Raising and selling top-quality meats puts bread on Mike Callicrate’s table. But activism feeds his soul. The owner of Ranch Foods Direct has been a passionate advocate for family farmers and small businesses in the courts and on Capitol Hill for almost 20 years. “I fight abusive power,” said Callicrate, who lobbies, speaks and writes […]
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At first blush, it might seem that biochemistry and baking wouldn’t combine well. But Nick Adkins, owner of Manitou French Pastries, finds that his experience in a lab coat makes him a better chef as he prepares macarons, croissants, galettes, quiches and other delicacies. Adkins spent seven years as a postdoctoral fellow in molecular medicine […]
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Most businesses hope their customers leave happy. However, at Hellscream Entertainment’s two haunted houses, workers want guests to depart feeling terrified. The Haunted Mines, a nonprofit haunted house, closed after its 2016 season at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, but earlier this year, Hellscream resurrected the brand. The new 28,000-square-foot location is at […]
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Sometimes small businesses are started on a shoestring. Melissa Marts’ new venture was started on a thread. Marts’ company, Tate & Tonya, makes and sells upcycled clothing for children from infants to age 5. She turns donated dresses, shirts and other items into one-of-a-kind kids’ bloomer-style pants and sells them on Etsy and at popup […]
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Handprints of art class graduates fill a corner of Studio 101’s ceiling. Some of those students have gone on to study art in college and are now adult artists, said Rebecca Baum, the studio director. “There have actually been students who came here when they were only 3 that have now graduated high school,” she […]
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The founders of Boulder Street Moto will readily admit their nonprofit is nowhere near run of the mill. Adam Morley, John Stoner, Ian Lee, Matt Chavez and Davin Neubacher, better known as the High Council of Wrenchers, began the 501(c)7 after several founders had a lively discussion at Brooklyn’s on Boulder (hence the group’s name), […]
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The Goldbergs are living the adage about families that play together. But the locals have taken it a step further, as the group not only stays together, they run a business dedicated to helping others improve their play. Located on the former elementary campus of the Colorado Springs Christian School (where the Goldbergs’ three grown […]
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Terry Buterbaugh got into boxing because it isn’t a team sport. “I like that it’s just me in the ring,” he said. “I can’t blame anyone else if I lose.” However, when it comes to preparing for a fight, Buterbaugh says it’s important for a boxer to train at a gym where there is camaraderie. […]
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It was 1983 when the third installment of George Lucas’ blockbuster franchise was scheduled for release. Hundreds of U.S. theaters already had received “Revenge of the Jedi” posters when the filmmaker elected to change the movie’s name. “He decided Jedi don’t seek revenge because they are supposed to be on the good side and changed […]
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Local small businesses want affordable health insurance, access to government contracting and relief from reams of paperwork, confusing and conflicting regulations, and overzealous enforcement by federal agencies. Small business representatives expressed those needs at a roundtable discussion hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy on Aug. 9 at the Colorado Springs Marriott […]
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Bryan Rossmanith listens to the sounds of axes crashing into targets accompanied by shrieks of delight and focused grunts. It’s all about creating a memorable experience and bringing people together, the owner of Jack’s Axe Throwing says. “I call it experiential entertainment,” Rossmanith said. “What is great about us and places like the escape rooms […]
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When Dale Nelson started repairing small appliances in the garage of his home, East Fillmore Street was a dirt road, and Nelson’s shop was surrounded by horse pasture. The city has grown up to surround that property now, but the lot still houses Nelson’s legacy, Nelson Appliance Repair. Now owned by Bret Geihsler, an employee […]
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