Barlows Gems will be exhibiting at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. We have done this show for more than 30 years. We started on the retail floor at the main show in the Denver Coliseum. Though we loved the kids’ day, it was a real conflict for us, since most of our business is wholesale and it was hard for our customers to get in for first pick with all the kids, so we moved to a room in the wholesale section. As all the satellite shows started up and began to open earlier, we then found that a lot of our customers left before we even opened. So we moved over to the Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show at the Holiday Inn. We have been in the large tent in the north parking lot ever since. Marty Zinn puts on a great show and we have been very happy there. But doing a tent show has many challenges. We have been there in the snow, and in many rain storms. A couple of years ago we actually thought the tent might come down in one violent storm. The parking lot area is not level and we have to put up with our stones displayed in the sun becoming too hot to touch. Unfortunately along the way the hotel changed hands, it is now the Ramada Plaza-Denver Central, and as often happens, the place has really deteriorated.
So we are pleased to announce that the entire show will be moving for 2017!
We just found out a few days ago and will learn more details at this year’s show, but in 2017 the show will be held at the Crowne Plaza-Denver Airport Convention Center at 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver. This location is about 15 minutes away from the Merchandise Mart. It has approximately 1000 free parking spaces! I will keep you informed as I find out more details-but I believe this is going to be a good thing!
For the 2016 Denver Gem and Mineral Show we will still be at the Ramada Plaza at 4849 Bannock St, Denver and we are in the tent in the north parking lot in space T12 from September 11-17.
We will have a great selection of new cabochons and drilled stone bead pendants, a good selection of our ever popular Chrysocolla Malachite, Sonora Sunset, and other varieties of polished slabs. Also we have the Rose Quartz and Amethyst flats and new this year-Super Seven flats! We have a wonderful selection of our high grade animal carvings too. Bruce has cut some new beautiful large decorator polished pieces. And we will have some rough and stone slabs available, but if you have any requests be sure and let us know as space is limited.
See you there!
We had another successful Denver Gem Show. The polished Chrysocolla Malachite slabs were a run away. Our newest item, flats of Super Seven Amethyst Cacoxenite, was a little slow since we are not known for them yet. And we are just about sold out of Gemstone Animal Carvings! But don't worry, we are in the process of choosing new ones for the Tucson Gem show. Get there early for the best selection.
Also we LOVE the new facility for next years 2017 Denver Gem and Mineral Show! The convention center is large enough to accommodate all the dealers from the old Ramada Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show and some new ones moving with us from some other locations. There is lots of parking. The area is super nice-lots of nearby hotels and great restaurants. I would suggest if you are planning next years trip you look into staying at a hotel in the area. It is closer to the airport and a much safer area.
The Crowne Plaza-Denver Airport Convention Center at 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver from September 9-16, 2017. We will be in the wholesale ballroom.