RazMaTaz Established: 1988 Employees: 5 Location: 335 S. Union Ave., Pueblo Contact: shoprazmataz.com; 719-544-3721 While preparing to mark its 30th anniversary, a woman-owned store in Pueblo was recognized for its contributions to the business community. In September, RazMaTaz received the first Spotlight on Local Business Award from the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners. The...
Tinkering schools are similar to makerspaces — teaching students creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking.
Taikos.com Established: 2003 Employees: 2.5 Location: 579 County Line Road (Palmer Lake) Contact: 719-297-1171; taikos.com Standing in his packed manufacturing space along the railroad tracks in Palmer Lake, Jesse Maddox recalls, as a child, receiving the just-released Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas. He wasn’t impressed. “The first thing I did was take it to a pawn shop...
By Jeanne Davant Safron of Manitou Springs Established: 2003 Employees: 1 Location: 2511 W. Colorado Ave. Contact: 719-237-2796; facebook.com/safronofmanitousprings Loyal customers have gotten Safron of Manitou Springs through tough times, and not just because of their purchases. They’ve become friends of the boutique’s owner, Safron Neusaenger, and some have even become volunteers at her new store. Safron of...
Now fresh cookies are only a mouse click away. Colorado Springs residents can order cookies to their doorstep or work from Colorado Springs-based cookie delivery service, Sasquatch Cookies. Founded by four women who live in the Springs, the cookie delivery company offers eight varieties, including chocolate chip, gluten-free chocolate chip and...
When Mago and Anne Lauritzen moved to Colorado Springs to start a capoeira school in 2003, their challenge wasn’t creating a new business. It was educating the public on what capoeira is: A combination of acrobatics, dance and martial arts movements performed to live Brazilian music. The school, called Brazilian...
When Jon Hallford approached his wife, Carrie, and friend, Jack Dhooghe, about starting an environmentally friendly funeral home in Colorado Springs, they didn’t believe it would work. Jon, a licensed funeral director, educated the two on green burials and was able to convince Carrie and Dhooghe — both of...
  Lend Me Your Gear Number of Employees: 3 Contact: lendmeyourgear.com; lmyg@lendmeyourgear.com Now when your neighbor wants to borrow a lawnmower or your circular saw, you can point them to a website where they can rent the item for the day — and also list their own household goods and appliances to rent around...
Terra Verde Established: 1992 Employees: Up to 30 Location: 208 N. Tejon St. Contact: terraverdestyle.com; 719-444-8621 Some statistics show as many as 80 percent of new businesses don’t live to see their first birthday. So it’s no small feat that Terra Verde celebrated a quarter-century of existence this week. Founded in 1992 by Chris Sondermann...
Cindy Lucero-Archuleta’s first job was as a florist while she was still attending high school in New Mexico. She moved to Colorado Springs in the late 1980s with her husband at the time and helped open the floral department at the city’s first Walmart. She then went on to...
Perhaps it was Janet Duncan’s psychology degree that led her to realize she wasn’t the ideal employee. But it was that discovery (along with being laid off) that helped her make the leap needed to go into business for herself. Duncan is the owner of Duncan & Associates, a full-service...
The goal for those who show up to 4845 List Drive for work each day is simple: Pack the “haus.” SoccerHaus, located near the intersection of Centennial Boulevard and Garden of the Gods Road, has been open for a year now, and the facility (which offers more than just soccer)...