Drew Johnson will readily admit his new company is on the fringe. But as the owner of TechWears, which makes fashion accessories out of recycled tech components, Johnson said being on the periphery is a strength. “We’re on the fringe of tech, the fringe of fashion, the fringe of sustainability and recycling, the fringe of […]
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Kids’ classes at Omtastic Yoga look a lot like play — imaginary adventures, animal sounds, “crazy” poses and a little peace at the end — but the benefits are serious. Jan Pratt, who is a schoolteacher, yoga instructor and co-founder of Omtastic Yoga, described children as “natural yogis.” She said yoga boosts kids’ well being […]
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By Helen Robinson When Team USA gymnasts Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas compete at the Rio Olympics, the resulting rush of interest will see gymnastic fitness center Flipshack break its record for enrollments. But Flipshack’s purpose is broader than setting kids on the track to Olympic glory. Owner Wayne Larsen is more interested in how he […]
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The sign out front reads “Front Range Barbeque & Home Style Meals” for brevity’s sake. If proprietor Brian Fortinberry tried to advertise everything his establishment offered by the roadside, he’d need a bigger sign. That’s because, while barbeque might be the glue that holds everything together, the Westside eatery has developed a reputation for much […]
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Deidre Peak never thought she would turn a long-standing guilty pleasure into a creative, growing business. But she did, and its success has tasted so sweet, she said. Peak, a self-proclaimed sugar addict, says the recipe for Sweet Addict Bakery surfaced in grad school when her go-to stress reliever became baking her favorite treats at […]
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It’s a southern Colorado business story that began more than 50 years ago in Rocky Ford. That’s where Sylvia Gobin purchased an office supply store (which has since closed) that eventually expanded to seven locations in the region, employing four generations of her family. Bob Gobin, Sylvia’s son, is now president of the business. He […]
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Stockmens Bank 601 N. Nevada Ave. Owner, founder and president: Rob Alexander Number of employees: 17 Website: www.thestockmensbank.com/ Rob Alexander opened Stockmens Bank in November 2008, just as Bear Stearns was failing, AIG was declared “too big to fail” and the nation’s monetary system was suffering. It was good timing — at least in Alexander’s opinion. […]
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If many great American companies start in someone’s basement, then Applied Flow Technology’s humble beginnings were its first sign of success. In 1993, Trey Walters left a lucrative position designing rockets for an aerospace company in Ohio to start his own business in his basement. More than 20 years later, the software company has an […]
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Ann Pappas and Tina Swayne met while raising money for Monument Academy’s music department. Their efforts were so successful that the stay-at-home moms decided to launch a business together. That was three years ago. Now The Friendly Box Co. is turning a profit and the two are expanding. The Friendly Box Co. provides customized gift […]
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Less than two years after her soups hit the shelves of Whole Foods, Kelly Strong’s business has become a hive of activity. And it all started with bees. Nearly a decade ago — after going through a divorce and leaving her career in the software industry — Strong started making homemade granola based on her […]
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When Jason Crampton talks about Lincoln St. Barbers, he doesn’t talk about cutting hair. He talks about heart, fostering camaraderie and relating to other men — and cutting hair is how he does that. “Barber shops, to me, are part of that last real sense of community,” Crampton said. “I feel like we hit the […]
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When Marty Burger decided earlier this year to move his business to Colorado Springs, he simply drove it from Florida. That’s because for the past 25 years he has owned and operated Door to Door Fitness, a mobile gym that he drives to his clients. Originally from a small town in Illinois, Burger moved with […]
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