The Beatles sang “all you need is love,” but on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t hurt to bring along roses, chocolate and jewelry.
Consumers are preparing for Cupid’s holiday, expecting to spend an average of $100.80 on Feb. 14 – doling out cash for everything from greeting cards to diamond jewelry.
The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is considering ending a nearly 25-year association with Colorado Springs, and accepting a proposal to move to Albuquerque, N.M.
While neither pro-rodeo officials nor the New Mexico government is talking specifically about the proposal offered by the state, Hall of Fame board of directors met Wednesday morning to discuss the merits of the proposal.
With energy prices soaring, traditional petroleum companies are embracing new technology, such as biodiesel and ethanol, while newer companies are creating demand for wind energy to power homes and offices.
At Acorn Petroleum Inc., Ken and Harlan Oaks started selling an ethanol blend, known as E-85, which is 85 percent ethanol, more than eight years ago. A little more than 18 months ago, the company, which has stores across Colorado’s Front Range, started selling a biodiesel blend of 20 percent vegetable oil and 80 percent diesel. The Colorado Springs store is at 529 S. Sawatch.
A family friendly fitness chain with locations across the country is set to open its second location in Colorado Springs this summer.
Fitness 19 is building a 7,200-square-foot gym at Union Town Center. The other Fitness 19 location is on Stetson Hills Boulevard.
With some ski resorts reporting snow packs of up to 239 inches, the high country’s record winter precipitation has led to record sales at Colorado Springs equipment shops.
“It’s been a phenomenal season,” said Kevin Kinney, manager at The Ski Shop at 1422 Tejon St. “We’ve had a lot of snow in the high country and we’re actually having a real ski season.”
Collin Becker, one of the top mountain bike racers in Colorado, credits a local bike shop owner with his success.
Becker said his professional status, which includes wins at the Colorado State Championship and the Norba National in Big Bear, Calif., as well as a showing at the 2005 World Cup, is largely because of Balanced Rock Bike Shop owner Tim Watkins.
Maggie Mae’s restaurant, a mainstay of Colorado Springs, has a new owner – but the same management team.
Chuck Graybill, who has managed the diner for nine years, bought the building that houses the restaurant.
“Our lease was up,” he said. “We were going to buy another property, but had some trouble. So, for a lot of reasons, we just made an offer on this building.”
As construction crews continue plans for Wal-Mart and developers sign leases for other national retail stores and restaurants, Monument Marketplace looms large in the minds of residents and businesses.
Many businesses welcome the new development, which, in addition to the already-open Home Depot, includes a Kohl’s in its future. Chili’s will be the first national restaurant chain to join the development. The company signed a lease for 1.8 acres at the site, and construction has already started.
Reports of the demise of Foxworth Galbraith in El Paso County have been greatly exaggerated.
Instead of leaving the Monument market because of competition from Home Depot, the 105 year old lumber company is scheduled to expand in the Colorado Springs marketplace, said owner Ted Galbraith.
With eBay sales increasing each year – 36 percent last year alone – state governments are seeking to cash in on the e-commerce bonanza.
And e-tailers like Jim Reeder and Steve Plentka of Consider it Sold are going to Washington to take on lawmakers who want to charge a sales tax for each item sold via the Web.