Looking back on a transitional year for commercial real estate in Aspen’s downtown core, one of the most inspiring stories to emerge is that of Maker + Place, an innovative retail showcase selling handcrafted home wares from around the world. The collective even caught the eye of the Sotheby’s Auction House, presenting an exclusive, online-only auction of contemporary décor.
First opening in a temporary location last summer, Maker + Place has a new home at 614 E. Cooper Ave., which also functions as Aspen’s first-and-only co-working space in partnership with the non-profit incubator Aspen Entrepreneurs (AE).
A graduate of AE’s program and an artist herself, Maker + Place founder and creative director Michaela Carpenter has already filled a much-needed void for the next generation of local go-getters. At just 23 years old, the Aspen High School alumna and graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design in London has created a thriving artisan collective over the past six months, which also offers an artist-in-residence studio, a lecture and workshop series, and mentorship opportunities.