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Three years ago, Weston Paas, owner of Heart’s Fire Forge, posted an Instagram photo of custom knives he’d made for the groomsmen in a wedding. A representative of the History Channel TV show Forged in Fire saw it and reached out to ask if he wanted to be a contestant on the show, where smiths […]
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Rachel Young’s love affair with houseplants is multifaceted. She loves their resilience, the fresh start they symbolize, and the fact that they’re a tangible reminder of her beloved grandmother. “And also, they’re just pretty,” Young said. “They’re so pretty.” When Young officially opened The Living Room Dec. 14 on East Rio Grande Street, the former […]
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Diego Blandon has been passionate about aviation since he first started turning wrenches on aircraft. And as a former Marine and later a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, he knew that military pilots are prime candidates for commercial airline jobs. That was the genesis of Arapahoe Flight Club, which trains pilots for commercial jobs in a […]
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Now that Deb Prewitt’s childhood passion for art has found its way back to her, the owner of Blue Twig Studio is helping stoke that same fire in others. “I firmly believe that everybody should have some kind of creative outlet in their life that helps keep them grounded and makes them happy,” Prewitt said. […]
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When buyers tour a vacant home, Lydia Andrews knows they often lack the imagination to see its full potential. That’s where her home staging and design business, Maple & Moss, comes in. Since 2016, Maple & Moss has been working with Colorado Springs homeowners, real estate agents and builders to help transform their properties from […]
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Steve Vance’s first meeting with his future wife, then Betina Hawk, was all business. Betina, who was working as a recruiter for a staffing agency, sent Steve on a job interview. Steve returned with bad news: The interview had gone well, but his visible tattoos cost him the job. Steve immediately began searching for companies […]
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When Jason and Molly Smith adopted their first puppy in 2009, a miniature schnauzer named Jaeger, they fed her Hill Science Diet pet food on a veterinarian’s recommendation. “We didn’t do a whole lot of research,” Jason Smith said. That changed when Jaeger began exhibiting signs of “innumerable” health issues, Jason said. “Molly started doing […]
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When Cynthia Anderson opened Fitness Machine Technicians last fall, she found that her 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force was, in some respects, a good foundation for being a small-business owner. From her work as a cyber officer at Peterson Air Force Base and later as an outreach officer at the U.S. Air Force […]
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Kyle Freeland started waging war on bedbugs after an encounter with the little pests during a weekend vacation at a resort in Nevada. Both Kyle and his wife were bitten, but Kyle’s reaction was much worse than hers. “I was scared I was bringing them home in our bags,” Freeland said. “I decided from that […]
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Neil Alexander and Steve Jones reached across the Atlantic Ocean to make sure their British-style fish and chips were as authentic as could be. Alexander and Jones are two of the six owners of The Chippy, which serves the British favorite, plus traditional meat pies, savory pasties, British sausages and British sides for lunch and […]
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A handful of boarders have gathered at Tamarack Ranch in Fountain on a December afternoon. It’s a clear and unseasonably warm day, and the mountains — still capped with a light white dusting from the previous week’s snow — are a striking sight. Morena, a 12-year-old Quarter Horse, stands patient and unblinking as her owner, Febi […]
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For Chantal Lucas, food and camaraderie have always been synonymous. “To see people genuinely love something like food — which is one thing that brings us together — I just thought that was amazing,” Lucas said. “I’m a festive person, so when the food’s good and the atmosphere is good, everything’s good.” Good food and […]
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