Poor Richard’s renovates, plans coffee bar

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Visitors to Poor Richard’s – either the bookstore or the restaurant – have seen the hammering, sawing and painting in the space that used to house the business’s children’s bookstore.

Once the work is finished, the 1,500 square foot space will become a coffee and wine bar that hopes to attract patrons with live music, poetry readings and book signings. The retail location will also sell chocolates, juice and smoothies.

“We’re including a performance space and will have live music at night,” said Beatrice Russell, office manager for Poor Richard’s. “We’ll include book signings for the book store; it’s going to be very exciting.”

The retail space, located on South Tejon Street, houses Poor Richard’s Books, a used bookstore; Poor Richard’s Restaurant, a pizza restaurant; and Little Richard’s, a toy store – all owned by Colorado Springs Councilman Richard Skorman.

No date has been set for the opening of the coffee bar, Russell said. The space also includes offices above the retail location. She said the store hopes to open the coffee and wine bar before Thanksgiving.

Old Colorado City celebrates with holiday tour

The Old Colorado City Historical Society is sponsoring the 11th annual Victorian Bed and Breakfast holiday tour from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4.

Tickets are $15 each. The tour will benefit the nonprofit organization and its history center, which was built in 1890 as the First Baptist Church of Old Colorado City. The restored history center contains a museum, research library and bookshop.

Citadel plans Care and Share event

Palmer High School students are collecting donations for Care and Share at the Citadel Mall.

With the nonprofit’s supplies depleted by Hurricane Katrina, Care and Share is requesting food or cash donations to prepare for the holidays.

Drop off any nonperishable food item or cash donation at the mall’s main entrances or at the food display in the center court area next to Dillard’s.

With the Care and Share event, the Citadel Mall joins shopping centers throughout the country that also organize charity events. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, 84 percent of shopping centers raise money for charities.

Cocoa manufacturer starts Web business

Pure Decadence, a hot chocolate wholesaler, has started selling its wares on the Internet, said owner Foster Brown.

Brown, who bought the gourmet cocoa formula from a Washington-based business, has been selling the brand to area gift shops and stores.

“I just really liked the product – it was so good that I bought it and moved it here. We started with the Web about six weeks ago,” he said. “We’ve done well in the year that I’ve had the business.”

The business has six different brands of cocoa. Brown said the rich dark brand is the most popular. He also sells mocha, raspberry, chai spice and sugar-free cocoa.

“It’s a high quality product,” he said. “So we don’t really sell it to supermarkets or chain stores. It makes a great gift product, and we’re definitely seeing that on our Web site – as the holidays get closer, our sales are higher.”

The warehouse for Pure Decadence is at 320 Hidden Creek Drive. For more information, visit PureDecadence.biz.

Shopping event kicks off season at Chapel Hills Mall

Chapel Hills Mall plans to start the holiday season early with an afternoon of shopping that will benefit nonprofit organizations in Colorado Springs.

Shoppers can purchase $5 tickets to receive discounts and other special offers from mall retailers – including registering to win a $500 gift card from the mall.

Shoppers also receive a Visa gift card for signing up for a Qwest wireless plan on Sunday, according to the mall Web site.

All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit local nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.chapelhillsmall.com.

Amy Gillentine covers retail for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.