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Sometimes small businesses are started on a shoestring. Melissa Marts’ new venture was started on a thread. Marts’ company, Tate & Tonya, makes and sells upcycled clothing for children from infants to age 5. She turns donated dresses, shirts and other items into one-of-a-kind kids’ bloomer-style pants and sells them on Etsy and at popup […]
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Handprints of art class graduates fill a corner of Studio 101’s ceiling. Some of those students have gone on to study art in college and are now adult artists, said Rebecca Baum, the studio director. “There have actually been students who came here when they were only 3 that have now graduated high school,” she […]
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The founders of Boulder Street Moto will readily admit their nonprofit is nowhere near run of the mill. Adam Morley, John Stoner, Ian Lee, Matt Chavez and Davin Neubacher, better known as the High Council of Wrenchers, began the 501(c)7 after several founders had a lively discussion at Brooklyn’s on Boulder (hence the group’s name), […]
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The Goldbergs are living the adage about families that play together. But the locals have taken it a step further, as the group not only stays together, they run a business dedicated to helping others improve their play. Located on the former elementary campus of the Colorado Springs Christian School (where the Goldbergs’ three grown […]
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Terry Buterbaugh got into boxing because it isn’t a team sport. “I like that it’s just me in the ring,” he said. “I can’t blame anyone else if I lose.” However, when it comes to preparing for a fight, Buterbaugh says it’s important for a boxer to train at a gym where there is camaraderie. […]
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It was 1983 when the third installment of George Lucas’ blockbuster franchise was scheduled for release. Hundreds of U.S. theaters already had received “Revenge of the Jedi” posters when the filmmaker elected to change the movie’s name. “He decided Jedi don’t seek revenge because they are supposed to be on the good side and changed […]
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Local small businesses want affordable health insurance, access to government contracting and relief from reams of paperwork, confusing and conflicting regulations, and overzealous enforcement by federal agencies. Small business representatives expressed those needs at a roundtable discussion hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy on Aug. 9 at the Colorado Springs Marriott […]
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Bryan Rossmanith listens to the sounds of axes crashing into targets accompanied by shrieks of delight and focused grunts. It’s all about creating a memorable experience and bringing people together, the owner of Jack’s Axe Throwing says. “I call it experiential entertainment,” Rossmanith said. “What is great about us and places like the escape rooms […]
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When Dale Nelson started repairing small appliances in the garage of his home, East Fillmore Street was a dirt road, and Nelson’s shop was surrounded by horse pasture. The city has grown up to surround that property now, but the lot still houses Nelson’s legacy, Nelson Appliance Repair. Now owned by Bret Geihsler, an employee […]
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Matthew Hexter loves craft beer. But as careers go, he doesn’t think the industry has much room left for him. So the founder of and vintner for Evergood Elixirs stepped away from his passion and followed a path less traveled. Based in Palmer Lake, Evergood Elixirs produces the citrus “adventure wines” Skier Pee (lemon citrus […]
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Robert Hedden only cares if one message is on his tombstone. “When I leave this world, I want it to say, ‘I made a difference,’ on there, and that’s it,” Hedden said. “I just want to know that I helped change people’s lives by hopefully making them better.” With his wife, Jennifer, Hedden recently opened […]
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Billie and Joan Harding still live on the property of the nursery they started in 1957. “We grew up in that house,” one of the Hardings’ two daughters, Debbie Bradley, said. Her sister, Sharon Harding-Shaw, added, “Our parents are getting older, of course, but that’s why we like that we are all just right here […]
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