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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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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The 29 million small businesses in America are the fuel that powers the U.S. economy. “Small businesses create nearly two out of three new jobs in America,” said Gina Sacripanti, vice president, marketing and public relations at the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. “We want to do what we can to help them thrive.” […]
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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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A new business in southeast Colorado Springs is giving its customers something to wag their tails about. Okey Doggy Wash and Groom, located at 3017 Jet Wing Drive, officially opened March 27, owner Micha White said. The first-time business owner is the shop’s resident groomer and sole employee for now. “My son is a junior in […]
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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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