Over the past weeks my photographer Daniel has been spending precious time with his 103 year old mother who has been admitted to hospice in Wisconsin.  My thoughts have been with him frequently as he moves through this painful and difficult process. I miss him as a friend and as the talented artist that I collaborate with weekly.


However, the show must go on, and my daughter Camille was kind enough to join me at the new Wizard’s Chest HERE, which opened recently at a new location.  With phone in hand, she shot photos for today’s post, as we took a quick tour through my friend Lonnie Hanzon’s latest project.1413821618287Artist, designer and Denver icon Lonnie Hanzon HERE has been with this magical toy store and costume shop over the past 30 years.  After all, “Lonnie has made a career out of being a master storyteller through his art installations. Clients around the world call on Lonnie when they need their story brilliantly told through unexpected, entertaining visuals.”…Lonnie’s website.

Lonnie’s work is as charming and fascinating in the new location as it was in its original incarnation.  His glorious signature style is once again displayed, as it has been in several public art installations across the city, and in various places around the world.


The store, which is currently owned by Kevin Pohle and Brad Brickley, is filled with costumes, games, toys, gifts and so much more.  On the main floor I mingled with just a few of the colorful wigs which populate one of the costume areas.

The magic of the store brings back memories of when I first met Lonnie.  Beginning in 1982, my hat shop carried his line of jewelry.  My personal jewelry collection includes some of his beautifully made pieces from that era!  He remains as warm, supportive, creative, brilliant and intriguing as I found him to be on our first encounter.


The wall of the ramp which leads to the basement has been painted to depict a hedge maze, with mythical creatures, flower filled pots, arches and other ornamental/architectural structures.


A decoratively painted castle off in the distance can be viewed from the ramp.  The photos in this post are just the tip of the iceberg of what there is to see throughout the store. See more pics of the magical kingdom in Westword’s piece HERE.


The mosaic landing at the bottom of the stairs and the art covered wall as background make for perfect posing possibilities for the red coat which has the capability to create many silhouettes.


Photos By Camille

At the front of the store near the door is a luxurious purple couch framed by purple splatter painted curtains.  After touring the Wizard’s Chest’s new location, I appreciated a space to breath and take in the wonder of the fantasyland that has been created at 451 Broadway.  I will be back soon for more!

Red vintage coat – purchased during my friend Annie’s moving sale, vintage black fur felt fez with red suede trim by Patricia Underwood – my hat shop 1980’s, handmade embellished multicolored scarf by fiber artist Karen Shields of The Loving Ewe HERE – art fair, vintage earrings – estate sale, black turtleneck – consignment store, tall black boots by Fluevog – retail.

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE, Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE and Anne’s 52 pick-me-up HERE.

22 Responses to “Lonnie Hanzon And The Wizard’s Chest”

  1. Merle

    Love the space and your coat with the pink gloves are great.

  2. Deborah Wiltshire Whaley

    I just adore you and your blog! This was a hectic day for me, want you to know that seeing mail from your blog truly brightened my day!
    I love the ” ensemble ” and have a passion for vintage clothing and hats. I wish that I could visit the Magical Toy Store. Best of holidays to you and a blissful New Year.

  3. Lynda

    RED is your color!!! You look absolutely amazing in this post (and all other posts but this one is superb) and what a fun place Lonnie’s store is.
    Thank you for all your blogging. You are an absolute inspiration to this 74 year old.

  4. Patti

    What a lovely long friendship, and shared love of beauty! And you look beautiful in that exceptional red coat. Thanks so much for linking, xox


  5. Chris

    Hot Damn!! You just get Better and Better every week!!
    Glorious outfit you are wearing, and this magical toy shop’s
    atmosphere looks so inviting…
    I must see it in person, first-chance-I-get!!
    Thank You for another Spectacular Post.

  6. Lonnie Hanzon

    Love you so. Thank you for such a lovely affirmation. You are such the lover of color and texture. Much love!

  7. LA Contessa

    103!!!!WOW………so SORRY for him it must be hard.MY own Mother is 90 and there is no sign yet that she headed upward.
    As for YOU and your RED ensemble……….pretty darn SPECIAL.
    This afternoon I made CUFFS with DEBRA R………..that too was pretty darn special as I recall when you did it!!I will look at household things in a whole new way now!!!
    Your daughter did a great job!

  8. Bernadette

    What an amazing post. It is visually very stimulating and full of off beat information. I hope you will link it on Wednesday to my Senior Salon.

  9. Frances/Materfamilias

    What fun! Thanks for taking us along on the visit. And I love the way you wear colour!

  10. Sheryl Kinney

    Your blog is a lift to me every time! I read it over and over, study the photos, read it again, study again! Yes, you are the “Style Crone” but in addition, you are also the ‘Inspiration Crone”! Thank you dear Judith!

  11. beth djalali

    your daughter is an ace photographer! love your post, i think red is your color!
    xxoo beth

  12. chicatanyage

    Great photos especially as they were taken with a phone.

  13. Vix

    The colours in your jewel box of an outfit are just wonderful and the Wizard’s Chest is such a magical place for posing.
    Camille did a fantastic job with the photos. Hoping Daniel’s mother gets well soon. xxx

  14. Tami Von Zalez

    I so enjoy your use of color! I pinned the pic of you with the wigs.

  15. Laura

    Thank God for an older woman who dresses with style, verve and savoire faire rather than sinking into the morasse of mediocrity expected of older women. I love your style. It suits you and helps me and others dare to be just a little more courageous. Wish I was as slim as you, though….

  16. No Fear of Fashion

    Haha, that was a fun photo, you trying to fit in the cabinet with the wigs.
    Love your scarf.

  17. Jodie filogomo

    I’m enamoured with the bright pink with that red—-what a great way to be colorful!! jodie

  18. Curtise

    What an amazing shop, a real magical wonderland to explore, and the perfect backdrop for your dramatic red coat and stylish fez. Longstanding friendships are to be valued very highly, aren’t they? xxx

  19. Anna Parkes

    Yet another splendid outfit, and another splendid post. I adore you in these vibrant colours they offset your porcelain skin so beautifully. I’m featuring some bright colours too today. They make me feel energised in the middle of our grey, damp, British winter.
    Ann’s Island Style

  20. Suzanne

    What an amazing store for a photo shoot! I want to visit.


  21. Jazzy Jack

    And just when I was feeling blue that all the individuality and quirkiness was being sucked out of this world you put up a post like this!
    I think you must have had an inkling of the decor as your outfit married perfectly.
    Xo Jazzy Jack

  22. Valerie - Idiosyncratic Fashionistas

    Another great post! If/when we get to Denver, we have to visit The Wizard’s Chest and meet Lonnie!

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