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Local economy making gains in housing, auto sales and confidence

Construction companies are taking out more single family permits. Consumers are feeling more confident. And, people are buying more cars. Three indicators, described in the Quarterly Update by the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, show the local economy has continued its growth since the summer of 2011. The best performance indicators were new single family permits,… Continue Reading Local economy making gains in housing, auto sales and confidence

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Jewelers expect strong Valentine’s week

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Jewelers expect strong Valentine’s week

Diamonds may be forever, but they’re not necessarily for Valentine’s Day. Big-ticket bling isn’t commonplace in February, area jewelers say. Gentlemen typically rush into stores and snap up some gemstones for their sweethearts the week of the big day. “It’s totally a last-minute holiday,” said Robin Johannes, who owns Johannes Hunter Jewelers at University Village.… Continue Reading Jewelers expect strong Valentine’s week

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NRF predicts modest sales growth in 2013

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Retail industry sales will increase 3.4 percent in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation’s economic forecast. That’s less than the 4.2 percent increase seen in 2012, but the subdued forecast comes on the heels of a holiday season that had to compete with political wranging about the fiscal cliff. In the end, holiday sales… Continue Reading NRF predicts modest sales growth in 2013

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Don Goede distinctly remembers thinking he must be the youngest florist in Colorado Springs. Brown curly hair and a little more than a five-o’clock shadow, he was 20-something in the early 1970s and in love with the flower business. Standing inside his Skyway Creations flower shop this month, hair now solid white, he laughs thinking… Continue Reading In a field of flowers, few local shops left standing

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Retailers celebrate merry shopping season

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No one has official numbers yet, but Colorado Springs retailers from big to small say they believe they had their best holiday shopping season in years. “Our staff with over five years of history here at the mall believe this was the best traffic they had seen,” said Victoria Harley, general manager at Chapel Hills… Continue Reading Retailers celebrate merry shopping season

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ColoradoBiz names Bartolin CEO of the year

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Steve Bartolin, CEO and president of The Broadmoor, has been named CEO of the Year by ColoradoBiz magazine. Featured in this month’s magazine, Bartolin is the eighth winner of the award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement and community impact while taking into account obstacles surmounted, career-long body of work or other elements of the CEO’s… Continue Reading ColoradoBiz names Bartolin CEO of the year

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While consumers spent the holiday weekend – and some of their work hours Monday – ordering packages via the Internet, the United States Postal Service is gearing up to deliver a record amount of purchases. Cyber Monday is the first workday following the Thanksgiving holiday and traditionally is the biggest online spending day of the… Continue Reading USPS expects to deliver 365 million packages during holidays

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A gallery and boutique will open Friday in the former Loveless Florist location at 120 E. Kiowa St. in downtown Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Gallery and boutique opening Friday in former Loveless Florist location

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Phantom Canyon Brewing Company will begin work this week on a brewery extension at the north end of its building. The 1,200-square-foot addition to the building, which should be finished by March, will double Phantom’s brewing capacity as well as grow its business operation. The building addition will be topped with a second-floor outdoor patio… Continue Reading Phantom Canyon expanding building, beer distribution

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Maxx HD signs new licensing agreement

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Maxx HD Sunglasses has signed a licensing agreement with Licensing Resource Group, a trademark management company. Licensing Resource Group provides license-management services to more than 180 colleges and universities, athletic conferences and special properties nationwide. MaxxHD will develop a line of sunglasses with matching school colors and insignias for licensed colleges and universities. “We have… Continue Reading Maxx HD signs new licensing agreement

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