Spring Cafe’s International Holiday Market

You are invited to The Spring Cafe’s International Holiday Market and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration. This holiday season, find unique and meaningful gifts made by Denver’s refugee and immigrant artisan community. There will also be a live and silent auction, wine and beer available by donation, and aspiring refugee chefs offering global sampler plates.

 

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International Holiday Market

The Cause

This Thursday the Spring Cafe is hosting it’s first annual International Holiday Market. The mission of the Spring Cafe is to support immigrants and train refugees to work among us. Many people come to this country and work in factories because of language barriers. They work among other individuals who also don’t speak English which makes it almost impossible to learn.

Spring Cafe recognizes this and employs refugees for six week training courses. They learn about customer service in the US, get to practice their English and learn other job skills that add to their resumes. Spring Cafe gets these folks out of the factories and into the American workforce.

How Afro Triangle fits in

Some of you may not know this about me, but I am actually an immigrant. I was born in Barbados and was naturalized as a citizen in 1999. I came over with my mom and we had the help of my grandmother and aunts as we got used to living in the US.  The folks at the Spring Cafe were kind enough to include me in their holiday market. I get to join the ranks of those whose journey to this country was far more difficult than my own.

In addition to the market, there will be a live auction, a silent auction, and food and drinks available by donation. The proceeds will go toward helping the Spring Cafe continue their mission. I will be donating one of my paintings to the cause.

Dicitonary.com’s word of the year is xenophobia, the fear of the foreigner. Don’t let that be this year’s legacy. Come, participate, donate. Show our new friends that this country was built on inclusion. Come and support them as they learn how to contribute to our country and our economy.

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I will be donating this piece to the auction at the Spring Cafe this Thursday. If you want it, come get it.

Holiday Gift Market

In the words of the folks at My Hair Trip Salon

Every year we create a marketplace at our shop that serves as a one stop shop for people who want to get unique, beautiful and thoughtful gifts for their friends and family for the holidays.
This year we will have food and drinks, live entertainment, and local vendors selling awesome gifts like clothing/apparel, artwork, jewelry, essential oils, salves, honeys, teas, health and wellness packages, wine, etc. and of course our boutique will be open with sales on all Colorado gear, hats, shirts, purses, totes, wine bottle bags, aprons, jewelry, gemstones, pins, and all natural health and beauty products!

So this year be a Holiday Hero and show your gift recipients how thoughtful you are, rather than buying generic gifts at the big stores or online, support local and have a good time doing it.

-Paul Zamora (My Hair Trip Salon)

This year, Afro Triangle will be joining them. I will be selling small drawings and paintings, original inks and stickers. It’s First Friday, so enjoy the Art Walk and stop on in.