Two generations ago, Alice Spencer’s grandfather, Noble Spencer Sr., started a family business that would slowly grow to become Spencer’s Produce, Lawn & Garden Center. Of the early-1930s business, Alice Spencer said, “My grandfather had three children, and he sent them out every day with a wagon full of produce. He’d tell them not to […]
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On April 4, 2014, the Business Journal published a story on the state of downtown multi-family housing that touched on local developers who then planned to break ground on projects in the coming year. Exactly 12 months later, only two of those proposed developments are under construction, while a handful more — for one reason […]
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Walking through Magic Town, one finds guests transported back to a day, place and time in the life of the artist who created it, sculptor Michael Garman. Guests see the joyful faces of the guys at the bar, the hopeful face of a child wanting popcorn at the movies, the solemn face of a priest […]
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It’s not every year a new, professional sports franchise appears in Southern Colorado. That’s why the Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club was chosen as one of the top 10 businesses to watch in 2015. The team, owned by Ragain Sports, will kick off its inaugural season in March, according Ragain Sports President Nick Ragain. The […]
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Rocky Mountain Worm Company Website: rockymountainwormcompany.com Location: 411 Tia Juana St., Suite A Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Employees: 2 Earthworms and red worms are good for fishing and for gardens — but good for business? If you don’t think so, just ask Ken and Jay Williams, a father-son business team who started […]
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Why are urban areas so enticing to start-ups, young professionals, and entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurship needs a hub, a place with close proximity to clients, competitors, and a density of people and resources. Downtowns across the country naturally become this center of activity because their traditional structure was built to foster business relationships and constant interaction, and […]
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Chuck Murphy is known in Colorado Springs as a faithful Catholic, a smart businessman, an ardent Democrat, a kind and giving philanthropist and a loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa who’s also proud and Irish with a fun sense of humor. The 79-year-old Colorado Springs native and owner of Murphy Constructors took time with the […]
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This year’s Winter Olympics feature the undertakings of the local-based U.S. Olympic Committee to a similar degree that it is manifested in Colorado Springs — with the help of an empowering partnership. Much like its partnership with the USOC at the Olympic Training Center, worldwide Olympic partner GE Healthcare is the exclusive provider of medical […]
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Why write about Philip Anschutz? His ownership of The Broadmoor, The Gazette and other rumored or potential business ventures in the Pikes Peak region makes him a natural subject ­— but that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Anschutz is to business what Babe Ruth is to baseball, John...
Jack Nicklaus once said, “Golf is not, and never has been, a fair game.” Those who have owned or operated a golf course know this better than anyone.  The northern portions of El Paso County have seen the comings and goings of several courses over a relatively short period of time. Monument Hill Country Club […]
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“Colorado Springs is the heart of the United States Olympic movement,” former Colorado College President Dick Celeste told City Council this week. “But unlike Pikes Peak, [the Olympic Committee] can move.” To forestall any such departure, Celeste suggested the city move vigorously forward with City for Champions, the four-project proposal to which the state Economic […]
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Adam Andrasko has always been athletic. After growing up and graduating high school in the small, rural town of Hawk Run, Pa., he played four years of Division II football for Lock Haven University and went on to earn his master’s degree in sports management education from Old Dominion...