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Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

Michele Hefner has spent half her life working at the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings. Now the general manager, Hefner, 39, ruminated recently with the Business Journal about her 20 years working at the popular tourist attraction west of Colorado Springs. How did you arrive at becoming manager of the attraction? Going to college, I got… Continue Reading Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

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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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Concours offers TLC for Euro car owners

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Concours offers TLC for Euro car owners

Upon first impression, Concours Cars in Old Colorado City may come across more as a museum than a fine European auto shop. A walk through the company’s facilities along the 2400 block of West Cucharras Street is a veritable trek through time: from the streets of post-war France in a black ’55 Citroen Traction Avant,… Continue Reading Concours offers TLC for Euro car owners

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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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Ride-sharing not friends with transport companies

Uber Technologies and Lyft, both San Francisco-based giants in the ride-sharing industry, have expanded to Colorado Springs over the past several months. Ride-share businesses allow consumers to hail rides from everyday people who use their personal vehicles in exchange for fares. The connection is made via a smartphone app and the costs rival, and often… Continue Reading Ride-sharing not friends with transport companies

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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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Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

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Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

The state of recreational marijuana sales in Manitou Springs remains both controversial and uncertain. Although the city’s voters now have the final say as to whether the sale of recreational marijuana should be allowed, the mountain town’s only two ordained pot purveyors are plugging ahead as planned. Before a small fraction of the town’s 5,100… Continue Reading Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

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Trader Joe’s to open Springs store Oct. 10

Colorado Springs won’t have to wait until 2015 for its new Trader Joe’s to open, after all. After months of insisting its target was early next year, the California-based specialty grocer announced this week its first Colorado Springs location at University Village Colorado will open Oct. 10. The 12,400-square-foot store, under construction at 5342 N.… Continue Reading Trader Joe’s to open Springs store Oct. 10

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MacVan carries every map imaginable

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MacVan carries every map imaginable

Bob Stanley used Google Maps on his smartphone once when he was delivering maps in Denver from MacVan Publishing, where he works as general manager. “I didn’t know Denver well and my smartphone took me out of the way,” Stanley said. “I was doing things I shouldn’t be doing — not practicing what I preach.… Continue Reading MacVan carries every map imaginable

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Reddy’s business: creating success stories

Venkat Reddy moved to the United States in 1984 at age 22 to pursue his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Penn State University. He now serves as a professor of finance, dean of the College of Business and associate vice chancellor for online programs at UCCS. His passion is educating young people to “become something… Continue Reading Reddy’s business: creating success stories

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