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Pikes Peak Brewing races to meet demand

MONUMENT — Chris Wright did his homework before launching his beer business, Pikes Peak Brewing Co., in 2011. With a background in engineering and the U.S. Army, Wright found that Colorado Springs had the fourth-highest concentration of craft beer drinkers in the country. Colorado Springs was listed behind only Denver, Portland and Seattle, he said.… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Brewing races to meet demand

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Sundance creates mountain lodge with modern touches

Opened in 2008, Sundance Mountain Lodge in Monument sits on five acres, nestled among trees, with panoramic views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. Owner Gary Oakley renovated a hotel, creating an eco-friendly destination resort, designed with natural log and stone accents, to feel like a ski lodge — but with modern amenities. Located… Continue Reading Sundance creates mountain lodge with modern touches

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Serranos serves smiles and more

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Serranos serves smiles and more

MONUMENT — Carl Nolt made his way in the coffee business, starting at age 20 in Washington state at The Wet Whisker, which later grew into Seattle’s Best Coffee. “It’s been a great business. I love it,” said Nolt, now 53 and owner of Serranos Coffee Co. On any given day and at any time… Continue Reading Serranos serves smiles and more

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Inn at Palmer Divide finds its niche

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The Inn at Palmer Divide is a quiet, relatively new hotel/events center located north of Colorado Highway 105 between Monument and Palmer Lake. With 24 rooms and ample space for hosting weddings, small conferences, and community events, its location is ideal for travelers who don’t want to deal with the traffic and crowds of Denver… Continue Reading Inn at Palmer Divide finds its niche

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Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts stays busy

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In 1997, Jina Brennaman, a young mother of four, moved to Palmer Lake from Glenwood Springs, where she had taught ceramics at the Glenwood Center for the Arts. Once here, she saw a vacant building with ample room for artists to work and display their art, persuaded donors to buy the building and began offering… Continue Reading Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts stays busy

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Wine Seller provides options for aficionados

MONUMENT — On Saturday afternoons, savvy wine connoisseurs can be found tasting an eclectic variety of varietals at The Wine Seller. In March 2000, proprietor Dirk Stamp bought the boutique, which specializes in wines from around the world, as well as some specialty spirits and beer. “We go out of our way to choose unique… Continue Reading Wine Seller provides options for aficionados

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Blue skies ahead: Fort Carson benefits from revived funding, a sign of its stature

While President Barack Obama was signing a $1.1 trillion appropriations act into law last week, Colorado Springs’ reassured Army outpost was looking at a hefty check it is waiting to cash. Of the $487 billion that the legislation set aside for the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2014 budget, $9.8 billion will fund military construction… Continue Reading Blue skies ahead: Fort Carson benefits from revived funding, a sign of its stature

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Replenished funding for higher ed could help recovery

Higher education in Colorado felt the pain as much as any state-supported function during the budget cuts of recession years. But now the Legislature is working to restore much of that funding. In the 2014 General Assembly that convened last week in Denver, bills and budget increases that some legislators call historic have potential to… Continue Reading Replenished funding for higher ed could help recovery

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State legislation could expand community college degree offerings

Colorado’s Legislature is not only filled with measures aimed at increasing the flow of funding to all of the state’s higher education institutions, but also to those that prepare to expand the offerings of a select few. Introduced by Colorado Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, Senate Bill 14-004 concerns “the role and mission of community colleges”… Continue Reading State legislation could expand community college degree offerings

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Focus: 10 companies to watch in 2014

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Focus: 10 companies to watch in 2014

In a perfect world, every company would be smart enough, fleet-footed enough and wily enough to be a top performer—without capitalism being compromised, clients suffering, or revenue declining. In reality, competition in the business world ranges from reasonable to ruthless, and success may arguably hinge half on sheer force of will and half on serendipity. In… Continue Reading Focus: 10 companies to watch in 2014

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