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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It was 10 years ago Blandine Brutel moved to the U.S. from Lyon, in the southeast of France. Her husband, an engineer, had found a job in Colorado Springs and, with three kids in tow, the family relocated across the pond. “We wanted to experience something in the United States,” Brutel said. Brutel is the […]
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Sierra Madre Street hasn’t seen much in the way of pork since Giuseppe’s Old Depot Restaurant stopped slinging pepperoni pies in 2011. But that’s changing thanks to Neon Pig Creative, which today celebrates its grand opening adjacent to the former eatery and historic train station. Founded by locals Laura Cameron, Colin Christie and Mike O’Caña, […]
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Metal Mama Judi Ellias-Ochs started her career working in interior architecture, which she describes as “sculpting interiors.” Unable to find furniture and accessories such as benches, towel racks, doorknobs and decorative items that she liked, she decided to design and make them herself. From those beginnings, her business has evolved into Metal Mama’s Ironworks, a […]
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Performance Audio has been in business for only a year, but in that time it’s begun to fill a niche that, according to owner Ryan May, has been underserved in Colorado Springs. “The needs for pro audio lighting and video are pretty significant between our house-of-worship, military and education customers, [which are] big markets for […]
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Since 2011, George and Anna Heidinger have been steadily working toward their goals: having a successful swimming club and building their own facility. They’ve already succeeded in creating a club, Pikes Peak Athletics, which recently received Bronze Medal Club status from USA Swimming for the second year in a row (only 200 clubs out of […]
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