BEST BAKERY Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery opened its doors in 1999. Founded by fourth-generation baker Stephen Boonzaaijer, it reflects the long history of the Boonzaaijer baking family, beginning in Holland in 1896. Stephen apprenticed in his father’s Kalamazoo bakery, trained in the Netherlands and eventually took a job at...
BEST HEALTH CARE FACILITY 1. UCHealth With hospitals, clinics and urgent care centers across Colorado Springs, UCHealth has become an unmissable provider of health and wellness in the city.  “What makes UCHealth such an extraordinary organization are the nearly 6,000 employees and physicians who help fulfill our mission every day of improving...
Best Photography & Videography Company 1. Bourbon Street Productions When you first step through the doors of Bourbon Street Productions you’re enveloped in an atmosphere that feels more like the communal spaces scattered through high-end art galleries than one of the city’s top videography companies. It’s the appropriate aesthetic for...
BEST COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY & TRADE SCHOOL 1. UCCS UCCS is the only research-level university in southern Colorado. It developed the world’s first bachelor of innovation program and was among the first to offer a fully online degree program — way back in 1996.  “Our commitment to the community goes back to our...
Best Bed & Breakfast 1. The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast Nestled between bustling downtown Colorado Springs and the sprawling Colorado College campus, The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast is a rarity in hospitality these days, a traditional bed and breakfast that isn’t rented via app and followed up...
As we begin to open up our region and come out of the safer-at-home phase of COVID-19, let’s pause to consider its impact on our aging adults — one of the groups hardest hit by the pandemic. The work of Innovations in Aging Collaborative, the lead nonprofit organization coordinating...
Eating at restaurants, going to a big game and enjoying a friend’s hug or handshake were all part of our lives just a few months ago and we all want them to be part of our routines again as soon as possible. Our success in making our lives “normal”...
Once again our country has been divided and is in grief over the needless and tragic death of a man, a Black man who pleaded for his life while men who were sworn to protect and serve turned a deaf ear to his humanity and pleas of “I can’t...
June is Bike Month across the state and right here in the Pikes Peak region. Traditionally, the last Wednesday in June is Bike to Work Day — a fun, free event encouraging folks to try bicycle commuting and take part in free breakfasts provided by generous community sponsors. The local...
The COVID-19 pandemic and heated nationwide protests have forced many business owners to take a closer look at their insurance policies.  But only one of these events is typically covered by business insurance — and experts in the industry say that’s unlikely to change any time soon. Colorado businesses deemed nonessential...
Unemployment in Colorado hit 11.3 percent in April. In El Paso County, the rate was even higher: 12.2 percent. In the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area, almost 43,000 people were unemployed in April. Those numbers represent jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses were forced to close. According to the Colorado...
COVID-19 disruptions have business owners reassessing everything from the products they offer to the buildings they use. And the coworking space industry faces its own reckoning: With safety and social distancing front of mind, it’s tough to navigate a business model that usually sees clients cycling through desks and working...