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Food Designers will design, build and serve

The Food Designers, Motif Info: 115 S. 25th St., 632-5414 In business: Purchased existing business in 2005 Number of employees: 7 full-time; 30-40 part-time The Food Designers do more than that: They invent, build and serve culinary delights for your special event, whether it’s a wedding, a bar mitzvah or a special dinner party in… Continue Reading Food Designers will design, build and serve

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Manitou Brewing becomes reality

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Manitou Brewing becomes reality

It was the perfect escape from the typical March weather in Colorado. As people lined the streets for Manitou Springs’ Carnivale Mardi Gras celebration, the area’s newest brewery became reality. Manitou Brewing, at 725 Manitou Ave. in the Promenade building, opened its doors March 1 and was met with a packed house almost instantly with… Continue Reading Manitou Brewing becomes reality

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Businesses shift in downtown Manitou

Walking around downtown Manitou Springs, you wouldn’t necessarily know that disaster struck just six months ago. The clues are there. Sandbags poised plump and ready behind the Manitou Spa building. Heavy equipment dredging Fountain Creek behind Cañon Avenue. “For Rent” signs scattered among empty storefronts around town. Many businesses uprooted as a result of the… Continue Reading Businesses shift in downtown Manitou

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Patke’s passion leads to more affordable housing

Greccio Housing Executive Director Lee Patke grew up in Bryan, Texas. During high school, he worked half the day and attended school the other half, saving money for college. Even as a youth, he did volunteer work: “Giving back to the community has always been an integral part of who I am.” An eight-year member… Continue Reading Patke’s passion leads to more affordable housing

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Clouds loom over Drake’s future

When Colorado Springs Utilities first constructed a coal-fired power plant on the Drake site 80 years ago, it was a reasonable decision. Electricity demand was growing, and generating plants had to be situated near customers, as well as close to a rail line. If the working-class neighbors near the plant didn’t like the soot falling… Continue Reading Clouds loom over Drake’s future

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What dictates where you shop for groceries?

Everyone in Colorado Springs has two things in common. The weather and food. We have no control over the weather, but we can choose where to shop for our groceries. If low prices were the only criteria that dictated where to go, Colorado Springs residents would shop at Safeway. A recent Colorado Springs Business Journal… Continue Reading What dictates where you shop for groceries?

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Downtown club open to all car aficionados

What do men want? What do women want? Ron Johnson, Johnny Martin and Dustin Morgan hope their new venture will appeal to both sexes. Johnny Martin’s Car Central is a private club located in a 7,500-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Central Bancorp building at 1 S. Nevada Ave. It’s the first private… Continue Reading Downtown club open to all car aficionados

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Colorado ranks high in catastrophic claims

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Colorado ranks high in catastrophic claims

As a result of wildfires and hailstorms, Colorado has found itself in the top 10 states in the nation for filing catastrophic insurance claims. A catastrophe is defined as a natural disaster that produces more than $25 million in insured damage. “We are seeing homeowners insurance premiums rising across the country and here in Colorado,”… Continue Reading Colorado ranks high in catastrophic claims

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Dulcimer Shop looks to web for hope

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Dulcimer Shop looks to web for hope

  After 40 years in business, the Dulcimer Shop in Manitou Springs has closed, and the Ford family is doing what they can to keep the adjoining woodworking shop falling into the hands of the Internal Revenue Service. A profile on the popular crowdfunding website IndieGoGo.com surfaced Feb. 26 notifying the community that if its… Continue Reading Dulcimer Shop looks to web for hope

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PeAk Communication Systems keeps you plugged in

PeAk Communication Systems Info: 6180 Lake Shore Court, 590-PEAK In business: Since April 1995 Number of employees: 7 In the past 20 years, telephone technology has progressed from using a tangible switch box in the office to using the intangible cloud for storage. Having been in the telephone servicing business more than 40 years, Steve… Continue Reading PeAk Communication Systems keeps you plugged in

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