Initial plans call for a building of at least 30 stories.
Initial plans call for a building of at least 30 stories.
  1. Sanders plans 100-story building

    By John Hazlehurst

    Perry Sanders unveiled plans for an unprecedented downtown skyscraper — as tall as 100 stories.

    “My partner John Goede [of Florida] and I are considering half-a-dozen downtown sites for the new building,” Sanders said of the high-rise concept. “All the present landowners are aware of our interest and of our plans, and have agreed to hold off until we make our decision.”

    As currently conceived, the building will be at least 30 stories, but Sanders and Goede are aiming much, much higher.

    “We intend for this to be the highest building west of the Mississippi,” Sanders said. “We’re looking at 100 stories. We’ve gotten extremely positive feedback from lenders and property managers regarding demand for such an ambitious project.”

     

  2. Disc golfers ride ‘rocket ship’ industry

    By Bryan Grossman

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    Affordable, accessible, sustainable — three words that go a long way in explaining the rapidly growing appeal of disc golf.

    “It’s been like a rocket ship,” said Shaun Welch.

    Welch, along with business partner Eddie Wooters, plans on capitalizing on that popularity.

    According to the Professional Disc Golfers Association, the sport’s national governing body, membership has grown from slightly more than 6,500 a decade ago to nearly 25,000 today. And those numbers don’t account for the thousands of casual players without an association affiliation who pick up the game each year.

    Welch and Wooters opened Throw Colorado’s retail component in Palmer Lake this summer.

     

  3. Donut business well outside the box

    By Bryan Grossman

    At Amy’s Donuts, the usual suspects are all accounted for — glazed, chocolate, jelly. But the traditional fare is often trumped by the owners’ outside-the-donut-box creations.

    Their unique flavors became so popular that Chin and Amy Kim added a second location in Pueblo a year later. Chin says his gourmet donut shop is a must-see for tourists.

    “There’s Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods and Amy’s,” he said.

    The Kims said they knew they wanted to open a nontraditional operation, and Amy’s offers more than 100 donut flavors.

    “We started with traditional donuts … and now we can flat-out say we make the best traditional donuts in town,” she said. “But we took it a step further and we’re making them fun now. We decorate them with candy bars and cereals, fresh fruit, peanut butter and jelly — things you’d never expect on a donut.”

    Amy’s flavors include the Fluffer Nutter, made with marshmallow and peanut butter; the German chocolate, with pecan and coconut filling; and the Elvis, which includes toppings of peanut butter, banana chips, bacon and a chocolate drizzle.

     

  4. Love of bikes leads to love of business

    By Cameron Moix

    While still in his 20s, Dylan Scott bought Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours and turned it into a major attraction.

    Tell me a little bit about the business.

    It was about nine years ago when we first started. I took it over and we were keeping everything in a semi trailer and running all the tours out of a trailer parked in the lot next door. We did that for the first six years, and during that I had another full-time job in sales and was manager of an electrical supply house here in town. It was really difficult to handle the two of those at once. So I quit that job and took the risk to build this business up.

    What was it like buying the business in Colorado Springs?

    It was definitely overwhelming, because I didn’t know anything about business plans or bookkeeping or any of that stuff. I had some people help me out and get me on the right track. But, in the summertime, everyone loves to come to Colorado, so obviously what I do is a good fit.  I enjoy giving people new experiences.

     

  5. Labor Day balloon festival to be replaced with… balloon festival?

    Staff reports

    The city moved to continue a long-standing Colorado Springs tradition for Labor Day by backing an annual balloon festival under new management.

    The City of Colorado Springs was in final negotiations with Hot Apple Productions for Labor Day’s balloon festival in Memorial Park Sept. 5-7.

    “We are very happy to continue this long-standing tradition in our community and look forward to the new additions to the Labor Day event,” said former Mayor Steve Bach.

    Through a competitive request for proposal process, Scott Appelman submitted a proposal to continue the 38-year tradition of hot air ballooning in Colorado Springs, according to a news release sent by the city. Appelman is a past president of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau and served six years on the board of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. His hot air balloon company, Rainbow Ryders, is the largest balloon company in the U.S.