Another big-name player has decided to enter the growing market of smoothie franchises in Colorado Springs. Smoothie King is now open at 9275 N. Union Blvd., across from Memorial Hospital North.
According to a study by FRANdata, Smoothie King owns the biggest share of the smoothie market. Jamba Juice, currently with three locations in the Springs, is second.
Franchisees and local residents Vince Scarsbrook, Doug Howell and Cindey Arroyo decided on this venture after Scarsbrook’s sister, who lives in Florida, recommended Smoothie King.
In addition to its 50-plus smoothie choices, the new Smoothie King will offer healthy living products, including energy bars, snacks and vitamin supplements.
Smoothie King’s founder and CEO, Steve Kuhnau, began making smoothies in response to his own health issues and food allergies. After more than 30 years and 450 Smoothie King stores in 34 states, Kuhnau and his wife Cindy, Smoothie King’s co-founder, accomplished their desire to bring healthful products to mainstream America.
“Our mission is to relentlessly influence more and more people to achieve a healthier lifestyle,” Kuhnau said.
A local couple has started an at-school, after-school golf enrichment program for children in Colorado Springs.
“Todd and Amy Schaefer are a perfect team to manage a territory for us,” said Joshua Jacobs, founder and president of Total Golf Adventures. “Between the two of them, they know youth, the community, the schools in the area and have a great small business background. It couldn’t be a better fit.”
Todd has more than 12 years of experience selling sporting goods through his family run business, SAI Team Sports. In addition, he has been a junior varsity coach for Lyons High School and freshman baseball coach at Niwot High School. He also was a recreation coordinator at the Carbon Valley Recreation Center in Frederick.
Amy worked as a speech language pathologist in the Greeley school system before giving birth to their son, Sutton, 14 months ago. She has a master’s degree in education, and also ran a temporary staffing office for more than a year.
With the addition of Colorado Springs, Total Golf Adventures has 38 programs in 23 states.
The TGA curriculum was developed with the help of PGA professionals and Ph.D.’s in child development and education. Because of their input, TGA teaches golf in a manner that is easy for children to learn and retain while reinforcing educational concepts.
In addition to instruction, students learn to keep score, count strokes (addition/subtraction), judge distances to the hole (visual perception), and study golf rules and etiquette (reading rule books by the USGA and National Golf Foundation).
Nearly 30,000 kindergarten through eighth-grade students have participated in the at-school, after-school programs during the last four years.
Joan Johnson covers retail for the Colo