The managers of Pueblo’s newest hotel say they were attracted to the Steel City’s inexpensive housing and a new vision for its downtown. Carliann Ward and her spouse Jordan moved back to Pueblo from Denver to open The Station, a mini-hotel located above Brues Alehouse on the Pueblo Riverwalk....
Donielle Gonzales fondly remembers the days when, as an ambassador for the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, she attended ribbon cuttings and other ceremonies wearing a scarf, necklace and earrings adorned with the likenesses of Pueblo chiles. Now she’s the chamber’s tourism director and also executive director of the Pueblo Chile...
By Ashleigh Hollowell Off historic Union Avenue in downtown Pueblo, just next to the Arkansas River, sits a small family-owned and -operated manufacturing business that has defied the odds for decades. Aztec Manufacturing opened in 1947 and has been at the same downtown location for its entire 70 years. The company...
Pueblo’s historic Eastside was the city’s first neighborhood. Today, it’s a hub for small, family-owned businesses that have been in the area for decades — some have been open in the same location for 50 years. But in recent years, the Eastside has shown its age, and many business...
By Ashleigh Hollowell When Chuck Golinvaux purchased the Pueblo West powersports dealership HyMark Motorsports in 2013, five lenders turned him down, doubting he could increase revenue by even 15 percent in the first year. He arranged a deal with the previous owner, Jack Thompson, in order to purchase it despite...
For nearly a year, Pueblo County commissioners have quarreled bitterly with the city of Pueblo’s electric utility provider, Black Hills Energy. The issue: high electric bills, which may sharply increase from current levels if the Public Utilities Commission approves an $8.5 million rate increase, first submitted to the PUC last...
It’s a southern Colorado business story that began more than 50 years ago in Rocky Ford. That’s where Sylvia Gobin purchased an office supply store (which has since closed) that eventually expanded to seven locations in the region, employing four generations of her family. Bob Gobin, Sylvia’s son, is now...
As the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center moves forward under the ownership of Colorado College, it’s interesting to compare today’s FAC with Pueblo’s Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. Founded in 1972, 36 years after the FAC opened its doors, the Sangre de Cristo is and always has been...
Retail marijuana is helping kids go to college — at least in Pueblo County. Revenue from the excise tax on retail marijuana sales has provided $420,000 for 210 high school graduates from Pueblo County to attend either Pueblo Community College or Colorado State University-Pueblo in the fall. The $2,000 scholarships are...
Looking for a gorgeous Victorian house to restore — or would you prefer one in move-in condition? Perhaps a grand mansion that would make anything on Wood Avenue look like a backyard shack or a simple brick bungalow for less than $100,000? You won’t find either in Colorado Springs. But...
By Ashleigh Hollowell Painted on the door of Matt Smith’s office at his Pueblo West Snap Fitness gym, is the quote: “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” That is and has always been how he has lived as a...
Both Colorado Springs and Pueblo are trying to put together deals to build downtown sports/event facilities. Political and business leaders as well as downtown advocates in each city have long yearned for such facilities. It’s an article of faith among economic development advocates that such sports venues accelerate and sustain downtown...