Coverage of this vintage style boutique in Denver by Brooklyn man Mark Snipe was very important to me. I am very much interested in highlighting any and all establishments in Denver (and other places in the US) that are owned and operated by people of color; especially in such a bubble of an area like Denver, Colorado.
Don't get me wrong, I am for Denver. I know that Denver, and Colorado as a whole, likes to think of itself as forward thinking and liberal; however I'm from the South - and when you take your ass out of the heart of Texas and move it a mile high into the center of Colorado, a little more culture shock than you thought would happen, happens. In fact, it just "feels" super white here.
I know that I am white by color, but I do not feel completely tied to the stereotype of my race. I feel compelled and passionate about the mission to promote the communities we are taught aren't good enough, that are demonized and held down, and that are forgotten about. I think that here in Denver there is a lot of this idea of furthering the common goal and highlighting diversity and culture, however you don't see any of that happening in advertisements or media, billboards or marketing. We are still very much living in a white bubble here in Denver and Colorado as much as we probably don't want to admit it or see it.
Bringing things like this into the forefront is no problem for me. I'm glad to talk about things people might not want to talk about. I want to throw issues like this out in the open and make people aware of the facade we live in. I am proud to live in Colorado but I also refuse to remain blind and silent when I see and feel what's going on.
With that being said, I was very happy to be a part of the coverage of Sully & Co. a boutique in the highlands of Denver, owned and operated by Mark Sink. The coverage was through 303 Magazine and written by a lovely lady, miss Jocelyn Blake. Here are some photos of Mark and his beautiful concept & boutique.
He has cool and influential vinyl albums all around the store, along with vintage glass, old books, alcohol, exposed wall, and small vintage trinkets that really set the mood as though you've walked into the past to go shopping.
also, Prince. ^^