Find homegrown artisan wares at River North Workshop Co.
River North Workshop Co. owners Alicia Hendricks (left) and Fiona Arnold
—Photography by Jeff Nelson
Sure, Colorado makers of outdoor gear—say, sleek road bikes handcrafted from black walnut or a backpacking hammock that weighs less than a lemon—have long been the sweethearts of the movement to buy homegrown goods. But last year, north Denver real estate developer Fiona Arnold debuted a new showcase for local artisans whose wares are a little less rugged. Arnold partnered with friend Alicia Hendricks, a graphic designer and hobbyist furniture refinisher, to open River North Workshop Co.  (RNW) in Backyard on Blake, Arnold’s latest commercial development in RiNo. The project brings together co-working spaces, a restaurant, an outdoor courtyard for live music, and retail, including Denver’s newest one-stop shop for all Colorado-made home goods.
The light-filled space feels like a sharply curated Etsy dream come true, where you’ll find kitchen tools, throws, decorative pillows, dish towels, small artworks, and more. “It feels like we’re in the middle of a movement; people want to know the people they are buying from and that [the things they’re buying] are made where they live,” Arnold says of the shop’s appeal. Bonus: Some of the artists who retail in the space teach classes, making that face-to-face connection even more enjoyable. Going local never felt—or looked—so good.
1. Endless Love Pillow, Bright July, starting at $59, made in Denver
2. RNW Ceramic Bowls, Ceramicscapes, $28 each or $95 for a set of four, made in Denver
3. Wool Dryer Balls, Ellalu and BooBoo Too, $10 each or $32 for a set of four, made in Longmont
4. Siren Bath Soak, Remy & Rose, $28, made in Denver