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Manitou retail pot ballot question likely

Less than two months after Manitou Springs City Council approved the licensing of retail marijuana businesses on the city’s eastern edge, one band of disapproving opponents still hasn’t given up. Manitou business owner Tim Haas, who started the campaign known as “No Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs,” said he estimates the group has gathered between… Continue Reading Manitou retail pot ballot question likely

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Opinion: Disasters have their aftershocks

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Opinion: Disasters have their aftershocks

In today’s nonstop world of breaking news, far too often we move to the next headlines and forget yesterday’s major stories — even when they happen here among us. Surely the residents of our area haven’t forgotten the natural disasters of the past two years. But sometimes it seems that way. We endured the nightmare… Continue Reading Opinion: Disasters have their aftershocks

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Banks compete with new Square on the block

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Banks compete with new Square on the block

After more than a week without the ability to process credit and debit card payments, Clara Paulson was forced to make a decision. Paulson, who owns and operates Organica Herb & Tea Company in Old Colorado City, had used the same card processing company for years before her service was canceled with no warning and… Continue Reading Banks compete with new Square on the block

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New vehicle registrations jump 3 percent

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Colorado new car and truck sales started the year in a positive direction as registrations increased 3 percent in January over January 2013. Those results and more are available in the January 2014 Colorado Auto Outlook Report released this week by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA). New vehicle registrations for Porsche, Audi and Lexus… Continue Reading New vehicle registrations jump 3 percent

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Indulgence Festival raises funds for Zonta

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Indulgence Festival raises funds for Zonta

Some 1,200 guests indulged in sweet confections, chocolate and cocktails during the third annual Colorado Indulgence Festival Sunday at the Antler’s Hotel downtown. The sold-out festival featured more than 80 sweet or savory creations, wine, beer and liquors, according to Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events, which organized and staged the festival. A Tesla… Continue Reading Indulgence Festival raises funds for Zonta

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NRF: Winter weather affects retail spending

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NRF: Winter weather affects retail spending

Consumers leveled off post-holiday shopping and spending in the beginning of the year due in part to severe winter weather in much of the country. According to the National Retail Federation – the world largest retail trade association – January retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) were flat seasonally adjusted month-to-month yet increased… Continue Reading NRF: Winter weather affects retail spending

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Broncos items selling briskly

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Broncos items selling briskly

Sporting goods stores around the region report brisk sales of Denver Broncos merchandise leading into the Super Bowl. Sunday, the AFC champion Denver Broncos take on the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in the most-watched sporting event of the year. Sales have “doubled, quadrupled the sales of previous years,” said Michael Reffalt, store manager of Sports… Continue Reading Broncos items selling briskly

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Tejon feels downtown turnover

The new year is bringing new changes to the downtown business scene, particularly up and down the main artery of Tejon Street. A number of new businesses are taking root on Tejon, replacing some of the area’s recognizable mainstays. In other cases, businesses are closing and leaving behind vacancies. For example, the iconic Olive Branch… Continue Reading Tejon feels downtown turnover

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Sanders has ambitious plans for 2014

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Sanders has ambitious plans for 2014

More than a year after Colorado Springs businessman Perry Sanders announced plans to spread his New Orleans-themed brand throughout local, regional and national markets, he says it’s all coming together. Sanders, owner of The Mining Exchange – A Wyndham Grand Hotel and adjacent Springs Orleans restaurant, said that he is working on two downtown renovation… Continue Reading Sanders has ambitious plans for 2014

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As Colorado Springs watches, county’s first retail shops could open by April. On Jan. 21, the Manitou Springs City Council voted on a second reading of an ordinance to allow two retail marijuana stores to operate within a narrowly defined commercial area of the city. Since the Council passed the ordinance on first presentation by… Continue Reading Manitou set to own pot market

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