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Larry Ash has a talent for repurposing anything — including his business. Hillside Gardens and Event Center started life as a garden center, set on a scenic, 4-acre property nestled into the Hillside neighborhood. The center sold plants that grow well in the Pikes Peak region — everything from herbs to trees — and was […]
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Roundabout Signs LLC, a Colorado Springs-based business that imports authentic foreign road signs to sell for decorative purposes, has been known to cause headaches for government officials unsure how to categorize its product. “On one hand it qualifies as aluminum, but it’s not just raw aluminum, and it didn’t really qualify as artwork,” co-owner Ben […]
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The spark for Yobel Market came from an “accidental” month in Thailand. Sarah Ray didn’t mean to be there long. Backpacking with two friends after college, she’d spent five months in Africa and was heading for Nepal. “But politically in Nepal things went downhill, and we got stuck in Thailand,” Ray said. “And that was […]
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Lee Haider, a North Dakota native, is a student in the Bachelor of Innovation program at UCCS. Haider, along with fellow students Meghan Lunday, Andrew Stevenson and Elijah Salberg, have created Trof, an app that aims to connect strangers around a meal. “For Millennials and Gen Z, there are thousands of social media apps. But […]
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Planet Granite’s president Adam Bauer and vice president Nonnie Salamon first went into business together when they were teenagers. The two, who grew up in Woodland Park, had a window cleaning business. “We just have a good balance when it comes to business,” Bauer said. “I have all these ideas, and she makes them happen.” […]
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Adventurist Backpack Co. turned out its first line in September 2017. Since then, the social enterprise is committed and on course to provide a total of about 65,000 meals to people in need. Co-founder Kelly Belknap is a Monument native and Lewis-Palmer High School graduate who created the company with his Swedish wife, Matilda Sandström. […]
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Jenny and Tyler Sherman first met at the Mining Exchange in the 2000s — Tyler was the general manager tasked by owner Perry Sanders with opening the hotel. Jenny was the general manager of the hotel’s restaurant, Springs Orleans. The couple has since moved on from working for others in the hospitality industry, opening not […]
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For less than the price of an off-the-rack department store suit, the well-dressed businessperson can have a bespoke garment that’s hand-tailored to the individual’s size and shape and fits like a second skin. “Store-bought suits can’t cover things like drooping or square shoulders,” said Steve Pariani, owner of custom tailoring business Steve Pariani LLC. “Some […]
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Jessica Fierro’s love for beer began when her husband, Rich, received military orders to Germany, considered by many as the beer mecca of the world. “Literally the beer was cheaper than water or wine and you got it in mass volumes,” she said. “What I knew of beer was what my dad drank, which was […]
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When a business finds a unique market niche that also reflects the passion and purposes of its owners, it’s got the makings of a big idea. In just three years, Who Gives a SCRAP has become a popular destination where thrifty teachers, artists and crafters can find affordably priced, new and gently used supplies, while […]
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Cory Arcarese’s brother Abelardo passed away from complications of diabetes in 2012. “He pretty much fell through the primary care cracks in Texas,” Arcarese said. On the road a lot as a delivery driver for Walmart, he had a hard time making and keeping medical appointments and wasn’t able to get the consistent care and […]
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American flag stickers placed in storefronts aren’t the only tell for veterans cruising for a discount. Deal Patrol, a recently-launched mobile application created by two former service members, maps out local military deals, said co-founder Darren Smith. “What makes this app so special is how comprehensive our data is,” the Army veteran said. “We’re really […]
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