Our Story

Park Hill Treasures is the dream come true of the two owners, Kate Hakala and Suzi Chierchie. Long time friends and residents of Park Hill, Kate and Suzi met through their sons who went to elementary school together.

They both have a passion for thrift shopping and antiques, and started collecting for themselves long ago.

During the pandemic, they started dreaming about doing something more. Thus, Park Hill Treasures was born. They are supported by their husbands, Dirk and Michael, and by the many artists and collectors in this wonderful neighborhood.

Press Release


Denver/Park Hill, (November 17, 2021)

The brainchild of two local Park Hill women is launching and you absolutely don’t want to miss it. Kate Hakala and Suzi Chierchie, are in the soft opening stage of Park Hill Treasures at 6035 E Colfax and although it has been a lot of work and effort, it has been a labor of love and they couldn’t be more excited. 

Owner Kate Hakala, already a very successful local dentist, was asked why she would open a multi-vendor retail mall that would take up so much of her time. “ I was looking for a space like this to resell a number of things I had collected over the years and I couldn’t find a location with booth space anywhere in the area.”

Park Hill Treasures anticipates it will be able to host around 85 unique Denver and Colorado based vintage vendors, crafters, artisans, local packaged foods and treasures. The building was once a local bank branch and artist Catherine Beattie has leased the space that was once the bank’s vault. Her vision for The Tattooed Housewife is to fill the space with her handmade jewelry from repurposed antique tins, and also with uniquely painted furniture and antiques. Her ‘store within a store’ concept will have “Items so precious that they are kept in a vault!”

Owner Suzi Chierchie, having a background as a medical IT consultant is tasked with automating the inventory and sales process. All the vendors will have their unique items bar coded so that sales will be seamless and efficient. Vendors will be notified via text whenever one of their items sells and they can manage their inventories without a physical trip to the shop. They can then restock their booth spaces with new and fresh merchandise as needed.

“I start my day at 6am to consult with my east coast clients and will be working at the shop late afternoons and evenings when I finish with my west coast clients”, said Suzi. “Definitely some long days ahead but I couldn’t be more excited.”

The vision for the shop is sustainable, repurposed, eco-friendly, and regional to the Rockies. When asked why open a store during a pandemic when some local businesses have chosen to close Kate replied, “People still need to get out of the house and need to shop. Our vendor mall has such a unique vibe and such great vendors, browsing our store is like taking a mini vacation or a walk through the past. I have met so many talented people putting this concept together.”

One of these talented individuals is internationally acclaimed artist Patricia Barr Clarke who teaches watercolor classes at the Art Garage in Park Hill. She commented that, “The last few art shows I’ve been to have been extremely successful and I’m so excited to have a permanent space to display my works right here in Park Hill. The timing couldn’t be more perfect!”

Whether starting your Holiday Shopping or searching for unique items for yourself, a trip to Park Hill Treasures is sure to be fun and exciting and a great way to support a local, female owned small business!