Jolene "Jojo" Collins describes herself as a sriracha sauce fiend. "I put that stuff on everything/she says of Huy Fong Foods' mass-market leader. But when she studied the label after going sugar-free in 2010, she was shocked: "Sugar was the second ingredient, salt was the third, and there's a bunch of preservatives in it."She made her first sriracha sauce in her Denver apartment and went pro two years later in New York before returning to Colorado in 2014. Now working out of a 223-square-foot kitchen packed with buckets of fermenting peppers, she makes her O.G. recipe as well as a seasonal sauce with heirloom cherries and a green chile sauce. "All we have to do is change the varieties of chili peppers and it's a whole new sauce," Collins muses. "It's all about the green chiles here." $12 to $14 per jar
Made by Love Hard Inc.
SHARILL HAWKINS FOLK ART JEWELRY
After working with gold and silver starting in the 1970s, Sharill Hawkins developed a copper allergy, so she found a new medium in the mid-2000s. Hawkins found just the material in colorful tins that once contained everything from fruitcakes to popcorn. "It's just about any tin that has a lot of colors or patterns in it," says Hawkins who was an art teacher and founded Show of Hands Gallery in Denver. She cuts out different shapes and crafts earrings, pins and pendants. "I'm having more fun doing this then I ever did doing the silver and gold work," says Hawkins. "Plus it gives me the excuse to go to the thrift store."
Earrings: $28 to $38
Pins and Pendants: $50 to $125
Made by Sharill Hawkins
APOLLO PEAK PET WINES
Brandon Zavala worked in sales in the pet industry before moving to Colorado to launch his own enterprise, one that stemmed from a joke bottle for" Pinot Meow" he made for his friends. While it was just a printed label he slapped on a real bottle of wine on a lark, their reaction spurred Zavala to start Apollo Peak in...