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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It was while working at her grandmother’s variety store in Oklahoma as a child that Sherri Van Dyke discovered her love of retail. “I grew up spending my summers with her, helping her stock and clean and learned how to make change behind the counter at a very young age, but also learned how to […]
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A zombie prepper is ready for any catastrophe. “Hurricanes — all that disaster-type stuff — are nothing,” said John Quatkemeyer, co-owner of Colorado Zombie Outpost. “If you are prepared for a zombie apocalypse, nothing else is a problem.” Quatkemeyer and co-owner Pearre Cabell have a passion for prepping, and they knew if their business were […]
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Elvin Garcia made the move to Colorado from Miami, Fla., six years ago to work in construction with a friend. He lived in Loveland, then Larkspur and finally made the move to Colorado Springs in 2015. But Garcia sensed something was missing from the Pikes Peak region. That’s where friend and business partner Carlos Rodriguez, […]
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When Tina Schwaner first began to tinker with the idea of starting a retail business, the hairstylist dipped her toe in the water by selling small items from an armoire in the salon that once employed her. “I took that little armoire as seriously as I take this whole shop,” Schwaner said of her locale […]
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Justin Hunt has proven himself quite comfortable both in front of and behind the camera. And while Hunt, the owner and founder of White Whale Pictures Inc., has been behind award-winning documentaries narrated by some very recognizable names in the entertainment industry, he also produces marketing and training materials for small businesses. Hunt, who has […]
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Those familiar with the cult classic film “Office Space” have probably related to the catharsis one character experiences when he is finally able to annihilate a work copier — the bane of his existence — in an open field with a baseball bat. Camille Kroskey says it’s OK to be that guy. In fact, she […]
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Opened as Elite Audio Solutions in 2007, owner and founder Sam Teeters has tweaked and expanded his original business model so much, his greatest challenge, perhaps, is explaining everything his multiple companies do. “Everybody says, ‘What do you do at EAS?’ Well, we build custom cars. Well, we build custom marketing materials. We’ll do whatever. […]
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It was 2010 and Brandon DelGrosso had just returned to Colorado Springs after living in Portland, Ore., where the UCCS graduate earned two master’s degrees, intending to deepen his teaching credentials. But it was also in Portland that DelGrosso discovered the city’s penchant for small businesses — especially those peddling caffeine. Fast forward eight years […]
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It may be one of the only industries with which every person on earth will one day interact. As such, Terri Flores-Brown, daughter Shelby Calleja and business partner Paul Wood know they have job security working in funeral homes. The trio own and operate both Springs Funeral Services locations, one on the northeast side of […]
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