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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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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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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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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Those familiar with the cult classic film “Office Space” have probably related to the catharsis one character experiences when he is finally able to annihilate a work copier — the bane of his existence — in an open field with a baseball bat. Camille Kroskey says it’s OK to be that guy. In fact, she […]
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Opened as Elite Audio Solutions in 2007, owner and founder Sam Teeters has tweaked and expanded his original business model so much, his greatest challenge, perhaps, is explaining everything his multiple companies do. “Everybody says, ‘What do you do at EAS?’ Well, we build custom cars. Well, we build custom marketing materials. We’ll do whatever. […]
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It was 2010 and Brandon DelGrosso had just returned to Colorado Springs after living in Portland, Ore., where the UCCS graduate earned two master’s degrees, intending to deepen his teaching credentials. But it was also in Portland that DelGrosso discovered the city’s penchant for small businesses — especially those peddling caffeine. Fast forward eight years […]
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It may be one of the only industries with which every person on earth will one day interact. As such, Terri Flores-Brown, daughter Shelby Calleja and business partner Paul Wood know they have job security working in funeral homes. The trio own and operate both Springs Funeral Services locations, one on the northeast side of […]
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