Two business partners are collaborating to open an all-natural meat market in northern Colorado Springs early next year.

Colorado Steak Co. will launch operations at the Shops of Briargate in January. The store will offer naturally grown beef, poultry, lamp, pork, fresh fish and seafood, said co-owner Clifford Telle.

Natural meat is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as being minimally processed, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, he said.

Telle, who grew up in South Africa, said his interest in obtaining fresh, natural food – with no antibiotics or growth hormones present – led him to open the store with business partner Dan Eley.

“It interests me a lot, what we’re eating, what’s in the food,” he said. “I have two little girls, so I’m worried about what is in the meat. If it’s natural, we know there’s nothing there to worry about.”

The store is contracting with Maverick Ranch, which has a processing plant in Denver. The ranch is in Iowa, and provides meat to the U.S. Olympic Training teams as well.

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“So we’re sure there are no steroids,” he said. “We’ve toured the ranch and their facilities in Denver. We’re sure we have the highest quality provider.”

The seafood and freshwater fish will be caught in the wild. Until the USDA approves requirements for organically grown fish, Telle said the store cannot guarantee how the fish are fed.

“We just don’t know what the farms are doing, because the requirements haven’t been set by the USDA,” he said. “So we’re going to rely on wild fish until those requirements are finished.”

The USDA has set requirements on beef and other meats, if the producer wants to claim they are “natural.” Natural beef can never be fed animal byproducts or proteins, and must be fed a 100 percent vegetarian diet. Maverick also rejects any meat that test positive for residue from antibiotics, steroids or pesticides.

The store has not set an exact opening date because Telle is working on health department requirement and store construction.

Terre Verde celebrates expansion

Terre Verde plans to celebrate the completion of a 2,300-square-foot expansion and herald the holiday shopping season from Nov. 11-15.

The store, at 208 N. Tejon St. in downtown Colorado Springs, bought the space vacated by Chinook Books in 2004 for $1.7 million. One-third of the space formerly occupied by Chinook Books now contains expanded clothing lines, furniture and specialty gifts.

“We’re ready for the holidays,” said General Manager Laszlo Palos. “And we want to celebrate this expansion with a splash.”

Terre Verde owners are still looking for tenants for the rest of the space – two locations, each with 25,000 and 28,000 square feet. Palos said they are looking for businesses that will bring more daytime shoppers to downtown.

“We really miss Chinook,” he said. “They brought people into town who only shop in Colorado Springs a couple of times a year. We still get people in the store, asking what happened to them. We want someone who will enhance our business, as well as bring new customers downtown.”

Palos said there is no hurry to fill the space, but expects an announcement before the end of December.

“We want to make sure there is a good fit,” he said. “We could fill it immediately; we’ve had a lot of interest from retailers and restaurants.”

Shops at Briargate kick off holiday season

The Shops at Briargate plan to kick off the holiday season on Nov. 11, with its annual tree lighting, said Jennifer Halloway, general manager.

The upscale shopping center decorates its trees with sparkling white lights; retailers will offer hot chocolate and apple cider for the children. Visitors to the center will receive a free Blue Spruce seedling.

In addition, the Shops at Briargate will offer activities for children, including face painting and balloon artists.

DreamMaker remodeling franchise opens

Mark and Debra Witte are expanding their remodeling business and becoming a part of the one of the largest remodeling franchises in the nation.

The couple, who has owned The Remodeler since 1982, recently opened DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen by Worldwide and now offers customers a comprehensive list of bath and kitchen remodeling services.

DreamMaker is an industry leader and was voted one of the best remodeling companies in the nation by Remodeling Magazine. Homeowners spend more than $130 billion in remodeling projects every year.

As part of the DreamMaker franchise, the Witte’s will carry lines of fixtures from national vendors and will handle full-service remodeling design and installation. The franchise move allows The Remodeler to become the single source for all kitchen and bath remodeling needs.

“Whether considering a complete remodeling job or a simple remodeling facelift, we will be able to provide exactly what our customers desire,” Mark Witte said in a news release announcing the new franchise.

DreamMaker is based in Waco, Texas, and has 190 independently owned and operated franchises in 11 countries. DreamMaker has remodeled more than 2 million homes.

Amy Gillentine covers retail for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.