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A Colorado Springs running store has been named a top choice in four readers’ polls by Runners World magazine.
Colorado Running Co., 833 N. Tejon St., won for the mountain region in the categories of general excellence, best customer service, best community outreach and best product selection. Continue Reading Running specialty store tops national mag polls

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State franchise growth outpaces nation

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Last year, business attorney Michele Fagin noticed something: an increasing amount of her practice involved franchise questions, contracts and user agreements.
“I’m spending a lot of time dealing with this,” she said. “It’s interesting. About a year ago, it was just a small part of what I do for a living. But I spent about 80 percent of my time last week with two clients who had franchising contracts. Overall, it covers about 20 percent of my practice.” Continue Reading State franchise growth outpaces nation

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“We call it ‘one of.’ When a community has the ability to support a unique thing that there’s only one of in the entire community, that’s what we’re looking for.” Continue Reading Imagine Downtown sets ‘lofty’ goals for Springs

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Saboz doubles display area, inventory, styles

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One of Colorado Springs’ upscale shoe stores now carries more styles and selections.
“We took an area that used to be dressing rooms – we were using it for storage,” said Saboz owner Linda Bridger. “We remodeled and more than doubled our shoe display area.” Continue Reading Saboz doubles display area, inventory, styles

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Some companies focus on low prices as a marketing technique; others focus on customer service. A few businesses provide insight into the company’s practices and philosophies.
By taking a page from food distributors, Timberland is taking a new approach to marketing its retail products. Starting this fall, the outdoor clothing retailer will provide a “nutritional label” for all its shoes. Continue Reading Timberland bragging about the size of its footprint

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Retailers, police team up against crime

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Colorado Springs retailers are facing a new kind of shoplifter: professional gangs who sell their ill-gotten gains for drugs.
“We have the same kind of shoplifting as any city our size,” said Dave Husted, crime prevention officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department. “It’s a problem here, particularly with meth(amphetamine) addicts.”
Shoplifting costs retailers $10 billion annually nationwide. Continue Reading Retailers, police team up against crime

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Former Sky Sox player now pitches dry cleaning

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Workers and residents in downtown and south Colorado Springs now have another option for dry cleaning their clothes – Pressed4Time, a franchise owned and operated by former Sky Sox pitcher Scott Randall.
Randall bought the franchise in October, and said business has been successful, but there is room for growth.
“I have plenty of routes still available,” he said. “I hope to really grow the business. Everyone who uses it loves it – it really saves time.” Continue Reading Former Sky Sox player now pitches dry cleaning

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Men bearing brunt of high cost of love

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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. Continue Reading Men bearing brunt of high cost of love

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Happy trails to you?

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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. Continue Reading Happy trails to you?

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Alternative fuel sources are blowing in the wind

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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. Continue Reading Alternative fuel sources are blowing in the wind

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