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Polaris Pointe to include water park

Polaris Pointe to include water park

Nearly five years after Polaris Pointe (formerly Copper Ridge at Northgate) began as an urban renewal project in north Colorado Springs, businesses continue to slowly populate the development, including a large indoor water park and resort expected to open next year. Still without the infrastructure that was expected to support Polaris Pointe’s growth, developer/investor Gary… Continue Reading Polaris Pointe to include water park

InterQuest Parkway making snail’s progress

At its northernmost point, Powers Boulevard is met with a juxtaposition. By now, InterQuest Parkway was supposed to be a vibrant strip of hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants, offices and residences. Instead, semi-finished buildings left vacant for 10 years stand mere feet from new construction. Stymied by a stagnant economy and developer bankruptcy, associated players are… Continue Reading InterQuest Parkway making snail’s progress

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Discarded main streets symptoms of bigger issue

In 1985, Citizens Goals launched “Project 2000,” a community-based effort to find “creative solutions to the challenges affecting our quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region now and into the future.” The project focused on fears that badly planned and poorly regulated development would degrade the region’s quality of life. While the lengthy draft… Continue Reading Discarded main streets symptoms of bigger issue

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Godec’s stays true through change of ownership

Photography may be an art, but it’s also a business — at least both are the case for Godec’s Photo Supply in downtown Colorado Springs. But, just as with art, businesses age and are passed along, sometimes falling into the hands of a third party who may approach it with new enthusiasm. “Once photos get… Continue Reading Godec’s stays true through change of ownership

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Retail holiday sales increase 4 percent

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Retail holiday sales increase 4 percent

Confident consumers stocked up on holiday gifts and other merchandise over the 2014 holiday season, helping boost overall holiday retail sales to their highest level since 2011, according to a news release issued by the National Retail Federation. Total holiday retail sales, which include November and December sales, increased 4 percent to $616 billion, which… Continue Reading Retail holiday sales increase 4 percent

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Pop Up Shops fill storefront vacancies

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Pop Up Shops fill storefront vacancies

Shoppers familiar with downtown may come across some unfamiliar businesses this holiday season. Pop Up Shops, a program facilitated by the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Partnership, provides an opportunity for budding small business owners to test the water without daunting commitments. “It provides an option for potential new retailers to test the market,” said… Continue Reading Pop Up Shops fill storefront vacancies

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Colorado Kite & Ski lightens cost factor

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Colorado Kite & Ski lightens cost factor

It was just after 10 a.m. when a chilled Stan Wolf answered a call at his ski shop on the Westside of Colorado Springs. “Colorado Kite & Ski,” he answered enthusiastically. “Yes, we have everything you need for snowboarding. … Do not rent in the mountains — it’s like $45 a day and mine are… Continue Reading Colorado Kite & Ski lightens cost factor

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University Village: prosperous property

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University Village: prosperous property

Five years have passed since part of a fledgling urban renewal project in north-central Colorado Springs began a journey to become a shopping and dining mecca. In those five years, University Village Colorado — an 80-acre property once peppered with derelict motels and blight — has become a major source of both employment and tax… Continue Reading University Village: prosperous property

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Manitou wraps up a successful summer

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Manitou wraps up a successful summer

By Jeanne Davant Pikes Peak Bulletin Manitou Springs’ economy is coming back strong from the downturn of the past two years and appears to be on pace for a record-breaking summer. “The July numbers were the best I’ve ever seen,” says Finance Director Becca Davis. “All in all, I think we’ve made a strong recovery.”… Continue Reading Manitou wraps up a successful summer

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Barracuda owner finds success in OCC

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Barracuda owner finds success in OCC

“Beautiful should always be affordable.” That’s a phrase that flows frequently from the lips of Barracuda Bazaar owner Kim McKenna. Although they aren’t her words — the motto started with the company’s founder a few blocks down and nearly two decades ago — they keep her striving to meet the needs of those she calls… Continue Reading Barracuda owner finds success in OCC

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