A Denver Night Market event in the River North Art District on October 30, 2020 (Beth Rankin, The Denver Post)
Denver Night Market, which publicly severed ties with founder Virgil Dickerson last week over allegations made against him, has changed its name to Made By Us and will restart this week, organizers say.
“Only in the last few days since we announced the new name have over 80 vendors contacted us to participate,” said Jose De La Torre, whose Terra pharmacist is one of the founding members of the dealer collective.
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Made By Us is planning an official relaunch on March 25th with 15 to 20 vendors in the Dairy Block from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by events in the Fort Greene Bar (6 to 9 p.m., March 26 to 27) and in the Tessa Delicatessen on East Colfax Avenue (10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 28).
With a vibrant pastel logo and newly decentralized leadership – Dickerson used to control everything while now half a dozen business owners and operators make decisions, De La Torre said – Made By Us seems poised to put controversy behind it.
(Provided by Jose De La Torre, made by us)
“That was a lesson learned,” said De La Torre. “We share the workload because in the future we really want to be a collective and not want to focus on one person.”
The outdoor retail event, which includes groceries, crafts, apparel, housewares, and other locally made handicrafts, was a lifeline for sick retailers when it debuted in RiNo in September 2020. Some began to rely on capacity and hours for their stationary locations given the constraints.
Despite widespread media coverage of founder Dickerson and his company Kream Kimchi, the assault allegations haunted the former, longtime Illegal Pete employee on social media through late 2020 and early 2021. She was finally noticed by many in the Denver cultural scene in early March, leading to soul-seeking and public statements disapproving of any association with Dickerson.
Members of the Denver Night Market said they were unaware of any incidents or complaints related to Dickerson at their events. You just want to go ahead and put the negative association aside.
“We assume that as we grow and find new venues, we will definitely confuse this with new faces and doers,” said De La Torre. “And we have some things we’re about to announce that will definitely make it a more immersive experience.”
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