Leonard Himes Dealer in Fine Mineral Specimens
My Show and Event Schedule
IT HAS BEEN AND WILL BE A TUCSON LIKE NO OTHER!
A history of this year's Tucson shows is shown on my Blog page.
We closed the February unofficial Mineral City Show, but remained in Tucson for vaccinations and some R&R. We have missed socializing and the amazing Tucson restaurants, but the weather and meeting new collectors has made the visit pleasant. We say 'thank you' to the customers, old and new, who have made our first Tucson show of 2021 a business success and thank them further for respecting the rules for safe shopping. We have had post-show COVID tests and are happy to report they were negative and we are now fully vaccinated.
If you are in Tucson and need something from our inventory, we can make an appointment for you.
So, What's Next?
We will be in Tucson for the official Mineral City Show on April 8-18. We invite you to visit us then. Our show and the other major shows that were rescheduled for April are very likely to happen as planned because infections and hospital ICU bed occupancies are greatly reduced. Tucson is now registering everyone over 16 for vaccinations! April weather in Tucson is pleasant and we hope that vaccinations will have relaxed travel and allow a more fun visit for collectors. Visit the mineral-city.com website for maps and details. We will be in the same room as last year and this February, but with new buildings opening, the rooms have been renumbered and we are now C 15-17 rather than C 27. The Mineral City website has a map of the buildings and dealer locations there. The fact that the rooms have dealers' names doesn't mean they will be there in April, as many are foreign and unlikely to be able to attend. Because the rooms are small, entry will be regulated to allow 6-ft spacing for customers properly wearing cloth masks and using hand sanitizer. We will even make a private appointment for you to view are room, if you wish. This thing isn't over yet!!!
Prior to opening in Mineral City we will have our Just Minerals Event on April 5-7at the Elks Lodge at 1800 Oracle Road, directly across the street from the Mineral City complex. Look for the elk statue on the roof beside a giant flag pole. This is a predominately wholesale show with at least half of every booth featuring specimens at half price or less. This is a co-op effort by a small group of high quality dealers who use it to clean their warehouses of old stock or to offer recently purchased items acquired from their worldwide sources especially for this show. We will have two new dealers this year, as StoneTrust and Mountain Minerals International join us. We know our prices are great, because other dealers line up to get in when we open at 10 AM. But we are open to everyone. Buyers must have dealer credentials to be exempt from sales tax. COVID regulations limit the show 35 buyers at any time. Proper masks and Hand sanitizer use are required.
The weekend after the April Mineral City Show, we are scheduled to open the Texas Mineral and Fossil Show on April 23-25 in The Woodlands area, just north of Houston on I-45, in the same facility as in 2019, at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe, TX. We have the same front door booth as before. We are waiting to see if Texans follow their governor's belief that they will "do the right thing" following his suspension of mask mandates. The right thing is to wear them to protect yourself and others. We hope Texas will be safe enough for us to attend.
Our regular show in June in Colorado Springs has been rescheduled to October for 2021. We will post more details on that later.
We have also accepted an invitation to be dealers as the NEW Dallas/Frisco Mineral and Fossil Show on July 16-18,2021 in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel & Convention Center & Spa at 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, Frisco, Texas, 75034, USA. Frisco is an upscale area on the north side of metro Dallas metro.
Show Hours are Friday-Saturday 10AM-6PM Sunday 10AM-4PM. We look forward to seeing our customers from Dallas shows in the past. Graeber & Himes will have a booth of fine minerals at the front entrance and maybe a few flats of reduced priced high-quality minerals, too.
The uncertainty of 2020 has spread to 2021. The latest casualty to the pandemic is the Merchandise Mart in Denver. This site of the Annual Denver Gem and Mineral Show served other events as well as permanent stalls for wholesalers to various trades. The events were canceled and the merchants saw their business decline and were forced to close. As a result the entire facility is reported to be in bankruptcy and not available for the September show. The building is being
re-purposed, maybe even torn down. Dealers have been informed that the show was canceled. The show is managed by a Council that consists of representatives from several sponsoring clubs. On March 8, the Council accepted a generous offer from the NEW in 2021 Hardrock Summit (a gem and mineral show) Sept. 16-19 to host the clubs' show for this year.
See hardrocksummit.com for an overview of this innovative event brought to you by the organizer of the great Munich Shows. The venue is the Denver Convention Center which is huge and can handle the situation. There will be a Fine Mineral Show (called Evolution for some reason) on one level of the building and another large expo area for the Usual fine Exhibits from the show as well as the general merchandise dealers. Across the street in the Sheraton Hotel there will be a fine jewelry show called Sparkle & Joy and the wholesale trade show by AGTA that was originally scheduled for Tucson. Graeber & Himes will be in the Evolution show along with other major dealers. Check back for future details
For Denver, The Just Minerals and Crystals Event on Sept 10-13 is in the process of booking dealers at our previously announced Marriott Hotel (Gateway Park) venue, very close to the Crowne Plaza home of the Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show. There will also be the large wholesale show at the Coliseum/national Western Complex, so there will be plenty going on in Denver in September. I'll post details as the time nears.
We plan to be alive in 2022 and still be in business, you can count on our venues to have your and our safety in mind. Properly worn fabric face masks are required. We will provide hand sanitizer and gloves and clean our facilities and cases often. Please cooperate and maintain 6-ft physical distance from other shoppers.
Events won't "just happen", they will be planned so they will be safe!
Fortunately, internet activity is busy. I am working on Instagram with Anna Merritt (@Mineral_Nature) who has a well-established site. Please check it out. My own Instagram address is @LeonardHimes2019, but there isn't much there yet. I'm also posting on both theTSUMEB and THUMBNAIL MINERALS groups onFacebook. You can find announcements from me on Facebook too, atwww.facebook/leonardhimes.1.
Due to the Safer-at-Home rules in Colorado, we have stayed in, but we hosted healthy customers in our showroom in Monument during the Summer and Fall. Visits to our showroom will resume when we return from our shows. We require facemasks to be worn and limit the number of guests at any one time to only three. We are happy to show you specimens for sale, accept specimens for lab work, or have a pleasant visit on the deck. Visits must be scheduled in advance by phone or email. We always accept special order requests by phone or email.