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Urban gardening: Concept creates useful oases in underserved neighborhoods

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens founder Larry Stebbins’ duties are too numerous to fit on a business card. Botanist, community advocate, unifier and oasis-maker are just the tip of the radish. On one summer day or another, through an undistinctive parking lot lined with barbed-wire-topped fences, Stebbins will trek across a pitted driveway to the north… Continue Reading Urban gardening: Concept creates useful oases in underserved neighborhoods

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Working downtown: What would grandma say?

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Working downtown: What would grandma say?

Grandma Halter taught me to feel fortunate for the things I was afforded — often while clipping coupons and humming some unidentifiable Irish folk song. I was recently reminded of that lesson when the Business Journal management told employees that this fall it will move the CSBJ offices from the perch at Platte Avenue and… Continue Reading Working downtown: What would grandma say?

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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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