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Retirement doesn’t mean less love for downtown

Jacque Stanley loves downtown Colorado Springs. For years it has given her photographs, good times and a livelihood. As a teenager, Stanley made her first traffic court appearance at what is now the Pioneers Museum; she had a first date at Poor Richard’s with the man who would become her husband; and she has worked… Continue Reading Retirement doesn’t mean less love for downtown

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Businesses move out of and around downtown

Several businesses in downtown Colorado Springs have moved, will move, or plan to close. Two are moving to the Chapel Hills Mall. Susan Godec will close her Phancy Pheasant at 220 N. Tejon St. because of a drop in business that she attributed to downtown vagrancy and parking. “I feel like it’s just the wrong… Continue Reading Businesses move out of and around downtown

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City center’s resurgence filling vacancies

Downtown Colorado Springs can boast of several new shopping, dining, drinking and entertainment options, and there’s more in the works. “Overall, we’re excited because there are new businesses coming that provide more diversity for shopping and dining, and that always helps,” said Laurel Prud’homme, director of communications for the Downtown Partnership. “Within the core of… Continue Reading City center’s resurgence filling vacancies

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3D printing community brings nontraditional retail

Three-dimensional printing is now a mainstay among the world’s tech communities, and the craft once used only by micro-manufacturers and hobbyists is now readily available in the Springs. In April, a fourth branch of the Denver-based 3D Printing Store — “The first retail store in America catering to consumers, hobbyists and professionals,” according to its… Continue Reading 3D printing community brings nontraditional retail

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Farmers markets: local wares, slower pace

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Farmers markets: local wares, slower pace

They are the nomads of retail. They ferry their tents and wares, set up fleeting cities and entice passersby with their samples and smiles before packing away their produce and crafts; their racks and cash. They move on to the next fair, the next parking lot or the next stretch of closed-off street. They are… Continue Reading Farmers markets: local wares, slower pace

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Vinyl records’ resurgence felt by local stores

Colorado Springs continues to feel the resurgence of vinyl as music listeners begin to shift their focus back from CDs to LPs. What once was a niche for only the most serious record collectors has turned into a fad fueled not by members of Generation X, but by their children. The three local record vendors… Continue Reading Vinyl records’ resurgence felt by local stores

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Pawn shops look to shed sketchy image

“I was thereto buy a pistol, she was there to hock her ring. The broker in that pawn shop deals in almost anything. He’ll pay you for your misery or he’ll sell you someone’s pain, and that twinkle in his greedy eyes says you’ll also be his game.” Conway Twitty sang those “Saturday Night Special”… Continue Reading Pawn shops look to shed sketchy image

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Today, resale is the new retail

In Colorado Springs, a person can purchase virtually any item, new or used. Standard new and used items — cars and homes — are for sale throughout town. Then there are other things, items like tires you wouldn’t normally see sold used. Even on Craigslist. Several cunning business owners in Colorado Springs have made “resale… Continue Reading Today, resale is the new retail

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Military presence strong; future unclear

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Military presence strong; future unclear

As part of last year’s Budget Control Act, Congress mandated $1.2 trillion in cuts across federal agencies, including $50 billion in Pentagon cuts over the next decade. Despite recent congressional austerity measures and the looming threat and uncertainty surrounding base realignments and closures, or BRAC, the Pikes Peak region’s military sector remains strong, according to… Continue Reading Military presence strong; future unclear

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Gourmet eatery settling into new digs

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Gourmet eatery settling into new digs

There were all of six tables and a single deli cooler at its former location on West Cucharras Street. Fast-forward two months, move everything four blocks to 26th Street and U.S. 24, quintuple the space and — voilà! — you have the new and vastly expanded Garden of the Gods Gourmet. One of the Westside’s… Continue Reading Gourmet eatery settling into new digs

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