Compare a photo from this year's Show (Photo 1) to last year's at the same time (Photo 2), when we were confronted by some of the worst weather in decades! I don't know any actual numbers, but the parking lot was consistently 2- to 4-times fuller this year, and the foot-traffic was regularly heavier. First, I'll share a couple photos of Apex setting up with Great Basin, and other general details, starting with Scott contemplating the final layout of our booth (Photo 3) and his chosen arrangement, just beginning to receive specimens (Photo 4). Once we finally finish, time for sleep...
Saturday the 15th was a special dinner event hosted by the Colorado School of Mines. Apex attended and bid on several items, ultimately walking away with an Indian Agate bowl for my wife or daughter. Heavy turn-out (Photos 14 and 15) was focused on bidding on various donated items, and the sponsored, carved-roast dinner.
Photos 8 through 13 show our booth in various finalized forms; selling and buying rocks creates a liquid situation in parts of all of our cases, so consider these snapshots of a very active situation!
We ultimately shut down Sunday at 5pm, per our "Agreement," (photos below), but not without leaving the mission accomplished. "Tear-down, Pack-up, and get outta town!" Photos 16 to 19 show various stages of packing up and moving out...
2017 Spring Denver Show Report
...and up and at 'em!!! From the "opening bell," we were busy in Booth #2 (we move to the coveted Booth #1 this Fall!). Traffic was constant, with periodic burst of nearly 20 people in out booth at a given time. Photos 5 through 7 show many people who showed up, and of additional dealers who signed on since 2016...
2017 Spring Denver Show Report:
Left Reno on the 5:30am flight to arrive in Denver as early as possible on Thursday, April 13th, to set-up for the Second Annual Colorado Mineral and Fossil Spring Show headed by Sandra Gonzales at the Crowne Plaza Hotel / Convention Center in Denver, Colorado (note: earlier versions of this show operated for a couple of decades under different promoters and locations). Apex is an invited partner in the booth of Great Basin Minerals (Scott Kleine), who we've worked with at Mineral Shows for the last many years. Scott is in his 3rd decade of working the Spring Denver Show, and has earned his space at the "front of the line" of current mineral-focused dealers at this latest iteration. And what an iteration it was! For the second year in a row, Sandra and crew provided an outstanding venue and support for dealers to operate from, and for collectors and other visitors to enjoy. The upgrades this year started with the weather...
After a short-night's rest I'm back to the airport to take care of business going-forward. The drive between Denver/Aurora and the Denver International Airport is a stark reminder of how flat the "Great Plain" (e.g. Eastern Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, etc.) really is (Photo 20).
Finally at DIA and through security, I'm enjoying a fantastic local version of a bloody mary with a breakfast-sandwich in Concourse A (Photo 21 from window). Reflecting on the show, it is abundantly clear to me that this new venue could easily become one of the World's best...
Will see y'all in Denver again in September, and hope to see as many as possible at the West Coast Gem & Mineral Spring Show at the Holiday Inn - Orange County Airport (2726 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705) from May 19th to 21st. I'm partnering with Alberto Rey of Del Rey Agates in Room 133; Alberto is a great person, and also the foremost dealer in the world-famous agates from the fields in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Done and done, until I get home to see the dog-destroyed remnants of my kids' baskets and other leftovers from another celebration missed for "work." I had 2 "not guilty" dogs pleading for love and understanding.
I suppose I owe my dogs a few open runs, and my family a good-bit more than that! I'll take care of all, and hope y'all can do the same in your lives in the meantime!
Take care, Marcus