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One on One: Fennell planted Ivywild’s ideas

James Fennell is the man behind the groundbreaking design of the Ivywild School, a redeveloped elementary school at 1604 S. Cascade Ave. that houses several trendy new restaurants as well as the famed Bristol Brewing Company. Fennell, who owns the local architectural design company, Fennell Group, talked with the Business Journal this week about how his… Continue Reading One on One: Fennell planted Ivywild’s ideas

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Small businesses come, go, stay downtown

Some businesses in downtown Colorado Springs have experienced extreme ups and downs lately. One business closed its doors, one is expanding, and yet another signed a one-year lease. “I think we’re always disappointed to see any business leave downtown,” said Laurel Prud’homme, director of communications for the Downtown Partnership, “especially one that provides folks another… Continue Reading Small businesses come, go, stay downtown

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Future is now: Springs bioscience sector growing stronger

For the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the 41 companies in the city’s bioscience sector represent both an economic boon and the chance to create a larger industry cluster that will bring high-paying jobs and high-tech expertise to the region. From companies that develop stem-cell assays for research laboratories to those that manufacture tiny devices… Continue Reading Future is now: Springs bioscience sector growing stronger

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Marriage made in chocolate heaven?

The chocolate in Kellogg’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Chocolatey Almond brand breakfast cereal, now available at local Target stores, does not come from the Durango-based Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. In fact, it does not contain the ingredient required for the legal definition of chocolate: Cocoa butter. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory logo is featured prominently… Continue Reading Marriage made in chocolate heaven?

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Cabela’s ready to make its entry into Colorado

When Cabela’s opens the doors of its two new Denver-area stores this August, Colorado Springs residents will be able to trim 200 miles from their trek to the retail chain’s closest outposts. The outdoors merchandiser announced last year the implementation of a different business model for the pair of new locations — a 110,000 square-foot… Continue Reading Cabela’s ready to make its entry into Colorado

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Anticipation for Ivywild lures early crowds

Ivywild School, the 100-year-old former schoolhouse that has been redeveloped into restaurants and a brewery, was busy with customers before it was fully open. The Meat Locker, offering various smoked sausages and bacon, made an unannounced opening at noon on June 5 in Ivywild’s south wing, and within an hour, dozens of people were filling… Continue Reading Anticipation for Ivywild lures early crowds

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One on One: BBB’s Noleen behind stronger Small Business Week

This year, National Small Business Week has taken a giant leap forward in El Paso County — and Marjorie Noleen is one of the people behind the push. Noleen, who is marketing director for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, teamed up with other small business proponents to present a widely varied schedule of… Continue Reading One on One: BBB’s Noleen behind stronger Small Business Week

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More isn’t always better: Job picture brightens, but still complicated by underemployment

All the experts agree: Jobs are returning to Colorado Springs. They also agree that it’s going to be a long, slow slog back to the days of peak levels of employment. El Paso County has added about 4,200 jobs in the past year — that’s pretty good news, says Tom Zwirlein, professor of finance at… Continue Reading More isn’t always better: Job picture brightens, but still complicated by underemployment

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Food trucks roll from breakfast to post-dinner

Just a few years ago, Sara Crowell flew C-130 cargo planes for the U.S. Air Force. Now she’s flying a food truck downtown, serving up organic fare. The Local serves locally grown salads, and sandwiches with antibiotic- and hormone-free beef. They also have options for gluten-free and vegetarian dining. The Local is one of six… Continue Reading Food trucks roll from breakfast to post-dinner

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Cutting edge: Arts could drive much of downtown’s renaissance

Experts around the country argue that arts and culture have the power to transform blighted areas into vibrant ones and drive economic development — a philosophy that downtown Colorado Springs leaders take to heart. As part of a dramatic restructuring at the Downtown Partnership, a staffed downtown advocacy organization, Lara Garritano has been named the… Continue Reading Cutting edge: Arts could drive much of downtown’s renaissance

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