The Colfax Museum is officially open and its Elvis impersonator proprietor is fired up about it

Lydia Mary, owner of Ed Moore Florist, offered Barber space in her shop where he could realize his vision.

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Jonny Barber, aka the Velvet Elvis, has finally achieved his long-time dream. Last week he opened the Colfax Museum, the physical manifestation of a great many stories that he’s been collecting for years.

Lydia Mary, owner of Ed Moore Florist, offered Barber space in her shop where he could realize his vision.

Mary and Barber have been friends for 14 years, the impersonator told Denverite. “She was the very first person, ever, to show any kind of support for ColfaxAvenue.com,” he said. “I think we traded flowers for my wife for Mother’s Day once a year in exchange for a lifetime ad.”

Mary offered the space to Barber in line for a drink at a Denverite party celebrating the end of a week of reporting on Colfax.

Denverite's Colfax Week party at the Sie Film Center, Oct. 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Jonny Barber and Tom Martin at Denverite's Colfax Week party. Sie Film Center, Oct. 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Barber said he’s made more friends since setting up shop than he has in 10 years. Denverites have consistently wandered in to see his wicked artifacts. Every time he hangs something, he said, someone pops up with a new story to tell. His collection has grown, too. The buzz around his opening has prompted folks to donate new items with new stories.

You can peruse the collection any time Ed Moore is open for business, but Barber said he’ll try to be present there Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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