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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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Spotlight doesn’t mean gun shops are happy

“I’ve been through booms and I’ve been through busts,” said Paul Paradis, the owner of Paradise Firearms on West Colorado Avenue, “and I don’t like either one. I prefer things to be steady and predictable.” For established gun shop owners such as Paradis, who has sold firearms from his Westside storefront for more than 25… Continue Reading Spotlight doesn’t mean gun shops are happy

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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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