A new curiosity shop in Colorado Springs shows the beauty of dead butterflies | Arts & Entertainment

The sight of dead things usually doesn’t bring a love song to mind.

Walking into this new downtown Colorado Springs shop, there’s a black Christmas tree covered with skeleton ornaments in the corner. Framed and unmoving insects hang on the walls alongside paintings inspired by horror movies.

It’s the owners, two bearded guys sometimes dapperly dressed up in flowery button down shirts, vests and ties, who make you want to play a Kacey Musgraves tune called “Butterflies.”

Maybe it’s because of all the butterfly artwork around the shop, but it’s also these lyrics: “And out of the blue, I fell for you.”

That’s how their love story unfolded.

Andrew Cronk and Chris Dantzler met on Sept. 14, 2020, for a lunch date. A month later on a Halloween trip to Salem, Mass., Cronk asked Dantzler to be his partner. By April, they had bought a house together in Monument. With

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