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January 18, 2011

While the United States is leaps and bounds behind Europe when it comes to publicly funding the arts and design, the city of Denver and Yes Please More are doing their best to encourage creative entrepreneurs. Working with the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, Brian Corrigan and Samuel Schimek launched pop-up shop Yes Please More in 2010 to coincide with the annual Create Denver week. Since then, they've helped develop a creative grants program, are in the works on a co-working space, and are running the third iteration of the shop. Click through our slideshow to learn more.

The entrance to the Yes Please More pop-up shop.
The entrance to the Yes Please More pop-up shop.
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Open through February is Yes Please More's third pop-up shop, a 2,000-square-foot store tucked inside the Denver Pavilions shopping center.
Open through February is Yes Please More's third pop-up shop, a 2,000-square-foot store tucked inside the Denver Pavilions shopping center.
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The shop features 100-percent locally designed goods from Colorado artists and designers. Corrigan tapped into another source of local talent for this shop's design, working with students at the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver to concept the store's l
The shop features 100-percent locally designed goods from Colorado artists and designers. Corrigan tapped into another source of local talent for this shop's design, working with students at the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver to concept the store's layout.
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The third, currently open Yes Please More shop features remnants of the first shop, which was open in April 2010. "We had $100 to design the shop so went dumpster diving for cardboard," Corrigan recalls. "Fortunately we had access to a laser cutter so we
The third, currently open Yes Please More shop features remnants of the first shop, which was open in April 2010. "We had $100 to design the shop so went dumpster diving for cardboard," Corrigan recalls. "Fortunately we had access to a laser cutter so we had the opportunity to fancy up the trash." Shown here are belt buckles made from old skateboards by MuKee set inside a cardboard display.
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On sale here are pillows made by Pop Pop Stuft.
On sale here are pillows made by Pop Pop Stuft.
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The storefront was donated to Yes Please More by Denver Pavilions. "There's been a lot of empty space due to the economic market," Corrigan says. "This is a way to reactivate it."
The storefront was donated to Yes Please More by Denver Pavilions. "There's been a lot of empty space due to the economic market," Corrigan says. "This is a way to reactivate it."
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One of Corrigan's favorite designers is Rick Griffith of <a href="http://www.morematter.com/">Matter</a>. "He's got a snarky sense of humor and puts it into his letterpress goods," Corrigan says.
One of Corrigan's favorite designers is Rick Griffith of Matter. "He's got a snarky sense of humor and puts it into his letterpress goods," Corrigan says.
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This console was designed by Scott Bennet of <a href="http://www.housefish.com/">Housefish</a>, a local company that creates modular storage.
This console was designed by Scott Bennet of Housefish, a local company that creates modular storage.
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Accessories by fashion designer<a href="http://bailyrose.com/">Baily Rose</a>.
Accessories by fashion designerBaily Rose.
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Seventy percent of profits from the store's sale are returned to the creator, while 20 percent are used for operations, and the remaining 10 percent go toward Yes Please More's creative grants program. "We've seen this as an economic generator for creativ
Seventy percent of profits from the store's sale are returned to the creator, while 20 percent are used for operations, and the remaining 10 percent go toward Yes Please More's creative grants program. "We've seen this as an economic generator for creative industry," Corrigan says. "We give money through grants, we're working on a coworking space, and then here's an outlet for selling the goods." Shown here, Horndribbles by Lucas Richards.
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Corrigan and Schimek hope to launch the fourth iteration of Yes Please More during the <a href="http://www.denvergov.org/doca/DenverOfficeofCulturalAffairs/CreateDenver/2011CreateDenverExpo/tabid/440356/Default.aspx">Create Denver Expo</a> in May. Till th
Corrigan and Schimek hope to launch the fourth iteration of Yes Please More during the Create Denver Expo in May. Till then, check out the current shop in the Denver Pavilions or learn more at yespleasemore.com.
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The entrance to the Yes Please More pop-up shop.
The entrance to the Yes Please More pop-up shop.

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