Set designer, furniture maker, whiskey distiller, father — the list goes on and on when it comes to naming all of the avenues Casey Ross has journeyed during his 38 years. Owner of Axe and the Oak Whiskey House at Ivywild School and Axe and the Oak Distillery, Ross’ whiskeys have garnered national awards, including […]
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Originally from Sierra Vista, Ariz., Tiffany Cox grew up about a half hour from the Mexican border. Cox, who turned 26 last month, began her own full-service marketing and website design agency, Tiffany Cox Design, when she got to the Springs in October 2016. A graduate of the Art Institute in Tucson, Cox married a […]
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Not giving it his all has never been an option for Brandon Bornes. Once pursued by the Chicago Bears, he now takes his leave-nothing-on-the-field mentality and channels it into his business, BornesPro Media, where, among his many services, he captures and packages stories and testimonials for his clientele. After college, he worked with The Navigators […]
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Mark Tegtmeier is a Colorado native, originally from the Denver area, who has been on a journey both geographically and entrepreneurially. Tegtmeier’s family moved to San Diego, where he spent his high school years before relocating to Washington State to attend Seattle Pacific University. There he earned an undergraduate degree in Latin-American Studies and traveled […]
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Cristyn Kelly aims to keep busy. The local has found a way to balance her legal internship at The O’Neil Group Company, a Springs development firm, while raising her daughter with her husband and preparing to graduate this year with a law degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. Before […]
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  Bryce Dillingham has worked for himself since he was about 12 years old. “I started on Craigslist and had a few business cards doing a small lawn mowing service,” he said. “My mom or dad would drive me around to do that. Really, I have always just been interested in working for myself.” The […]
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Fields dreams big

Niki Fields was 25 when she and husband Travis launched FH Beerworks, and 30 when they opened their new Eastside expansion three weeks ago — and she’s not one to let obstacles win. When the couple fronted the Downtown Review Board for approval of their downtown brewery, then known as Fieldhouse Brewing, Niki was nine […]
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Her surname, identifying properties aside, now seems somewhat prophetic. AJ West heeded the directional advice embedded in that name and, along with husband, Jason Hosch, made her way from Austin, Texas, to Colorado Springs nearly a year ago. West does branding and communications for a local engineering and architectural firm, CP&Y. The company began in […]
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Local business owner Ansley Reese doesn’t care for or agree with the “bad rep” Millennials have. “I feel like Millennials get a bad rep that isn’t really true,” she said. “We get told that we are lazy and that we want everything handed to us and things like that. Well, I am very motivated and […]
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For Colorado Springs native Ashley Schuermann, Colorado Springs is home — and she’s never strayed far away. Born and raised in the Pikes Peak region, she attended Cheyenne Mountain High School before leaving for the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She immediately moved back to the Springs and enrolled at […]
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Elise Hughes Berheim enjoys her job so much she sometimes forgets she’s working. The 26-year-old is making a career out of her love of the environment as an outdoor tour guide. “[Nature] is a deep passion for me,” Berheim said. “I got that from my grandpa, who was an organic farmer before it was cool. […]
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Manitou Springs may not officially be called “The New Orleans of the West,” but entrepreneur and Louisiana native Josh Stelly said it’s the closest thing he’s found. Raised in Arnaudville, La. (population 4,500 “on a sunny day,” he said), Stelly earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Northwestern State University, lived in the Big […]
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