Local vendors pulled together on a sunny day in June, launching the first Ogden Block Summer Market.
Nikki Hazamy, the owner of The Corner Beet coffee shop and Rooted Heart Yoga and Wellness, helped organize the market in the hopes of bringing together the Capitol Hill community. After Whole Foods closed at 900 E. 11th Ave., she said she felt like the area lost one of its gathering spaces.
“Cap Hill is the most tight-knit living community,” she said, “but there’s no one coming together for living community.”
Hazamy worked with Kelsey Bednar, manager at Corner Beet, 1401 N. Ogden St., to help put on the event. They brought in vendors from the coffee shop such as Symbiotik Kombucha. They also had local artists and other businesses there such as Front Line Farm and Denver Compost Collective. The market was located in the parking lot behind The Corner Beet, and ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1.
On one side of the market, Hazamy also organized outdoor fitness classes. After opening Rooted Heart in November last year, Hazamy had wanted to host an outdoor yoga class for a while. She also brought in Rhythm Revolution, a spin class with a live DJ for the market.
Jasmine Anderson, who owns Rhythm Revolution, is also a DJ and teacher for the company. She launched the classes three years ago, and has toured around Denver and parts of the western slope to teach spin classes. Since opening, Anderson said she’s held 35 live shows.
Before opening Rhythm Revolution, Anderson had been involved in fitness for 11 years. She noticed there were plenty of outdoor yoga options, but no cycling classes. She decided to bring her passion for music into a new fitness business.
“I just decided to do my own thing,” she said. “Music has always been a massive part of my life.”
Rhythm Revolution is moving into a new space later this year in the Nurture wellness marketplace at 2949 Federal Blvd., which will focus on fitness and wellness businesses, Anderson said. She added that Rhythm Revolution closed its former location on Colfax Avenue when she signed a lease on this location. For now, the business focuses on its live classes around the city.
The outdoor classes were a popular part of the Ogden market. Hazamy said she was hopeful that foot traffic heading to Corner Beet would see the event and come to check it out.
She’s hoping to run the event again in August or September. She and Bednar advertised the first market on Facebook and are hopeful to get more people interested in the event if they run it again.
“It’s just something fun to do,” Hazamy said.
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