From Peru to selling gems in the Springs

From Peru to selling gems in the Springs

Luisa Graff was born in Lima, Peru, and escaped to the United States after a political coup there. At 14, when she landed in Colorado Springs, it took her only a few months to get a job. Ed Megel had been selling Graff’s family’s emeralds at his jewelry store here, and with determination, she began […]

Low-key jewelers add vintage touch

Low-key jewelers add vintage touch

For 20 years, a hidden gem has been housed above The Famous Steakhouse on North Tejon. Several gems, actually. For two decades Ted Blum’s Jewelers Services has quietly built custom jewelry and repaired nearly anything, from costume pieces to engagement rings to works of art. But at the beginning of the year, the business added […]

Retail on a roll: Area commercial parks approach build-out

Retail on a roll: Area commercial parks approach build-out

Southern Coloradans with a little extra money to burn should take note: Several long-established chains, locally owned businesses and area newcomers are maneuvering to take advantage of the area’s growth and spending power. Developers and management related to some of the busiest centers of commerce around the city say business is good, and continued growth […]

Radiantly Raw, Anna’s Apothecary to fill grocer’s space following closure

Radiantly Raw, Anna’s Apothecary to fill grocer’s space following closure

The only full-line grocery store in Manitou Springs has closed, and two local business owners plan to take over the downtown space and open a new, shared storefront in May. Local First Grocer, which opened last year at 116 Canon Ave., closed over the weekend, leaving the 1,200-square-foot space unoccupied. Anna’s Apothecary, which had operated a small […]

Polaris Pointe to include water park

Polaris Pointe to include water park

Nearly five years after Polaris Pointe (formerly Copper Ridge at Northgate) began as an urban renewal project in north Colorado Springs, businesses continue to slowly populate the development, including a large indoor water park and resort expected to open next year. Still without the infrastructure that was expected to support Polaris Pointe’s growth, developer/investor Gary […]

InterQuest Parkway making snail’s progress

InterQuest Parkway making snail’s progress

At its northernmost point, Powers Boulevard is met with a juxtaposition. By now, InterQuest Parkway was supposed to be a vibrant strip of hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants, offices and residences. Instead, semi-finished buildings left vacant for 10 years stand mere feet from new construction. Stymied by a stagnant economy and developer bankruptcy, associated players are […]

Discarded main streets symptoms of bigger issue

Discarded main streets symptoms of bigger issue

In 1985, Citizens Goals launched “Project 2000,” a community-based effort to find “creative solutions to the challenges affecting our quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region now and into the future.” The project focused on fears that badly planned and poorly regulated development would degrade the region’s quality of life. While the lengthy draft […]

Godec’s stays true through change of ownership

Godec’s stays true through change of ownership

Photography may be an art, but it’s also a business — at least both are the case for Godec’s Photo Supply in downtown Colorado Springs. But, just as with art, businesses age and are passed along, sometimes falling into the hands of a third party who may approach it with new enthusiasm. “Once photos get […]

Retail holiday sales increase 4 percent

Retail holiday sales increase 4 percent

Confident consumers stocked up on holiday gifts and other merchandise over the 2014 holiday season, helping boost overall holiday retail sales to their highest level since 2011, according to a news release issued by the National Retail Federation. Total holiday retail sales, which include November and December sales, increased 4 percent to $616 billion, which […]

Pop Up Shops fill storefront vacancies

Pop Up Shops fill storefront vacancies

Shoppers familiar with downtown may come across some unfamiliar businesses this holiday season. Pop Up Shops, a program facilitated by the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Partnership, provides an opportunity for budding small business owners to test the water without daunting commitments. “It provides an option for potential new retailers to test the market,” said […]

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