Mt. Tejon swapping shops

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Citing the depressed local economy, Mt. Tejon owner Jeanne Galvin has decided to downsize her store.

Mt. Tejon is moving from a 4,000-square-foot location at 104 N. Tejon St. to a 1,250-square-foot store just up the block and across the pavement at 125 ½ N. Tejon St.

“Our lease is up at the end of May and this is a huge store,” Galvin said. “I just decided to simplify my life, so we’re downsizing. I think we can offer more better-quality products and it will be easier to fill the store with quality products.”

Jeanne and her husband, Michael, purchased the business from Darin and Susan Manis during May 2006.

The Galvins will keep their best-selling product lines, and add some new ones, at the new location, which is scheduled to open May 1.

Regular customers to Mt. Tejon will notice a familiar Colorado Classic theme at 125 ½ N. Tejon, but it will boast a different look.

Galvin and building owner Frank O’Donnell will be sharing the costs of renovation, which will occur over time. The new store will eventually feature new flooring, lighting and paint.

For the remainder of March, Mt. Tejon will exist in two locations. The remaining inventory at 104 N. Tejon must be sold because Galvin won’t have room for most of it at the new location.

“We have some murals on the walls here, but we don’t have as much wall space at the new location, so it won’t be so woodsy or rustic looking,” Galvin said.

As Colorado Springs retailers experience declining sales related to a national recession that began during the fourth quarter of 2007, Galvin admits Mt. Tejon is feeling the pinch.

“How we’re doing business wise is relative to economy and what people are experiencing,” she said. “We’re going to save an astronomical amount on rent and that will help tremendously.”

As retail chains like Macy’s, Circuit City and Steve and Barry’s close stores and abandon neighborhood shopping centers, Mt. Tejon has fared better downtown.

“I’m very hopeful,” Galvin said. “We did better last month than we did in (February) 2008 and business has been good this month. I have a button I wear that reads, ‘I refuse to participate in the recession.’ The majority of people really understand that.”

Sweetening tax day

MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery in the Promenade Shops at Briargate will give away scoops of ice cream on April 15 in honor of Tax Day.

In the nationwide MaggieMoo’s promotion, customers will be rewarded with one free single-scoop of ice cream during regular business hours.

“Our sales are up 10 percent this year over the same period from last year,” MaggieMoo’s store owner Louise Becker said. “Even though people may not be able to go out for an expensive meal, they can still go out for ice cream. We call (the promotion) the ice cream stimulus day.”

Louise and Bob Becker opened MaggieMoo’s in the Promenade Shops at Briargate when the shopping center opened during August 2003.

Curves food drive

During March, all Curves locations in Colorado Springs have been participating in the 11th Annual Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks.

The fitness chain is waiving its normal service fee for any new member who brings in a bag of non-perishable groceries and joins before March 28.

During the past five years, nearly 50 million pounds of food were distributed to local communities through the Curves Food Drive.

Curves operates 15 women’s only health clubs in El Paso County.

Visit www.curves.com to find locations.

Scott Prater covers retail for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.