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McCloskey Motors won the National Quality Dealer of the Year award by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association. The award was presented to Joe and Ann McCloskey at a ceremony in Las Vegas earlier this month. The McCloskeys again accepted the award at a ceremony Thursday at their North Academy dealership. “It’s a huge honor… Continue Reading McCloskey wins national award

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IKEA Centennial donated nearly $60,000 of products in comfort kits for families forced out of their homes during the Black Forest fire in June. In all, 800 kits were created, 500 for adults and 300 for children. “There really wasn’t a question of if we’d do something to help our neighbors, it was a question… Continue Reading Colorado’s IKEA donates to Black Forest fire families

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A retail clothing store that focuses on social change opened its doors over the weekend at a new shop in Colorado Springs. Seven Status: Fashion Creating Change opened for business Saturday  at Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Dr. The consignment boutique uses an increasingly popular business plan in which a percentage of the profits are… Continue Reading Socially conscious boutique opens at Citadel

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Consumer spending and retail sales ended the second quarter on a soft note, indicating that economic growth is weaker than expected. According to the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association, June sales increased 0.6 percent from May and 3 percent from the previous year. “Consumers remain wary,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Even… Continue Reading Second-quarter retail sales show slower economic growth

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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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Ola: Downtown’s juiciest new business

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Ola: Downtown’s juiciest new business

Nissa Wecks felt so passionately about her good health and athletic performance, she left her job as a Manitou Springs High School teacher to start a new, nutrient-rich business in downtown Colorado Springs. Ola Juice Bar plans to infuse its customers’ veins with juices, smoothies and food packed with vitality and good nutrition. Located at… Continue Reading Ola: Downtown’s juiciest new business

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The owners of Zeezo’s, a popular costume and magic shop downtown, have a contract to buy the historic Bryan & Scott Jewelers building located a couple doors to the north at 112 N. Tejon St. Zeezo’s owner Mark Modeer and his wife have been leasing their current location at 104 N. Tejon St. for almost… Continue Reading Zeezo’s wants Bryan & Scott building downtown

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Council to get direction about retail marijuana

Colorado Springs City Council will start work on regulations needed for the retail marijuana industry at a work session Monday, May 13. City Attorney Kyle Sauer will brief the city council on state legislation regarding retail marijuana licensing and regulation. Council will give the city staff direction for a public process to evaluate options to… Continue Reading Council to get direction about retail marijuana

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Coquette’s going in Whole Foods, opening second location

Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery in Manitou Springs will begin selling bakery items in the two local Whole Foods stores starting this weekend. The announcement marks a big growth spurt for the little Manitou creperie that has been steadily expanding since it opened three years ago. On top of a presence in Whole Foods, Co-Owner Michelle… Continue Reading Coquette’s going in Whole Foods, opening second location

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Liquor stores: small-retail model

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Liquor stores: small-retail model

Seventy years ago, small retailers dominated most markets in Colorado Springs. Food was distributed through scores of small independent grocery stores, each serving its immediate neighborhood. Small hardware stores sold everything from sledgehammers to staples from storefronts in downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Wholesalers supplied shoes, men’s clothing, sporting goods, books,… Continue Reading Liquor stores: small-retail model

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