamps
Bedrock Bags
Turtle Lake Refuge
Not Your Grannies Afghan
Durango Craft Spirits
James Ranch Cheese
Freenotes Harmony Park
King Cage
Ska Brewing
Alpacka Raft – Mancos
Roger Dale Glass – Ignacio
Steamworks Brewing
Boure Bicycle Clothing
Rickys Lucky Nuts
Chip Peddler
Durango Bike Company
Durango Brewing
2XWise Jewelry
Schiavone Woodworking & Doors
Carver Brewing Company
O’Haras Jams
San Juan Mountain Mustard
Brew Pub and Kitchen
Desert Sun Coffee Roasters
Animas Chocolate
Cream Bean Berry
Durango Coffee Company
Dancing Willow Herbs
Clearwater Farms Soaps
Zia Taqueria

This is not a complete list, many more exist!

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