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About Upstairs Circus

Upstairs Circus refers to the brain…

There’s a lot going on up there. Especially on the right-side. We’re pretty sure we all have monkeys on motorbikes whizzing around in them churning up all kinds of crazy ideas. We say: let’s embrace our circuses together and make a show of it.

Upstairs Circus is a social bar where people can gather together to create unique D.I.Y., art & design projects. Upstairs Circus gives patrons the time, supplies and tutorials to make something amazing-  all they have to do is add a little of their brand of circus to make it spectacular!

Our goal at Upstairs Circus, beyond all else, is to inspire and empower creativity. That, and to make sure that the only thing tacky about the Upstairs Circus is our glue.

So what are you waiting for? Come set your lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) free. Join the Circus.

Our People

Upstairs Circus can only be the wonder that it is by being run by wonderful people. A few of them are listed below.

Kelly Johannsen

Kelly Johannsen - Upstairs Circus

Kelly Johannsen (KJ) is the Ringmaster of Upstairs Circus. As the name suggests, she runs the show. Well. At least we let her think she does.

Upstairs Circus, the name of the business, was originally derived from a conversation like this:
KJ: I have an idea!
Josie: Stop whirling out ideas from that circus up there!
KJ: What? This Circus? (points at head) This is totally not a Circus… THIS is a Circus (cartwheels and pretends to juggle while humming a circus tune)
Josie: (Sigh)

In short. Upstairs Circus originally referred to KJ’s brain.

Today KJ is responsible for Product and Marketing at Upstairs Circus. This means she makes and manages all of our projects and is also responsible for all branding, promotions and marketing efforts.

Matt Johannsen

Matt Johannsen :: Upstairs Circus
Lion Tamer

Matt Johannsen (Josie) is the Lion Tamer at Upstairs Circus. He makes sure everyone and everything is just that. Tame.

Well. Tame-ish anyhow.

Matt controls the Operations and Business Functions at Upstairs Circus. He works with our managers and staff to make sure all things at both Circusi (plural for Circus, right?) are on track and running smoothly all the time. Additionally, Matt handles all our bizness. The accounting. The lawyers. The licensing. The growth strategy, etc.

In short, he’s on our team (and we like him) because he works hard erryday to make sure that Upstairs Circus not only survives, but thrives.

Melanie Ravey

Melanie Ravey :: Upstairs Circus Magician

Melanie Ravey (Mel) is the all-important Magician at Upstairs Circus. She manages all our supplies, inventory and project kit creation from our central workshop location. She makes sure everyone has everything they need in order for patrons to make spectacular projects. Yep. Magic. She’s also a badass, as you can tell by her picture. That’s why we don’t mess with her. Kidding. We totally do.

Lindsey Mitchell

Lindsey Mitchell :: Upstairs Circus
Knife (& Events) Juggler

Lindsey Mitchell (Big Mitch) is the Knife- & Events- Juggler at Upstairs Circus. As the name suggests, Big Mitch manages all events and customer service for both Circus locations. You’ve probably received a call from her confirming your reservations. It most likely sounded something like: “This is Wendy from Upstairs Circus.” She totally can’t say her own name. Side note: there is no real reason she is called Big Mitch; she called herself said name one day and we all laughed so hard we decided it should stick.

Lindsey Wolanski

Lindsey Wolanski :: Upstairs Circus
Menagerie Keeper

Lindsey Wolasnki (Woolly. You know. Like a Woolly Mammoth.) is the Menagerie Keeper/ Manager of our Lower Downtown Upstairs Circus location. She’s pretty funny and not only likes ducks, but excels at her duck face (as you can see). You can find her stamping hilarious sayings into jewelry or leather projects on any given circus day.

Staci Voss


Staci Voss (Stace Face) is the Wrangler/ Manager of our Denver Tech Center Upstairs Circus location. We’ve never heard her swear, but every once in a while (almost never) she’ll get mad and tell us to hold our horses. It’s hilarious. And that’s why she’s our Wrangler. She can be seen on any circus day- label gun in hand- making sure everything is organized, ready to go and easy to understand for all our circus patrons.