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One on One: Turk leads Stratton Home into centennial

Winfield Scott Stratton, a gold miner who struck it rich in 1891, is recognized as one of the most benevolent men in Colorado Springs’ history, and Mark Turk is leading the effort to continue fulfilling Stratton’s charitable vision. Turk is the executive director of the Myron Stratton Home, a palatial estate located at the southeast… Continue Reading One on One: Turk leads Stratton Home into centennial

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Longtime gardening store back in one piece

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Longtime gardening store back in one piece

Rick’s Garden Center Address: 1827 W. Uintah St. Website: ricksgardencenter.com Years in business: 65 Years under current ownership: 28 Name of family: Estes Number of employees: 10-35 (seasonal) The Estes family seems to understand the values of nature and nurture. When Mike and Gail Estes went on a cross-country road trip in the mid-1970s, they… Continue Reading Longtime gardening store back in one piece

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Pinery offers exclusive club overlooking downtown

Still under construction, the Pinery at the Hill now offers exclusive club memberships. The Club at the Pinery at the Hill will sell annual memberships for $2,850, and with that come many “deep discounts,” said owner Mitch Yellen. At least initially, Yellen expects to sell between 100 and 150 memberships. He said the current owners… Continue Reading Pinery offers exclusive club overlooking downtown

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Palmer Lake lives on, without the lake

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Palmer Lake lives on, without the lake

Palmer Lake is a lake no more. The fact that Palmer Lake is now dry has affected some businesses there, they say. But other business owners report business has been good, despite the lack of water. What used to be a reservoir teeming with fishermen in the summer and skaters in the winter is now… Continue Reading Palmer Lake lives on, without the lake

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The world of franchising: It costs more, but with benefits

Franchises — those businesses with recognizable names like McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, Radio Shack and more — have long represented a safe investment for people who want to work for themselves. And that’s as true in Colorado Springs as it is anywhere. The U.S. franchise sector created 27,913 jobs in June alone — the highest monthly number… Continue Reading The world of franchising: It costs more, but with benefits

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Foundation launches into tourism

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Foundation launches into tourism

For the Space Foundation, it’s truly a summer of discovery. For the first time, the 30-year-old organization has the room to display decades’ worth of space memorabilia – models of the Mars rover, exhibits from NASA’s space shuttle program, the only moon rock in the state of Colorado. And staff members have combined it all… Continue Reading Foundation launches into tourism

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How to buy a business: Some easy, others not

Caroline Bilodeau went into The Speedtrap coffee shop one day, asked the owner if he would sell the Palmer Lake business to her, and he said, “Yes.” “A week later, I came back with a check, and it was done,” Bilodeau said. “It was a very quick and simple sale.” Not all business sales are… Continue Reading How to buy a business: Some easy, others not

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UCCS celebrates progress on Lane Center project

UCCS officials say that construction of the institution’s new health sciences facility is on schedule and on budget as they prepare to install the last piece of the building’s superstructure. The Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, which is the university’s first structure in the North Nevada Avenue urban renewal zone, is on budget at… Continue Reading UCCS celebrates progress on Lane Center project

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Early tourism: About the same as last year

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Early tourism: About the same as last year

Business owners in the lodging and tourist trades report varying degrees of success after the first month of summer tourism season in the Colorado Springs area. Occupancy at the 54-room Cliff House at Pikes Peak was “great” over the Fourth of July weekend, said General Manager Paul York. “We’re at 80 percent for the month… Continue Reading Early tourism: About the same as last year

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Effects of interest rate increase all a matter of perspective

When the Federal Reserve signaled last month that interest rates would increase, it dropped a bomb on the housing and mortgage market that’s sending shockwaves through the industry. While Colorado Springs analysts and industry insiders are divided about both the long- and short-term effects of the rate increase, all agree that it will cause fluctuation… Continue Reading Effects of interest rate increase all a matter of perspective

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