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2005 Gas prices take toll on tourism

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High gas prices and unemployment kept travelers at home during the summer tourism season, but the city is now armed with new traveler research and additional tax money for local attractions.
Colorado Springs experienced a lackluster summer season, according to a summer tourism survey report from Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak, formerly the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. Continue Reading 2005 Gas prices take toll on tourism

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Second Lowe’s set to open at Powers, Union

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The newest Lowe’s store is preparing to open on Jan. 13, with more than 116,000 square feet of retail space.
The store, located at the intersection of Union and Powers boulevards, is the second Lowe’s to open in Colorado Springs. Lowe’s is one of the anchors at the First and Main Center on Powers.
“We’re opening an average of one new store every three days,” said Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb. “We’re currently in the fastest expansion in Lowe’s 60-year history.” Continue Reading Second Lowe’s set to open at Powers, Union

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Retailers not seeing boost in Internet sales

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From books to electronics, Santa’s sack will be filled with goodies this year, but only a small percentage will be purchased via the Internet.
According to a Deloitte & Touche study, the appeal of the Internet is leveling off, with holiday sales remaining the same this year as last. Continue Reading Retailers not seeing boost in Internet sales

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One monumental retail undertaking

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Sierra Commercial Real Estate is tapping into an underserved retail market in Monument and creating one of the largest retail developments in El Paso County.
Located just off Jackson Creek Parkway, between Highway 105 and Interstate 25, Monument Market Place will provide 650,000 square feet of retail space, said Mark Useman, senior marketing director for the real estate company. Continue Reading One monumental retail undertaking

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It’s still not too late to ship holiday gifts

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Last minute shoppers do not have to despair. Several Internet sites are still offering shipping – sometimes at no additional charge – for gifts purchased as late as 4 p.m. Dec. 23.
Luxury stores, such as Brookstone, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, diamond.com and RedEnvelope.com, all offer shipping as late as Dec. 23, said Brad Wilson, a professional shopper and founder of bradsdeals.com. Continue Reading It’s still not too late to ship holiday gifts

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Middle class slipping away

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The message from economic experts and business owners is clear: change business practices or be affected by the loss of middle-class incomes.
Skyrocketing health care costs and disappearing jobs are contributing to the shrinking of America’s middle class, which can negatively affect businesses that depend on that market segment. Continue Reading Middle class slipping away

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Sometimes, you don’t have to see to believe

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After graduating from college, Kevan Worley found doors shut in his face time after time. As a blind man, he had trouble finding a job. Then, he found a solution.
“I heard about the Randolph Sheppard Act,” he said. “And I thought if these people can train me so I can own my own business, become an entrepreneur, then I can take it from there.” Continue Reading Sometimes, you don’t have to see to believe

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Rock Bottom Brewery opens on Powers Blvd

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Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc., the company that owns Old Chicago, opened its first Rock Bottom restaurant and brewery in Colorado Springs this week.
Located at Powers and South Carefree in the Main Street shopping plaza, the restaurant joins three Old Chicago restaurants in Colorado Springs, but is the first of the company’s brewery concepts to enter the market. Continue Reading Rock Bottom Brewery opens on Powers Blvd

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Jean-Marie Designs moves to new location

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Jean-Marie Designs now has three times more space – the floral company moved to a new location at 25 E. Cheyenne Road.
“We were downtown for 18 years,” owner Jean-Marie Handal said. “We were in a small space, an opportunity came open to buy the new building. It was a great real estate investment.” Continue Reading Jean-Marie Designs moves to new location

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Skiers return en masse to Colo. snow slopes

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The slopes will be crowded this season – at least at Colorado’s destination ski resorts, where advance reservations have increased each month since August.
According to the Mountain Travel Research Program, a resource information business that gathers and analyzes data at the nation’s ski resorts, Colorado resorts saw an increase of 15 percent in advance reservations in August. The number fell to 4 percent above last year’s after the hurricanes in September, and October’s report also was 4 percent above last year’s figures. Continue Reading Skiers return en masse to Colo. snow slopes

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