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Best Shopping Center 1. The Promenade Shops at Briargate The open-air shopping center on Briargate Parkway in north Colorado Springs features specialty retail stores like Anthropologie, Apple, lululemon and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, as well as restaurants like Ted’s Montana Grill, Panera Bread, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano. According to its website, […]

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Best Architectural Firm 1. RTA Architects RTA Architects continues to thrive after 45 years in business. Stuart Coppedge, principal of the firm, is thankful for locals and their appreciation of the company.   “We’re thrilled that folks recognize that we matter to the community and we do good work,” he said. “We’re appreciative of the […]

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Best Nonprofit Organization 1. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Ranked one of the top zoos in the country by several national media outlets, it should be no surprise Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also voted Best Place to Take Your Family and Tourist Attraction by nearby residents.  “This local recognition means a lot to us because we work […]

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Best Bank 1. ANB Bank  ANB Bank is committed to making sure its clients are financially savvy — providing financial education for adults and young people as well as tools to figure out mortgage savings, retirement, debt and insurance.  “We don’t exist without our community and our customers,” said Tom Ashley, ANB Bank regional president of […]

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Best HR Firm  1. Pikes Peak Workforce Center Since the days of the Great Depression, workforce centers across the country have helped businesses and job seekers connect.  The Pikes Peak Workforce Center, serving El Paso and Teller counties, still forges ahead with its mission of promoting the economic vitality of the region.  “In 2019 we […]

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BEST BAKERY Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery opened its doors in 1999. Founded by fourth-generation baker Stephen Boonzaaijer, it reflects the long history of the Boonzaaijer baking family, beginning in Holland in 1896. Stephen apprenticed in his father’s Kalamazoo bakery, trained in the Netherlands and eventually took a job at The Broadmoor, moving on […]

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BEST HEALTH CARE FACILITY 1. UCHealth With hospitals, clinics and urgent care centers across Colorado Springs, UCHealth has become an unmissable provider of health and wellness in the city.  “What makes UCHealth such an extraordinary organization are the nearly 6,000 employees and physicians who help fulfill our mission every day of improving lives across southern […]

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BEST COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY & TRADE SCHOOL 1. UCCS UCCS is the only research-level university in southern Colorado. It developed the world’s first bachelor of innovation program and was among the first to offer a fully online degree program — way back in 1996.  “Our commitment to the community goes back to our roots in 1965 […]

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Best Photography & Videography Company 1. Bourbon Street Productions When you first step through the doors of Bourbon Street Productions you’re enveloped in an atmosphere that feels more like the communal spaces scattered through high-end art galleries than one of the city’s top videography companies. It’s the appropriate aesthetic for a business that consistently produces […]

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Best Bed & Breakfast 1. The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast Nestled between bustling downtown Colorado Springs and the sprawling Colorado College campus, The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast is a rarity in hospitality these days, a traditional bed and breakfast that isn’t rented via app and followed up with an impersonal, hastily […]

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Bakery – Pueblo Banquet Schusters Bakery Customers are greeted by the smell of cakes, potato rolls, sugar cookies and donuts when entering Banquet Schusters Bakery in Pueblo. The nearly 100-year-old business started off as two separate bakeries, according to a Pueblo Chieftain article. Banquet was a full-service operation run by Steve Monack and his family […]

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Bakery 3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar In 25 years as a contractor with the Department of Defense, Carma Barr traveled all over — and she was sure one international dish would take off in Colorado Springs. “Our restaurant is actually a spinoff of the English tradition of pie and mash, so we feature dinner […]

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Co-working Spaces Pikes Peak Makerspace Colorado Springs is fertile ground for intrepid entrepreneurs looking to shake things up in their respective fields, and Pikes Peak Makerspace is there with the support they need to do just that. Pikes Peak Makerspace is a membership-based organization of builders, tinkerers, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers and educators — “all […]

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Bed & Breakfast St. Mary’s Inn St. Mary’s Inn offers guests access to all the modern amenities Colorado Springs has to offer, while still maintaining the 19th-century charm that draws people to it. “Location would be key,” said Pam Piper, who owns St. Mary’s along with her husband, Jay. “I would say all the attractions […]

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Cybersecurity Amnet Trevor Dierdorff founded Amnet 21 years ago as a means of providing IT support for Colorado Springs businesses that used anywhere from 20 to 200 computers. Although that mission hasn’t changed, its scope certainly has, Dierdorff said. “It’s no longer enough to do that without providing a comprehensive cybersecurity solution,” Dierdorff said. “Anti-virus […]

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Apartment Complex Copper Stone A stroll through a pleasant courtyard takes residents to their studio, one- or two-bedroom apartment home at Copper Stone. Though the central location affords easy access to multiple shopping and entertainment options — The Citadel mall and Citadel Crossing, as well as Memorial Park, are short drives away — the treed […]

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Alternative Medicine Adventure CBD Cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive component of the cannabis plant, is touted as a remedy for many conditions, from skin conditions to seizures. Adventure CBD produces high-quality, CBD-infused creams, oils, concentrates and edibles for use by humans and pets. It’s important for customers to patronize CBD stores that are able to answer their […]

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Correction: The original list inadvertently left off BKD CPAs & Advisors as a finalist for best accounting firm. Accounting Firm The Shafer Group CPAs The Shafer Group CPAs, PC in Colorado Springs has provided personalized accounting services for businesses and individuals for nearly two decades. The Shafer Group, founded by Certified Personal Accountant Gregory Shafer, […]

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Craft Brewer Bristol Brewing Company A Best in Business winner last year, Bristol Brewing has been producing and serving hand-brewed beer since 1994, including award winners like Laughing Lab, Winter Warlock and Red Rocket. Owner Mike Bristol was instrumental in transforming the former Ivywild Elementary School into a local gathering place that spawned a redevelopment […]

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Office Equipment Axis Business Technologies Axis Business Technologies has been locally owned and operated in Colorado Springs for 40 years. “We are proud to say that we are one of the only digital technology companies that have not sold out to the corporate giants,” said Axis’ Cheryl Cosky, sales manager and business development coach. “Colorado […]

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Architectural Firms RTA Architects RTA Architects has created award-winning architectural and interior designs since 1975. That longevity is no accident, according to Stuart Coppedge, principal of the firm. “I think people recognize that we have our clients’ and our community’s best interest at the heart of all we do,” he said. And Coppedge had some […]

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College/University/Trade school UCCS In 2017, the winner in the Business Journal’s Best College or University category was UCCS. In 2018, the winner was UCCS. This year, the little university that could completed the hat trick. “This campus has experienced tremendous growth. I call it aggressive growth,” Chancellor Venkat Reddy recently told the Business Journal, describing […]

Colleges and Universities University of Colorado Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Phone: 255-8227 Web: uccs.edu Year Established: 1965 Number of Employees: 1,550 in the fall What makes UCCS stand out from the others? “UCCS offers nationally recognized degree programs in one of the most unique campus settings you’ll find anywhere in the country. As […]

Accounting Firms Stockman Kast Ryan + Co 102 N. Cascade Ave. Phone: 630-1186 Web: skrco.com Year Established: 1995 Number of Employees: 60-70 What makes your business stand out? “That’s easy. The people we have. They are terrific people. We train them a lot, but they are all also very competent. Our main focus is client […]

Auto Dealers Faricy Boys 4950 New Car Drive Phone: 636-1333 Web: faricy.com Year Established: 1942 No one from Faricy Boys was available to speak to the CSBJ. From its website: “We truly care about our customers and want them to walk away happy for years to come. We’re always willing to help, whether it’s jeep-buying […]

Home Health Care Agencies Interim HealthCare of Colorado Springs 1901 N. Union Blvd., Suite 200 Phone: 632-9900 Web: interimhealthcare.com/Coloradosprings Year Established: 1973 Number of Employees: 400 What makes Interim HealthCare unique? “Interim HealthCare of Colorado Springs is a premier organization committed to providing quality health care to the people of Southeastern Colorado. Our commitment is […]

Law Firms McDivitt Law Firm 19 E. Cimarron St. Phone: 471-3700, 877-846-4878 Web: mcdivittlaw.com Year Established: 1974 Number of Employees: 80 What makes your business stand out? “I started McDivitt Law Firm with the intention of helping Coloradans get back on their feet after an injury, and I’m proud to know the community sees we […]

Advertising, Marketing and PR Firms SocialSEO 5475 Mark Dabling Blvd., Suite 210 Phone: 725-6400 Web: socialseo.com Year Established: 1998 Number of Employees: 50 What is your business philosophy? “We’ve been blessed with lots of local relationships over the years — where we’ve done work for many, many companies. We’re honored and humbled by their view […]

Department of Defense Contractors Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions 9970 Federal Drive Phone: 277-4000 Web: lockheedmartin.com Year Established: 1965 Number of Employees: 1,500 in Colorado Springs What’s different about Lockheed Martin? “We’re proud to have been a part of the Colorado Springs community for more than 50 years. In that time, we’ve gained […]

Churches Woodmen Valley Chapel 290 E. Woodmen Road Phone: 388-5000 Web: woodmenvalley.org    Year Established: 1979 Why do you think Woodman Valley Chapel was chosen for the award? “First off, there are lots of great churches all around Colorado Springs, and it’s wonderful that the love of God is being shared all across the city. […]

Property Management Companies – Commercial Griffis/Blessing 102 N. Cascade Ave., Suite 550 Phone: 520-1234, 888-520-1234 Web: griffisblessing.com Year Established: 1985 Number of Employees: 300 What makes your business stand out from its competition? “The people is what differentiates us from others. We’re a 100 percent service business — we offer property management services, facilities management […]

Internet and Broadband Providers CenturyLink Web: centurylink.com Year Established: 1968 Number of Employees: 233 in Colorado Springs No one from CenturyLink was available to speak with the CSBJ. From its website: “CenturyLink is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States, offering high-speed internet and home phone service. Your home is your happy […]

Catering Companies Picnic Basket Catering, Cravings Special Events and Buffalo Gals Grilling Co. 1701 S. Eighth St. Phone: 635-0200 Web: bestcaterer.net Year Established: 1989 Number of Employees: 30-40 full-time, 50-70 half-time What makes your business stand out from its competition? “Good food is important, but it’s just as much about the high quality of the […]

Best Boss Scott Bryan Bryan Construction 7025 Campus Drive Phone: 632-5355 Web: bryanconstruction.com Year Established: 1978 Number of Employees: 140 What do you think about receiving this award? “I’m very humbled, first of all to be chosen. It’s a great honor. There are a lot of great bosses out there. To be nominated is a […]

Architectural Firms Colorado Design Concepts, Inc. 3578 Hartsel Drive, E323 Phone: 380-1090 Email: designtim@comcast.net Year Established: 1997 Why do you think your business was chosen for the award?  “We provide services for additions, renovations and new construction for residential, as well as architectural and landscape design. Someone must have been pleased with the service and […]

Colorado Springs takes a lot of heat: We’re too conservative, too old, too military. But there are other adjectives that describe the city and the wildly varied people who keep the wheels turning and the economy pumping. Words like successful, innovative, creative and yes, even fun. On a good day, Colorado Springs is sometimes very […]