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There’s something about college students and pizza that go together like warm cheese and bread crusts. Classes started a month ago at Colorado College — and that means one thing, at least 5,000 pizzas have been consumed by hungry students. Each year, the Colorado College students, faculty, visitors and conference guests spend about $49 million […]
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Consumers appear unconvinced that the country is headed for recovery anytime soon. April retail sales fell 0.4 percent compared to March and 1.7 percent year-over-year, according to the Commerce Department. Following January and February, months in which national retail sales rose, the drops in March and April signal retailers that 2009 could be a year […]
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Yesterday, the news was that the craft brewing industry in Colorado provided $714 million in economic impact. If that seemed high, apparently it was. The Colorado Brewers Association reported today that craft breweries bring an annual $446 million boost to the state economy – still an impressive number, although not nearly the almost three-quarters of […]
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Mike Callicrate is becoming an international spokesman for independent ranchers and beef processors. The owner of Colorado Springs' Ranch Foods Direct recently filmed a feature segment for TV Tokyo, a Japanese network that produces the only business television show in the country.
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Private equity and concept development firm Consumer Capital Partners is poised to capture a niche restaurant market not only here in Colorado Springs, but around the country. That market lies somewhere between fast food and casual dining, and CCP plans to open up to 1,000 Smashburger locations within the next 10 years. CCP will launch […]
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Brunswick Zone XL will open its location near InterQuest Parkway and I-25 Wednesday, April 25. The 50,000-square-foot facility has 36 bowling lanes, a two-story laser tag arena, video game arcade, billiards, large-screen TVs, and a bar and grill. Brunswick has been interviewing and hiring staff for the new location and announced this week that it […]
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The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, W.Va., and The Broadmoor share many similarities. They’re both world-renowned luxury resort hotels, serving the same types of clientele, conference and vacation guests. And, both tout high-end amenities, dining, recreation and services. So when David and Suzanne Gibson decided to expand their business with a second location, The Broadmoor […]
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When Rob Taylor borrowed $5,000 to buy a Chick-fil-A franchise 21 years ago, he did it because he wanted to be his own boss. Franchising holds the same allure today and continues to draw entrepreneurs. Interest in franchise ownership historically rises during economic downturns and this one is no different. But buying one isn’t as […]
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Mark and Ainley Jewell plan to move both of their Great Harvest Bread Co. locations into new digs by the end of the year. The Jewell’s have shuttered the doors at their downtown location, ending a 16-year reign for the quaint little bakery on the corner of Tejon and Kiowa streets. It was long time […]
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The Little Market and Deli at Willamette and Prospect streets in Colorado Springs is like coming home. It’s comfortable, warm and welcoming. As the front door jingles open, a voice shouts out the visitor’s name along with a greeting. Terry Buterbaugh wants a homemade Polish sausage sandwich, and he gets one at $5.29. “This place […]
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 Shoppers can pick up a pair of jeans for $55 at Lulu these days. That’s a far cry from what people were willing to shell out for designer denim just 27 months ago. When Tess Loo and Kelly Martinez first opened Lulu during October of 2007, customers paid upward of $225 for high-end jeans. Back […]
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While local job growth is forecast to be slimmer this holiday season than it was last year, Colorado Springs retailers are still planning to bulk up for the last months of the year. Net job growth in Colorado Springs is expected to reach 3 percent in the fourth quarter of this year, down from 4 […]
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