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...
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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When Robyn Rogers Flak was helping people stage their homes for sale, she’d often go to Real Deals on Home Décor, a furniture, décor and accessories boutique on North Academy Boulevard. On one of those visits, she learned that owner Caprice King was selling the shop. “It was my life ambition to have a store,” […]
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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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A lot more goes into getting just the right sound than many believe. Whether at a house of worship or a performing arts center, if the sound’s not right, neither is the experience. Creating the right atmosphere is Second Opinion Audio’s jam. Specializing in designing and building audio, video and lighting systems, president and founder […]
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Steampunk, coffee and wine aren’t things one often sees in the same place, but visitors to the recently opened Java Punk Coffee get all three. The coffee shop is a collaboration between owners and partners Stephanie Hinton and Vicki Willson, who creatively decorated the space to transport their customers to a science-fictional steam-powered era. The […]
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