I thought it was time I did a post about Florence, Colorado. It is a small town south-east of where we live -- less than 10 miles from our house.
They claim to be "The Antique Capital of Colorado". This weekend they celebrated 88 years of honoring their pioneers.
Even though we hop over to Florence regularly to eat and antique; we make a point of going over during Pioneer Days as they sponsor an open air junk/antique market, a steampunk market, and bargains in the shops.
The two main blocks are full of antique stores on both sides of the street. There are more shops scattered in other blocks, as well.
These are our favorite places to eat -- Quincy's (an evening steak and prime rib place); The Aspen Leaf (sandwiches, soup, salad and baked goods); and the Japanese place. Our son who has traveled to Japan several times deemed it very good.
But, let's do some shopping first!
This is Colorado - the Wild, Wild West!
No, I didn't buy that brown transferware pitcher -- out of my price range at $79.
Some of the dealers and building owners live 'above the store'. We toured the upstairs of this building at last year's Christmas home tour. The Wilson Block was a former hotel in its heyday. The upstairs apartment is fabulous with about 4000 square feet, an atrium, beautiful stairway, and a newly-installed elevator. I lost track of the number of bedrooms; and the owners have a wonderful art collection!
If you are in the area, it is worth the stop to walk down main street to shop and eat.