Diana Hall considers that her business, ActivArmor, is still in the startup phase. That’s about to change. On Oct. 3, Pueblo-based ActivArmor was selected from more than 3,300 applicants to receive $100,000 in the first Pitch to Win contest. ActivArmor manufactures custom-fitted, 3D-printed splints that, unlike plaster casts, are durable, hygienic, waterproof and breathable. Since […]
October 16 will see volunteers dressing as plants to deliver sacks of fresh compost — via bicycle — to customers of Soil Cycle. Soil Cycle, a social enterprise business of Colorado Springs Food Rescue, gathers food scraps that otherwise would be dumped into landfills and converts them into compost. Subscribers can have their food scraps […]
The things you can do in a 700-square-foot space are limitless, Lauren Ciborowski says, and with The Modbo she’s spent the past decade trying most of them. The Modbo is a cozy space tucked in an alleyway in downtown Colorado Springs, and as proprietor and gallerist, Ciborowski fills it not...
The Carter Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened in 1897 as a haven of sorts for people of all creeds, backgrounds and occupations. A century of shifting demographics, population booms and revolving ownership has left the building at Weber Street and Pueblo Avenue surprisingly unchanged. Guests lounge in armchairs, chatting over bottles of local […]
Two days after Halloween, Jessica and Mark Modeer will close the doors on their beloved Zeezo’s forever. But the downtown costume store — a Springs institution after 40 years — has already steered them into a new venture that’s taking every spare moment. It came to Jessica after “a bad...
Flow Right Plumbing, Heating and Cooling owner Lance Harvey was having trouble finding licensed plumbers and HVAC technicians for his rapidly expanding business. So he decided to take matters into his own hands and train people for the jobs he needed to fill. Flow Right has instituted an apprenticeship program certified by the U.S. Department […]
Active and deliberate inclusion of minorities contributes to business success, speakers told a crowd of more than 200 business leaders at the fourth annual State of Small Business forum. Minorities have driven the growth of small business in the United States and play a crucial role in economic development, said Tatiana Bailey, director of the […]
A first-time customer approaches the counter at Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery, a hint of incredulity in her voice when she asks, “Is everything gluten free?” “All of it,” Michelle Marx, one half of the restaurant’s mother-daughter owner team, answers. “Every bit.” Michelle and her daughter, Turu Marx, have answered that question on a near-daily basis since […]
Was General William Jackson Palmer really a teetotaler, or did he like a drink or two? Check the whiskey bottles in his trash. People tend to think Palmer didn’t drink because he famously established Colorado Springs as a dry community, Matt Mayberry says, but his trash tells a different story. “There were wine bottles, whiskey […]
During his work as a search-and-rescue team leader in Virginia, Matt Sargent encountered many people who got into trouble because they weren’t prepared to handle unexpected events in the wilderness. Mountain Marrow, the company Sargent founded with his wife, Alex Braha, and Colorado native Aaron Hutchings, is designed to teach hikers, campers and backwoods adventurers […]
Ryan Smith spends his days making vehicles look amazing. Smith owns Pro Auto Spa, a salon where he and his crew polish and perfect customers’ vehicles. Smith’s skill and attention to detail earned him a trip to Seattle’s Museum of Flight to work on iconic aircraft including the original Air Force One. He spent the […]
Brad Kellum is a former firefighter, a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur, and a man who believes good soap shouldn’t be saved for fancy occasions. He’s built a plant-based lifestyle brand — Buff City Soap — on that belief, and it’s taking off along the Front Range. Buff City, which got its start in Memphis, opened its second Colorado […]