The timing of Packaging Express’ 20th anniversary party was serendipitous. The event took place exactly two weeks before Thanksgiving, and owner and president Matt Davis said observing the date his father launched the company in Colorado Springs was really all about thankfulness. “The purpose of the party,” he said, “was to celebrate the milestone of […]
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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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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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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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