The Phancy PheasantGift Shop in Colorado Springs, Colorado
After nearly a decade in downtown Colorado Springs, The Phancy Pheasant closed its doors for the ultimate time on Thursday, August 28th. For many, the passing ...of a downtown business is as mundane and uneventful as easterly winds whistling through the fiery orifice of the Kissing Camels or the sun setting behind that massive chunk of granite known as Pikes Peak. Others may have been completely unaware of the existence of this quaint little shop that carried one-of-a-kind works of art, gifts, and home accessories. But to some, The Phancy Pheasant was more than a business. Yes, it was the shop to buy that one particularly stunning lamp, that one brilliant floral arrangement, or that one gorgeous piece of antique furniture--that you just couldn’t find anywhere else--that would end up being the perfect complement to a home in the Broadmoor, in Monument, in Garden City, Kansas, and beyond. And yes, the proprietor of The Phancy Pheasant could take one or two items from her shop to your home, mingle them with your own modest belongings and decorate a shelf or create a centerpiece that would consistently attract both eye and compliment. Simply walking into The Phancy Pheasant was a delight for the senses, as aromas from candles and potpourri filled the air, with wares stylishly displayed from floor to ceiling. Holidays were even more of a treat, with Easter egg hunts (to “find your discount”), Mother’s day gifts (complimentarily wrapped in luxurious foil papers and ribbons), ginger and gold floral arrangements depicting the moods of autumn, or Christmas trees adorned with shimmering lights and ornaments that would stir the envy of Saint Nick himself. But like former icons of Colorado Springs’ downtown—Woolworth’s, Michelle’s, Blick’s Sporting Goods, Cain & Co., and many more--The Phancy Pheasant has transitioned from destination to memory. Years from now, denizens and tourists alike will walk by 220 N. Tejon and gesture, saying “That’s where The Phancy Pheasant used to be, at least I think it was there. . . .” They will remember the name, because it was “catchy”. . .and if their memory fails at first, they will scour the corners of their mind until that catchy name returns. Or maybe, in the Downtown proper, when folks walk past one of the hefty and ubiquitous flower pots overflowing with color, they will say, “Remember that lady at The Phancy Pheasant—she started all this.” And she did. Beautifying downtown was not a part of a business plan for this beautiful individual—it was a passion—and the concrete vessels containing florae and foliage were a product of her own design, raising the money from many generous vendors, organizing the delivery of the pots, and then, during the first few years, employing her reluctant husband (and some not-so-reluctant friends) to plant hundreds of annuals and perennials. Those flower pots stand as a memorial to what The Phancy Pheasant represented—simple, yet ornate, hard work for some, beauty for all. Yes, sadly another piece of mom-and-pop Americana has gone by the wayside, replaced by a vacant building with a sign in the window that reads “For Lease.” The charming shop has been replaced by a soon-to-be-fleeting memory--but memories, like The Phancy Pheasant, are good. And like the flower that fades after sharing its exquisite blooms, the foliage will blossom again. Yes, The Phancy Pheasant has closed its doors—but somewhere, as they say, a window has opened. . .and everyone knows that Pheasants can fly.
After nearly a decade in downtown Colorado Springs, The Phancy Pheasant closed its doors for the ultimate time on Thursday, August 28th. For many, the passing of a downtown business is as mundane and uneventful as easterly winds whistling through the fiery orifice of the Kissing Camels or the sun setting behind that massive chunk of granite known as Pikes Peak. Others may have been completely unaware of the existence of this quaint little shop that carried one-of-a-kind work...
Article from the Gazette. . .
Friday, May 2nd is the first Friday of the month. . .that means the Downtown "Art Walk." Your favorite shops (especially The Phancy Pheasant) are open until 8:00 pm. Check out our paintings from local artists John Defrancesco and Tim Deibler and live music from Joey Thunder. . .and you never know what great home accent, fragrant candle or special gift you might find at The Phancy Pheasant!
Just a reminder that the first "Art Walk" of the season is tomorrow night. . .6:00 to 8:00 PM. Check out the downtown's wonderful array of art, extended shopping hours, and special live musical guest. . .all at The Phancy Pheasant.
On the first Friday of the month beginning April 4th and lasting throughout the summer, come downtown for the "Art Walk." Enjoy shopping at The Phancy Pheasant, art, and live music as your favorite shops are open until 8:00 pm. See paintings from local artists John Defrancesco and Tim Deibler. The "Art Walk". . .downtown, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, beginning this Friday, April 4th.