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Poor Richard’s renovates, plans coffee bar

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Visitors to Poor Richard’s – either the bookstore or the restaurant – have seen the hammering, sawing and painting in the space that used to house the business’s children’s bookstore.
Once the work is finished, the 1,500 square foot space will become a coffee and wine bar that hopes to attract patrons with live music, poetry readings and book signings. The retail location will also sell chocolates, juice and smoothies. Continue Reading Poor Richard’s renovates, plans coffee bar

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Attractions benefit from rise in LART revenue

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Colorado Springs tourist attractions will receive more money from the city, as lodging taxes increase for the second year in a row, according to Shelly Morgan, sales tax supervisor for Colorado Springs.
Known as LART, or Lodging and Rental Tax, the revenue consists of a 2 percent hotel tax and a 1 percent rental car tax. The money is collected by the city and is used to maintain and upgrade attractions such as Pikes Peak and other city attractions, Morgan said. Continue Reading Attractions benefit from rise in LART revenue

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Franchise opportunities for veterans

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Sherry and Michael Turner opened their Postal Annex+ franchise in June. Michael Turner served as a U.S. Army Ranger and as a Special Operations soldier for 25 years. After he retired, he discovered a program that wanted to reward him for those years of service. A former command sergeant major – the highest rank available… Continue Reading Franchise opportunities for veterans

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Ranch Foods Direct featured on Tokyo TV

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Mike Callicrate is becoming an international spokesman for independent ranchers and beef processors.
The owner of Colorado Springs' Ranch Foods Direct recently filmed a feature segment for TV Tokyo, a Japanese network that produces the only business television show in the country. Continue Reading Ranch Foods Direct featured on Tokyo TV

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Corporate gift giving could prove too taxing

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Business owners planning to give employees bonuses of any kind should be prepared to give Uncle Sam a little extra gift as wellin the way of employee taxes. Gift certificates, cash and event tickets all come with an extra bonus for the Internal Revenue Service. Continue Reading Corporate gift giving could prove too taxing

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Judi Lakin

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When Judi Lakin was a child, she was told that girls grew into mothers and wives – not executives with a passion for community service.
But Lakin ignored the standard, went to college and became a driving force in the Colorado Springs' volunteer and professional community. Continue Reading Judi Lakin

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Diana May

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Murder and mayhem are a normal part of Diana May's life. The chief deputy district attorney is an expert in prosecuting violent crimes – and she shares that expertise with police, domestic violence advocates and the courts.
In the midst of death and brutality, May never forgets her primary motivation: justice for the victims of those offenses. Continue Reading Diana May

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Trudy Strewler

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With a degree in organizational management, a love of children and a long history of volunteer service, Trudy Strewler became the first employee for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). That was 16 years ago.
Since then, she's been the driving force behind the organization's success. Continue Reading Trudy Strewler

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Country clubs reaching critical mass

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Tracy Kolata drives the golf cart around the Country Club of Colorado’s golf course, showing off the links to prospective members. Later, she’ll walk them by the tennis courts; show them the fitness center and the swimming pools.
It’s a routine she’s extremely familiar with – and a job she performs with increasing frequency, as the club wraps up a successful membership drive that has left it near its cap on golf memberships. Continue Reading Country clubs reaching critical mass

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New stores, new looks on display at Citadel

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Marketing managers at the Citadel Mall hope two new stores with a total footprint of more than 96,000 square feet will bring a flurry of new customers to the area just in time for the holiday season.
In addition to the Sportsman’s Warehouse, which opens Nov. 23 in the former Citadel Plaza, and Steve & Barry’s, opening inside Citadel Mall, several stores are getting new looks and locations. Continue Reading New stores, new looks on display at Citadel

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