Leonard Himes Dealer in Fine Mineral Specimens
My Show and Event Schedule
So, What's Next?
Our regular show in June in Colorado Springs (the Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Show) has been rescheduled to October for 2021. We will post more details on that later.
The NEW Dallas/Frisco Mineral and Fossil Show on July 16-18,2021 in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel & Convention Center has come and gone. It was a beautiful venue, but the only time we will use it.
The 2022 Rocky Mineral and Fossil Show will move to the excellent Plano Convention Center in nearby Plano, TX, another northern suburb of Dallas. The new venue is easier access from US 75, The Central Connecter and has free parking in a parklike setting. You will be impressed. Mark you calendar for MAY 20-22. You can bet that the weather will be cooler than in July! I'll post more details next Spring.
The uncertainty of 2020 has spread to 2021. A serious victim of the pandemic is the Merchandise Mart in Denver. The site of the Annual Denver Gem and Mineral Show, this venuealso served other events and had 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 and replaced by warehouses. Dealers were informed that the show was being canceled unless a venue could be found. The show is managed by a Council that consists of representatives from several sponsoring clubs. The Council accepted a generous offer from the management of the Hardrock Summit to join its event in the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver on September 15 through 19, See more below.
SO, NEXT UP for us is our third annual Just Minerals and Crystals Event on Sept 10-13 that will be held at Marriott Hotel (Gateway Park) ballroom, a 1-minute drive from the Crowne Plaza home of the Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show. We had planned to be there last year, but moved to the Crowne plaza due to COVID-19 problems. This show is a spin off from our long-running Just Minerals Event at the Elks Lodge in Tucson. It started as a strictly wholesale event by several major mineral dealers, but due to popular demand, dealers are allowed now to have a portion of the booth for retail. Usually that is limited to 25% of the booth, but due to COVID canceling retail shows, this year we are allowing up to 50% retail to help our dealers recover. The show has been expanded from seven to thirteen dealers who will offer wholesale specimens, crystals, and gemstones, as well as retail fine minerals, too. On Friday September 10 hours are from 2-9 PM to allow the only evening shopping in town, particularly so dealers from other shows can show with us. The show is open to the public at dealer prices!
The Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show at the Crowne Plaza, that so generously provided us with a larger hall last September, will open on the same Friday that we do, but will be open for the rest of the week after we close. Sandra Gonzales runs a first rate show there. We encourage you to attend because many of the regular dealers from the Merchandise Mart have moved there. It will be. fun visit, I'm sure.
After close the JM&C Event on Monday, about half of our dealers can repack minerals and head downtown to participate in the first ever HARDROCK SUMMIT AT THE COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER on Sept. 16-21. Now, from the name you might not guess that this is a mega gem and mineral show, but it is. Actually, it is two shows, one called EVOLUTION which is not about biology but is a Fine Mineral, and Fossil show. It started out by inviting the Fine Mineral Show from the Marriott in Golden to be the core. Due to problems filling the hall due to travel restrictions, fossils and lapidary was added and the Denver Gem and Mineral Show was invited to fill a second hall. That is where all of the traditional exhibit cases will be. The second show called sparkle & joy is for gems and jewelry in the Sheraton Hotel a few blocks away, where the AGTA trade show is also located. The gem show runs until Sept 21, but Evolution is is from Sept 16-19 only.
My Leonard Himes business and Geokrazy are combining two booths at EVOLUTION to bring you our very best mineral specimens to enjoy and, we hope, purchase. There will be lots of competition, though, because many of America's most important dealers are among the vendors, so please shop with us first, while you still have money!
Come see this extravaganza that is being promoted by the folks who conduct the magnificent Munich Show. We all hope the show will be a success and be the first of many enjoyable Denver shows at a new level of elegance. Parking in LODO (lower downtown) can be a pain, but the Convention Center has underground parking at a reasonable rate and there is also a Light Rail station in the building. If you are staying in a hotel away from downtown, consider one near a Light Rail train station. There are also many hotels with in walking distance and excellent restaurants.
There will also be the usual large wholesale show at the Coliseum/National Western Complex and other events in town, so there will be plenty going on in Denver in September. I recommend that you check the XpoPress website to see the Calendar for the events in Denver.
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. Please get vaccinated if you plan to attend. Properly worn fabric face masks will be appreciated, just in case, in fact they may be required again by then. Remember, no vaccine is 100% effective. We will provide hand sanitizer and gloves and clean our facilities and cases often. Please cooperate and maintain safe 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 I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm also posting occasionally on both the TSUMEB and THUMBNAIL MINERALS groups on Facebook. You can find announcements from me on Facebook too, at www.facebook/leonardhimes.1.
We host healthy customers in our showroom in Monument during the Summer and Fall. Visits to our showroom are now resumed. Visits must be scheduled in advance by phone or email. We require facemasks if you are not vaccinated and recommend them if you are. No vaccine is 100% effective! We are happy to show you specimens for sale, accept specimens for lab work, or have a pleasant visit on the deck. We always accept special order requests by phone or email.
Enjoy your collection and being able to socialize again.