Faces of Denver – Ariane Curtis!
When driving through the quaint town of Morrison, it’s hard to miss the tiny, vibrant, and eccentric building of the little shop called “The Happy Shack.” After this place caught my attention, I eagerly walked in to check it out, and was met with a giant smile from one of the owners, Ariane Curtis.
Ariane is a Denver native who has lived all her life in various places throughout Colorado. After graduating from Chatfield High School, she decided to pursue a degree in Design and Technical Graphics from the Art Institute. Her goal was to be able to work on movie sets, and to be able to design sets for films; would even love to work on stop motion films as well. Ariane says that her ultimate goal is to be able to work on the set of a Tim Burton film. She says that one of her biggest influences and motivators for chasing the dream of a set designer is the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” (which who could blame her.)
The other owner of “The Happy Shack,” who also happens to be Ariane’s husband, is Justin Curtis. Ariane says that it has always been a dream of Justin’s to be able to open up a head shop that carries gifts and toys, and has a playful vibe to it. The dream became a reality a year and a half ago when he was able to open up the little space in Morrison. The shack used to be the Morrison Public Library back in the ’60s, so it still sports a couple of old bookshelves, and the original fireplace. But the bright yellow color of the exterior of the building is what really catches your attention.
Ariane describes the shop as a friendly and positive space that carries a non-pretentious attitude, and at the same time, can educate others on the weed industry. She says one of her favorite things is when people come in not knowing anything about the weed culture and products, and when she can drop some knowledge on them and educate them with a positive view. One of the main goals of “The Happy Shack,” they say, is to make you walk away with a smile on your face, and believe me, it does an excellent job at doing that. Their business card declares them as “Your Red Rocks Gift/Rock/Head Shop.” Check them out at 111 Bear Creek Ave. Morrison, CO 80465. Or check out there website happyshackcolorado.com. I might just become a frequent flier to this place, and I would highly recommend you to stop on in.