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Solar Roast Coffee celebrates Springs grand opening  Solar Roast Coffee celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting Oct. 11. The Colorado Springs location opened Aug. 7 at 134 N. Tejon Street in Downtown Colorado Springs. Solar Roast Coffee uses solar power to roast coffee beans with a gentle heat, resulting in a lower temperature roast […]

Colorado Springs’ newest coffee shop is open for business.  Pueblo-based Solar Roast Coffee opened its doors this morning at 134 N. Tejon St., opposite Acacia Park, in a renovated and mural-decorated space that was home to a Starbucks until late March.  Co-owner Mike Hartkop told the Business Journal they’re doing brisk business already. “People are […]

When Colorado Springs’ first Starbucks suddenly closed in late March, many didn’t see it coming. But Mike Hartkop had had his eye on 134 N. Tejon St. for more than a decade. He imagined it as an ideal location for another Solar Roast Coffee, the company he co-founded and owns with his brother David. Billed […]

There are two forms of business expansion, according to Chris Markuson, the director of economic development for Pueblo County. The one the county really emphasizes, he said, is taking established businesses and helping them expand to bigger markets. Pueblo County will work with locally-based businesses to expand the sale of their products or services to […]