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Meet the new boss … same as the old boss

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Maggie Mae’s restaurant, a mainstay of Colorado Springs, has a new owner – but the same management team.
Chuck Graybill, who has managed the diner for nine years, bought the building that houses the restaurant.
“Our lease was up,” he said. “We were going to buy another property, but had some trouble. So, for a lot of reasons, we just made an offer on this building.” Continue Reading Meet the new boss … same as the old boss

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Retail industry expects to experience tough year

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Consumers will spend less in 2006, thanks to a slower housing market and rising energy costs, according to a study from the National Retail Federation.
The nation’s largest retail trade association predicts that industry sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, will increase 4.7 percent from last year. Continue Reading Retail industry expects to experience tough year

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Guinea Pigg sets sights on Tejon Street location

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The Guinea Pigg, a store specializing in women’s clothing and accessories, will open at 110 N. Tejon St. in April, moving from its 30-year location in Old Colorado City.
The store is owned by Sy and Sue Bachman. Continue Reading Guinea Pigg sets sights on Tejon Street location

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Local retailers rang up a very merry holiday season, outperforming national trends, thanks in large part to gift cards and last-minute shoppers.
At The Citadel Mall, sales were up 2.5 percent compared to last year during the final week of Christmas shopping, said Diane Loschen, marketing manager for the mall. Continue Reading Malls’ holiday sales rise; discount chains mixed

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PPIBA seeks volunteers to plan promotions

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The Pikes Peak Independent Business Alliance needs volunteers to contact members and plan events to promote local businesses.
“We had a few setbacks in the last part of 2005,” said Andy Gipe, president of the PPIBA. “But we do have the Web site up, and the online director is working. We just need manpower at this point. We’re trying to get back in touch with members and get things started again.” Continue Reading PPIBA seeks volunteers to plan promotions

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Second Lowe’s set to open at Powers, Union

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The newest Lowe’s store is preparing to open on Jan. 13, with more than 116,000 square feet of retail space.
The store, located at the intersection of Union and Powers boulevards, is the second Lowe’s to open in Colorado Springs. Lowe’s is one of the anchors at the First and Main Center on Powers.
“We’re opening an average of one new store every three days,” said Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb. “We’re currently in the fastest expansion in Lowe’s 60-year history.” Continue Reading Second Lowe’s set to open at Powers, Union

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It’s still not too late to ship holiday gifts

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Last minute shoppers do not have to despair. Several Internet sites are still offering shipping – sometimes at no additional charge – for gifts purchased as late as 4 p.m. Dec. 23.
Luxury stores, such as Brookstone, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, diamond.com and RedEnvelope.com, all offer shipping as late as Dec. 23, said Brad Wilson, a professional shopper and founder of bradsdeals.com. Continue Reading It’s still not too late to ship holiday gifts

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Rock Bottom Brewery opens on Powers Blvd

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Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc., the company that owns Old Chicago, opened its first Rock Bottom restaurant and brewery in Colorado Springs this week.
Located at Powers and South Carefree in the Main Street shopping plaza, the restaurant joins three Old Chicago restaurants in Colorado Springs, but is the first of the company’s brewery concepts to enter the market. Continue Reading Rock Bottom Brewery opens on Powers Blvd

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Jean-Marie Designs moves to new location

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Jean-Marie Designs now has three times more space – the floral company moved to a new location at 25 E. Cheyenne Road.
“We were downtown for 18 years,” owner Jean-Marie Handal said. “We were in a small space, an opportunity came open to buy the new building. It was a great real estate investment.” Continue Reading Jean-Marie Designs moves to new location

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Book highlights shops that line Tejon Street

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Tejon Street stores are getting credit for being on the cutting edge of a new wave of retailing – small shops with easy parking near restaurants and entertainment venues, according to a new book on shopping in Colorado.
“They really have come full circle,” said Judie Schwartz, author of “A Fashion Lover’s Guide to the Best Shopping in Denver and Beyond.” Continue Reading Book highlights shops that line Tejon Street

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