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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Matthew Hexter loves craft beer. But as careers go, he doesn’t think the industry has much room left for him. So the founder of and vintner for Evergood Elixirs stepped away from his passion and followed a path less traveled. Based in Palmer Lake, Evergood Elixirs produces the citrus “adventure wines” Skier Pee (lemon citrus […]
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Robert Hedden only cares if one message is on his tombstone. “When I leave this world, I want it to say, ‘I made a difference,’ on there, and that’s it,” Hedden said. “I just want to know that I helped change people’s lives by hopefully making them better.” With his wife, Jennifer, Hedden recently opened […]
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Billie and Joan Harding still live on the property of the nursery they started in 1957. “We grew up in that house,” one of the Hardings’ two daughters, Debbie Bradley, said. Her sister, Sharon Harding-Shaw, added, “Our parents are getting older, of course, but that’s why we like that we are all just right here […]
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It was while working at her grandmother’s variety store in Oklahoma as a child that Sherri Van Dyke discovered her love of retail. “I grew up spending my summers with her, helping her stock and clean and learned how to make change behind the counter at a very young age, but also learned how to […]
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A zombie prepper is ready for any catastrophe. “Hurricanes — all that disaster-type stuff — are nothing,” said John Quatkemeyer, co-owner of Colorado Zombie Outpost. “If you are prepared for a zombie apocalypse, nothing else is a problem.” Quatkemeyer and co-owner Pearre Cabell have a passion for prepping, and they knew if their business were […]
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Elvin Garcia made the move to Colorado from Miami, Fla., six years ago to work in construction with a friend. He lived in Loveland, then Larkspur and finally made the move to Colorado Springs in 2015. But Garcia sensed something was missing from the Pikes Peak region. That’s where friend and business partner Carlos Rodriguez, […]
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When Tina Schwaner first began to tinker with the idea of starting a retail business, the hairstylist dipped her toe in the water by selling small items from an armoire in the salon that once employed her. “I took that little armoire as seriously as I take this whole shop,” Schwaner said of her locale […]
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Justin Hunt has proven himself quite comfortable both in front of and behind the camera. And while Hunt, the owner and founder of White Whale Pictures Inc., has been behind award-winning documentaries narrated by some very recognizable names in the entertainment industry, he also produces marketing and training materials for small businesses. Hunt, who has […]
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