The forward march of the new year has meant a new sense of urgency for the group trying to create Colorado Springs’ first public market. A recently completed business plan and a commitment to be more proactive in securing financing have been steps in the right direction, but opening before...
Following years of sluggish progress, the city’s northeast side appears to be undergoing a growth spurt. Development along InterQuest Parkway slowed to a near halt for several years before the spring opening of a Drury Inn & Suites. Since then, several new businesses have committed to InterQuest Marketplace, according to...
The challenge dubbed “David vs. Goliath” is again brewing in Colorado between national grocery chains and independently owned liquor stores allied with the craft beer and wine industry. Voters may be the deciding factor in the fight during the November 2016 election. The question: Is it time to sell liquor, wine...
Luisa Graff was born in Lima, Peru, and escaped to the United States after a political coup there. At 14, when she landed in Colorado Springs, it took her only a few months to get a job. Ed Megel had been selling Graff’s family’s emeralds at his jewelry store...
For 20 years, a hidden gem has been housed above The Famous Steakhouse on North Tejon. Several gems, actually. For two decades Ted Blum’s Jewelers Services has quietly built custom jewelry and repaired nearly anything, from costume pieces to engagement rings to works of art. But at the beginning of the...
Southern Coloradans with a little extra money to burn should take note: Several long-established chains, locally owned businesses and area newcomers are maneuvering to take advantage of the area’s growth and spending power. Developers and management related to some of the busiest centers of commerce around the city say business...
The only full-line grocery store in Manitou Springs has closed, and two local business owners plan to take over the downtown space and open a new, shared storefront in May. Local First Grocer, which opened last year at 116 Canon Ave., closed over the weekend, leaving the 1,200-square-foot space unoccupied. Anna’s Apothecary,...
Nearly five years after Polaris Pointe (formerly Copper Ridge at Northgate) began as an urban renewal project in north Colorado Springs, businesses continue to slowly populate the development, including a large indoor water park and resort expected to open next year. Still without the infrastructure that was expected to support...
At its northernmost point, Powers Boulevard is met with a juxtaposition. By now, InterQuest Parkway was supposed to be a vibrant strip of hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants, offices and residences. Instead, semi-finished buildings left vacant for 10 years stand mere feet from new construction. Stymied by a stagnant economy...
In 1985, Citizens Goals launched “Project 2000,” a community-based effort to find “creative solutions to the challenges affecting our quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region now and into the future.” The project focused on fears that badly planned and poorly regulated development would degrade the region’s quality of...
Photography may be an art, but it’s also a business — at least both are the case for Godec’s Photo Supply in downtown Colorado Springs. But, just as with art, businesses age and are passed along, sometimes falling into the hands of a third party who may approach it with...
Confident consumers stocked up on holiday gifts and other merchandise over the 2014 holiday season, helping boost overall holiday retail sales to their highest level since 2011, according to a news release issued by the National Retail Federation. Total holiday retail sales, which include November and December sales, increased 4...