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North Pole still has same lure

North Pole still has same lure

When Santa Claus needs to get away, he vacations in Cascade. That’s been the case since 1956, when the North Pole: Home of Santa’s Workshop, was created by Wesley Spurry. Following the model of a park in Lake Placid, N.Y., Spurry and investors Art Herzberger and George Haggard brought the Christmas-themed concept to the foot… Continue Reading North Pole still has same lure

BivySak brings adventure to front door

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BivySak brings adventure to front door

Having just launched a business catering to the Colorado lifestyle, friends Eric Liebold, Joe Thomas and Conaire Hallisy are about to celebrate their company’s one-week anniversary. “We are a true startup,” said Liebold, who also holds the position of COO for Chief Petroleum Co. BivySak, an online subscription service based in Colorado Springs, creates and… Continue Reading BivySak brings adventure to front door

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Sky Sox officially sign with Milwaukee

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Sky Sox officially sign with Milwaukee

Colorado Springs Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor said April seems so far away. “If you could start the 2015 season tomorrow, it wouldn’t be soon enough for us,” Ensor said Oct. 2 during a press conference in the banquet room of Security Service Field. “That’s the level of excitement we have.” Following… Continue Reading Sky Sox officially sign with Milwaukee

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Selling the  Springs: Entities join to market city below America’s Mountain

The Pikes Peak region has its own, built-in marketing strategy — America’s Mountain — but even the most relevant metros must strive to stay that way. “We capitalize on what our assets are,” said Ryan Cole, executive director of Pikes Peak Country Attractions. “Pikes Peak is one of the many great assets that we have.”… Continue Reading Selling the Springs: Entities join to market city below America’s Mountain

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High-tech expected to be popular this season

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High-tech expected to be popular this season

Smart watches, headphones, books, candy and the Quadcopter all have at least one thing in common: They’re all on the popular item list for this coming holiday season. Consumer confidence is rising, so the holiday season might see a slight increase in sales, according to economists. High-tech holiday items The popular choice for tech-smart individuals… Continue Reading High-tech expected to be popular this season

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Cycling exposure trumps impact

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Cycling exposure trumps impact

Stage 4 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge seemed to have an outright positive effect on few vendors along the Aug. 21 race route, but small business folks stand strongly in support of the event that brings international attention to the Pikes Peak region. The Colorado Springs leg exposed scores of local businesses to Pro… Continue Reading Cycling exposure trumps impact

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Ring the Peak lingers in concept, not reality

Until the early 20th century, Colorado Springs residents enjoyed virtually unfettered access to the forests, fields and lakes of the city’s mountain backdrop. In the early 1870s a trail led up Cheyenne Canyon, through Jones Park, to Seven Lakes and on to the summit of Pikes Peak. Cabins and homesteads dotted the slopes, and one… Continue Reading Ring the Peak lingers in concept, not reality

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Throughout the expansive room inside Library 21c, interested people gathered in clusters, listening to others, asking questions and receiving answers. The crowd estimated at 250 to 300 might not have been fully united, but on this Tuesday evening, even the known cynics kept their confrontational instincts in check. The event was billed as a “different”… Continue Reading C4C meeting produces more clarity

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LART makes us look less friendly

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As you already might have seen in this issue, Business Journal columnist John Hazlehurst takes the Colorado Springs city government to task for its treatment of nonprofit events seeking Lodgers and Automobile Renters Tax funding. As a direct result of City Council forcing event organizers to provide justification proving economic impact, and making that a… Continue Reading LART makes us look less friendly

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No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision.… Continue Reading No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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