“Beautiful should always be affordable.” That’s a phrase that flows frequently from the lips of Barracuda Bazaar owner Kim McKenna. Although they aren’t her words — the motto started with the company’s founder a few blocks down and nearly two decades ago — they keep her striving to meet the needs of those she calls […]
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In Colorado Springs, a person can purchase virtually any item, new or used. Standard new and used items — cars and homes — are for sale throughout town. Then there are other things, items like tires you wouldn’t normally see sold used. Even on Craigslist. [pullquote] “Sometimes you come across those real gems.”  – Mary […]
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Seventy years ago, small retailers dominated most markets in Colorado Springs. Food was distributed through scores of small independent grocery stores, each serving its immediate neighborhood. Small hardware stores sold everything from sledgehammers to staples from storefronts in downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Wholesalers supplied shoes, men’s clothing, sporting goods, books, […]
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More than a year after the owner of Tony’s Bar kickstarted the relocation process, the downtown Colorado Springs mainstay has finally opened across the street from its former home. Tony’s opened Thursday as a reinvented version of itself at 326 N. Tejon St., just a whiskey stone’s throw from 311 N. Tejon St. where the […]
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The owners of downtown Colorado Springs costume and novelty shop Zeezo’s finalized  their purchase of the historic Bryan & Scott Jewelers building at 112 N. Tejon St. earlier this month. Mark and Jessica Modeer, who currently run Zeezo’s a few doors down at 104 N. Tejon St., closed the $1.265-million real estate transaction at 12:30 […]
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Sandra Bullock’s character in the 1995 movie “The Net” rarely left the house during her daily routine. The computer programmer worked at home and even preferred to order her pizza online. Bullock’s movie persona was far from mainstream back then, but today her character’s choices are quite common as virtually anything can be purchased online. […]
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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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Five years have passed since part of a fledgling urban renewal project in north-central Colorado Springs began a journey to become a shopping and dining mecca. In those five years, University Village Colorado — an 80-acre property once peppered with derelict motels and blight — has become a major source of both employment and tax […]
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A crowd of more than 100 people stood together last Thursday afternoon on a dirt-covered lot beside South Nevada Avenue, celebrating both a moment and a dream finally beginning to come true. This was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Dot apartment complex, a 33-unit project at 412 S. Nevada, between Costilla and Cimarron streets. Partner […]
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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 […]
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Jerry Rutledge will greet you with a warm handshake and a smile. The downtown retailer has reason to be happy. His men’s apparel shop, Rutledge’s, has been on Tejon Street (first at the corner of Tejon and Pikes Peak Avenue, more recently at the corner of Tejon and Kiowa streets) for nearly a half-century, and […]
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Following a firestorm of criticism and a grassroots effort to stop the sale, the Kum & Go convenience store chain has canceled its plans to purchase the Discover Goodwill property in Old Colorado City between 23rd Street and 24th Street. The company originally agreed to purchase the property to build one of its large gas […]
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