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Local malls bucking holiday sales trends

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While department stores and malls across the nation reported dismal holiday sales over the Thanksgiving weekend, local malls say their sales increased dramatically over their projected goals.
At The Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs, stores had very happy holiday sales the first week of the shopping season, said Marketing Manager Diane Loschen. Continue Reading Local malls bucking holiday sales trends

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The Colorado Springs Independent

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First a church and then a theater, the building at 235 S. Nevada Ave. has undergone many changes since its construction in 1912.
Now housing the Colorado Springs Independent newspaper, the building’s interior design work won a citation from the American Institute of Architect’s Colorado Springs branch. Continue Reading The Colorado Springs Independent

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Shipping services get back on track

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Shipping woes that plagued retailers earlier in the year have eased somewhat, as gas prices have fallen and more drivers have been hired.
Current USA, a Colorado Springs-based retailer that specializes in wrapping paper and greeting cards, is entering into the busiest time of its fiscal year: the Christmas season. The retailer, which focuses on online and catalog sales, has kept its costs down by responding quickly to the changing energy market. Continue Reading Shipping services get back on track

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Costco, Lowe’s easing Nevada woes

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Jeff Brotman, chairman of Costco, has received thousands of letters from Colorado Springs residents, asking for a branch of the upscale, members-only store in the city. In 2007, those residents will get their wish.
Costco and Lowe’s will anchor a 700,000-square-foot retail center, designed to renew one of Colorado Spring’s “blighted” areas. Each store will be 150,000 square feet. Construction is expected to start early in 2006. Continue Reading Costco, Lowe’s easing Nevada woes

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Quick family dinners without the fast food

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When Pati Nuce was an accountant in Denver, she used Westminster-based Supper Solutions to provide meals during the week that a busy working mother could not. When her family moved to Colorado Springs, she decided to open a franchise of the popular business.
“Everyone is faced with the decision about what’s for dinner,” Nuce said. “And this was a way my family provided dinner and still had time to spend together. It seemed like a good fit.” Continue Reading Quick family dinners without the fast food

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Book highlights shops that line Tejon Street

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Tejon Street stores are getting credit for being on the cutting edge of a new wave of retailing – small shops with easy parking near restaurants and entertainment venues, according to a new book on shopping in Colorado.
“They really have come full circle,” said Judie Schwartz, author of “A Fashion Lover’s Guide to the Best Shopping in Denver and Beyond.” Continue Reading Book highlights shops that line Tejon Street

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Ex-skater finds thriving market

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When Sharene Eble was 14, her mom caught her faking an illness to avoid an ice skating competition – all because she didn’t like the dress her mother had made for her.
“It just didn’t look right, I hated it. I told her I didn’t want to wear it,” she said. “So my mother said, ‘there’s the machine, you can make your own.’ So I did. I started sewing my own then. After college, I got back into ice skating, and realized that there was a need for off-the-rack dresses. So I quit a great job as an accountant and started the business.” Continue Reading Ex-skater finds thriving market

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Cyber Monday becomes the new Black Friday

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On the heels of Black Friday – one of the busiest days of the shopping season – is another opportunity for a joyful holiday season for retailers: Cyber Monday.
Online retailers are increasingly focused on the Monday after Thanksgiving, taking advantage of the convenience of the Internet to continue the momentum from the weekend shopping bonanza. Many consumers, unwilling to brave crowds during the after-Thanksgiving sales, will take advantage of the convenience of the Internet to shop. Continue Reading Cyber Monday becomes the new Black Friday

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Boomers still shape market (8599)

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As Mick Jagger sang, “what a drag it is growing old.” That is, unless you’re a member of the largest demographic group in national history – with most of the nation’s net worth, and the ear of business marketers and advertising professionals. Continue Reading Boomers still shape market (8599)

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Retailers anticipating upbeat Black Friday

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By keeping marketing and advertising plans top secret, large retailers hope to create customer buzz for the upcoming holiday season, starting with the day known as Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving.
Stores open before sunrise, hoping to lure customers with sales on everything from laptop computers to Barbie dolls. In 2004, more than 71 percent of shoppers went to retailers on Black Friday, increasing sales by 4.8 percent compared to the previous year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. Continue Reading Retailers anticipating upbeat Black Friday

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