The Nest Marketplace Grand Opening July 14 & 15 in Westminster

By Jon DeStefano
   Stop by the Grand Opening of The Nest Marketplace in the Westminster Art District at 7265 Lowell Blvd. Saturday, July 14, 2-6 and Sunday, July 15 from 11-5. This great new antique shop has nine unique dealers including owner Lory Ann Martinez. They offer everything from fine antiques and collectibles to unique jewelry, Tiffany glass, refurbished and painted furniture, Asian antiques, great art work from local artists, mid-century to modern antiques, great vintage clothing from the early 1920’s through modern day, and much more. During their grand opening celebration there will be plenty of food, hot dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade, door prizes, antique giveaways and 10% to 25% discounts on everything in the store not to mention that you can enjoy all the great activities and treats that happen every second Saturday on the Westminster Art Walk.    The Nest Marketplace has a lot more than just antiques, they are loaded with handcrafted items, glassware, Dixie bell paints, refurbished and repainted items, unique collectibles and all sorts of treasures. You will enjoy yourself in this new shop and mostly you will enjoy the people. Lory and her folks are top notch dealers who first and foremost care about their customers.
   Lory started in antiques collecting vintage clothing twelve years ago and opened a vintage clothing store in Pueblo. She expanded when she moved to Denver and began doing liquidations and estate sales and rented booths at Heirlooms and Hampden Street Antiques. She began looking for space about a year ago in the Denver metro area for a shop of her own. She wanted a place in a growing area that didn’t have a vintage clothing and fine antique shop.
   She soon discovered the Westminster Art District, an up-and-coming area where they feature a ton of local artists, and they have the Art Walk the second Saturday of every month. There you will find a unique festive atmosphere, live entertainment, music and bands, many vendors, plenty of food, sidewalk sales, carnival rides, tent sales and numerous activities. Lory’s shop The Nest Marketplace is right in the heart of it on Lowell Blvd just north of 72nd.
   The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 to 5:00.
   Lory is a collector herself and like many of us always enjoys the great treasure hunt of antiquing, but mostly she loves the connections with people she’s gained from antiquing. It is all very personal to her. Among her favorite collectibles are love letters from soldiers during wartime.
   She loves the history antiques not just military letters and collectibles, but the story behind each item. One of her favorite memories was an encounter with one customer who admired Lory’s sparse collection of a Johnson Brothers China set. Lory only had part of a set, 16 pieces, but the lady told her the story of her grandmother’s set and about the fond memories she and her grandmother shared over tea. The only piece of the set the lady was missing was the tea pot. Lory sold it to her. “I didn’t want to sell it,” Lory said, “but it meant so much to her. She needed it.”
   Some of Lory’s other favorite collectibles are uranium glass and old paper weights and she has a story for each of them as well.
   The typical new customer for The Nest Marketplace are women from their late 20’s to 50’s who are looking for something special for their home or perhaps a starter set. Many customers are repeat customers, people who have relationships with Lory’s dealers. “My dealers are great. They are very knowledgeable and professional and they really just like people.”
   Lory says she owes a lot of thanks to her family, her mother who supports and helps her a lot and her two sons who run the business hand-in-hand with her. It’s a true family business. Her daughter-in-law has done a lot of the computer and on-line work and she does the bookkeeping. Lory says proudly, “and especially my husband helps financially and gives wonderful support and guidance. I couldn’t do it without my entire family.”    The Nest Marketplace is a shop where people come not just to shop but because they are connected and have a relationship with the people there. It’s a place space where people come and enjoy shopping and visiting.
   Lory says, “It’s all about relationship. Nothing stays the same and I am always excited to see what and who comes through the door.”
   Visit The Nest Marketplace at 7265 Lowell Blvd. in Westminster, phone 720- 630-4203. You’ll be glad you did. It’s a great new antique shop with great people. Don’t miss their Grand Opening July 14 and 15.

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