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Six weeks ago, Jason Wells had no inkling he would soon be opening a restaurant and bar. It seemed impossible, but in just four weeks, Wells and partner Jenna Gallas managed to get the Armadillo Ranch in downtown Manitou Springs up and running for a soft opening July 4. The new place occupies the former […]
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Chris Wright spent more than five years developing his business plan for Pikes Peak Brewing Company. “Usually people don’t take that long, but I wanted to think through every possible scenario,” Wright said. That time paid off. Since the day it opened in 2011, “the Tri-Lakes community has embraced us,” he said. Wright sought to […]
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Sarah Hamilton greets a customer by name at the Colorado Farm and Art Market, and they spend a few minutes catching up before Hamilton rings up the purchase of freshly harvested greens, herbs and flowers. Hamilton is in her third year owning and running New Roots Farm, a 5-acre family operation near Cañon City. She […]
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When Shaun McCarthy decided three years ago to leave the corporate world and a banking career behind, he and his wife Annie looked at a lot of business opportunities. “We had always wanted to do something we could call our own,” Shaun said. McCarthy had dealt with a lot of small businesses during his career […]
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Mike Pach lives on the edge of his comfort zone, and part of his mission as owner of 3 Peaks Photography and Design is to help others find theirs. “One of the things I try to tell my students is to look for things, and try things, that are out of your comfort zone or […]
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Aaron “Ace” Cosley showed the first glimpse of business acumen as a young adult in 1970s Detroit, when he charged his 18th birthday party guests an admission fee they were all too willing to pay. That event turned out to be the infant stages of ACE Entertainment, which has held strong since 1979 — even […]
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When Jim and Elaine Smith moved their landmark outdoor store, Mountain Chalet, to its new site at 15 N. Nevada Ave., they closed for only one day. Mountain Chalet shut its doors a bit early on Saturday, May 18, at the Tejon Street location where it’s been for decades. After a frenzy of packing, moving […]
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These days, Gregg Sheldon is firing on all cylinders. The local entrepreneur has found a way to utilize his love of cars and his social work background in launching several businesses. A native of Massachusetts, Sheldon spent the first few decades of life trying to figure out his place in the world. One of his […]
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When patients first walk up the staircase to Resurgence Ketamine Clinic, they are often, metaphorically, at the end of the road. Most have lost years — decades, even — of their lives to mood disorders or chronic pain, and have made little progress through standard treatments. Most of the roughly 20 patients treated at the […]
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Larry Ash has a talent for repurposing anything — including his business. Hillside Gardens and Event Center started life as a garden center, set on a scenic, 4-acre property nestled into the Hillside neighborhood. The center sold plants that grow well in the Pikes Peak region — everything from herbs to trees — and was […]
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By Regan Foster, Southeast Express As the founding editor and general manager of the Southeast Express newspaper, I can’t tell you how excited we are to be partnering with the Colorado Springs Business Journal in the Southeast Business Plan Competition. This is an amazing contest geared toward growing entrepreneurs from the ground up — think […]
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Editor’s note: Sammi Blaque was named this year’s Southeast Business Plan competition winner during a celebratory luncheon Thursday, April 25 at Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center.  Sammi Blaque turned to yoga after a car wreck in 2012, and it changed everything. “I was involved in a car accident, and my husband and I were […]
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